Transforming Futures for 50 Years: Benchmark School in the 1970s

Transforming Futures for 50 Years: Benchmark School in the 1970s

Benchmark School is celebrating 50 years of transforming children's futures. We are proud to share the first major celebration of our 50th Anniversary year. As COVID has curtailed our plans to gather and celebrate in person, we have turned to the medium of video. Through video, we are exploring and sharing our past from the time of our founding to present day. 

We'll be producing five videos over the course of the year—one for each decade of Benchmark's history.

To begin, we have revisited our founding decade: the 1970s. Listen to our founder, Dr. Irene Gaskins, and other pivotal players in Benchmark's history, reveal the stories behind how our school came to be. 

Now, please enjoy the first video in our historical series:
 "Transforming Futures for 50 Years: Benchmark School in the 1970s"


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About Benchmark School

Benchmark School, located at 2107 N. Providence Road, Media, Pa., is an independent, not-for-profit day school serving students in grades 1-8. Founded in 1970, the school is committed to helping bright students who have yet to reach their academic potential become confident and strategic thinkers, learners, and problem solvers who meet with success in school and life. For more information about Benchmark School, please call 610-565-3741 or visit