Benjamin Schoolreview by University of Pennsylvania student. One of Benjamin School's strengths is its ability to cater to an individual student's needs. There is a wide variety of AP and honors classes offered across all disciplines, and it is possible to graduate having taking 15 AP classes, or having taken none. If one wishes to excel academically, The Benjamin School will be more than ready to provide the necessary environment for any academic endeavor. The faculty is very knowledgeable in their respective subject areas and often have decades of teaching experience. In most AP classes, scores of 5's and 4's are simply expected from the students. Class sizes are small and vary from 5 to around 17 or 18. The work load is often very heavy, especially if one wishes to take 5 or 6 AP courses in a single year. Nonetheless, the rigor of the curriculum is certainly something that prepares students for their further academic pursuits outside of high school.
The campus is virtually brand new and is outfitted with the latest technological marvels. There are state of the art science labs, black room for photography, video editing rooms, SMARTboards in every classroom (projectors connected to the teacher's computers). There is also a school-wide WiFi network, and every student is required to have a laptop (often a tablet PC). The athletic facilities are quiet nice as well; there is a football field, a practice field, a baseball field, a track, about 10 tennis courts, an indoor basketball court, and a weight room. Professional NFL players, like Sean Alexander, have often been stopped using the school's athletic facilities. A large part of the students comes from affluent families, although all socio-economic backgrounds are represented. Ethnically the school is not very diverse; it is, however, aware of this problem and is constantly trying to correct it. The school throws several fund-raising events for the parents throughout the year.
The school offers a variety of clubs and organizations involved in community service, visual and performing art, social sciences, business and economics, and sports. It is a requirement for every student to be involved with one sports team every year, so virtually everyone at the school plays at least one sport. Personally, getting involved with sports has been able to strengthen my personality and confidence.