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The Custer County School District serves 389 students from preschool through grade 12.  The 62 staff members include: 29 teachers, 11 para-professionals, 4 administrators and 18 classified employees. Included in the staff members are a VOICE Coordinator, IT & GT Coordinator, Counselor and Librarian.  The district boasts highly qualified teachers in every core subject. Three teachers are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.


Information about the district’s test scores can be found at


Points of Pride

  • The Custer County School District offers many academic opportunities, including Advanced Placement courses, online courses, partnerships with colleges for credit, and numerous electives.

  • The School boasts multiple Boettcher, Daniels and Hurliman scholarship winners.

  • GOT-IT Program - Graduation On Time through Internet Technology. This is an educator supervised online program.

  • State recognition for students in Choir, FFA, athletics and other extra-curricular activities.

Bobcat Statue



Welcome to Custer County Schools! 


We are off to a great start for the 2023-2024 school year! 


I am honored to be the PreK-12 Principal again this year. Before pursuing administration, I was an elementary teacher for seven years. I grew up in Westcliffe, and attended Custer County Schools from preschool through 12th grade. Much of my family still lives here, and the valley holds a special place in my heart. 


Each student who walks through our school doors is an individual, bringing unique strengths and needs to school every day. It is important that our students are connected to school through positive relationships and a strong sense of community. I believe that every student can learn and be successful if provided the right support and opportunities. Our teachers and staff are committed to providing all students with an appropriate and challenging educational experience in a respectful environment that fosters learning and achievement. 


Families and community members play a critical role as partners in supporting our students both at home and in school. I look forward to continuing to build positive relationships with parents and community members. I encourage family and community members to get involved with our staff and students through school activities and volunteer opportunities. 


Custer County Schools is a wonderful, engaging learning community, and I feel privileged to be a part of the Bobcat Family. We appreciate the trust you show in us by sending your children here every day. It’s going to be a great year! 



Sydney Benesch

PreK-12 Principal

(719) 783-4894



Welcome Bobcats!


This school year is looking to be a great year. I am excited to be here and get to know each and every student.


First, a bit about myself. I am the new assistant principal and athletic director. I spent the last year and a half as the athletic director at Longmont Christian School in Longmont, CO. Before that I coached baseball at Liberty Common in Fort Collins, CO, and Resurrection Christian School in Loveland, CO. I graduated from Tabor College with my Bachelors in Communications with a Minor in Coaching, then I graduated with my Master's in Sports Administration from Arkansas State. I was blessed to play baseball all four years at Tabor. 


As this new adventure begins for me, I am excited for this opportunity, and seeing what the students are capable of as I get to know them.

Zach Bissell

Custer County School AP/AD

(719) 783-2291


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