Benchley/Weinberger is a dynamic, high-performing, California Distinguished School with a focus on achievement through communication. Our goal is for all children to develop a passion for learning by providing a challenging curriculum and teaching high-level communication skills across all content areas by way of technology, collaborative conversation, and project-based learning. Children experience rigorous, common core standards-based lessons, designed purposefully to meet the needs of every student.
Media Lab, library, and classroom devices are used to support and enhance teaching and learning. Students create their own Panda xPress Newspaper talking about their experiences from their field trips to theater performances, museums, floating biology labs, along with art lessons, music, dance, theatre, Physical Education, and in- house cultural assemblies addressing the multiple learning styles of our students. Our Panda Pal program regularly matches older and younger students for further communication opportunities and social skills building.
Our ethnic diversity promotes a positive awareness and understanding of many cultures by way of our “School with Heart” (c2012) program, calling upon our entire learning community to honor all people. By signing our “Heart” contract, all stakeholders commit to: practicing respect, speaking up for themselves and others, advocating for their own learning, positively resolving conflict, remaining curious, and being of service.
Benchley-Weinberger offers a school-wide GATE program to all students in all classrooms.
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