Benchmark School

Why choose Benchmark? When your bright child has a learning difference, you want to be sure that you are choosing an educational home where your child will be understood, supported, and thrive.
At its founding in 1970, Benchmark School was an educational pioneer in supporting children who learn differently, and it remains so today. In our five decades of helping children with learning differences, we have graduated thousands of students who have gone on to thrive educationally and professionally. Our time-tested approach and proven successes are unparalleled.
Benchmark School's mission is to help bright students who have yet to reach their potential become confident and strategic thinkers, learners, and problem-solvers who meet with success in school and in life.
We believe that every child is entitled to a learning environment where there is respect for uniqueness and instruction is designed to build on students' strengths, help address their weaknesses, and develop their potential.
Benchmark develops self-efficacy, confidence, social skills, and motivation for learning along with a focus on academic skills.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 1-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs Supporteddyslexia, executive functioning, language-based learning differences, ADHD, ADD, dysgraphia, dyscalculia
Year Founded1970
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students184 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Benchmark School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers43 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(khaki pants or skirt & collared shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesGrades 1-5: $38,440 Grades 6-8: $39,995 (includes the use of a MacBook for each student)
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorMegan Wonderland
Admissions AssociateDanielle Miller
Endowment Size$9 million


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Field Hockey, Golf, Indoor Soccer, SoccerBasketballField Hockey,
GolfIndoor Soccer,

School Notes

  • Benchmark believes each student is a unique individual whose potential has not been fully realized.
  • We believe that every child is entitled to a learning environment where there is respect for uniqueness and instruction is designed to build on students' strengths, help address their weaknesses, and develop their potential.
  • Self-efficacy, confidence, social skills and motivation for learning are emphasized along with a focus on academic skills.
  • Instruction at Benchmark is provided in an environment that is structured and supportive while being intellectually stimulating.
  • Our graduates are prepared to find success in high school, college and beyond, with virtually all of our graduates going on to higher education, attending many of our nation's top colleges and universities.

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