"Earning our stripes, one day at a time"

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"Students leave San Benito as scholars"

Learner Profile

Our learner profile was created by our teachers and compiled into an image of what each students' stripes look like when they exit our learning-focused community.

S.T.E.A.M. All Day

Science-Technology-Engineering/Environmental Ed-Art-Math

To best address the needs of our 21st century learners and to prepare them for a technology based future, our school is focused on incorporating STEAM education throughout the day.

Each classroom begins each day with 30 minutes of "But First, STEAM" involving a STEAM focused lesson, every child from Pre-K to 5th grade has a science notebook, and 1st through 5th grade classrooms have 1:1 Chromebooks.

This year our focus is to incorporate STEAM throughout the entire day making it apart of our daily instruction time.

Artists in Residency

Each year in the spring students participate in visual performing arts lessons taught by local artists. Each year students will focus on either drumming, dancing, acting, or visual arts. Students present and perform everything they have learned during our annual Art Showcase. This program is entirely funded by our Live and Silent Auction that takes place during the Art Showcase thanks to the hard work of our PTA!

A Green Ribbon School

We have been honored at the Gold Level in 2020 and at the Silver Level as a Green Ribbon School in 2019 by the US Department of Education. To qualify our school needed to demonstrate efforts in creating a sustainable environment for our learners, environmental education, and significant strides for health wellness among staff and students.

Student Clubs

San Benito is proud to offer lunch and after school clubs for students to explore their interests outside of the classroom.

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Multiple Grades

ASL Club meets after-school to teach students American Sign Language.

Garden Club guided by One Cool Earth takes place once a week during lunch for students interested in helping in the garden and doing garden activities.

2nd and 3rd Grade

2nd and 3rd graders may join STEAM Squad: Destination Imagination after school on Tuesdays to engage with different engineering challenges and technology led by Mrs. Gaeta and Ms. Edgar.

4th and 5th Grade

4th and 5th graders lunch clubs include arts and crafts, Math Olympiads, Mad Math Dash, and intramural sports led by our wonderful IAs.

Student Council is available to students who run for an elected position led by Mrs. Vermurlen and Ms. O'Dell.

After school we offer a Robotic Club which guides students through building robots and participates in local competitions ran by Ms. Amendola.

Battle of the Books is an exciting district-wide reading competition led by Mrs. Mueller.


Young Journalist Produce The Bengal Bugle

San Benito's student run newspaper, The Bengal Bugle, is interviewed by Atascadero News for their work on San Benito's first newspaper.

San Benito returns to in person instruction

SLO County district resumes in-person classes: ‘This place is nothing without the students’

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Gold Award Green Ribbon School Recognition

San Benito Elementary is recognized by California Green Ribbon Schools for their efforts to promote sustainability and environmental education.

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San Benito's Destination Imagination Teams take Silver

San Benito's Destination Imagination second grade and third grade teams both place second at our 2019 regional competition.

Our second grade team, "Top Level Inventors," competed in the technical challenge where they created a cleaning robot. Our third grade team, "STEAM Squad," competed in the engineering challenge in which they built a bridge out of cards and duct tape.

CAPS Teacher Spotlight

CAPS recognizes San Benito teacher for her creative distance learning lesson.

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California Green Ribbon School Shout-Out

3rd graders design a house with a leak proof roof at San Benito Elementary

Second Grade Engineers Give Back

Students in Ms. Edgar's class created cat toys using recycled items to give a holiday gift to local shelter cats.

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San Benito Partners with Cal Poly to house Radio JOVE Telescope

Drops of Jupiter — Liberal studies senior project aims to inspire the next generation of scientists

Honoring Mrs. Sims

Students honor teacher with breast cancer on her last day of treatment

Weather Balloon Launch

San Benito launches weather balloon with the help of Meteorologist John Lindsey during Science Night

San Benito Teachers at Cal Poly

Teachers are doing their homework at Cal Poly's STEM focused summer institute to learn from one another about best practices in teaching STEM and teaching English Language Learners