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Don Benito Fundamental School8

Pasadena, CA | Los Angeles County

February 11, 2014


Our children have had a great experience at Don Benito. The Principal is a gem and the teachers are knowledgeable and caring. There are over 500 PTA members and tons of parent involvement both in the classroom and at special events like Stargazing Night, Movie Night, and the Fall Carnival. My kids enjoy the after-school activities like Drama, Chess club, Cub Scouts and Brownies.

Submitted by a parent

August 4, 2013


Don Benito has been great for my daughter. She a Ms. Bendiksen for kindergarten who is everything you would want for your first teacher. The parent involvement is off the chart which I believe is one of the reasons Don Benito is such a gem. We are blessed that we our daughter has the opportunity to attend this school!

Submitted by a parent

April 30, 2012


We are coming in to the home stretch of our kindergarten year at DB and could not be happier. The quality of instruction, the challenging and nurturing atmosphere, the high level of parent involvement, have all been a terrific match for our son. He is thriving. We love the incredible diversity of our community too. The principal is a wonder and the PTA leadership has their heads screwed on straight. If your child gets in here--go.

Submitted by a parent

June 20, 2011


My son has special needs in academics. The staff has been very supportive. Mrs. Carlson has guided our family to receive the assistance my son needs. She has also tutored him. Ms. Turbull is awesome. Mrs. Hernandez, Miss Bell, Ms. McPherson and Ms. Bendikson.....all wonderful! I am very happy we are a part of Don Benito.

Submitted by a parent

May 30, 2011


Don Benito is an excellent school with highly qualified, dedicated teachers. There will always be complainers, but remember, one person's "mediocrity" is another person's favorite teacher of all time. It's ridiculous to expect every teacher to be a perfect and personalized match for your child's extra-special specialness. The principal is outstanding, and it's clear that she cares about every child. Your child will be friends with children from a wide variety of racial and economic backgrounds, in an environment where everyone is safe and everyone is valued. If you're looking for a homogeneous, upper-middle-class "public private school," there are other PUSD options. But if you're looking for a real public school where your children will get an outstanding education, this is the place to be!

Submitted by a parent

March 11, 2011


I have been a proud parent and volunteer of Don Benito for the past 6 years. I rate the school and the staff 5 stars, for their excellence in teaching, strangth, leadership, challenging programs and outstanding achievment in bringing parents to be a part of their childs education and having excellent amout of parent envolvement. I high recommend Don Benito to all new families. Most of I would proudly rate our Don Benito principle with an extra 5 stars, for being the most an outgoing, dedicated, strong and excellent leader to all the Don Benito kids, parents, families and friends. The Solano Gonzalez family, loves you all.

Submitted by a parent

February 28, 2011


This is the first year our child attends Don Benito, I have to say that we are very impressed with the school so far. The teacher( Mrs. Huezo) is an excellent educator, she encourages the kids to learn in a fun atmosphere! Parent participation is very good to say the least. We look forward to having our son join the school in few years as well.

Submitted by a parent

January 11, 2011


I have very mixed feelings about Don Benito. The atmosphere there has improved dramatically since the new administration took over last year. However, we have had about a 50% satisfaction rate with teachers; We have had some excellent teachers who convey warmth, intelligence, and a love of teaching. We have also experienced flat, uninspired mediocrity from some of the staff. California public education seems to be hamstrung by the standard requirements placed on teachers. It takes a very special educator to work with and around those requirements while still making learning a good experience. For us, it has been hit-or-miss at Don Benito.

Submitted by a parent

June 22, 2010


Don Benito has experienced so many wonderful improvements this year with the new principal. She's a wonderful leader with a can-do attitude. The teachers respect her and the children adore her. She has pledged to continue high standards for learning despite budget cuts and no doubt, she will keep her word. Our experience with our child's teachers has been nothing but positive. There are high expectations for learning and clear-cut disciplinary policies. Also, teachers facilitate many extracurricular activities such as Odyssey of the Mind, Jumprope-A-Thon, and Literacy Night. They're a dedicated bunch. We're extremely happy with our child's progress and look forward to the time his siblings will attend. We're fortunate to be part of the Don Benito Family! p.s. The buses WILL continue next year!

Submitted by a parent

April 29, 2010


Don Benito is struggling to survive and keep afloat within PUSD. There are many wonderful things that happen at the school and a great deal of parent involvement. The district enrollment is dropping, bussing will be stopping next year and it appears unclear if Don Benito will continue to succeed academically. Will there be large gain in API scores this year, under the current leadership, it will be a challenge to say the least. Schools are judged by test scores not by lines of parents.

Submitted by a parent

January 21, 2010


I have a child in first grade and one that has recently graduated. My children have had very positive experiences over the years and love learning and get very high marks. The new principal is a great improvement over the previous one. I believe she will bring Don Benito back up to where it once was.

Submitted by a parent

January 20, 2010


Every teacher my children had at Don Benito was fantastic. My kids love to learn and I give the teachers credit for that. The previous principal threatened the teachers, lied to parents and put a dark cloud over the school so we left. A previous principal has now returned and I hear that people and teachers are very happy with her. My kids are now in a very good private school and they had no problem adapting to the new schools curriculum.

Submitted by a parent

October 3, 2009


My daughter is finally getting the kind of individualized attention that she needs.

Submitted by a parent

October 3, 2009


My daughter attended Don Benito. She received first rate instruction from caring teachers.

Submitted by a parent

September 23, 2009


The teaching staff at this school (with only two exceptions) is committed and qualified. They are great to work with and understand their role in and the incredible opportunity it is to teach. Our son is fortunate to be there. Unfortunately the silliness from the unqualified administration just keeps on coming. Why Pasadena can't get people that are capable of seeing the big picture I don't know.

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