School Details

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

350 Bryant Avenue, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 790-6480
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 586 students 18 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

86%
75%
56%
88%
71%
55%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2013-2014 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard. In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.
  • This school in 2014
  • Glen Ellyn School District 41 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
85%
64%
86%
70%
56%
97%
94%
76%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2013-2014 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard. In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.
  • This school in 2014
  • Glen Ellyn School District 41 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
90%
64%
82%
76%
58%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2013-2014 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard. In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.
  • This school in 2014
  • Glen Ellyn School District 41 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School is a public elementary school in Glen Ellyn. The principal of Benjamin Franklin Elementary School is Mr. Kirk Samples. 586 students go to Benjamin Franklin Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 2% of the Benjamin Franklin Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 4% of the 586 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 9% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School is 18:1. St Petronille School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 82% 70%
Hispanic 7% 13%
Multiracial 6% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 10%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 4%
Asian 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 19%
Limited English proficiency 2% 11%
Economically disadvantaged 4% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a parent to two children at this school and Ben Franklin does an excellent job in educating my children. They have a varied curriculum and have both an accelerated program and extra help for those who need it. I have had experience with both and can not say enough good things about each of the programs (advanced main and extra help). I feel that the school does an excellent job of creating a great learning environment and helping the parents and other family members feel part of the school community as well.

  • (2 years ago)

    Ben Franklin is an amazing school with wonderful compassionate staff. My children receive tremendous support and I'm so glad we moved to this building. Definitely the best elementary school in Glen Ellyn.

  • (3 years ago)

    there is a reason why this school does so well in statewide test comparisons. they have a well researched top notch curriculum with teachers that care deeply about their students.

  • (3 years ago)

    I agree with the reviewer below who said the school lacks the ability to teach each child as an individual. Even with small class size my children are not getting the attention they need to be reaching their potential. My two children were working well-above average before attending Ben Franklin. One of the kids who was doing above-average work has been flagged this year as needing extra help in reading but the choice was to either be placed in a low reading group where all of the students were performing way below him or being in the classroom sitting waiting for help if he can't figure out a word. First and second graders in a class of twenty kids to one teacher need some hand holding at times. Seems there are no extra hands to hold here. Very disappointed in our school and we moved to Glen Ellyn for the schools. We were totally scammed. Whoever wrote the review dated 9/18/2009 must be a real estate agent.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school lacks the ability to teach each child as an individual. The teachers administration and support staff all cite their lack of overcrowding as reasons for not being able to support the individual needs of each child.

  • (5 years ago)

    Ben Franklin is touted as being one of the best in Glen Ellyn for good reason. Great teachers. Realtors use getting into Ben Franklin as a reason to buy property in that district!

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Overall score

(based on 8 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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