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Mission Statement

To provide a quality education and a caring community in a safe environment.

Core Values

The district is committed to building a district of choice for students and staff.

The district is committed to...

  • Treating all constituents with respect
  • Student success and achievement
  • Encouraging innovation
  • A focus on excellence
  • Fair and equitable compensation
  • Fiscal responsibility

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Measure S: The Local School Improvement Measure


Last spring the district began comprehensive facilities needs assessment of all district schools.  The assessment included input from stakeholders at each of our seven school sites.  It also included site walk-throughs with representatives from the Benicia Police Department to identify security concerns. This fall the governing board approved a Facility 5-Year Assessment Report that included Deferred Maintenance, Capital Improvements and New Construction.  In February the governing board approved a resolution calling for an election to authorize the issuance of school bonds to be held on June 3, 2014.

To find out more about Measure S click here

Know Your Internet Child

Middle and High School parents and guardians are invited to attend a presentation entitled, “Know Your Internet Child” on Wednesday, April 23rd at 7:00 PM in the Benicia High PAB. This evening event will be presented by the Benicia Police Department in partnership with Benicia Unified School District. Parents and guardians will be given another opportunity to learn local trends in adolescent digital use and tips on how to partner with their children to help them navigate the digital word responsibly and safely. We hope to see you there!” 


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Enrollment for New Students

Benicia Unified is announcing enrollment for all new Benicia students for the 2014-15 school year. Kindergarten and new Elementary student enrollment begins the month of February. Your child must turn 5 on or before September 1, 2014 to enroll in Kindergarten. We also offer Transitional Kindergarten for all Benicia students who turn 5 between September 2nd and December 2, 2014. Enrollment is done at each elementary site by appointment only. Click here to check which site your student will attend and to get more information on enrollment requirements.

Enrollment for our Secondary students will begin in April. Please call our Middle School and High School for more information.

Benicia Unified Announces Teachers of the Year

Benicia Unified is happy to announce the following Teachers of the Year:

Carol Muscolino – Joe Henderson

Barbara Emminizer – Mary Farmar

Mary Wheat – BHS

Kristen Andrews – Matthew Turner

Lisa Golson – BMS

Carmella Della Pia – Alternative Ed. Programs

Karen Thompson – Robert Semple

Congratulations to all of these fantastic teachers.

BUSD convened a committee consisting of teachers and administrators to make a selection of one of these finalist for the district representative to the county, based upon criteria established by national, state and county teacher of the year programs. 

Benicia Named One of the 50 Safest Cities in California

Benicia was named one of the “50 Safest Cities in California” in a report released by SafeWise this week.  To compile the report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data and other ranking factors, like unique safety initiatives and security programs implemented within the past few years. From the hundreds of cities in California, they narrowed the list down to 50 and assigned rankings according to how the city met their criteria.

Cited for its stellar safety record, important factors are Benicia’s unique history and picturesque San Francisco Bay waterfront location, its eclectic collection of things to do, from history to arts to events, along with Benicia’s warm summers and moderate winters for year-round outdoor activities that are important to residents and visitors alike.

Named number 40 out of 50, Benicia is in good company, sharing the list with the neighboring Bay Area cities of Danville, San Ramon, Cupertino, Foster City, Pacifica, Hercules, Windsor, Sunnyvale, Dublin, Lafayette, Petaluma, Pleasanton, and Belmont.    

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Welcome to BUSD


The Benicia Unified School District is located at 350 East K Street in Benicia, CA 94510. The Superintendent of Schools for BUSD is Janice Adams. The district is governed by a five-member Board and serves pre-K, through adult education. The District includes four elementary schools, one middle school, one comprehensive senior high school, one continuation high school, and a pre-school program. Student population for grades K-12 is approximately 5,000 for the 2013-14 school year. The District employs 225 teachers and 150 classified employees.

Well-equipped classrooms and helpful, knowledgeable employees exemplify strong support services. In addition to regular programs, the District also offers curricula for gifted and talented, English learners, pre-kindergarten, and independent study.

Benicia schools rank first in Solano County in the 2013 Academic Performance Index (API) results with a District base score of 852.