School Details

Benjamin Rush El School

3400 Hulmeville Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020
(215) 750-2800
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 411 students 12 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

84%
74%
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58%
68%
74%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Bensalem Township School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
81%
83%
77%
68%
72%
86%
82%
82%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Bensalem Township School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
79%
73%
45%
67%
65%
62%
73%
64%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Bensalem Township School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
79%
77%
56%
68%
69%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Bensalem Township School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Benjamin Rush El School is a public middle school in Bensalem. The principal of Benjamin Rush El School is DR Mary Gentile. 411 students attend Benjamin Rush El School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 64% of the 411 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Benjamin Rush El School is 12:1. Cecelia Snyder Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra

Sports

  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 37% 13%
White, non-Hispanic 31% 61%
Multiracial 2% 0%
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 13%
Asian 14% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 13%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64% 44%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm incredibly disappointed with this school so far. My daughter is in 1st grade and this is her first year at Rush and in the Bensalem district. The level of curriculum is completely unacceptable. She is doing preschool work. Her previous classmates have spelling tests every Friday and a separate list of vocabulary words. She brings home two yes 2 sight words PER WEEK! And don't get me started on the horrible Everyday Mathematics curriculum. I called the guidance counselor who seemed completely disinterested in anything I had to say and was completely detached from the conversation. I wouldn't be surprised if she was doing something else at the time. Next step is the principal. We'll see where we get with her...the woman who insisted at back to school night that they meet each student on their individual level. They have yet to prove that with my child. Might be time to pull her out of public school so she can get the education she deserves!

  • (4 years ago)

    To be honest this school has a long way to go before being a "great" school. They say that they have a no bullying policy but yet when it happened to my daughter nothing was done and this went on for 2 years. I couldn't be happier and either could she that this will be her last year there and we will be moving to a better rated school and school district up in Perkasie. My daughter barely ever has homework which i am unsure how they can get this work into these kids heads if they do not give them the homework to do to review it. Their after school programs is the crappiest program i have ever in my life come across. Work schedules vary and they should be able to work around that but they could care less. BASE says its because they need to make sure they have the staff their that they are unable to do week by week schedules but yet everyday that i go into that school to get my daughter there are the same 2 (it never changes)!!!!! The teachers never call me back or return emails. This is really just a school that needs some work.

  • (5 years ago)

    I believe rush should have uniforms!!!! provide more after school programs for the kids also extra curricular activities. In short I agree with the post on 8-4-09

  • (5 years ago)

    UNIFORMS UNIFORMS UNIFORMS. ALL school should have uniforms. rush needs to give mor homework have b4 and after school program get parent more involved have extra curricular activity post school supplu list online by grades again most imp is give more homework and have uniforms

  • (7 years ago)

    I have 2 kids that go to Rush. The teachers are wonderful. Great teachers. Never had a problem

  • (8 years ago)

    Rush is the best school I've ever been to even though I had some rough times I love the school with all of my heart Mr Staats is the best gym teacher ever and I was so happy to have him all of the teachers are great. Keep up the good work.

  • (8 years ago)

    I felt that Rush was trying to improve its ratings in previous years but has not yielded much results. I personally feel some of the ways the school can improve its ranking are 1. Cut down on the no of holidays and no school days. There is too many no school days given for Rush children. 2. Set higher standards. Currently the standard is set at the lowest/weakest student level. Inform the students and the parents clearly of the expectation. And be strict on enforcing it. 3. Give more homework and do more on the classwork. Giving one page of homework is not going to help.

  • (10 years ago)

    Rush Elementary School is the best school I've attended all of my life. I now attend the Milton Hershey School. I attended Rush Elementary from 1995-1999. The sports interaction and childhood life will always be in my memory as positive and life impacting. I will never forget my life-long friends I've made there that I still keep in contact with. Lastly I'd like to thank this school for teaching me so many things I though impossible. You've made my childhood grand. Thank you.

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(based on 15 ratings & reviews)

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