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About This School

Bennett Venture Academy is a charter middle school in Toledo. The principal of Bennett Venture Academy is Mr. Xavier Owens, who can be contacted at 71.xowens@heritageacademies.com. 724 students attend Bennett Venture Academy and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 84% of the 724 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 94% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Bennett Venture Academy is 21:1. Summit Academy Toledo Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 53% 53%
Black, non-Hispanic 25% 25%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hispanic 13% 13%
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 94% 94%
Economically disadvantaged 84% 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter attends this school and loves her teachers. She has finally had success in Reading/Language Arts this year. Ms. Aldrich is a wonderful teacher and very supportive.

  • (1 year ago)

    Awesome! I could not be happier with the school. My daughter has grown so much in the 1st grade that she is now testing above grade level. The staff and administration are so involved and take a general interest in the success of their students. I am glad to be a part of BVA! Miss Sumner is my daughter's teacher and she is amazing. I always like to give kudos where they are deserved!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    my school is bennett venture academy. I have two cildren tht attend ths school. They love bennett. I love it because the staff is awesome. They is a great amount of communction going on here. I feel assured that my children are safe and receiving the best education possible.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child was in kindergarten this year and we have had a wonderful experience. Her teacher knows exactly how to challenge her and keep her occupied. She always meets me at pick-up if my daughter had an exceptionally good day or funny story or if there was a rough situation. I know we only have one year's experience but I feel as though the school reaches out to the parents and families consistently. They hold family dinners and events and the principal will walk the line of cars at pickup to ask how the parents are doing. I believe they are genuinely concerned about the students' welfare and we will be returning. Our second child begins kindergarten next year as well. We are grateful for the positive alternative choice to TPS!

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is starting here for 2013 I find it to be a wonderful school! I personally met the principal & had a long discussion on what I expect from the school & what they should expect from my child. The Principal was nice well spoken and highly educated. Check his credentials I did! I He showed me the classrooms let me observe & I even asked him to show me the curriculum. I needed to know what my child would be learning and if the teachers are qualified to teach her. Everything checked out fine I was not only satisfied but also relieved. The foundation to learning starts at home you are the first role model & you hold so much more in your home then any teacher can expose your child to! I found the staff to be very helpful and I can t wait for my daughter to broaden her horizons at this school. I have found that with anything in the world you get what you give there is so much negativity in these statements that I can only wonder about the attitudes of these small impressionable children its highly disappointing. The school is great every school has some bumps in the road not one is perfect and remember there is always the option of disenrollment....

  • (1 year ago)

    the new principal at this school is a real a$$ he talks down to women thinking he's always right but I got his number. when it comes to the6-8 gr. PLEASE TAKE THEM OUT OF THIS SCHOOL!!!!! I had my child signed up in another school she wanted to stay at Bennett why...so she can be with her friends not good at all.

  • (1 year ago)

    their scores are low and the teachers seem to have a stick up their a$$. the only reason why my husbands two kids go there was because it was a last resort. they dont have there stuff together and everything changes in a blink of an eye. once things get straightened out with the courts with them we are switching them to another school. NO stars

  • (2 years ago)

    It started out great but then it just got rather worse. I would like to see a better plan set in this school. I also see too much change in this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    The old saying goes "do not judge a book by it's cover." This saying could not be more true when pertaining to BVA. The cover (building) look wonderful from the outside. However once you actually get into the story (the "real" school) you will soon discover it reads as a horror story full of a horrific incompetent administration lead by the ruthless villian herself(the principal). This is one book I would leave on the shelve.

  • (3 years ago)

    It amazes me how quickly negative comments pertaining to this school are deleted. In some cases it is within twenty-four hours or less. This leads one to conclude that someone from administration is monitoring this site. The administration is lousy to say the least. The majority of teachers are inexperienced and in fact some of them are not even licensed in the subject areas they are teaching. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

  • (3 years ago)

    BVA is a very good school. The curiculum is above average and I can say that they really do challenge each child to achieve. The communication system that they have in place is awesome. The fact that I am never surprise during report card time because their grade are available online and I can address any issue and recieve a response in a timely manner. If you live in this community expect your child to be challenge each day. Ultimately it is up to the parent to continue the routine that is instiled in the classroom.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a good school if you want to be disrespected by the principal and office staff. The administartion at this school is lousy. The kids were not allowed to wear their Halloween Costumes to the Harvest Party which took place on a Saturday because they say it teaches kids to accept death. Shouldn't we teach our children to accept death? After all isn't it a part of life?

  • (3 years ago)

    I think this school likes to keep quiet the amount of problems they have with the middle school students. There is alot of disrespect foul language and inappropriate behavior in the 6-8 grades here. There are alot of thugish kids who bully the rest of the students and the teachers are a little too young and inexperienced to be dealing with these issues. My children will not be returning next year.

  • (3 years ago)

    We are excited about going into our 3rd year (3rd grade) with Bennett wish that I would have changed schools sooner! Yes pick up takes some time if you are not able to get to school early enough to get a parking spot however they try very hard to keep traffic flowing and could use more parental support. Miss Simon (2nd grade) and Mrs. Okoneski (1st grade) were excellent - can not say enough great things! My daughter loves school now!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been a parent of 2 children that go to this school for the past 2 years now. I can't tell you enough how fantastic the teachers are here at Bennett. They go out of their own personal way to make every child have success. The only problems I have encountered come with dealing with administration. The principal is awful. It's almost as if she could care less about the children and teachers as well. If you ever have a problem that she needs to help you with you might as well forget it. As for pick up and drop off the school does its best to help everyone with the space they have. If your looking for a school with awsome educators then this is your school. If your looking for a school where the administration is helpful and kind go to another school!

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has been exceeding more an more everyday she goes to BVA! I She's been there for the past 2 yrs an bout to enter into the 2nd grade! I have my other daughter that's going into the kindergarden I've recomended this school to all my friends an anyone that would listen! It's amazing how well they work with the not only the students but the parents aswell!

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has absolutely soared in every aspect at BVA after enduring 3 horrible years at TPS. All of her teachers at BVA seem to really care about her as an individual student and not just as a test score. On the other hand My son is bored in class and needs to be challenged more. He had a problem with bullies at one point during this year and we had meetings with his teachers and the principal about it. While the teachers and even the school counselor were all concerned and interested in finding a solution to this the principal acted as if we were interrupting her day with our petty problem. She really didn't care. I've felt this attitude from the office staff as well whenever I've had to deal with them about anything. They are very rude sometimes. Picking up after school can be a nightmare but that is a small price to pay in my opinion. Overall the school and its educators are excellent the administrative staff and especially the principal should be replaced.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have to disagree with the other posts that I have read about BVA. I think that BVA is a pocket of excellence in the city of Toledo. The teachers work very hard and the administration has always taken the time to listen to my concerns. I have two children that attend and both are challenged everyday. I think that for a school that has only been open for 4 years they are reaching well above any public schools in the area.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have saw improvement in my daughter since she came to this school and i see her grade have been excellent

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers at this school are fantastic. They listen to my concerns and developed a plan to help my son. My third grade student has loved every teacher he has had. The administration needs work on parent communication. It seems like they forget that we are the parent and that they don't control us. I agree with one report on here that the parent volunteers have to much say and that the administration kneels to that organization and the memebers. Overall the school is great but work needs to be done with the administration within the school.

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