School Details

Ben Milam Elementary School

4200 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205
(972) 749-5600
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 267 students 13 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

100%
68%
79%
71%
57%
69%
100%
68%
79%

TX00194

None
  • This school in 2013
  • Dallas Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
62%
72%
41%
58%
68%
70%
62%
72%
71%
64%
71%

TX00194

None
  • This school in 2013
  • Dallas Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
68%
77%
50%
62%
75%
77%
68%
77%
59%
65%
73%

TX00194

None
  • This school in 2013
  • Dallas Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ben Milam Elementary School is a public elementary school in Dallas. The principal of Ben Milam Elementary School is ANNA GAMEZ, who can be contacted at annagamez@dallasisd.org. 267 students go to Ben Milam Elementary School and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 50% of the Ben Milam Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 90% of the 267 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 94% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ben Milam Elementary School is 13:1. J W Ray Learning Center is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 90% 70%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 23%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Multiracial 1% 0.3%
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.04%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 94% 89%
Limited English proficiency 50% 40%
Economically disadvantaged 90% 85%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    As a former teacher at Ben Milam I disagree with the previous parent's review. This school does have very dedicated teachers but to state that the current principal has "not lifted a finger to provide anything extra" is absolutely not true. One should be careful when making assumptions about why teachers make the decision to leave a school. I think much of the teacher's frustration is most likely due to the poor management and corruption of the district as a whole. A principal only has so much control over these issues. Also I'm not sure that staying at school until 7 00 and working Saturdays is healthy and/or beneficial for teachers students or principals!

  • (4 years ago)

    The current principal stepped into a golden opportunity. There has been very little teacher turnover since my children have been at Ben Milam (10 years). Each teacher at this school gives 110% allowing the principal to leave at 4 while the teachers stay till 7 and work Saturdays. There is much frustration with the principal as shown in (OHI) reports that can be viewed by the public. These reports indicate that the teachers feel micro-managed and under utilized. Unfortunately some great teachers have left Ben Milam because of the principal's top-down management style. Any technology grants after-school activities supplies from other schools money for equipment and supplies are due to the dedicated teachers going the extra mile to provide the students with what they need. The principal has not lifted a finger to provide anything extra for the faculty staff and students.

  • (5 years ago)

    Ben Milam is one of the best schools in the DISD. The Principal and staff are terrific. I love the fact the they even offer a free after school program for parents who are unable to pick up their kids at 3 or 4. If any parent thinks that our kids at Ben Milam are very rough and misbehaved perhaps maybe they should try another school for their delicate kids. I personally have 2 kids who I believe are kind of rough among themselves but that is just they way they are.

  • (5 years ago)

    All my children have attended Ben Milam.. and I love it!! The teachers are all great!

  • (5 years ago)

    The Principal Teachers and all Staff are GREAT at Ben Milam. I am very satisfied with all the good work they have done in my kids life.

  • (6 years ago)

    The Principal and Teachers at Ben Milam Elementary are terrific. However Parent participation and district funding is low. This is my daughters first year and every morning she is happy to go to school. Thank you to the Principle Ms Galvan and to all the teachers for job well done.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think one of the main problems is the district and the funding. I can tell that the teachers and the principal are trying hard but the resources they have are minimal. I have been disappointed with the amount of yelling going on and I don't know if its the culture or lack of teaching proper principles but yelling is just a means of dealing with discipline for them. The principal is very nice and accommodating but I have not been as satisfied with my child's experience as I had hoped because of the environment that she is in every day. The children she is around are very rough and misbehaved and I don't feel that its dealt with properly.

  • (7 years ago)

    Ben Milam has come along way. we have been very happy here. We have had a strong consistent prinicpal for two years now and an afterschool program. The school could use more parent involvement but there are a handful of very devoted parents.

  • (8 years ago)

    We have been very impressed with Ben Milam. Both of my children have excelled in this small school environment. I would highly recommend this school to anyone wanting a small school experience. Children are people at Ben Milam and not numbers!

  • (9 years ago)

    All of my five children have been at Ben Milam. I have only two left at that school now. What I have learned is that most new coming teachers have been the greatest. All of the new teachers fresh out of college have done wonders. Only 3 of the older teachers have done great all along. There is a difference between being strict and being just plain mean. There is a way to be strict in a good manner. If you offend the child and step all over his self esteem it's no wonder some kids grow up the way they do. When speaking to the principals (we have had a few) al promise to look into the problem to no avail. Not many extracurricular activities are provided either.

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Overall score

(based on 14 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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