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About This School

Joe Henderson Elementary School is a public elementary school in Benicia. The principal of Joe Henderson Elementary School is Carin Garton and can be contacted at cgarton@beniciaunified.org. 578 children attend Joe Henderson Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Filipino; and White, non-Hispanic. 6% of the Joe Henderson Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 20% of the 578 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Joe Henderson Elementary School is 20:1. Matthew Turner Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 9%
Filipino 6% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 52% 56%
Hispanic 17% 12%
Unspecified 15% 7%
Multiracial 13% %
Asian 11% 6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 4923%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 14%
Limited English proficiency 6% 3%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Simply wonderful school! The K program is great! All the teachers are caring and give extra help to those who need it. Really great parent and community participation and support. Well organized PTG and the principal cares more about safety and education than a super fun environment which in my opinion makes for a better education/school. Not to say it isn't still fun though! Lots of fun school wide events and programs! It's just a well rounded environment. We really like this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    Joe Henderson Elementary is an AMAZING school. The teachers here are all wonderful and have excellent communication with the parents. The principal Mrs. Garton is fabulous with the students and the parents. She always knows your name and child. My 2nd grader has done everything from the Science fair to a Family Tree. The education at this school couldn't be better even if it were a private school. We are proud Henderson Hounds!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school and nice environment. My kids went to this school and I have only nice things to say.

  • (4 years ago)

    My family loves Joe Henderson! My son is in the afternoon kindergarten class with Ms.Costanza. She is an amazing teacher! My son has really enjoyed the past few months in her class. I love how organized every project party and day is planned and have enjoyed helping Ms.Costanza in the weekly class centers. Joe Henderson is an excellent school and we are very blessed that our son attends such an amazing school. We hope that he can continue attending Joe Henderson for years to come!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Joe Henderson elementary school as it is filled with artwork and innovative projects by the students along with a group of teachers incredibly dedicated to maximizing resources to give our children the best educational experience. There are many teachers in the school who have been there over 20 years testifying to the solid foundation of the staff who are an incredibly committed and inspirational group of teachers. I have loved my children's experience with their teachers and the entire Joe Henderson community.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers are wonderful and caring. The principal is a little disorganized but well intentioned. If your child is academically driven he or she will succeed here. If your child is a free thinker or has any special needs you may want to look elsewhere. If you are considering relocating to Benicia strictly for the schools make sure you research what kind of culture you seek. Benicia transplants aren't always welcome.

  • (6 years ago)

    Gifted program for kids 4th grade and up is improving. Wonderful teachers. Nice parents at this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school in a great community.

  • (7 years ago)

    Benicia's budget issues are much improved and far from negative. If anything there is stepped-up community awareness and involvement. Furthermore Benicia Schools in general are excellent. All three of our children attended Joe Henderson from 1993 through 2004. By all counts they received exceptional individual educations and were well prepared for their Benicia Middle School experience (in itself a great school just different due to the absolute incremental requirement that both the student and their parents come to the table prepared to be further involved in the process and support the educational staff). Plain comman sense parenting. Discount what you read from others who suggest and expect the system to independently solve all possible issues with very little (IMHO)personal involvement. Prepare to pitch-in and get involved with your student's educational experience and join a vibrant healthy community that loves to be improved with another good family. Any family.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think it is a great school! Good teachers very intelligent and have great teaching skills lots of activities fun and cool!

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a great elementary school. The teachers really know what they are doing and they are also dedicated to their work. My kid is in the 1st grade and she has the right amount of homeworks not too much not too little. The kids in her class are all well-behaved and she loves to go to school. Parent involvement could be improved though we did not get to talk to the teachers very often.

  • (8 years ago)

    I worked at this school as a student teacher. I found the staff to be friendly and supportive of students as well as fellow teachers.

  • (8 years ago)

    My child has attended this school for 4 years. It is one of the top rated elementary schools in Benicia. All of their programs are good. The teachers are great.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school. Most teachers are very caring and dedicated. Great Parent involvement and diversity available.

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