After attending 2 other isd's in texas, i can without a doubt say that Bennett is the top of the top. Not only does the staff care but the teaching and the way it is taught is amazing. Kids are excited to be at school and learn. You know teachers are prepping the kids for Staar but it doesnt feel like they are only teaching to the test. The school is led and example set by the wonderful principal and her style and enthusiasm rubs off to the teachers and students. High demand to move in the neighborhoods around the school are a reflection of what a great school Bennett is.
Bennett elementary is filled with positive energy from the vice principal and principal! This is a wonderful school that adequately provides an environment for children to grow and learn.
My husband and I went back and forth trying to decide if we should start our then kindergardener in Catholic school or send her to Bennett. After hearing so many good referrals from neighbors who's kids had attended Bennett we decided to give it a try, I can not tell you how happy we are. My daughter who struggled with two years of Montessori education before coming to Bennett has done so much better than we ever dreamed. Every one at Bennett from the teachers & administrative staff to the crossing guard go above and beyond each and every day. I'm a huge cheerleader for Bennett and will tell anyone who will listen that this is a great school. If you are relocating to McKinney i hope this review helps just make sure you select a house in the area zoned for Bennett you will not be disappointed!
Great school community. The teachers are very involved with the kids. The Friday LIVE program is second to none!
We love Bennett! The staff, the atmosphere, the families! It's amazing. I have been please with all of my kids' teachers. My oldest son has progressed beyond my expectations since starting at Bennett 3 years ago (We lived in Plano prior to now). I also love the new assistant principal. She always goes out of her way to make sure everyone feels welcome and even called to double check on my child after he had a tough day. We love Bennett!!
Ultimately, I have our experience at Bennett to thank for our new and happy homeschooling life. But I wouldn't want to repeat it for love or money. If you have no other choices for your children's education, if you are indifferent to education in general, but need a safe place to stow your kids while you work, this is your school. But if you want a dynamic elementary education that will not only enrich your child, but teach them how to enrich *themselves* for a life time, run, don't walk away from Bennett Elementary. Though, in the past, there were a few extraordinary people working here, as is so often the case with public education, they moved on to better positions. What remains is a very conventional and medicore public school. It might not hurt your child's chances of success, but if they do succeed, it will be in spite of their time here, certainly not because of it.
I agree with the post that the Principal and assistant principal are cold and distant, thus causing the overall environment to be sterile. The leadership seems to be young, inexperienced. The office staff is quite nice. The teachers appear to work hard and care. Other appearances upon observation, are the teachers are stifled by all the "theory" rules of the leadership rather than practical application. Almost like children should be seen and not heard. Dissappointed from what I have heard about past years at Bennett.
Both of my children attend Bennett. I am very involved in the school and have been so impressed at not only the quality of Bennett's staff but also the level of education provided. My children are excited about going, and I am confident in their quality learning experience. We love Bennett!
My foster children attend this school. We were originally introduced because of the special needs unit that was housed on their campus. My children were accepted, loved, and welcomed with open arms by every member of the campus from the front office staff, the principal, and the nurse, right down to the cafeteria workers. When the boys were moved on to other placements the faculty cried along with them. They had wonderful teachers that celebrated their every success. I saw my first grader's reading ability rise three levels from non-existent in 3 short months. The schools is bright and welcoming and they have obviously instilled this caring attitude among their students as well. There is plenty of parent involvement and communication from the school is top notch. I drove 20 minutes out of my way for this school and I would do it again in a heart beat.
We moved here last summer and are experiencing our first year at Bennett. We have 3 daughters who attend and all are extremely happy. We could not ask for better teachers or administration. I was a teacher myself before our move and can say from my own experiences that Bennett is a great school. Mrs. Reinhard, Mrs. Scott, Mrs. Hill, Mr. Weiss, Mrs. Dusek, and Ms. Hales are awesome. The specials team at this school are top notch as well.
I think Bennett is an awesome school. We left a private school shortly into the school year and my daughter has blossomed at Bennett. Paige Hanks, the principal is great and runs a a terrific school. There is a lot of parental involvement and the teachers are the best!! It is the Best School in McKinney!
My son attended Bennett and we really had a mixed feeling. In so many ways they are a terrific school. Page Hanks, the principal, is always visible and avaible to parents. My son't teacher his first year was sick most of the year, for which I sympathsize, but wasn't a great expereinc for my child. Ms. Moody, his teacher the next year was awesome. My only real complaint is that it is very large and there are many students in each classroom ....seemed overwhelming...and they tend to send home soooo much information it's difficult to know what is important.
My daughter moved from the DISD school system where she experienced segregation problems. Although her grade average was a low A overall, after her first year with Bennett, she is now averaging a 98.64 for 2 years straight. Parent involvement is fantastic and welcomed there. Environment is VERY safe and clean. Staff and students are friendly and energetic, you can feel the excitement daily.
Have really enjoyed the time we have had here. Kids are in Alpha program which I feel is pushing them. Good School!
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