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About This School

Benton High School is a public high school in Saint Joseph. The principal of Benton High School is J Westfall-Modis and can be contacted at Jeanette.Westfall@Sjsd.K12.Mo.Us. 875 students go to Benton High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 54% of the 875 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Benton High School is 15:1. South Park Christian Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 88% 83%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 10%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Asian 0.9% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.9%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54% 54%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I have had 3 children graduate from Benton and another about to enter. I would not send my child to any other high school in town. The staff has always been there when I need questions answered. They have the students take responsibility for their actions and academics. If you like to be involved in academic clubs sports or any fine arts activities there are plenty of chances to do so. Parents seem to really support their students in these activities. It is definitely a high school worth choosing if you want that close community feeling.

  • (3 years ago)

    I think this school is terrific because our students really come together to show their school spirit they care about learning and they try hard to work together to make Benton the best high school in St. Joseph. I also think our school is the best because the teachers and all the staff members work hard to make the kids successful and make Benton a good place to learn and have fun learning. We all take pride in our school and our community. Go Cardinals!

  • (4 years ago)

    My son goes to school at Benton. Great Principals and teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think this school has very good Teachers and Students. The Discipline is great and they are very good at athletics and academics. They are a very friendly environment and any student would be lucky to go to. The food is great they have a very good janitorial system and are very clean. They offer a lot of great extra-curriculer activities and can make anyones life better. This school is really awesome and I am very proud to go there! TAKE THAT LAFAYETTE!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is terrible! The administration doesn't care for the students. Just the total score of the school. The teachers are terrible. Half of them don't know the material they are supposed to be teaching!

  • (6 years ago)

    I believe the majority of the faculty truly cares about the students they are teaching which translates into a better learning environment for those students. I also believe the administration does a great job.

  • (7 years ago)

    I find that the academics are outstanding at Benton High School. I think that the teachers do a great job when working with the students and pushing them onward through thier schooling careers.

  • (7 years ago)

    Very disappointed in the lack of discipline. Learning is possible but if the parent is not involved and the child is having trouble teachers don't seem to want to go the extra mile. That is not true of all the teachers. There are still some good caring teachers.

  • (8 years ago)

    The extracurrricluar activities are okay. The JROTC program is very involed in the school. they do a lot for the school and the community

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