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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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...
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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