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About This School

Benchmark School is a charter elementary school in Phoenix. The principal of Benchmark School is Carole Challoner and Barbara Darroch and can be contacted at carole@benchmarkschool.net bobbie@benchmarkschool.net. 420 children attend Benchmark School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 0% of the Benchmark School students have "limited English proficiency." Arrowhead Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Japanese
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Fencing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% 82%
Hispanic 7% 7%
Multiracial 6% %
Asian 6% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Limited English proficiency 0% 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    My son just finished kindergarten at Benchmark and looks forward to returning for first grade. The teachers and staff are amazing parents are all involved and facilities feel safe and welcoming. I am thrilled with this school and always recommend it to others. Space is limited which is nice because faculty has more flexibility with addressing a child s individual needs. Everyone working with Benchmark truly has the children s' best interests at heart in all that they do and I greatly appreciate that!

  • (1 year ago)

    My son and daughter attended this school for over 5 years. They enjoyed it most of the time. Benchmark is very strong in math. It has given both my kids an excellent foundation in math and reading. They group kids based on ability which is good for the kids because it challenges them on their level. In the upper grades though it seems to cause some social conflict in that there seems to be a lot of comparisons going on about what group certain kids are in. I believe the prinicipals while not super outgoing have their hearts in the right place. They can be somewhat hard to communicate with at times. Overall this is a great school and I would send my kids there again.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son has been at this school for two years. He has learned nothing new from the first year he attended. The principals are very unresponsive. I'm a unsatisfied with this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is bar none the best possible elementary school you can find! I found this school when my daughter was struggling in her first grade class. The teacher was submitting nothing but "paper and pencil" assignments. We love Benchmark because it encourages creativity and uses several different teaching styles! Best of all it levels the children off so each child is working at the level that is BEST for them! My son just finished their Pre-K program and I am astonished at the amount he has learned this year. "Mommy that is not a diamond that is called a rhombus" (he was 4 at the time) I love this school so much that when I graduated with my teaching degree I immediatly applied at this school...unfortunately (for me not you) they have such a low turnover rate that nothing was available! I will keep on trying! I will sing Benchmarks praises to anyone and everyone I meet. If you are looking for somewhere where your child will grow socially emotionally and most importantly educationally you have found it! There is a reason it has a rating of 10!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am curretly going to this school. I have only been there for about 7 monthes and I've been on 8 Feild Trips! WOOHOO! But anyway my teacher is SOOOO nice Their names are Mr.Brask Mrs Rheinfelder Mrs Willaby and Mrs Spencer. I have never been to a better school in my life. They teach Singapore math which is making me way more smarter since I came from a public school. I needed help with my Math My teacher actully told me that she would tutor me after school. In her own time no extra pay. SUCH NICE TEACHERS! They don't have a cafatirea though. U get to eat in the class and you have to make your own lunch or order it from the school. I have made MANY MANY friends here unlike my old public schools. This is the best school.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is hands down one of the best schools in the entire Phoenix area. The curriculum is challenging and inspiring. The science lab (very nice!) is being run by one of their best teachers Mrs. Norlander. The kids just love her and she allows lots of hands on learning. I'm so glad to see the change in 3rd grade teachers this year - glad Mrs. J is gone. Teachers groups in kindergarten 1st grade 3rd grade and 5th grade this year are absolutely the best. There are 2 teachers per classroom. My kids come home happy and excited about what they learned every day. There is homework and the teachers expect a lot from the students - we are happy in this type of environment but it might not suit all. The curriculum includes lots of specialty units like Roman Festivals Pioneer Day Civil War Day etc. - kids are challenged to do lots of in- class presentations - great to get that skill built early! Thanks to all the teachers and admin. for all your hard work and creating such a great school! (FYI - not every school is perfect - this school has a few minor flaws but the good outweighs any of those minor annoyances.)

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter and son go to this school. My daughter started in Kindergarden then left for another school in second grade to another "Excelling" school. The other school was nice and had 'hug' days but academically did not challenge my daughter the way she needed to be challenged. We came back to Benchmark for 3rd grade. She loves it there! The teachers believe in educating the kids and keeps the bar high because they know these kids can do the work and do it well.

  • (2 years ago)

    As a TEACHER/PARENT of Benchmark I am dismayed by the comment about the teachers of Benchmark. I am currently certified to teach in two states and have a degree in psychology in addition to a teaching certificate. I also have a Master's degree in education. I also take classes at my own expense and as required by the state. Your child s teacher is an important ally and useful resource when it comes to raising your child. Go for the we attitude instead of the me attitude and work with your child's teacher to help your child have a great school year.Obviously some parents (not all) at our school have the "me" attitude. I certainly don't have the 'me" attitude when I spend hundreds of hours each year planning interesting lessons to engage students when I could be spending it with my own children and family. I guess my hours of planning are a waste since the parents do all the work. To that parent Spend less time gossiping in the parking lot and reflect more on yourself and your child. Concerned about turnover think about it. Are you the reason some teachers leave? I know I think of career changes after dealing with some parents.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our daughters have spent the past 6 years at Benchmark and this school is top notch in every way. The academic education they received at Benchmark has surpassed all our expectations. Our 3 girls are avid readers math whizzes and well-versed in both historical and current events. The curriculum is challenging and interesting. We can't say enough positive things about the teachers and the administrators; they clearly love teaching and working with children. Our experience at Benchmark has been overwhelmingly positive and our girls love learning. Sadly we are relocating to another state and have left the school. We can only hope to find another school that will inspire and support our kids' love of learning as much as Benchmark has. A big "THANK YOU" for a quality education!

  • (3 years ago)

    This is to address the review about all teachers not being certified. I know that when they are audited they have to show that all teachers are certified. I know first hand that these private schools you pay an arm and a leg for do not staff all certified teachers. My 3 kids have/are going through this school. My oldest has moved on to middle school with 4 other Benchmark students. All five of them tested into advanced math and one tested 2 grade levels ahead. Also out of 150 students in English 5 were recommended to follow the advanced track. 4 of the 5 were former Benchmark. If this does show what kind of product Benchmark produces I don't know what does. The kids are well prepared and transition easily to a new school. As with any school you may have a teacher you don't see eye to eye with or an issue with admin. No school is 100% perfect but Benchmark comes pretty close. We've been more than thrilled with it!

  • (3 years ago)

    The best way to know about your child's success at their elementary school is after they move on to middle. Our kids have moved on and are thriving in all honors programs with all A's. They have excellent social skills they are better prepared than most of their classmates and are on track for top honors in high school AP programs and academic scholarships. Hopefully Benchmark's parents know how lucky they are. Thank you Benchmark.

  • (3 years ago)

    Benchmark is flat out THE best public elementary school in Arizona. What the school leadership has built here is a hidden gem. The curriculum is top notch with Singapore Math leading the way and the reading\language arts has the emphasis on phonics over whole word nonsense. The science lab out shines every elementary school in the area but you cannot beat the 15 to 1 student to teacher ratio (STR). Students are ability grouped to make sure those that need help get it and those who excel are pushed. No child at either end of the ability spectrum is left behind. This setup makes Benchmark not only unique (no other public school comes close to this STR) but truly a superior choice for your child.

  • (3 years ago)

    Benchmark provides a balance of academics life experiences and school comradery in an environment that children enjoy and excel in.

  • (3 years ago)

    Charter schools and the teachers there make all the difference!

  • (3 years ago)

    We have watched our grandson thrive since attending Benchmark. He loves to learn. The Teachers are wonderful!

  • (3 years ago)

    Benchmark School is the best choice for a quality education bar none!

  • (3 years ago)

    Wonderful teachers and administration. Small class sizes amazing curriculum. I wouldn't send my children anywhere else.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love Benchmark because I think the curriculum is stimulating (core knowledge) and because they break their reading writing and math groups into different levels. The advanced child receives a challenging/rewarding education.

  • (3 years ago)

    We love this school! My children began their career at Benchmark as preschoolers. One graduated 6th last year and the other will graduate 6th this year from Benchmark. Every aspect is appreciated from the sense of a close school community the principals parent involvement and the curriculum. LOVE IT!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    The level of committment to the student is fantastic. The school provides a superior learning enviroment for it's students

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