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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Benzie County Central Schools is a public school district located in Benzonia, MI. It has 1,414 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 27% of students are at least proficient in math and 33% in reading.
9222 Homestead Rd
Benzonia, MI 49616
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Benzie County Central Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
33%
Percent Proficient - Math
27%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
1150
80 responses
Average ACT
25
40 responses

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,414
Free or Reduced Lunch
52.6%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,657
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.9%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$10,051/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    61%
  • Support Services
    35%
  • Other
    4%
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

Benzie County Central Schools Reviews

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Going to Benzie was one of my favorite thing about my teenage years. I was involved in sports and I always felt like I truly belonged there. I loved my time as Benzie. I felt like in high school it was truly a blessing and a privilege to be able to play a sport, because, everyone who did made friends with people who they would have never spoken to if they hadn't. I think with it being such a small school and having so many people be involved in those sports really knocked out the clinginess of high school. One thing I would suggest they get better at is addressing bullying. We had assemblies and were told of the hardships kids in our school faced daily. But, when these acts of harm were brought to the schools attention nothing was done about it, for the most part.
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The teachers really do the best they can with what they have. We consistently have high AP scores and SAT scores. We are a small school but that doesn’t stop us. We have allies at the University of Michigan that help with our biology program. Our community has proven to be unbelievably strong, even in tragedies. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the teachers and staff at Benzie have been so caring and dedicated to ensuring that their students are well taken care of. I am asked multiple times a week by my teachers how I am handling the situation and if I need anything. I am so thankful to attend Benzie Central Schools. The opportunities that I have been given through attending Benzie have been so amazing. Although I’m planning to leave Benzie County to go see the world, I can’t wait for the day when I return to this amazing community to give back to the place that’s given me so much throughout my life.
Benzie is in a unique geological place where it is a nice place to live. Benzie Central School is great at helping the student prepare for college by giving them many early college opportunities and AP classes. The staff is very invested in each individual student as apart of its small school charm. However, there are some flaws such as the fact that the building is really old and there are few modern updates due to the lack of funds. I also tend to see the school giving a large part of its resources and time into glorifying the sports but tend to overlook the achievements of other fields such as the arts and academics. This could be changed purely by advocacy and outreach to other clubs and extracurriculars. Also, the school is trying to pass a bond in order to raise more funds for the school district however it keeps getting voted down because people don't know how bad the school building is because of aging.