50th Anniversary

Benchmark School is celebrating 50 years of transforming children's futures. Here, we are proud to share our virtual celebration of our 50th Anniversary year.

COVID-19 has curtailed our plans to gather and celebrate in person, so we have turned to the medium of video. Through video, we are exploring and sharing our past from the time of our founding to present day. 

We'll be producing five videos over the course of the year—one for each decade of Benchmark's history.

1970s

To begin, we revisited our founding decade: the 1970s. Listen to our founder, Dr. Irene Gaskins, and other pivotal players in Benchmark's history, reveal the stories behind how our school came to be.
 

1990s

We reflect on the 1990s in this video, looking back at the maturation of our program, the arts enhancements, and the expansion of our middle school. 

1980s

Travel back in time to watch as Benchmark refined our instructional techniques, expanded the beloved summer program, and launched the middle school.

2000s

In our video celebrating the 2000s, we look at the changes wrought by technology in the classroom, the construction of our middle school wing and our performing arts center, and the advent of Robb Gaskins's leadership of Benchmark.