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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D
Benzie Central Senior High School is a public, magnet school located in Benzonia, MI. It has 415 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 5% of students are at least proficient in math and 5% in reading.

Benzie Central Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
5%
Percent Proficient - Math
5%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1150
80 responses
Average ACT
25
40 responses
AP Enrollment
16%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$54,000
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$578
National
$949
Median Home Value
$186,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 7 responses
Report
  • Football Homecoming game
    57%
  • Christmas luncheon
    14%
  • Homecoming and Snowcoming
    14%
  • Prom
    14%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
415
Free or Reduced Lunch
54%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,657
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$10,051/ year
National
$12,239
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.9 responses
22%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.9 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.9 responses
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Benzie Central High School has very good teachers, an excellent selection of honors and AP classes, and constantly prepares its students for college. The school’s culture and spirit are strong. It has excellent sports programs, theater programs, and several clubs that allow students to expand their experiences and collaborate with other students. The school and it’s students are very academically successful. I personally really like everything that they offer and everything that I do, and I know and trust that they are successfully preparing me for college.
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It was a nice school. Since there are few schools in the area, most of the people went here. The culture itself is alright, with spirit week and other school assemblies. I'm not very involved, so it doesn't matter much to me. There are very good opportunities for students, as the school is partnered with the Career Tech Center for all the trade students, and also with Northwestern Michigan College for students looking to dual enroll. The food isn't great, but whatever. The teachers are mostly nice, helpful, and pushing you to learn, though some can be mean sometimes. Overall, I would recommend it over any of the other schools in our area.
There are many thing I'd like to see improved at Benzie. The food, its mostly premade and warmed up, but any noodle dish is over or under cooked, and the pizza is doughy. I'd also like to see an advance in the science rooms, anything we did in chemistry came from the teachers pocket because the school wouldn't cover it. Finally I'd like to see a change in the hallways, and locker storage, since it's always crowded.