Benchmark School was founded in 1970 by Irene W. Gaskins, Ed.D. as a small, part-time program with borrowed classroom space. Under her guidance, it grew into a full-time, independent school, situated on 23-acres in Media, Pennsylvania. Irene Gaskins stepped down as Head of School in 2007, when Robb Gaskins, Ph.D., a former professor in reading education at the University of Kentucky, took over as Head of School.
Robb Gaskins is committed to continuing Benchmark's emphasis on research-based, individualized instruction. Consequently, this tradition remains a fundamental component of a Benchmark School education.
Benchmark School administrators and faculty are frequent presenters
at local, state, and international conferences on best teaching practices. Benchmark also is proud to frequently host visitors from schools around the world who are interested in learning about Benchmark's research-based approach to teaching children who learn differently.
"Irene Gaskins designed Benchmark not only to be a special school for helping struggling readers, but she also wanted it to be a laboratory for designing instruction that works for all students." —Tim Rasinsky, Ph.D., Professor of Literacy Education, Kent State University
Benchmark is accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent School (PAIS), which is a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent School's (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation.