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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
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
James M. Bennett High School is an above average, public school located in Salisbury, MD. It has 1,477 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 88% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.
Address
300 E College Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21804
Telephone
(410) 677-5141
Website

James M. Bennett High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
88%
Average Graduation Rate
83%
Average SAT
1130
190 responses
Average ACT
27
21 responses
AP Enrollment
31%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    B-
  4. Good for Families
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$37,780
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,009
National
$949
Median Home Value
$154,000
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
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.22 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.22 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 53 responses
Report
  • Rock and roll revival
    34%
  • Basketball games
    19%
  • Homecoming
    19%
  • Prom After-Party
    9%
  • Lip Dub
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    4%
  • 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
1,477
Free or Reduced Lunch
45%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.26 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.26 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.26 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,290
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.8%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$16,669/ year
National
$12,239
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses
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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!
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James M. Bennett is a fantastic facility filled with a majority of teachers who want to see students succeed. However, administration is not the greatest and faculty like office administration and the guidance department could be improved upon. While teachers are mostly friendly, not all are fantastic at providing education and I hope to see the science department improve. Bennett provides opportunities for many extracurriculars and has a wonderful band program with passionate ensemble members. The school attitude tends to be a little lackluster as many students are apathetic to learning. Overall, Bennett is an average high school, but on of the better ones located in Salisbury, MD.
Social: It's a big school having a broader and more diverse cross section of the community than others in the area. There are social groups that don't mix much, but there is an atmosphere of tolerance and support between most students. I think students learn to be a little more appreciative of others' strengths and weaknesses than graduates of other schools.

Academics: Bennett is the best public school for academics in the area and maybe the best overall school. That isn't saying much. There are usually a few good teachers. There's little emphasis on high levels of academic success. If you want to go to a prestigious college or win academic accolades, don't expect the school to point you in the right direction. There are always a handful of students in that situation. The successful ones are those involved in every club who fight for chances to compete and advance academically above and beyond the readily available programs. Athletic success garners more attention.