Welcome to the website for Twenty First Century Charter Schools, Inc, known in our community for over 29 years as Bennett Academy, and at Venture Site for 18 years. We are a small, free public charter school in Phoenix, Arizona. We are now accepting students in grades K – 3rd at Venture Site.


Our supportive classroom environment enable our students to achieve high levels of academic success with confidence and competence.  We have an overarching focus on developing a student’s communication, critical reading, and thinking skills.


This year we are enhancing our teaching approaches and curriculum to better include the needs and preferences of young children born during the Alpha Gen Era.


Bennett Academy - Venture Site

Kinder - 3rd Grade

Step into the world of Bennett Academy, where excellence is celebrated, potential is nurtured, and students are empowered to achieve their best!


We believe that a solid basic education using tried and effective reading, writing, and arithmetic methods will equip students to perform with expertise and prepare him or her to easily access the curriculum in the classroom.


Our small, peaceful community with a warm, family-like atmosphere fosters an environment where students can learn, grow, and thrive. The teachers and administration have served this school for several years.



The Venture Site curriculum is broad and challenging and expanding.

It is based on three compatible, established, and effective approaches.

These are The Spalding Writing Road to Reading method, The Bennett Traditional strategies, and the Montessori model.


We offer visual arts instruction and appreciation, singing and music appreciation, and our award winning theater program. Students learn to express themselves through our Arts programs.



Average Teacher Salary

(A.R.S. §15-903.E)

  • Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2023 (budget year): $42,692
  • Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2022 (prior year): $44,166
  • Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year: –$1474
  • Percentage increase: -3.3%
  • Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2018: $38,313
  • Total percentage increase in average teacher salary since FY 2018: 11.4%
Staffing FY 2022

(A.R.S. §15-903.E)


  • Teachers: 14 FTE (full-time equivalent)
  • Staff to Pupil ratio
    • General Education 24:1
    • Special Education 16:1