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Banfield Elementary School

301 17th Street SW
Austin, MN 55912
School Hours: 8:00AM - 2:30PM

Austin Public Schools

About Our School

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Welcome to Banfield Elementary School!

About Our School

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Banfield is located in the southwestern part of Austin, housing approximately 465 students in grades 1st through 4th Home of the Bobcats, Banfield offers all students, music, art, and physical education specialists, on a rotating schedule in addition to their homeroom classes. We also offer a Gifted and Talented program as well as an English Language Learner program. Banfield has two computer labs, a huge media center, and two gymnasiums. We strive to meet your student's educational and social needs at Banfield.

Our teachers are an outstanding staff of veteran and new educators, all with the desire to help each child succeed. We host an excellent Special Education Department, educational assistants who are committed to student learning, and a support staff of food service, custodians, and office personnel all dedicated to helping students and families feel at home at Banfield. In addition, our parent organization is truly dynamic and involved with helping all students achieve academically and all families feel welcomed.

If you are moving to Austin, I invite you to consider Banfield Elementary School. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have, or give your family a tour of Banfield. Please feel free to call our office at (507)460-1200 with any questions you may have or to set up a time to simply come in and talk.

Thank you for considering Banfield Elementary.

Jeff Roland,

Changes in Dismissal Exits

One of the biggest changes in the new school year is the doors in which students can exit at dismissal. Students who walk and are picked up by parents will exit via the main doors in the front of the building, the third grade west doors, the first grade south playground doors, and the exit doors in the specialist hallway. We are not having walking students or students being picked up exiting the doors in second grade and fourth grade that lead towards the two parking lots. This has become a safety issue with students walking/running across the parking lots while parents and staff are trying to leave. Again, the change is for student safety.

Office Information

7:30 - 4:00 Monday - Thursday
7:30 - 3:30 Friday

Phone: 507-460-1200

Elementary Handbook

The parent handbook offers families answers to questions on topics from attendance to recess to birthday treats. Please see the below link to access this handbook.
Elementary School Handbook
Elementary School Handbook in Spanish


Please call the office (507-460-1200) if your child will not be at school. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If we are not available, please leave a message stating your child's name, grade and reason for absence from school. Your involvement is greatly appreciated!


Liz Johnson

Janelle Voigt
Administrative Assistant

Alysa Finnegan
School Nurse

Jake Vela
Success Coach

Chris Napton
School Psychologist

Kendra Hotchkiss
School Counselor