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Benfield Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 456 students

 
 

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Posted January 21, 2013

Benfield finally has a Principal that can lead this school. Some of the teachers still think they are "God's gift" to the education system as stated in a previous review, but the new Principal seems to have a plan to address the mess that she's inherited. There are actually rules and goals. MSA preparation didn't start the first week of school and has been as heavily emphasized as in the past. The facility is old, but it is scheduled to be replaced. Though your Kindergarten may be the only current student to benefit from the replacement at the rate things are going. The neighborhood remains nice and the community continues to support the school. Parent involvement remains strong.


Posted September 20, 2012

We just moved the neighborhood. We came from a great school. The kids like this school even better. The school is dated, but they are going to starting a multi-year replacement soon. The teachers we are dealing with are top notch. There is a new principal this year. She has been wonderful to us. She appears to be a very strong leader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2012

Many of the teachers think they are God's gift to the education system. The Principal is thankfully leaving--she ALWAYS took the side of the teachers, regardless of evidence. There are more parents involved in the school than there are kids, which is great. Parental involvement and expectations (and smart kids) = good results. Some teachers think it's because of their teaching skills--hardly! Some teachers coast, and some don't want to help kids that need extra attention. If a kid can't keep up, they will need outside help, because they sure won't get it at Benfield.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

The teachers and surrounding community are excellent. The school is badly in need of renovation, but that supposedly is coming down the pipeline in the next few years. I sent both my sons through Benfield, and my youngest will be a 5th grader there. I have no complains, other than what I previously stated about the outdated facility. Anyway, they are getting a new principal for 2012-2013 school year as the long time principal retired. It could be a good thing as I think the outgoing principal was fine I suppose, but seemed to be sleepwalking through her time at Benfield. My oldest has gone on to excel at SPMS and now SRHS STEM program. I am confident my current Benfield student is being well prepared as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2012

This school is in decline. The Principal is the major contributor to the decline of the school. She is unable to address issues that are outside of the box. There is too much yelling inside the schools. Bullying is not handled properly. There are some excellant teachers that appear stuck inside a bad situation. Teaching to the MSAs is part of the curriculum. Large class sizes and a poor facility also contribute to an increasingly poor school environment. Parent involvement is still good but declining as more mothers are working.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

My previous review was removed? This is a mediocre school, they focus 90%+ on MSA tests. The school is old and decrepit, class sizes are humongous approaching 30 students per class. Watch Stossel on you tube, this school is a prime example of the BLOB. I removed one of my children and enrolled in private school, SP is way over rated for public schools. AA county has a low tax base, therefore no $$$s for education. They have one bus system for ALL three school levels!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2010

Moved to area Summer 2010, and my child is now attending first grade at Benfield Elem. Staff make it clear they teach students to take tests. School's state test results are sometimes 100% in all categories in multiple grades? My child is having a difficult time learning math and responses for help have been answered with red ink on course work. Course work sent home has been observed with dates as far back as 2001 and everywhere in between. Language on course work is inconsistent adding confusion of child to grasp concepts. The school was built around 1961. My first grader is sharing a class with 25 students. There are two other 1st grade teachers with class size of 24 students. This seems to be an average class size among all grades. We are now in search of a private tutor to augment our child s learning despite attendance at Benfield.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2007

Moved here for this specific school - children are challenged and staff and principal are excellent. Only negative is parking plan and release of children is poor. Students who ride the bus are excussed first for safety reasons due to the poor traffic flow and poor availability for parking. Non-bused students should be allowed to depart the school at an alternated exit and another driveway should be build with additional parking near the rear of the school which would allow for improved traffic flow for parents who have to drop off and pick up students. This is an easy fix that should be immediately implememented.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

My child has special needs. Since we enrolled at Benfield, he has received all services that I have requested. His grades are up and he is more confident and happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2005

Very strong school with great teaching staff and a large parent volunteer organization. Traditional academic program with an advanced curriculum compared to other schools in Anne Arundel County.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 74% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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99%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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100%

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99%

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
100%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
99%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
99%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 42%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Black 1% 35%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 1%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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365 Lynwood Dr
Severna Park, MD 21146
Phone: (410) 222-6555

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