Award Year: 2017

Robert Bennis Elementary School

2001 South Sioux Boulevard
Brandon, SD, 57005-1705

(605) 582-8010

Mrs. Karen Colleen Heyden, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Kristin Elizabeth Hofkamp, Current Principal

Brandon Valley School District 49-2

School Website


We will prepare our students to be life long learners and productive citizens through a positive learning environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 96%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 21%
Students arriving for learning at Robert Bennis Elementary.

Students arriving for learning at Robert Bennis Elementary.

Robert Bennis Elementary was built in 2003 in Brandon, SD, which is a suburb of Sioux Falls, SD, located in the southeast corner of the state. We serve over 500 children and are one of four elementary schools in the Brandon Valley School District. The student body consists of Junior Kindergarten through fourth grade. RBE is the only school in our district that is not a Title I school, and we have learned to accomplish and achieve more with less resources. RBE has created a legacy of academic success and has maintained these results for over a decade.

The mission of Brandon Valley is to prepare our students to be lifelong learners and productive citizens through a positive learning environment with the cooperation of students, educational staff, parents, guardians, and the community. Teachers in our school focus on teaching the whole child and foster the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. We have created the climate and culture of being a unified family.

Lifelong learning is held in high esteem at Robert Bennis. Robert Bennis staff members are gratified but never satisfied, and are always striving to improve. Staff members are self-motivated and achieve their goals by actively pursuing outside learning to advance their craft.

Robert Bennis Elementary encompasses the qualities of excellence worthy of National Blue Ribbon recognition. We have a shared vision that involves students, parents, community, and staff with high expectations for professionalism to continue to excel in meeting the needs of students academically, emotionally, and socially.