You only fit in if you know someone in the school. Benson Elementary is a very different school then Any other that my children have been too. The Principal and Assistant is not very friendly. They are not there for the children, they are there for a pay check. I hope this school get better but the way things look it will remain the same. My Children has been here for three years in this school. They do have some great teachers. Mrs. Barefoot the K teacher is great and there is a few others. I was told from the principal that sometimes your child has to hit the bottom and that I as a parent can't help. What a Principal!! I'm a very involved parent and wish Benson Elementary changes for our children so NO CHILD IS LEFT BEHIND!!!! To me that is what this school is doing. Is leaving the children behind.
We relocated from another state and I have also noticed that the office staff is not friendly towards us. I keep hoping that it will improve. The assistant principal is quite visible (and professional looking with dress shirt and tie worn daily) and seems very friendly and helpful. We are having a problem with our child fitting in. Our child is really singled out and not included in activities. I hope our child finds at least one friend while he is at Benson Elementary. He is really lonely right now. He is an outgoing, compassionate and friendly little guy. His old school would treat the new children special. Not alienate them!! They would assign an 'old timer' (a seasoned student) to them as an advocant to help them find their way around the school, help them with the routine, introduce them to friends & teachers, etc. Looking into Meadow Elementary maybe.
Our family recently relocated to Benson, NC from another state and I have found that the school is quite challenging for my children (which I like). The school seems to be more advanced than our previous school and I believe the children will receive a good start to their future school years. I am however, disappointed in the hospitality we have received from the staff. I have yet to meet the principal (our old principal knew the children's names before they even started school), the office staff is not overly friendly if you are not from Benson and the children very much feel like outsiders in the school. I am hopeful this will get better with time but as a first impression, I am disappointed.
My daughter is in the first grade and everybody knows who we are and they treat us like family I love this school!! The principal/office staff always spek to her when she goes by they make her feel wanted there.
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