BENCHMARK SCHOOL

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4120 E ACOMA DR
PHOENIX, AZ 85032
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Phone: 602-765-3582
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 6th Grade
  • District: Benchmark School Inc.
  • Students/Teacher: 10:1
  • Students/Grade: 62.5
  • Number Students: 500
  • Number Teachers: 28
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4205
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 35
  • Principal: Ms Carole Challoner
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (143 ratings)
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    School Reviews (162 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-04-13
    "Per the AIMS data (azed.gov), the pass % (meet & exceed) for that class went from 83% in 5th grade to 68% in 6th grade. Roughly 6 addt l students did worse. However, since the % of exceeding students increased from 28 to 35%, the math mean scaled score remained consistent (418 in 5th to 421 in 6th). Some went down, some went up so the average result was ok typical results, right? I wouldn t extrapolate a cause to panic. It s fairly common to test prep for AIMS (now AZ Merit), the CCUSD does as well. Similar to our day, the testing is mandatory. The extra help from teachers is optional. I m sure crafting the lesson plans around testing is probably difficult & frustrating for them. I m grateful for their extra effort. I d rather my child is relaxed and sharpen test taking skills to prepare for high school/college, than be thrown into it cold turkey. Even if they are learning items specifically targeted for standardized testing, aren t they still learning? Sometimes you just have to trust that the educators, who have decades of combined experience, know what they re doing. My 0 yrs of exp. and 0 education degrees make it easy to give them the benefit of the doubt."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-04
    "I've heard that administration opens the AIMS tests in advance and prepares the children via flashcard memorization. Obviously, this cannot be done with Math, which creates more accurate results for the tests. We left Benchmark for this reason and also because you could not ask teachers or admin any questions, like the one about AIMS tests below, or you will be labeled as one of 'those parents' and told to go to another school. Their long wait list makes admin feel quite comfortable. The community needs to realize that their test scores are not real (other than math) and high reviews come from the teachers who work there."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-03
    "Can anyone explain why this school had low Math AIMS scores for 6th grade in 2014 ?"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-01-04
    "This Is our first year at benchmark. My kids are thriving and love going to school every day. That says a lot when your children jump up in the morning excited to begin that their day. They are so eager to get back after break. They love their teachers and friends. Thanks Benchmark for putting the love back into learning for my kids!!!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-04
    "I have 3 children but only 1 still at Benchmark. (9th, 7th, 5th grade) We've been at Benchmark since 2006 and I can't say enough about the school & the wonderful teachers. My older kids have been extremely well prepared for Middle School and High School, BOTH of them achieving excellent grades in honors classes. The curriculum teaches the kids to critically analyze situations & think outside the box. The teachers are extremely vested in the students & in their success. No school is perfect & there are imperfections at Benchmark but as a whole, the school is an amazing place for kids to grow & learn. The student teacher ratio is incredible & the Montessori style approach to teaching, meaning every child learns differently, is what sets this school above all the rest. As my 5th grader continues to grow, I am struck with a melancholy feeling of leaving Benchmark for Middle School. The teachers, in my opinion, truly care about the students. I didn't have the privilege of having a child in Kindergarten but experienced 1st-6th grade, truly amazing teachers. I highly recommend Benchmark to all & I stand behind my comments. M. Lawrence proud Benchmark Parent!"
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