Website – http://benfer.kleinisd.net
Twitter – @BenferKISD
Facebook – http://fb.me/BenferKISD
Phone – (832) 484-6000
Fax – (832) 484-7850
School Hours – 8:05 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
Rating – Met Standard
Enrollment – 785
Mascot – Bobcats
Principal – Shannon Strole
Assistant Principals – Samantha Campbell Penny Smethers
Counselor – Meghan Blakey
Henry Benfer and his wife Elizabeth came by ship from Westfallen, Germany, in 1866. The Benfers bought about 200 acres of land in the Klein area, and had five sons and three daughters. Today, there are over 300 living descendants of Henry Benfer.
Benfer Elementary is located on 39.414 acres and opened in 1977 with Susan Qualls as the school’s first principal.
Benfer Elementary is rated as a Met Standard campus in Klein ISD and received top Distinction Designations in Reading, Math, Science, Top 25 percent student progress and Postsecondary Readiness.
The elementary guidance program assists students to develop the skills they need to enhance their personal, social, educational, and career development. The scope of the services provided by the counselor includes: orientation to new environments; individual and group counseling; guidance activities and class lessons; scheduling; information dissemination; parental consultations; and referral to outside agencies.
Benfer has an active parent volunteer base working in partnership with the staff to enrich the educational program for all students. All volunteers must complete a background check. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available; for more information call 832.484.6001.
At Benfer, student use of technology is an integral part of instruction. Teachers encourage critical thinking through questioning strategies that explore depth of knowledge and lessons are differentiated to meet diverse student needs. Students are encouraged to set personal goals for learning, and their progress is monitored. Prescriptive interventions are implemented to assist students as needed. Learning is often hands-on. Benfer follows the KISD curriculum, click the titles for more details.
In the elementary ELA program, the emphasis is on the development of fundamental reading and writing skills. Reading instruction includes training in phonics, structural analysis, sight word recognition, context clues, vocabulary development, comprehension, study skills, and literary appreciation. Writing instruction teaches students how to use written language appropriately. Instruction includes specific training in grammar, spelling, handwriting, word usage, punctuation, and capitalization, as well as more generalized training in composing written expressions. Skills in speaking and listening are also taught with the instruction for reading and writing.
At the elementary level, students build a foundation of basic understandings for the following: number operation and quantitative reasoning; patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking; geometry and spatial reasoning; measurement; and probability and statistics.
At the elementary level, students learn science basic skills and how to identify components of the natural world. Students study life, earth, and physical science concepts.
In grades K-12, students build a foundation in history, geography, economics, government, citizenship, culture, science, technology and society, and social studies skills. The content, as appropriate for the grade level or course, enables students to understand the importance of patriotism, function in a free enterprise society, and appreciate the basic democratic values of our state and nation.
Music instruction begins in the elementary grades where the curriculum is based on the teachings of Carl Orff and Zoltan Kodaly. Elementary students receive instruction in two, 45-minute classes per week from music specialists. Students in the fifth grade may begin the study of stringed instruments held at the elementary campuses before or after school. Students play instruments, sing, and experience whole body movement while learning to appreciate many genres of music. Fourth and fifth grade choir members participate each year in the Houston Children’s Music Festival. Western dance week is always a favorite.
In visual arts, students examine both natural and man-made objects, explore art elements, and apply art principles in designing, developing and creating original artworks. Student study contemporary, past artists and their peers to enhance their appreciation of art culture and heritage. Klein ISD students may enter their work in many area contests including the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Scholastic Art Contest, VASE, Youth Art Month and many others.