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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 Bobcats! 


We are so excited to get the 2021-2022 school year going! As we all know, the past year has been challenging, but we are looking forward to getting things as back to normal as possible. 


First, I’d just like to share a little bit about myself. My name is Sydney Benesch and I am honored to be the TOSA/Assistant Principal this year. I have been an elementary teacher for the past seven years. I graduated from UNC with a bachelor's degree in elementary education, and then a few years ago I obtained my master’s degree in literacy from Grand Canyon University. I grew up in Westcliffe, and attended Custer County Schools from preschool through twelfth grade. Much of my family still lives here, and the valley will forever hold a special place in my heart. 


As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, we are excited to welcome our returning students back, as well as many new students and their families. Custer County Schools is blessed with absolutely wonderful, caring teachers and staff who continually put our students first. Student growth, both academically and socially, continues to be at the forefront of our goals. Our entire staff has been working hard to prepare their classrooms and our school, and we can’t wait to see what our students will accomplish this year! 


Sydney Benesch

TOSA/Assistant Principal

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