Bennett is dedicated to reaching every student academically and building life-long learners. We believe that teaching goes beyond the classroom and into the real world.
Bennett Elementary, a neighborhood PreKindergarten-5th grade school located in a residential neighborhood in vibrant Southwest Detroit, offers a rigorous elementary curriculum that infuses 21st Century technology in all core subjects.
Our highly dedicated staff prepares its students for top-ranking middle and high schools. Bennett is consistently rated as a high achieving school and has been recognized by Excellent Schools Detroit. We offer a state of the art computer lab, iPads and Smart Boards in all classrooms.
Bennett’s many community and university partnerships and abundant extra-curricular activities create an enriching academic environment for all students to explore interests beyond the traditional classroom and to engage students in higher thinking processes.
The wide array of extra-curricular activities includes choir, Soccer for Success- PAL soccer, karate, yoga, Girl Scouts and Mexican Folk Dancing Raices Mexicanas Baile Folklorico. Partnerships with the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor and Dearborn), Wayne State and Michigan State, Repair Detroit and the InsideOut Literacy Arts Project, Playworks, Michigan Dancing Classrooms ensure a well rounded and engaging learning experience for all students. We also offer free after-school tutoring and summer school sessions.
Bennett also offers a state-approved PreKindergarten program to fully prepare students for kindergarten. The program incorporates child-directed learning and also uses structured lessons that include pre-writing and foundations in math, science and social studies, to foster a love of learning
Our teachers and staff, many of who are fluent in Spanish, pride themselves in superb customer service and creating a welcoming atmosphere for parents and students. We offer courses for adults including English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, computer literacy and Zumba.
Parent Resource Center: A Parent Space just for you!
Bennett also houses a colorful, welcoming Detroit Parent Network Parent Resource Center housed next to the school office. This center serves as a hub for a variety of parenting workshops and parent resources to empower parents to help their children reach academic success. Parents have access to computers, support in creating resumes, employment searches, tax preparation assistance, parenting classes, and special guest speakers from community and government agencies.
- School Brochure
- Bennett’s School of the Week Feature: Jan. 20-Jan.24, 2014
- DPS Safe Routes to School Program
- Excellent Schools Detroit
- Good Fellows Teacher of Year
- WNIC 100.3 Teacher of the Week
- DMC Excellent Teacher Award
- DPS Go Green Awards
- Skillman Foundation Award
- Good Apple Award
- Consistent academic gains
Our students have a high rate of academic success, with many of our graduating fifth grade students continuing to excel at an award-winning application magnet middle school – nearby Clippert Academy. Bennett provides door-door transportation to Clippert Academy Magnet Middle School. Siblings of students who attend Bennett have an outstanding opportunity to take a FREE shuttle bus daily to the renowned Clippert Academy for grades 6, 7 and 8. The shuttle stops here every morning to pick up students and returns here after Clippert’s day ends. Students also have a direct link to graduation through field trips and Family Nights at Western International Academy, allowing them to experience the outstanding opportunities that await them in high school and solidify the vision of their path to graduation. Western High has received a $28.3 million renovation and includes upgrades to classrooms, a new swimming pool, Black Box Theater and more! Bennett’s staff believes that every child should be able to envision their path to high school, college and careers from the moment they set foot in our building.
To encourage students to connect what they are learning to real life and beyond, Bennett has many career building opportunities. Our Go Green Team ensures a culture of conservation within our school, district and community. Our goals are to conserve and protect natural resources for future generations, and to protect human health through environmental stewardship. Also, our 4th and 5th grade students market, advertise, and create items for a business venture to collect money for charity organizations, and we routinely connect service to learning and show students how they can better their world and be productive, global citizens. At Bennett, we also partner with many universities, take children and their parents to visit the university campuses, and instill the plan for post-secondary education.
Extra-Curricular Activities to Build the Whole Child
Bennett believes in providing a wealth of activities to ensure students have a well-rounded school experience that goes beyond academics. We have a full-size gym with a new wood floor, basketball hoops, padding, and new lighting. We offer a great range of athletic supplies including basketballs, soccer balls, floor hockey sticks, jump ropes, volleyball nets, hula hoops, and more!
We also have many special offerings during the school day, including:
- 2nd and 5th grade students attend computer classes twice weekly with a certified teacher
- Kindergarten-1st grade attend art classes twice weekly and 1st grade participate with the RAD Art program
- 4th and 5th grade students receive additional art instruction and design with the University of Michigan and the RAD Art program for 1st graders
- Vocal Music with Trinity Saint Marks Church partnership for 4thand 5thgrade
- FREE healthy breakfast and lunch
- Various field trips within the Detroit area
- Annual School-wide trip to Greenfield Village and Mackinaw Island for the 5th Graders.
Experienced, Dedicated, Caring Staff
Bennett’s wonderful and inspiring teaching staff, which were individually selected and hired to work at the school, are highly-qualified and dedicated to ensuring each child reaches his or her potential. Many are bilingual.
More than half of the teachers have taught at Bennett for at least 5 years and all teachers maintain excellence in their classrooms. Teachers incorporate various activities into the classroom such as independent study, collaborative workshops, project-based learning and technological activities that are beyond the district’s textbook curriculum.
Showing their dedication daily, Bennett’s teachers arrive early and stay late. Teachers spend their lunch period with students, and meet with parents during their preparation periods. All teachers provide incentives in their classrooms, which engage students to perform their best academically and behaviorally. Our teachers give the utmost respect and time for all of our students.
Free Breakfast and Lunch For Every Child
Bennett serves a healthy, FREE breakfast and lunch to every child through the Office of School Nutrition. That includes healthy fruits and vegetables through the district’s Farm to School Program. We believe healthy bodies help to make a healthy child! Bennett also participates in the Garden Club that teaches children how to grow their own food in our school-based garden boxes.
In addition to the many academic partnerships that provide services to Bennett students, Gleaners Community Food Bank also supports our families. We have monthly Mobile Food deliveries for our families and community.
We also have an investment in our parents and families because we know that students excel when parents are more engaged in their children’s learning endeavors.
Some parent offerings include:
- Health and wellness activities for parents, including Cooking Matters, exercise/fitness classes, weight reduction, home visits,
- Parent volunteerism opportunities including classes by parents who teach students dances/songs of their cultural heritage.
- A vibrant parent organization. Parent Meetings take place each month, generally at 8:30 a.m. for 2 hours. Reminders are sent to parents, agendas are presented and followed. Light refreshments are served, meetings are held in English and Spanish, and sign-in sheets are maintained in the school office.
21st Century Learning in an Historic Site
Bennett is located in a residential neighborhood that is easily accessible to our students, staff and parents. Our bright, airy classrooms accommodate the latest in technology, and we have a state of the art computer lab where our students receive excellent technological skills to compete in a global marketplace. Our building is also fully wireless, and we are constantly evolving our technology program. Teachers regularly attend technology-based Professional Development to ensure they are keeping the children current in their technological skill acquisition.
We also believe in providing a well-maintained building that all students are encouraged to care for. Building Improvements include bright interior painting, a new fire safety system, new public address system, new lighting, full central air-conditioning, upgraded heating/ventilation, wireless technology, a remodeled computer lab, upgraded playground, and an audio-visual upgrade in our auditorium with sound system and video projector.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in October 2011 announced that seven Michigan schools in four counties would receive federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants averaging approximately $148,000 per school. The grants paid for safety improvements and education programs aimed at encouraging students to travel safely between home and school.
Bennett Elementary School, in partnership with MDOT and the City of Detroit, had sidewalks and crosswalks installed on Mandale, Lawndale, Whittaker, Senator and Mullane streets, and have implemented pedestrian safety education and “Walking School Bus” programs. The project budget is $426,375. Federal SRTS funding enabled schools to make infrastructure improvements and offer educational activities and safety campaigns that encourage students to walk and bicycle safely between home and school. MDOT and the Michigan Fitness Foundation partner to work with schools, neighborhoods, students, teachers, parents, school transportation directors and local law enforcement agencies, according to MDOT.
High Quality Pre-Kindergarten
Navy blue, black or khaki pants, skirts or jumpers. Solid color golf-style shirts with defined collar. Shirts may be light blue, white, navy blue, pale yellow, pink. Students may wear white button up shirts or blouses. Students may wear Bennett school spirit shirts any day in lieu of uniform shirts. Shoes should be black.