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Benjamin Franklin School

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Posted July 1, 2014

I've had my child here since Kindergarten (she's going to 2nd grade now) and I honestly have nothing but good things to say about this school, it's teachers and also office staff which have been outstanding with my child (last teacher was Mrs.Vermeal..incredible teacher and very patient plus understanding with my short attention-spanned, sensitive and hyper-active daughter). Definitely a top notch school with lots of attention geared at each individual child. Again excellent principal also, always greeted me openly and welcoming each and every morning just as he did to every parent that would walk by him. 100/100 in my book.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

I have two children who have attended Ben Franklin and the teachers were kind but I do wish that there was more communcation with the parents as far as updates on child's progress. I have had to email the teachers to check up on my children. It'd be nice to have a progress report every once in a while and not just their report card for the whole term. Also, I don't think that there's enough one-on-one attention and I think that's it's partly due to larger sized classrooms. Really, that has to due with the city's growth and budget cuts, but I think the city, in general could do better with the school systems. Overall, Ben Franklin is a good school, but I wouldn't say GREAT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2008

My son attended St. Mary School from kindergarten through grade 3. He moved to Ben Franklin this year after St. Mary's closed. We were a little afraid of making the transition to a public school, but the principal, teachers and faculty are all top-notch and have made his transition easy. He loves the extra-curricular activities including band, dodge ball club and Mathletix. We were pleased that the school was removed from the 'No Student Left Behind List' and believe Brandon is growing academically and socially at Ben Franklin. I just wish he could stay here until high school!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
67%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students78%
Female88%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic75%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%

Reading

All Students63%
Female67%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic57%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%

Writing

All Students77%
Female91%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic69%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students70%
Female70%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%

Reading

All Students64%
Female62%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%

Writing

All Students65%
Female78%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students77%
Female78%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic66%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%

Reading

All Students68%
Female77%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic65%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%

Science

All Students73%
Female71%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%

Writing

All Students83%
Female80%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 43% 61%
Hispanic 40% 20%
Black 11% 13%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Meriden, CT 06450
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