Great teachers, school district invests heavily in its infrastructure and technology; Parents are HIGHLY involved with the school, their children and school activiities, every resource imaginable is available to the kids that attend this school; This is a great school, but it is up to you, the parent, to make sure your kid leverages all the opportunities;
I am a parent to two children at this school and Ben Franklin does an excellent job in educating my children. They have a varied curriculum and have both an accelerated program and extra help for those who need it. I have had experience with both and can not say enough good things about each of the programs (advanced, main, and extra help). I feel that the school does an excellent job of creating a great learning environment and helping the parents and other family members feel part of the school community as well.
Ben Franklin is an amazing school with wonderful, compassionate staff. My children receive tremendous support and I'm so glad we moved to this building. Definitely the best elementary school in Glen Ellyn.
I agree with the reviewer below who said the school lacks the ability to teach each child as an individual. Even with small class size, my children are not getting the attention they need to be reaching their potential. My two children were working well-above average before attending Ben Franklin. One of the kids who was doing above-average work has been flagged this year as needing extra help in reading but the choice was to either be placed in a low reading group where all of the students were performing way below him or being in the classroom, sitting waiting for help if he can't figure out a word. First and second graders, in a class of twenty kids to one teacher need some hand holding at times. Seems there are no extra hands to hold here. Very disappointed in our school and we moved to Glen Ellyn for the schools. We were totally scammed. Whoever wrote the review dated 9/18/2009 must be a real estate agent.
This school lacks the ability to teach each child as an individual. The teachers, administration and support staff all cite their lack of overcrowding as reasons for not being able to support the individual needs of each child.