More than just classrooms, SBHS special education facilities include a sensory room, speech and language center, modified P.E. classroom, an educationally related counseling space, and transition classroom for adult students who spend much of their day in the community. Photo provided by SBHS.

Education / Schools

SBHS Life Skills facilities get upgrade

Architects worked with San Benito High School's special education staff to plan amenities for learning spaces in the centralized facility.

Photos courtesy of Ed Wong and provided by SBHS.

Schools & Education

SBHS holds fourth annual Baler Buckaroo Rodeo

Life Skills students participate in events such as steer roping, bucking barrel, barrel racing, goat tail untying and more.

Hollister School District special education teachers. Photo provided by Hollister School District.


HSD Special Education department gears up for new school year

One of the district’s responses to improving special education is by providing staff workshops that are aligned with state mandates to improve instruction and support in the classroom.

Parents Virginia Gardner and Susan Villa, and education advocate Kim Taylor told of their concern and frustration after reading an anonymous letter's accusations at a June meeting of the San Benito High School Board of Trustees. On July 10, Hollister Police said no criminal charges would be filed in relation to the letter's allegations. Photo by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

HPD says no criminal charges in special ed investigation; case remains open

Probe focused on conversations with people who came forward.

Parent Susan Villa, education advocate Kim Taylor and parent Virginia Gardner told the San Benito High School Board of Trustees that they filed reports to the police after receiving an anonymous letter alleging inappropriate sexual language and video images in a classroom, as well as bullying and retaliation against an aide. Photo by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

Anonymous letter claims SBHS special ed students were exposed to inappropriate behavior

Hollister police investigation is underway.

Artwork on display at the Life Skills art reception on May 31. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Art & Culture

Life skills students show art at reception

Works on display at ARTspace Annex in Hollister.

Life Skills students work with teachers and aides to to prepare menu items that are sold to staff members on campus. Photo provided by SBHS.

Business / Economy

Brewing up a Baler partnership

San Benito High School Life Skills students develop business and leadership skills in cooperation with local coffee business.

Buckaroo Jacob trying his hand at roping the calf dummy. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Children and Youth

Baler Buckaroos get a taste of rodeo

San Benito High School FFA and Associated Student Body hold rodeo for Life Skills students.

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Children and Youth

13th annual Gifted Games celebrates inclusion

More than 430 students are signed up to participate in the annual event that gives students with special needs a chance to compete.

A Gifted Soccer match held in the O'Donnell Gym. The lunchtime soccer matches feature Life Skills students and are held indoors when the weather is poor or outdoor on a lawn of the main campus so students can cheer on the participants. Photo by Ed Wong.

Children and Youth

Inclusion programs earn Special Olympics recognition for high school

San Benito High School will receive a banner recognizing it as a "Unified Champion School" for providing an inclusive environment for students of all abilities

The Gifted Games has expanded from a campus event to a regional one, now open to all children and teens with disabilities in San Benito County and the Gilroy School District.

Children and Youth

Inclusion: not just a buzzword at San Benito High School

Staff- and student-driven programs allow students with special needs the chance to participate in all aspects of high school life


Children and Youth

Life Skills students get a kick out of competing

San Benito High School held its inaugural Gifted Soccer game on Feb. 8, offering Life Skills students a chance to compete in a friendly yet competitive match

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Children and Youth

Gifted Games reaches its 12th year

Event has grown over the years to give hundreds of special needs students a feel for the thrill of competition

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Children and Youth

Learning life skills at the food bank

San Benito High School students obtain skills and help others during their weekly visit


Children and Youth

Baler Buckaroo Rodeo for special needs students

San Benito High School FFA and ASB hold inaugural Baler Buckaroo Rodeo for Life Skills students