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9-12
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Lisle, IL
Students enrolled: 1,353

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2200 Maple Avenue
Lisle, IL 60532

(630) 719-2782
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December 02, 2014
My child was a Benet grad, and he hated it. Aside from certain teachers who actually helped him to succeed, the teachers were average at best. The school is cliquey. All the rich kids there are supposed to be "angelic", but party till 3A.M. and chug cough syrup to make up for it. The biggest issue my son had was the serious amount of intolerance there, whether against poorer neighborhoods, non-Catholic religions, or against non-Irish ethnicities. The people who say otherwise probably were simply blinded to this fact because they didn't have to deal with any of this intolerance on a personal level, but my son did. Certain teachers also pick their favorites since day one. My son went in for math help and was pushed aside in favor of the class "darlings". If my son answered a question in class wrong, he was laughed at by other "genius" children who had the tolerance level of a small pea. He also said that there were kids he saw all four years who never made a single friend. So much for "acceptance". Also, the school has certain teachers that preach that racial inequality is "ok" and that biracial marriages only end in divorce & terror. If this is the Catholic way, then I am appalled.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2014
My siblings and I are all alum of Benet. All of us are alums or students of regionally accredited universities in several different states. Often times Benet has the stereotype of being a school with rich kids with no morals or compassion. Many of the students, contrary to the stereotype, come from low to middle class families, mine being one of them. Never once did I feel snubbed by my peers. In fact, many of them were interested in my experiences coming from a rural community with agriculture being the main "crop." My siblings all had similar experiences. Additionally, Benet's teachers are without compare in my opinion. Many of them are the reason I decided to follow a career in education. It is easy for even an outsider to see that Benet teachers build rapport with their students. This is something that seems lacking in several schools I've been to during my college fieldwork. I can say without an ounce of doubt that Benet Academy was the most influential force in my adolescent years. The experiences I had and lessons I learned follow me to the present day. When it comes to college preparatory Catholic institution, Benet Academy is the best I could have attended.

- submitted by a community member
February 11, 2014
Amazing school. Yes it is hard and a lit of academic options particularly for students who get higher grades. But even so normal classes are just as hard. Those few ignorant people at benet make the whole school look bad. However, many students are very welcoming and accepting and you will find your own group of friends. There are also great teachers here that will help you academically and as a person. They are also hard but I learned a lot from them and still will as I have a couple more years left. Yes benet has some downs in it but has far more ups. It is a much safer environment than some schools and also a great place to worship your faith openly. You won't be discriminated against that here. Even sports di pretty well and many teams advance to state occasionally. Also there is a huge amount of students who are not financially well but also a good amount of students who are. Its worth putting your child here in the long run because he or she is guaranteed to graduate to college.

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2013
It s hard to believe that my child's four-year experience at Benet is coming to a close. I can remember his first visit to Benet a fall shadow day when he returned home with the biggest smile and certainty that Benet was his future home for high school. From his earliest freshman orientation meetings to last week s prom, the Administration, the teachers and his fellow students have embraced him into the Benet community and deepened his passion for learning, his sense of community, his perception of responsibility and his faith. I m so proud of the Administration s and the teachers commitment to excellence and their insistence on creating programs that appeal to the broad interests of the student body. Thank You Benet for your contribution to my child's growth and for preparing him for the next chapters of his life.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
I am a current junior, and the arrogance everyone seems to have mentioned is completely false. Parents commenting on how they sense arrogance in the parking lot is ridiculous... judging a book by it's cover much? The students are not arrogant at all, and I come from a "have not" family. My dad works two jobs to send me and my siblings here, and I don't feel any different than the rich kids (while there certainly are many.) Really, the arrogance rumor is ridiculous. I love Benet, and highly recommend it to any parent considering it. I knew two people coming into Benet, and now I have a completely different friend group which was easy to make. Seriously, send your kids to Benet...

- submitted by a student
August 31, 2012
I have sent 3 of my children to Benet and I am very pleased with the results both academically and morally. We are not a rich family, in fact none of the families from our grade school that sent our children to Benet are to be considered rich. We wanted a school that provided strong academics, discipline, and values. We received all of that. All 3 of my children were different, the one that was not a strong academic going in was a strong academic coming out. They had friends from all economic backgrounds and it was never an issue. Sure there are people there that are wealthy, but I found most of them to be friendly, outgoing and generous. The teachers truly care about the students and will help in any way they can. I will always remember those years with gratitude for what my children received.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2012
As an academic scholar coming to this country where I met my wife and settled, foundation in education is priority in my list as a parent. Even choosing the city where to raise my family, I did my research as far as school's report cards. I have a son who is now a freshman and another who graduated 2 years ago at Benet. I'll be lying if I say I didn't have worries about the environment of rich kids for my sons, but it proved to be wrong. The friendly and warm environment in school both for students and parents, is one me and my wife can attest to. The students are academically challenged, yet they make almost every student involved. The faculty make sure that the students are getting ready for college life academically and socially. My son ended up going to one of the county's elite program in the field of his endeavor. I told my sons that they will not inherit any wealth from me when I'm gone that's why I'm giving it to them now... the best education that I can afford for them. Benet is an excellent environment both for children and parent. I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2012
Can't say enough great things about Benet Academy! Benet provides an excellent education and a wholesome environment with morally sound students!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2012
We are a relatively new family to Benet and I'm pleased to say that the school lives up to very high standards. In regards to the opinion stated below about the cliques and wealthy families, I just don't see this type of arrogance at the school. Our family is not wealthy by any means and we make great sacrifices to send our child to school at Benet. While there are very wealthy families there, I believe this invites insecurity only if you let it. We have raised our children to believe that many different attributes define a person's character, personal wealth is not one of them. The school certainly reinforces these values. Perhaps this is why he finds the other children extremely friendly and sociable. I would encourage any family considering Benet to let their child shadow for one or two visits. My son was "sold" on the idea of Benet Academy as a result of the passion and instruction provided by the teachers. He remains equally enthusiastic to this day.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2011
Benet is a very good school for academics, but has a real problem with cliques and wealthy families (and students) making others feel out of place. It lacks "heart" and compassion in my opinion. With so many other great options like Wheaton, Naperville, Lisle, Downers Grove and Glen Ellyn schools, Benet has more of a country club attitude and less that of an inclusive school.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
I just graduated and I couldn't be more proud. To say that arrogence blooms here is a joke. It doesn't matter what school you get accepted to, it is about what you plan to accomplish. Our valedictorian could have easily gotten into harvard or yale but chose to go to notre dame instead. It is also unfair to blame the entire school for having bad attitudes because of the parents. To be honest, this is high school it is not about the parents. Benet is a great place with amazing teachers and a sense of community that is hard to find anywhere else.

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2011
I am also a junior at Benet, and I have to say that I have enjoyed my experience thus far. Although most of my friends attended Naperville Central after middle school, I was able to quickly get involved and make many new friendships. I won't deny that there is a sense of arrogance at Benet, but it's not as bad as people make it out to be. Personally, I think that the stereotype of Benet students being rich brats, while true in some cases, is unfair. Most of us are hard-working, engaged students.

- submitted by a student
March 17, 2011
I am a current Junior at Benet and I could not be happier. I will be honest and say that the elitism and arrogance mentioned by others is not prevalent in my Benet experience. I have some friends who are "haves," yet they are some of the most humble and hardworking people I know. I also have friends who are not as wealthy ("have-nots," if you wish) and their characters are no different. I feel that if you get involved in an activity or club (I am in band), it is easy to make friends quickly. Benet has a reputation of being a place for rich brats, but I couldn't disagree with this stereotype more. I can vouch for the characters of my classmates as being humble, engaged in learning, hardworking, and willing to help. It is an awesome community and the teachers are so amazingly helpful and committed to their students. I could not see myself at any other high school. I highly suggest that you do not base your decision on the reputation of Benet Academy, but go and explore the school for yourself. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised. Oh, one tip for Freshman - Get involved! It's a great way to meet people and is definitely worth the effort!

- submitted by a student
January 16, 2011
It's a shame that a parent has noted that Benet is a place where "arrogance blossoms." My son is a Benet graduate ('05) and a Harvard graduate ('09). He is currently an algorithmic trader but he is most proud of volunteering as a math tutor at a poorly performing public high school. (As parents, we need to be cautious about what colors our perceptions and judgement lest we pass them on to our children and undermine the value of our faith.)

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2011
I am a recent Benet grad and could not speak more highly of the school. I came into the school not knowing anyone, but quickly involved myself in extracurriculars and had a solid group of friends before school even started. It was a great feeling to be constantly greeted in the hallways by teammates and fellow musicians on my first day. Benet has an amazing family atmosphere. It saddens me to read the negative comments about Benet on this website. However, I would like to point out that not a single student has said anything negative about Benet. Benet had a profound impact on my life. I found my closest friends in the hallways, inspiring teachers in the classrooms and love within our Benet family. My hope is for my children to also go to Benet, because you can't understand or appreciate the magic that happens there until you have experienced it yourself. If you are a parent researching high schools, I highly recommend Benet. It was the best decision I ever made. IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE A REDWING!

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2010
Benet is a place where arrogance blossoms. All one need do is observe in the parking lot at pickup and dropoff. Not only are the kids arrogant, the parents are arrogant, and even the person who answers the phone is arrogant. It's pervasive. Benet is similarly positioned to Naperville Schools academically, where there are both haves and have nots. Perusing the list of colleges the latest graduating class would be attending, there wasn't one Harvard, one Yale or one Princeton. So what gives rise to the arrogance at this school is a mystery.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2010
My son is a Benet grad and we would certainly financially qualify as a "have not" family in the Benet community. However, I quickly came to realize that this was only an issue if I choose to make it one. My son was my best role-model for that attitude!! It is foolish to believe that there are no financial differences in Public HS. I can speak on this because I teach in a Public HS. My son THRIVED socially and academically and is very prepared for college. Despite the "homogenous" student body some observe at Benet, the teachers did a fantastic job of teaching real-world awareness to my son. Benet prepared him to be a logical and moral decision maker. If all teachers were allowed to set high standards for their students and teach in the same passionate way of Benet's, this would be a different (better) country!!

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2010
I'm currently a Benet freshman, almost sophmore. Choosing high schools, I never though I would of ended up at Benet. I really liked another school but when I shadowed there and went to the open house something just clicked. Benet's a fantastic school for academics as well as meeting new and diverse groups of people. Here, we're allowed to get to know students from around the area, not just our neighborhood. Academics are very difficult but we try as hard as we can to be good at them. Everyone knows one another and even though we are clicky, its probably less clicky then some public schools. I can be best friends with some people and have other friends who don't ever talk with them. Also, the teachers are very nice and care a lot about their students. Any attitude taken away from Benet will be a good one.

- submitted by a student
March 16, 2010
Academics are strong. However, the strongest things about the school are the elitism and sense of entitlement to which the students become acculturated. Benet might help my student's chances of admission to a Catholic college, but I am concerned about the attitudes he will take away from Benet.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
Extremely hard, but extremely rewarding also. Rigorous academics, big workloads, passionate teachers, and great atmosphere consistently make Benet the top-ranked school in Illinois.

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September 28, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 12, 2009
I'm a current benet junior. When considering high schools as an eigth grader, benet was low on my list. I thought of benet students as rich snobs. When I started at benet, however, I was suprised at how wrong I was! I was in band, and everytime we went out to eat or just to hang out, all the upperclassman would ask the freshman and sophmores if they needed rides. The people at benet are truly thoughtful and kind. The teachers are extremely intelligent and thought-provoking. The overall atmosphere at benet is incredible. I'm so glad my parents sent me to benet...it has shaped my life in so many fanstastic ways. While the circumlum is tough, I have learned so much. I have made lifelong friends. Benet is a extraordinary school and I would strongly recommend sending your child there.

- submitted by a student
July 12, 2009
I am currently a student at Benet Academy. I do not come from the richest family in the world, but I am still well liked among my peers and enjoy social popularity. These reviewers who are saying things like, 'the culture is a very favorable to high income students and 'the haves'' obviously do not attend the school and have no idea what they are talking about. Benet students are wholesome, kind and accepting individuals. The academics are rigorous but not impossible. I was in two honors classes this year and got As in both, while participating in sports and social activities. Benet is an excellent school all around.

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May 28, 2009
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no rating May 26, 2009
Great school with very dedicated, experienced teachers and well rounded, academically motivated students.

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April 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
I'm currently a student attending Benet Academy, and I must say that even though it's hard, it's worth it. There isn't really that much social injustice, I don't think anyone cares how much money your family comes from; the type of people the more negative reviews described... I have yet to come across one at Benet. Most of the Benet community is very close and the academics are trying but rewarding. Go Redwingss!

- submitted by a student
November 11, 2008
I am a recent graduate of the Academy and a current college freshman. I can say honestly that I did not want to leave Benet at all. I thoroughly enjoyed all four years that Benet offered. I went through some tough times in terms of school, but in the end I have become a more disciplined and harder worker than i could have become anywhere else. College has been easy for me so far and Benet definitely lived up to its namesake as a college preparatory school. The teachers love working at Benet and most stay upwards of 25 years. It is a tremendous atmosphere to learn in. it does have its flaws though. As with any private school there is going to be some cliques and social problems, but it works itself out in the end. Benet is the best school for your child.

- submitted by a student
September 27, 2008
When it comes down to it, Benet Academy is one of the best schools in the Chicago-land area. A lot of the parents in these ratings talk of how much their children struggled at Benet and flourished at public schools. That's because Benet is a college-preparatory school that WILL get you ready for college. Just compare test scores between Benet and the surrounding public schools. It's not easy by any means, but the work is worth it. I am a freshmen this year at Saint Louis University and got a great scholarship because of my academic standing at Benet.

- submitted by a community member
August 15, 2008
Benet's secret is its atmosphere. Is it too homogeneous? Yes, definitely. Do public schools have more money to spend? Absolutely, look at your tax bill. Does that let them offer a greater variety of programs? You bet. But what Benet does it does extraordinarily well, in my opinion. Benet is filled with good kids that are motivated to work hard and teachers that challenge them and care about them and their education. That atmosphere is contagious. You aren't a 'nerd' if you want to do well in school there. In fact, that's really the norm. The students are competitive but in my experience are generally friendly about it. They are very involved - my daughter ran track and cross country and I'd HIGHLY recommend both of those. There are lots of other options too. College at a 'tough' university has been comparatively easy for her. She was prepared.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
Benet is a good school, but highly overrated. The atmosphere is very judgmental and cliques control most of the school (much of this is based on family income). I know many students who feel somehow inferior because 'it is all about money'. We have a Benet grad in our family, and grads from local public high schools, and there is good about both. The public schools have better facilities, are a nice mix of all people (not just 'one kind'), and more programs available. Benet has a 'status' (earned or not), tough classes, and religious education. Much of the 'Benet mystique' is hurtful, however, because it is based on economic status. The school was better twenty years ago, when it was not based on money, and when it had a more caring focus for students.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
January 10, 2008
I am currently a junior at Benet Academy. I came across this site while working on a project for my religion class. While Benet's tuition forces it to become more of a school 'favoring the haves', as another comment states, it is a top notch school and, in its Catholic setting, stresses using our good fortune for others' benefit. Also, the nationally ranked testing scores attest to the school's strong educational focus and mission. As a student, I recommend at least considering this school. One comment brought up the conditions a girl found harsh with her peers, yet I personally find that Benet is better than most schools. All schools will have bullies, and people who are singled out, but Benet students seem to be more open and accepting. I have been to five different schools and so am comparing this with personal information.

- submitted by a student
December 10, 2007
Benet admission is based solely on the entrance exam. Approx. 66% test-takers accepted. Legacies (siblings or parents attended) accepted first with test scores at the 60th percentile or higher. Then, remaining spots are filled based on test-score rank (about 75-85% new families). Donor history is not considered & applications have no financial information. Legacy policy values family. Serious academic focus for decades; 100% take ACT w/nat l top results. College prep curriculum Ben. Univ. coursework avail. Students come from DuPage, Kane, Will and part of Cook counties so meeting new people is one of the most enriching parts of the experience. Reputation earned by years of excellence & alumni feedback that college was often easier than Benet. Most get involved in clubs, extra-curriculars, sports teams (some no cut) etc. Involvement is highly encouraged by faculty many of whom moderate/coach. 'A model of excellence' per the U.S. News & World Report.

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November 24, 2007
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November 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2007
The music programs are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
Academically, Benet has a good reputation, but the culture is a very favorable to high income students and 'the haves', while students from modest means seem left out. This unfortunately translates to an attitude that many students develop in life. If all you care about are test scores, then it is a good school. Otherwise, the public schools in the area develop much better citizens, in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
I have a Benet Grad at U of I and two current Benet students. The three of them are all very different and all have done well there. One is an AP student who received almost a full year of college credit at U of I from his Benet classes (How much is that worth!) and the other two struggle and succeed there. I was a Benet grad and like the continuity and family atmosphere. There are some wealthy families and other like mine who are hard working. I am only disappointed in the religion which I would prefer to be MORE Catholic. We spend the money to send them there even though we have a great public school system nearby for religious studies. Sports are not strong, but academics are and that is the second reason to send a child there. No school is for every kid, Benet is GREAT!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2007
Benet honstley was a horrible expirience for my Daughter. She easily entered benet scoring a 93 on the entrance exam. So she had to meet a bunch of new kids, many of which were cliquy, unaccepting, and rude. My daughter was on the Cheerleading team and wanted to quit immediatly after realizeing all of the girls were well 'catty.' She ended up transfering Sophmore year. My daughter has always been smart but at Benet her GPA was at best a 2.9. I strongly reccomned rethinking sending your child to Benet.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2006
Benet has a great reputation academically but socially is another matter when it came to my daughters experience there. We ended up transferring her after her freshmen year. She was much happier at her new school and thrived both academically as well as socially. We tried to talk to the former principal as well as the Dean of Students about a particular incidence with disastrous results. I went back to talk to a Assistant Dean who listened intently but told me how sad it was see some students eat their lunches alone all four years they attended Benet. I knew then it was time to transfer her. Her whole personality blossomed at her new school which had a more diverse student population. She graduated with a GPA of 4.72. The moral of my tale is that there is more to a school than academics.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2006
I am an active alumni. I am constantly proud of having attended Benet. It seems that I meet other alumni in the strangest places....hotels, airports,other states, foreign countries and we all have the same memories and impressions. A top notch education with an excellent moral foundation. Regardless of whether we graduated in the same era or not...

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March 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2006
An incredible school. Annually ranks at the top in terms of ACT scores in the state. Highly recommended.

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September 30, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2004
Benet is a tough school academically, however this toughness is tempered by the family atmosphere at the school. The faculty is wonderful and gives each student personal attention. The students respect their peers and adults. Discipline problems at the school are rare. It has a strong and very active alumini base and there have been several students that have returned to teach there. We live in a district where the Public High School is one of the top ten in the state but my husband and I don't regret for one minute sending our daughter to Benet. It was the best thing we could have done for her!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
Benet is amazing institution that was able to foster an indvidual's talents through an array of intra-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The faculty is amazing and a main highlight of this amazing school. The strength of the academic program continually places Benet Academy as s top high school in Illinois.

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Benet Academy
2200 Maple Avenue, Lisle, IL  60532
(630) 719-2782
Last modified Benet Academy is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Benet Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top