Bennett-Kew TK-5 Elementary School

An Arts School

School Overview

Bennett-Kew is a special “community” that includes a challenging, nurturing environment for students, a positive partnership with parents and community, and a strong focus on the arts.

The entire staff of Bennett-Kew school is dedicated to providing its students with a first class education. Many students are attending our school through intradistrict and interdistrict permits to take advantage of our arts-focused environment.

Our present staff includes sixteen teachers who have, throughout the years, enrolled their own children and grandchildren at Bennett-Kew. We are also proud to have two teachers and four instructional aides who are alumni.

Our teachers are committed to providing an instructional program that develops student competence in academic areas while building positive, self-enhancing, and responsible student behaviors.

Dedicated teachers work to meet the needs of all students. High expectations and clearly defined school-wide/grade level goals and objectives support the school’s commitment to optimal educational achievement.

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Meet the Bennett-Kew Team

Dr. Marzella R. Brown


Mrs. Linda Allen

Office Manager

Ms. Cristina Quintero

Office Manager

Our Focus

We focus strongly on the arts, and on teaching our students how vital education will be throughout their entire life. Bennett-Kew School has been recognized by the State Department of Education as a “High Achieving Compensatory Education School” since 1982. National recognition was achieved in 1993 when we were featured in the Agency for Instructional Technology “Every Child Can Succeed” video and print presentations of successful schools.

We have also been honored to receive the California Distinguished School Award in recognition of our many positive programs, instructional practices and quality team atmosphere. These distinctions indicate excellence as well as longevity and consistency in our educational program.

This has been possible because of the beliefs and commitment of the school leadership, teaching/auxiliary staff, parents/community and students. An academic focus enables all students to be successful learners.

Students see themselves as thinkers, problem solvers and decision makers. Parents participate whenever and wherever they can—from curriculum decisions and budget recommendations to painting classrooms and planting flowers. We are very proud of the sense of the community that our school fosters.

School Highlights

We have had a wide variety of visitors to our school in the past including President George W. Bush, Lynne Cheney, Governor Gray Davis, Senator Diane Feinstein, Former CA Secretary of Education Gary Hart, and Senator Jack O’Connell, to name a few. Bennett-Kew has also been featured on CNN, KNBC, KMEX, KCAL, CBS, and Dan Rather’s Eye On America highlighting our successful language arts program.

In the past few years Bennett-Kew and former principal Nancy Ichinaga, have been featured in articles in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and L.A. Weekly for our instructional programs and academic achievements.

The staff works hand in hand with parents and our community so that together we may raise successful students who will be able to compete with the highest achieving students in the nation.

Our vision is that all students will become participating members of society and will be lifelong learners who appreciate diversity.