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Louise A. Benton Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1301 students

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Posted October 16, 2013

This is not a good school to send your kids this school is awful the teachers are mean the food is awful and the students are horrible!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

The school is terrible. Teachers are rude and don't care about students. It is very crammed full of students and I switched to private school because it was so bad. The students are all friendly and nice though. - submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2012

My son has had the priviledge of attending Benton for the last two years(6 and 7th grade) It it a super school. Never had any issues there. the teachers are all great. His favorite teachers and subjects were Science and Music.. Mr Powers, Mr Hutchinson and Mrs Kidd are only among some of the wonderful teachers. My son has been priveldged to have them as mentors. All the teachers have been kind, considerate, hardworking and always take the extra step to help the kids. I had only one incident with bullying and it was nipped right away.. They have a zero tolerance policy and the security guard is a retired Policeman who really takes care of your kids. We will truley miss this school. And best of all is Mr. Smith the principal- It does not get any better than him. My son loved him.. Always kind and courteous to al. He really brightens the kids day and they know he has their best interests at heart..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2012

We transferred our son from a private school to Benton MS. Overall we and our son are very happy with the school environment. Benton has a superior band program, probably one of the best in the State. Academics are not challenging our son. He receives very little home work but has received A's in all subjects the entire year with not much effort even while enrolled in the extended math and language arts classess. We inquired into the SIGNET program as an option to provide a greater academic challenge. We had a diffcult time getting information from the teacher in charge who was rude and not very helpful. We received a letter that our son was not "eligible" for SIGNET with no clear explanation of the criteria used ti determine eligibility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

Benton is a superb school. GREAT music program with caring teachers, and the sports teams are not bad. Administrators are all kind, and bullying, stealing, even copying HW is heavily enforced. There is an overall safe feeling when attending this school. This is my last year at Benton and I am very disappointed. The teachers have helped my so much with work and preparation for high school. With all the help from the teachers, I got to go to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), which is the #1 high school in the nation. Only PWCS students can try to apply for TJ, and because the testing area is at Benton, I felt comfortable when I was taking the admission test. Later, the teachers gave me good reviews and I think that really helped me. Anyway, I just wanted to say that Benton is an A+ school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

My daughter is finishing her first year at Benton and we have been very pleased with her experiences. The school has excellent technology to help the students and the staff (teachers and support staff) are always pleasant and helpful. Mrs. Kidd provides an awesome environment for the orchestra program. The parent involvement is great too! My daughter loves Benton.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

I love this school! The teachers are always very kind and helping and caring! There is little bullying and everyone is very kind and ready to learn!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2009

This is my first year at Benton and I love it! The teachers are great and they help me acheive! Mr. Pratte, Ms. Youngquist, and Mrs. Kidd are great music directors too!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2008

This school is to strict. The dances are not fun we do great on test scores and theres not any danger at the school but yet we cant celebrate! the only good thing at the school is mr mcfarland hes the best admin ive ever had and the lunch ladeys are all sweet we need new people over the dance and 8th grade night
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2008

If you are looking for a school that puts a 100% into academics, arts (vocal(Ms.Younquist A++++)/visual/instrumental) and athletics than look no further. I am a proud parent of a student who had the opportunity to call this school home for three wonderful years. As a military family we are always looking to insure our student(s) stay with or above the national average. Benton creates and environment to engage even unmotivated students . Their program is designed to bring each students strength out fostering a sense of accomplishment. Our daughter was more than prepared when entering high school. She left Benton with the confidence necessary to achieve success in all areas of high school. Our sincere thanks goes to the teachers and staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2008

I am the very proud band director at Benton Middle School and a colleague of mine mentioned that someone had posted a kind remark about the band program and other great activities at Benton. Thank you! If I can speak for my colleagues, we try to provide a great education for your kids every single day and develop a rapport with the students that propel them towards success. I am fortunate to teach alongside many, many remarkable teachers. Keep up the positive remarks for an outstanding school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 7, 2007

From 6th to 8th grade, I attended Benton middle. It was wonderful!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2007

In 2001/2002 school year my son had the privelage to attend Benton Middle rather than his previous school in s.c.. He is now entering the 12th grade and to this day still says he really enjoyed attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2007

Academic programs are great. Advanced placement courses available for students. Signet program. Great music program. Wonderful Orchestra. Sports program too competitive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2007

Benton is a school that reaches out to all students. Benton is fortunate to have a band director who is the best in the state. His students excel at a rate higher than most bands despite an overload of students in his classes. Academically, the teachers try to meet the needs of all learners. The teachers are always available through infolink. I do feel there should be more opportunity for the high average students to have the same opportunities as the Signet students especially in the area of mathematics. Overall, the school is appropriate and the staff tries to meet the needs of all learners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

Great teachers security and very clean!Great sixth grade math teacher! Everyone very friendly and helpful especially to people new to the area!Great extra curricular activities, P.E. highly valued, good policy on clothing and excellent students! Defenitly suggested!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 26, 2006

Benton Middle School's math program is extremely poor. Most of the teachers can't teach math and basically apply Darwin's Theory of 'Survival of the Fittest.' When the school is questioned about any problems, the student is blamed. Benton never admits they are lacking in any areas. I am sure this comment will be followed up by someone who will say how wonderful Benton is, but you must consider all of the parents who have not accessed 'Great Schools' website to provide their opinion, which would be comparable to mine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Other than school bus problems almost every year - a great school in a nice community. Teachers are fair and seem caring, although some of the math curriculum is questionable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

We are new to Benton MS but so far I rate it very highly. I am critical of public schools and even home schooled when necessary. Benton teachers and staff are warm, helpful, and cooperative. The extended math and language keeps my child challenged. Extracurricular activities include a theatre musical production. Music, tech ed, art, and PE are highly valued. Safety and Security and discipline are tight but fair. Zero tolerance for bullying. Plenty of new books and clean facilities. Excellent counseling and office staff. Online homework support and electronic grade oversight available. Overall, I am very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 74% in 2013.

422 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

2012

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

413 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
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 75% in 2013.

422 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
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 71% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

408 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

409 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

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

All Students87%
Female students88%
Male students87%
Black students84%
Asian students86%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial97%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students46%
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students92%
Female students94%
Male students90%
Black students95%
Asian students95%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial94%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English94%
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 Students86%
Female students87%
Male students86%
Black students74%
Asian students93%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial97%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students76%
Female students79%
Male students73%
Black students74%
Asian students80%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial90%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities49%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English77%
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 Students86%
Female students89%
Male students83%
Black students68%
Asian students76%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial86%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students37%
Proficient in English88%

English: Writing

All Students88%
Female students91%
Male students84%
Black students76%
Asian students81%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial90%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students72%
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students85%
Female students87%
Male students83%
Black students74%
Asian students94%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial76%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English86%

Science

All Students90%
Female students89%
Male students92%
Black students82%
Asian students88%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial86%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English92%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

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n/a

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n/a

2011

 
 
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n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Kevin J Smith

Programs

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  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

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  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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