Fast Facts

Benchmark School is an independent, co-educational school for bright children in grades 1-8 who have been identified as having dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, auditory processing or other learning differences.

Origins

  • Established: 1970

Campus & Facilities

  • Address: 2107 North Providence Road, Media, PA 19063 (Map & Directions)
    • 1.5 miles from Exit 5 off of I-476
  • Campus Size: 23-acre campus
  • Facilities Include:
    • State-of-the-Art Innovation Lab
    • 20,000 Volume Library
    • Curriculum library
    • 420 Seat A. Palmer West Family Performing Arts Center
    • Music and Art Rooms
    • Science Labs
    • Gymnasium
    • Heated Outdoor Pool
    • Playing Fields
    • Playground
    • Confidence Ropes & Zip Wire Courses

Size

  • Grades Served: 1-8
  • Total Enrollment: 170 students 
  • Average Faculty/Student Ratio: 1:5

Accreditation & School Memberships

  • Accreditation: Benchmark is accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent School (PAIS), which is a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent Schools' (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation.
  • School Memberships:
    • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS
    • Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS
    • International Dyslexia Association (IDA
    • Pennsylvania Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (PBIDA)
    • Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
    • National Business Officers Association (NBOA)
    • Philadelphia Area Independent School Business Officers Association (PAISBOA)

Student Profile

  • Students served are typically from the five-county Philadelphia region, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.
  • Student challenges in learning are related to how they process language and/or a mismatch of their learning styles and the instruction they have received. Benchmark School admits children who often arrive at Benchmark having been identified as having a learning difference, an auditory processing deficit, or a perceptual difficulty. Other students have been identified as having dyslexia, being reading disabled or learning disabled, or exhibiting ADD/ADHD. These labels provide a starting point for understanding the issues that correlate with the students' progress in school.

School Day

  • School Day: 8:15 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
  • Technology Used: 
    • State-of-the-art Innovation Lab, including 3D printers, laser cutter, and iMacs
    • 1:1 iPads in all lower school classrooms
    • 1:1 Chromebooks in lower school classrooms, grades 3-5
    • 1:1 MacBook program in the middle school, grades 6-8
    • Instruction applying a range of technological tools integrated across the curriculum based on Benchmark's Technology Integration Framework
  • Transportation: Busing is provided by the following school districts: Chester, Garnet Valley, Great Valley, Haverford, Lower Merion, Marple-Newtown, Penn-Delco, Radnor, Philadelphia, Ridley, Rose Tree-Media, Springfield, T/E, Upper Darby, Wallingford-Swarthmore, West Chester, and William Penn.

Benchmark Camp

  • Benchmark offers a five-week Summer Camp centered on Language Arts and Recreation. Three options are available: half day, full day, or language arts only. 

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