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Bennett Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 834 students

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Posted October 11, 2013

Teachers have not impressed me with going above and beyond at this school. I have yet to receive specific information about my child in regards to her abilities. I have had to request conferences because I am told my child is "doing fine". As a former teacher I do hold teachers in high regard and know how hard they work. I also know that each child deserves to have their teacher give specific strengths and weaknesses, at a minimum on report cards. I have zero information on my child. Admin is non existent in the school as well. Aside from rambling phone messages, I have never seen the principal or assistant participate in activities, much less help when things get stressful (such as during arrival or dismissal). Very disappointed. Will not miss this school when we are ready to move on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2011

As a parent of two children that have attended Bennett I can say that we have been very pleased with the education they have received. The staff has always been great and the teachers are outstanding. Since others have named teachers, I feel that credit should be given to the teacher that had the most impact on our children. Mr. Trexler is one of the best teachers you could ever hope for. He is kind, caring and knows the ins and outs of every child he teaches. Communications with him is excellent, and he goes out of his way for his students. You rock Mr. T!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2011

I have 2 children at this school and a 3rd coming in a couple years. At Bennett we have experienced a poor excuse for a teacher, a great teacher, and an excellent teacher. Since I can't say his name, I will tell you that if your child has a certain male teacher in 2nd grade, you have hit the educational JACKPOT and your child WILL work to their full potential!! Communication has been good with all teachers and administration. There always seems to be an abundance of parent volunteers on any given occasion when requested. My only criticism of this school is overcrowding in the classrooms and the absence of minority teachers. Black, Hispanic, and Asian teachers DO exist in Prince William County!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2011

This school is wonderful. The teachers are incredible, we had a new principal that came in halfway through the year and he is awesome. The staff, principal, and parents care about the kids here at Bennett. You will not be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

My son just came back from Cows N Corn field trip today. He's in Mrs. Colley and Mrs. Watz's class and he had a great time! His teachers went out of their way to make the students special t-shirts. I'm very impressed about just how much they care about their students! We are movi g to Centreville this dimmer and I'm saddened that he won't be at Bennett next year. His reading, writing, math, social, and cognitive skills have improved exponentially this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2009

We LOVE Bennett! We especially loved our Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Petrie and 1st grade, Ms. Woods. The teachers are all very concerned about each child's individual learning and well-being. If a child is ahead, they continue to challenge them beyond the required curriculum. We will really miss this outstanding school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

Bennett Elementary it's trully a school of excellence. My daughter is graducating from 5th grade this year and I can honestly say that these years have been of great blessings for our child at Bennett. Bennett has caring teachers, excellent principal and wonderful and friendly staff, etc. I couldn't have asked for more... we are going to miss this school...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2009

I have been extremely pleased with Bennett Elementary. My three children started attending in September 2008 and we couldn't be more happier. The teachers are great!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2009

I have been very pleased with Bennett Elementary School ever since my chidren started attending it. I think that the best thing about it would have to be the teachers. I have never seen a harder working group of individuals. I read one criticism about teachers being focused on testing- I believe that that comes from higher above. If it wasn't so important to the school board(not to mention our country) than the teachers wouldn't be as worried about it. It is a shame that they aren't just allowed to teach. What amazes me, though, is that Bennett teachers do this while showing that they care for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2009

I have 2 sons who attend Bennett and my husband I couldn't be happier with the school. The teachers are top notched and my boys are excelling in their education there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

We are parents of a little girl that started K this year. We have been overall pleased with the school, the teacher and administration have been very good; however, it is still early. We will be in the school every week as parent volunteers. Ms. Smith is an excellent teacher. She is well organized and a naturer - so if your into learn, learn, learn seek out another teacher. We very much like her and her technique. The principal is available and capable. We will be watching any effects that Spanish-only speaking students may have on the development of our daughter. This is a huge concern; although we see no issues now. Security if very poor - you can crack their 'code' in 4 minutes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2006

I am the parent of two Bennett students, and have spent the past 5 years getting to know the school, the administrators, the teachers, and the staff. I agree that I doubt there is a better elementary school in Prince William county. Even though it is a big school (more than 800 students) it feels like a small school in the sense that the principals, teachers and staff are all caring and loving. There is a mix of ethnic backgrounds among the children at Bennett--as a parent, I appreciate the diversity of the student body. All feel welcome at Bennett--the friendliness is something you feel when you walk in the front door. My experience has been extremely positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2005

We came to Bennett ES from another state. My child has gotten a quality education at Bennett. His teachers the last two years (4th and 5th) have been very child centered and interested in him as an individual. Bennett has art, music and PE as well as sports. Parent involvement is very high. One criticisim is that some of the teachers are too focused on testing and not on the child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2005

We have two children at Bennett Elementary School and we couldn't be happier with the school. The teachers are excellent, the school administration is very hands on, parents are very involved in the school and the facilities still seem brand new even though they are 9 years old. In our view, there is no better elementary school in Prince William County.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 72% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 87% in 2012.

125 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 71% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students80%
Female students80%
Male students81%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students75%
Female students72%
Male students78%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English76%

Science

All Students94%
Female students92%
Male students95%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students79%
Female students87%
Male students72%
Black students82%
Asian students73%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students42%
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students86%
Female students83%
Male students88%
Black students82%
Asian students86%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students73%
Female students72%
Male students74%
Black students58%
Asian students83%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial83%
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English76%

English: Writing

All Students70%
Female students75%
Male students66%
Black students50%
Asian students100%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial83%
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students55%
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students74%
Female students72%
Male students77%
Black students45%
Asian students83%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial83%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English78%

Science

All Students86%
Female students84%
Male students88%
Black students75%
Asian students100%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial83%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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8800 Old Dominion Dr
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone: (703) 361-8261

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