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Bentley Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 965 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted today

This is a terrible school. Please be aware. This school is always in the news. Do not send your special needs student. They do not care about them. They hit them and the ones that get caught are in the news and the rest of them just get away with it. Please Google them before you make your decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2014

My daughter has a problem in focusing and learning new things. She has a social anxiety and fear which affects her academic skills but this school placed an education plan in place for her. It helped her a lot...Teachers & principal went above and beyond in helping my daughter.Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

Horrible school i have a son who is Austistic and they not teaching him properly. They find reasons to send him home to make their job easier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

Bentley Elem. overall is a great school. I've had 3 of my 4 children go there. Many changes since the first one attened. Yes! Administration has some issues, but the real problems lie with the Dept of Ed. Teachers are constantly getting new regulations that have to be implemented asap. Teachers are frustrated with all the mandates & low pay rates. Support our teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

My daughter is in 3rd grade at Bentley and up until this year, I was very happy with her teachers and learning environment. This year,however, I have been sorely disappointed at the lack of organization, rude and uncaring teachers and bullying that is going on. My child is crying at least twice a week due to this school, her classmates and her teacher. I know that they are no longer an A school and unfortunately, more than just FCAT's can be a factor. I am currently trying my best to work a private education into my budget.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

Bentley may have been rated very well in years past, but things are changing. Teachers are leaving in droves, and it is not the school it use to be. This is unfortunate. It is not about ALL the children anymore it is only about the GIFTED ones. Of course, they get a better rating and that is all that matters unfortunately. It is a shame
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

I have been very happy with Bentley Elementary - wonderful teachers and helpful administration. I am very disappointed to find out that a Kindergarten teacher is back after one year of retirement. I feel that there are plenty of other candidates that are trying to find employment. Why pay someone their SCPS Retirement and a Salary as a bonus? Does this happen at other schools?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2012

I moved to Seminole County about 6 months ago from a fairly large town west of Toronto, Canada and my primary concern was how my son would adapt to a new school, country and education system. The staff at Bentley was very helpful in answering all my concerns and the teachers took the time to make sure he was involved with the class from the very first day. Initially the first 2 weeks were stressful for him learning the system, meeting people & adjusting but after that he has been so happy and always eager to get to school in the morning. I consider myself fortunate to have gotten my child into this school and would like to say thanks to the staff at Bentley
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2012

I have to say, Bentley Is one of the best schools I know.. I Mean, They Have Great And Nice Teachers There, Special Before/After School Clubs Or Programs, Fun Activities That Are Also Informational, And so much more! I Highly Recommend This Elementary School Over Any Others!


Posted May 19, 2012

My daughter has been attending since Kindergarten- she will be going into 5th grade soon. I have had nothing but wonderful things to say about Bentley. THe staff (most of them) are passionate, caring, friendly, and knowledgable. They have discipline under control and the academics are some of the best in the county. Art club, music club, runners club are a few of the extracircular activities offered. My youngest will be starting Bentley next year and I wouldnt send her anywhere else. Also, Mr. Nathan, the principal is very open and easy to get in touch with should you have a concern..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2012

After having my child in a series of poorly ran charter schools and private schools, I am SO pleased to have found Bentley Elementary! I am extremely pleased with my daughter's teachers and the entire ESE department! From day one they were on board with implementing her IEP and identifying her special educational needs so that she may be successful. An added bonus was that her teacher had a higher level degree and the experience needed to work with my child's learning style. The communication is great and my daughter enjoys school 100x's more than she did in her old school. Going to this school was like a breath of fresh air after being in the dark for so long. I couldn't be anymore happier with the services and staff at Bentley Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2011

My son has been fully prepared for his next school experience in middle school thanks to the wonderful instruction, school leadership, support of teachers and parents at Bentley. My son is in the gifted program, but there is so much for students on every level: programs for special needs, the only Elementary School Orchestra in Seminole County, an annual Reading Celebration, awards ceremonies (academic, art, music, physical education, etc.) after every grading period, and the top-rated, elementary school PTA. Thank you Mr. Nathan and Bentley for a great school experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2011

I have been very pleased with all aspects of Bentley. The teachers are excellent. The principal is a fabulous leader and role model. The PTA is currently the top in the county. They offer many extra curricular activites starting as young as K. I am proud to be a Bentley parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

It makes kids want to learn by making learning fun. Its bright,colorful, and great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

There are things that i like about Bentley, & things I really despise!!! Please tell me why we are 1 of the only Elementary schhols in Seminole Co that has to give 24 hrs notice to have lunch with your child?!?!?! Every friend of mine with children can walk into the school any time they like to have lunch with their child! They also bring the sibling!!! Not at Bentley. With my husbands schedule it is very difficult to plan sometimes!! What gives Bentley??? I really suggest you re-think this Mr. Nathan. Also, why is when you have to do something at the school they treat you like the plague if you bring a sibling???? What shall we do leave them in the car?? I'm not happy with Bentley these past 2 yrs at all!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2009

I feel my child is not getting the attention she needs to grow in her own way. My child was in VPK . She has learned how to read already. She has been past the basics since pre-school. However she is in a class with kids who don't even know how to recognize their name. I am scared she will fall backward or become bored in her education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

I love it! The teacher's are excellent and the students are well mannered and polite. Well above average!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2008

I am a proud parent and teacher at Bentley Elementary! I wasn't planning on picking Bentley as my first choice until I went on a school tour with Mr. Nathan. He was a great motivator and leader of a school and I left there very excited and definite I was going to have my first child of three attend Bentley. My son had Mrs. Brown and I was swept away with her enthusiasm and positive learning environment for my son. The next year I landed myself a teaching position at Bentley and taught several different grades and really got to see the overall greatness at Bentley from primary to intermediate. The following year I continued my teaching career and had my second son enter into Bentley. My sons love attending Bentley and I love teaching there also. If you are looking for a great place check Bentley out! You'll love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2007

This school is excellent and well worth checking into for your child's education. My daughter has attend this school since kindergarten and is excelling in all areas of learning. The teachers are very motivated and encourging. The principal loves parent involvment and the PTA has many wonderful programs for the staff and children. Private school is not worth the money when you have a top rate school like this to choose from!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2007

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. I looked for 8 months to purchase our first home just so my four year old at the time could go here. She is now in second grade and I cannot tell you enough how great the teachers are, the administrative staff, and the STUDENTS. Everyone really cares about the kids and their success. Its a great place to learn and volunteer. I am a proud parent of an Outstanding Bentley Student.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 58% in 2014.

180 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

179 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
74%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

168 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
82%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

168 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

168 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

168 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
59%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

194 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 42%
Hispanic 27%
Black 20%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 63%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 96%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 56%53%61%
Master's degree 39%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%2%1%
Other degree 1%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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2190 South Oregon Avenue
Sanford, FL 32771
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Phone: (407) 871-9950

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