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M Lynn Bennion School

Public | PK-6 | 302 students

 

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Posted July 2, 2013

Bennion Elementary school has very hard working teachers and they are very good. The class size in the upper grades are high. The principal is the worst principle I have ever witnessed. He is all about getting fame for himself. He takes credit for everything, when it is usually someone how did the work. He is unorganized, has poor communication skills, and is a bully to the teachers and parents. Over the last few years, Bennion has lost some excellent teachers because of him. If you want a good education for your children, DO NOT TAKE THEM TO BENNION..I don't know why the Salt Lake City School District hasn't done something about him.


Posted April 27, 2013

This school was great two years ago, but the new administration has caused it to go downhill quickly. The principal likes to brag and take credit for great things but the teachers are doing all the work. He is running the after-school and summer program into the ground. The students aren't learning as much as before and he bullies, parents, students, and teachers. I don't know why the district allows this. He is the worst principal I've ever witnessed. I've seen him push kids by the backs of their heads, point his finger in teacher's faces and yell at them, and talk rudely to parents. Where are Salt Lake School District's standards? Also, the upper grades (5th/6th) have teachers who belittle students and cause a great deal of fear. Do not take your student here.


Posted April 12, 2013

The Kindergarten teachers are great but the class sizes are huge for kindergarten (around 30 kids) Principal James E. Yapias very rude and bullies parents especially the parents that are immigrants. There is a complete lack of PTA because of the way he treats parents. I have witnessed him yelling and pushing the students to eat faster and will not let the talk during lunch. During recess I have witnessed him belittling the students for going on the slide the wrong way. I have also heard that he bullies the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Overly large class sizes. Somewhat rude and arrogant office staff. Mainly hispanic population, causing english in class to be slowed as teachers attempt to deal with the bilingual issues. Moved to Wasatch, and couldn't be more pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

The school teachers, especially Ms. Johnson are awesome. The AfterSchool program is great. Ms. Pittam is okay but her office staff are not so nice. They don't understand what good customer service is, and if you asked them about it, they probably wouldn't care. Their apathy keeps the school from being a great one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2009

M. Lynn Bennion Elementary School is one of a kind. They have some amazing teachers. Their After-School program is phenomenal. It is one of, if not the, best After-School program I have ever seen. Rachael, the cordinator, is fabulous, and her staff is top notch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

Although this school is in the downtown of Salt Lake City, the curriculum allows children to progress at thier own speed. Classes are broken up into groups of children that are on the same level in reading, math or other subjects so that they can achieve at the level that best suits them. If a child wishes to join another group, they only need to progress to that next groups level. YOu may take this a blessing or a curse, but as for myself, it was the best thing for our daughter who was on a second grade reading level by the end of kindergarten because she was not held back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2006

Again, terrible school. Low income area. Big class sizes. Moved from their to Wasatch, what a difference!
—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.
Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 79% in 2010.

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2010.

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
51%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
47%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 80% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
46%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 82% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 55% 15%
White 31% 78%
Black 8% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 1%
Asian 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 91%N/A38%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Salt Lake City, UT 84102
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