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PK-5
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Sanford, FL
Students enrolled: 965

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2190 South Oregon Avenue
Sanford, FL 32771

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October 28, 2014
I agree with this parent, the new administration is awful and they keep raising the cost. The school values has been lost since the new Director. I'm looking for a new job now as I want be a part of Pace downfalls.

- submitted by a teacher
October 28, 2014
As a parent I'm a very disgusted with new administration. It appears that one doesn't have the love and compassion that is needed for the students with needs. I'm withdrawing my children ASAP!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2014
don't know really where to start but this school should be a F rated school be where to send your child there and if you have your child Ren at the school remove them they are being abused by teachers and covered up by administrative personnel as a parent telling you that my children have been going there for years and the only reason I haven't removed them because of zoning if so I would leave them home and homeschool them terrible school do not send your children there remove them most of the teachers there are drunken bums and also part of administrative look like total alcoholics

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2014
My child is currently in 5th grade and has gone through each grade at this school. Top notch. Parents are to blame for their own bad reviews. Parents who are involved in their child's education will see the excellence of Bentley.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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
August 09, 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
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
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
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!

- submitted by a community member
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
May 06, 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
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
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
no rating April 13, 2010
It makes kids want to learn by making learning fun. Its bright,colorful, and great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
no rating May 21, 2009
I love it! The teacher's are excellent and the students are well mannered and polite. Well above average!

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August 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
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!

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March 18, 2008
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January 03, 2008
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January 03, 2008
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December 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 02, 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
November 19, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
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
September 06, 2007
We just moved here from Stuart, FL and was worried how my 4th grader would handle the change. Bigger school, more kids, etc. Wow, could not be happier. Never seen a place with this much support. The teachers are very helpful and the principal is wonderful. We did a great move!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
Its an excelent school, good teachers, make yor kids feel en a big family.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2007
Bentley is a great school! Mrs. Argueta is the best 1st grade teacher. Everyone at that school is wonderful with the children.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2007
All my children have excelled with the excellent teachers they have been fortunate enough to have! The Principal has done a wonderful job selecting and maintaining top-notch teachers. Parent involvement is encouraged and is whatever you make of it. Would love to see more clubs/activities for students in grades K-2.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
I disagree with the parent comment regarding Bentley not wanting parent involvement when their child has an IEP and in ESE classes. My child has been at Bentley since the school opened in 2001 and he has had an IEP and attended ESE classes. My husband and I have been very involved in our child's education. The teachers are great and very caring. Bentley is a fantastic school!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
Bentley is an amazing school. This is our first year and everyone has been supportive, friendly, and my child has made leaps and bounds in her education! Mr. Nathan and Dr. Sperrazza are wonderful leaders! The teachers and staff...just awesome!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2007
This is my son's last year at Bentley. He has 6 years of wonderful memories at this excellent school. Mr. Wood is a great teacher and he will be sorely missed! You cant ask for a better principal than Mr. Nathan!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2007
This is our first year at bentley 4th. My son has an IEP and ESE teachers. They do not want parent involvement for children with IEP. I am so frustrated with this school. Please do your homework it is important to be an advocate for your child.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2007
This is my sons second year at Bentley. He loves going to school and has made great friends. I am so pleased with his learning experience. Each day they have a special, PE, art, music, etc. Parent involvement is great and I always feel welcome when I go to the school. The principal is first rate as well as his teachers. A great experience all around!

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2006
Recently moved to Seminole county from Orange County and my kids(1st and 3rd graders) love their teachers as opposed to Orange County. I am impressed with their school curriculum and the staff. My children have made great improvements and I thank Bentley Elementary teachers for this. I look forward to the next few years. Thank you.. M. Negron-Alvarez

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2006
Great school, my son just finished K, and I am very happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
My daughter started kindergaten at this school this year. This school is great, they really make you feel at home here. The teachers are so great. The have so many great ways to want to make you'r kids want to learn. I could'nt ask for a better scholl in all the world.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
My daughter was in first grade this year at Bentley. I like the school but she was swithched to another class in the middle of the year because of overcrowding. The transition was hard at first. Mr.Nathan and the staff are great and so are the programs like the Reading Awards that were given out to students achieved their goals. Overall this is a good school in the cluster but I'm swithching to Crystal Lake because it will be closer to home and less overcrowded.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2006
I think this is a good school. My daughter is in first grade and really likes it.

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May 03, 2006
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April 30, 2006
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April 22, 2006
My children have attended this school for three years. I am impressed with the school overall. They have more extra curricular activities than I have ever seen elsewhere. The administration is great. There are a lot of great teachers here and student safety is paramount. My only complaint is the school population is too large, but they handle it well.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
Great school with very good facilities.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
Just switched from idyllwilde in november and could not be happier! Mrs. Vaughn is the best!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2005
Bentley is an excellent school. The teachers and staff really care about the success of their students. Hats off to a job well done!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2005
We did not find this school provided the quality classroom environment that we had heard of for this school. Our child was placed in an unrult co-taught classroom of approx 34 kids in a classroom designed for 23 kids. It chaotic, disorganized, yelling and constant disruption. My child never had a worse school year.

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August 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
We have been very satisfied with Bentley and the acedemics there. The only thing is we would like to be able to be more involved in our child's class directly whereas most of the programs set up for parents to be involved is in classrooms outside of our childs.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2005
This school is great. My daughter loves it. She has been here for 2 yrs and had had 2 great teachers. She will be starting 3rd grade in August and is so excited.

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June 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
This is a great school with excellent teachers. It has a very strong PTA and leadership.

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April 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
Had a wonderful experience with this school.

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February 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2004
I have not been overly enthused about the quality of education at this school until this year. My child is in Mrs. Grimes's 5th grade class and has made remarkable progress. He has even started reading at home in order to as Mrs. Grimes says, 'expand his vocabulary and explore the world'. Once again, my theory that the school doesn't make that much of a difference, it is the individual teacher that matters has been proven correct!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2004
My son was ready to attend for the first time and so excited. I expected the first week to be a difficult adjustment for him (big school, lots of kids) - that was the least of my problems. Total chaos to be exact. Still 2 weeks later no hope. I plan to give it until the end of the semester and decide whether he stays or not. I have serious concerns about safety and organization. I am terrified about the teacher lack of organization, sense of awareness - simply lost in space! How does individuals like this end up teaching our children? Scary! After reaching to the administartive staff and teachers - I feel it was mistake to choose Bentley. Hope things change for the better by Dec 2004.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2004
My daughter has been at Bentley since it opened.We experienced the normal growing pains with the school as it started out. We are very pleased with the direction the school has gone in since it's opening. Mr. Nathan has been an amazing mentor to my child. Always encouraging and to bring out the best in her. He is always there when needed and is always pleasant to talk to . Mrs. Vaiarella is the best teacher to come along in my daughters 5 years of school. She gave my daughter confidence in her school work and encouraged her to do her best. Cudo's to the entire staff of Bentley and a big 'Thank You'.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2004
My kids love this school. They have had great teachers. Most of the staff is great, too. Mr. Nathan, the principal, gives 100% to this school. It is new and still improving. Mr. Nathan is who made Goldsboro an awesome school. I'm sure this one will be even better. Only issue I have is I'm not sure that the problemed kids get as much punishment as they should.

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May 26, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2004
The team classrooms have 34 students crowded into a small classroom. The children eat lunch too late and do not get to eat a snack or take a break until after 12:30. There is no recess for most 2nd grade students. Overcrowding is a problem!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2004
Bentley Elementary opened in the fall of 2001. The teachers are the best and they really care about the children. The extracurricular activities--basketball, art, cheerleading, orchestra, etc., are the finest for any elementary school. Mr. Nathan always listens and is supportive to new ideas and for what is best for the children at Bentley. Most of the classes have a low student/teacher ratio, particularly K through 3. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2004
Whose child can learn in a classroom with 35 other children? With overcrowding the teachers are babysitting versus teaching the children. The teachers and administrators are quick to tell the parents of any problems that arise, but offer no solutions to help the parents better their child's academic experience. I have requested over and over information regarding in school tutoring for my child in Mathematics and have not been given any information. I am highly disgusted that my tax dollars pay for such a lousy example of academia.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2004
The principal of Bentley truly listens to parents and took prompt action to correct areas of concern. Mr. Nathan is the main part of Bentley's success!

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August 22, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
My son attends this school. At first I was very conserned about attending one of the 'cluster' schools. However, I could not be happier with the staff, the educators, the parent involvement and the achievements my son has made in the last few years.

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Bentley Elementary School
2190 South Oregon Avenue, Sanford, FL  32771
(407) 871-9950
Last modified Bentley Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bentley Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 70 reviews. Top