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About Benjamin E. Mays

Benjamin Mays Profile

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The Saint Paul community established Benjamin E. Mays IB World School in 1977. The school honors Dr. Mays as a leader in education and a great communicator.

Our school is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB)/Primary Years Programme (PYP) school. Benjamin E. Mays helps students gain skills to think critically, communicate, research, ask questions and take action in the world around them.

The IB/ PYP program strives to help students develop an international perspective and become productive global citizens through challenging instruction. Our specialist teachers help students explore their world through Spanish, physical education, art and more.

Students can learn beyond the school day with Freedom Schools Express twice a week. Partnership with the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN) provides us a unique connection to our neighborhood and additional support for our students and families.

We believe a strong partnership between home, school, and the community is important to the success of our students. Hundreds of volunteers read to our students every year, and parents are a powerful force in our school community. 


Pathway: Benjamin E. Mays (Areas A,B,C,E,F) --> Hazel Park, Ramsey or Highland Middle School --> Harding, Central or Highland High School

Special Features

  • Benjamin E. Mays is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) school.
  • Benjamin E. Mays is a Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood School
  • The school has two all-day pre-k classes
  • Interactive Whiteboards in most classroom (K -5)
  • Individual student iPads are available for Personalized Learning (Pre-K through 5)
  • The school offers enrichment classes in Art, Physical Education, Science and Spanish
  • Discovery Club offers a program before and after school (fee charged)

Mays at a Glance

  • Grade Levels: PreK to 5
  • Enrollment: 476
  • School Hours: 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Students Who Identify As:

  • American Indian 1%
  • Asian American 16%
  • African American 72%
  • Hispanic American 6%
  • Caucasian American 4%

Students Who Qualify For:

  • Special Education 14%
  • Free and Reduced Lunch 88%
  • English Language Learning 22%

2015 MCA II Student Proficiency:

  • Grade 3 reading test 25%
  • Grade 3 math test 30%
  • Grade 4 reading test 23%
  • Grade 4 math test 28%
  • Gade 4 math - moderate to high growth rate 64%
  • Grade 5 reading test 29%
  • Grade 5 math test 28%
  • Grade 5 math - moderate to high growth rate 67%