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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
James M. Bennett High School is an above average, public school located in Salisbury, MD. It has 1,499 students in grades 8-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 87% of students are at least proficient in math and 40% in reading.
About James M. Bennett High School...
Address
300 E College Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21804
Telephone
(410) 677-5141
Website
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James M. Bennett High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
40%
Percent Proficient - Math
87%
Average Graduation Rate
84%
Average SAT
1150
249 responses
Average ACT
26
32 responses
AP Enrollment
34%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Median Household Income
$37,416
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,035
National
$949
Median Home Value
$153,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 55 responses
Report
  • Rock and roll revival
    33%
  • Basketball games
    18%
  • Homecoming
    18%
  • Prom After-Party
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    5%
  • Lip Dub
    5%
  • Wrestling Matches
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,499
Free or Reduced Lunch
45%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,076
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.9%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.37 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.37 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.37 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,190/ year
National
$12,239
77%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.39 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.39 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.39 responses
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My experience at James M Bennett has been very positive. You can always find teachers and staff members showing school spirit and motivating students to get involved. The teachers are all very helpful and always willing to lend a hand. There are many ways you can get involved as a student. There are a variety of clubs and sports programs. You can participate in student government, honor society and many other extra curricular activities. Classes can be very challenging but also fun at times! James M Bennett is a great school and I would highly recommend it to anyone!
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James M. Bennett Highschool had pretty average teachers, however their teaching might have been effected by the application of the new common core guidelines. Each year I had one or two good teachers, but felt that I always had one or two bad ones and the rest average. Furthermore, through my four years I had four different principals, lots of behavioral problems within the student body. I will say that those who decided to be involved showed great school spirit. The building was nice, but the people working there have struggled to settle with the ongoing changes in staff and curve balls thrown which effects student life.
James M. Bennett High School has to be the best school in Salisbury, Maryland. I'm not just saying this because I go there, the school was recently rebuilt. Architecturally, the school is beautiful. It has a lot of computers, laptops, and all the resources students need. So many clubs, and afterschool activities that allow everyone to fit in. The people are also one of its greatest accomplishments, the teachers help you understand everything, you instantly find your group of friends. A beautiful High School journey is a guarantee!