Benjamin E Mays Magnet

  • Benjamin E Mays Magnet serves 442 students in grades Prekindergarten-5.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 24% (which is lower than the Minnesota state average of 59%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 23% (which is lower than the Minnesota state average of 61%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the Minnesota state level of 16:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 98% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Minnesota state average of 33%.

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School Overview

  • Benjamin E Mays Magnet's student population of 442 students has declined by 10% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 29 teachers has declined by 29% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-5
Total Students442 students
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Total Classroom Teachers29 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Benjamin E Mays Magnet's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has increased from 12:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Benjamin E Mays Magnet is 0.51, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (MN)
Overall School Rank#1668 out of 1,784 schools
(Bottom 50%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
24%
59%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
23%
61%
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Student : Teacher Ratio15:116:1
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American Indian
1%
2%
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Asian
19%
7%
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Hispanic
4%
9%
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Black
67%
11%
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White
2%
67%
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Two or more races
7%
4%
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Diversity Score0.510.53
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Eligible for Free Lunch
81%
30%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
6%
8%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameST. PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, MN Dept. of Education

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5  
Our child just finished kindergarten in the Mandarin Immersion program at Benjamin E. Mays IB World School. This was the first year of the Mandarin Immersion program at this school, and I''m so impressed with the quality of education she's getting. She can already read simple books in Mandarin, has conversations in Mandarin in and out of the classroom, and can write sentences in Mandarin. The Beijing math curriculum was a pleasant surprise for me - it's challenging and effective. By the end of the year, the class was adding and subtracting two digit numbers, could count to 1000, could count change (US currency), and could read an analog clock, all in Chinese. They even did word problems in Chinese throughout the year! I know the Benjamin E. Mays test scores might turn a lot of parents off - but this is one of those cases where the test scores are misleading. (Keep in mind that the first set of tests take place in 3rd grade, and the program just began in the 2011-2012 school year, so Mandarin Immersion students will not be included in the pool of children testing until the 2014-2015 school year.) If you''re interested in Mandarin immersion, please visit and see for yourself how awesome this program is. I think you''ll like what you see!
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