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Tustin, CA
Students enrolled: 399

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12712 Elizabeth Way
Tustin, CA 92780

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(714) 730-7531
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February 12, 2015
My child attends on an Intra-district transfer. I actually selected Benson Elementary over our home school. They incorporate updated technology for a greater learning experience and provide outstanding extra curricular activities. The school has a great mix of students and the teaching staff is excellent. We were lucky enough to have Ms. Ezaki as my child's Kindergarten teacher. So the first experience at school was a very positive one. Ms. Mayer in the office is always helpful and kind. Additional plus, the Principal Ms. Vela has brought great programs to the school, such as the Brave program from the Joyful Child Foundation. We are looking forward to our youngest child attending next year.

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2015
I have had both of my kids at this school since kindergarten. One is in middle school now and my youngest is in his final year at Benson. I have had the opportunity to interact with ALL the teachers in one way or another. I feel that these teachers give their heart and soul and most importantly, their time to each and every one of the students at Benson. Both my children have thrived and come into their own, have been on honor roll, made beautiful work of art, been part of all the activities, and I contribute that to the Benson staff. I'm so very glad that my family has had such a wonderful experience at such a wonderful school. You would be wise to look into this great little hidden jewel of a school.

- submitted by a parent

February 02, 2015
Barbara Benson Elementary is a truly inclusive school for students of all ability levels. Here at Benson we encourage all students to reach their full potential and be proud of their work, school and community. I am so proud to be a part of Benson Elementary.

- submitted by a teacher

January 27, 2015
Teachers and staff genuinely care about the well-being of the whole child at Benson Elementary. It's an academically rigorous, technology-forward, and supportive learning environment for all students. I highly recommend this hidden gem!

- submitted by a community member

January 27, 2015
Benson is an amazing little school with a giant heart! I have two children at Benson. We tried Tustin Ranch after moving into the area, because besides TMA it is THE school most parents think is best. I knew by the second day I had made a huge mistake. Benson has an amazing staff. Mr. Ricky is popular with all the kids & parents alike. Mrs. Vela is approachable and concerned about each student. As former technology coordinator for the district, Mrs. Vela and the teaching staff have made advanced technology a part of daily learning. Due to its small size, 5th grade teachers know kindergarteners by name. All of the teaching staff above 3rd grade are GATE trained. Finally, Benson has several special day classes for special needs students. It is a diverse little school with a more realistic picture of what it means to live in a diverse society than many OC schools. One of my children has some learning challenges, and Benson teachers, Resource teacher and staff have been amazing in supporting and accommodating him in the general education environment. Benson is a hidden little gem, and is the "Cheers" of Tustin Unified. It is a family oriented, child centered school.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2015
Benson is such a close school community that focuses on what is best for students!

- submitted by a teacher

January 06, 2015
I have one child enrolled in Barbara Benson Elementary, and it is an excellent school in my opinion. The teachers and staff are dedicated, kind and hardworking. The kids are kind, jovial and respectful. Parents are involved and helpful, and the school's atmosphere is always very friendly and upbeat. The kids are exposed to the cultural arts via various programs that I love. Also, Benson organizes "Family Nights," where whole families can come to the school grounds and enjoy either free or very affordable entertainment. As far as the students' school work is concerned, I feel that the kids are pushed but not overloaded. Homework is reasonable and relevant, and I can see my daughter achieving the goals that are needed, while still enjoying being at school and being a kid. Regarding the comment about gang member(s) & etc.; I remember reading that comment years ago and being very concerned. All I can say is that reviewers experience has not been our experience AT ALL. Benson is a wonderful school. I have another child that I will not hesitate to enroll when the time comes. I hope my review can help ease other parents' minds on the matter.

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2014
What a great school! It is the best kept little secret! Excellent teachers, staff and community!

- submitted by a community member

June 14, 2012
Benson is Tustin's hidden gem for an elementary school. The teachers, office staff and parents are wonderful. The parent who wrote the parents are questionable, gang affiliated, etc." must have reported the wrong school, because Benson is nothing of the comments written. Benson is very family oriented and all-around #1. Go check it out for yourselves.

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2012
My family and I have had a wonderful experience there @ Benson! I had my 2boys go there and the teachers are very caring and very helpful and all the staff too! especially Cindy, school's secretary! She is awesome, always so helpful! thank you Benson and Staff for giving my boys and I an awesome experience and education! Unfortunately, we had to move just recently but will my boys will always remember your school!

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2011
I used this site to find Benson when I was looking to transfer into the TUSD. It is a decision I have never regretted. My children have both attended Benson for the last 4 years and the school is like our extended family. Benson's Principal truly cares about her students, which is evident in her daily interaction with them and the teachers. I would even say she knows each one of those kids by name! Benson has an active PTO, always striving to keep the school fun by funding after school programs, musical classes and other interesting events. Benson is a welcoming gesture to transfers when other schools tend to "call you later IF we have room." This is our last year at Benson and my children and I have had an amazing experience in this little charm of a school. I would highly, highly recommend Benson to anyone!

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2011
Barbara Benson is a great school. We moved to Tustin 3 years ago and I had many elementary schools to choose from. I chose Benson because my nieces both went to the school and they both loved it. They felt loved, they learned, and they made some great friends. I loved that the Principal got to know each student and was always out and involoved in everything. The parent support at this school is AMAZING. Benson is our home and I am happy to be here.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2011
My two kids go to Benson, 2nd and 4th grade and they love everything about benson. The all of teachers and principle are nice, friendly and approchable. Thank you TUSD for having a great small school for my kids.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2011
Benson is the best kept secret in the Tustin Unified School District. This is a school where kids thrive. The school is charming, the staff is personable, parents are very involved, and the programs that are unique to this school are plenty. In these difficult fiscal times, this elementary still has programs that encourage creativity, art, problem solving, creative writing and so much more! The students and their families are part of something special. The teachers at this school pay close attention not only to their own students, but show kindness and care for all. My children have absolutely thrived academically and socially at this school.

- submitted by a parent
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April 13, 2010
My kids had the best experience ever at Benson... The teachers and all the staff is awesome and they have the best parent involvement ever!

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2009
I have had my child here since Preschool and I can't say it enough on how happy I am with the quality of education and care that I get not only from the teachers but also from the Principal and school staff. It is such a great pleasure to know that my child is getting the type of education in a public school that he would get from a private school. Kudos to the Teachers/Principal and personnel of this great school.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2006
I have 2 children in this school. I could not do it without the exceptional teachers, administration and Mrs. Fresch! They offer exceptional programs and help my children feel good about school and themselves. There is a tremendous amount of parent involvement which helps the children take their education seriously! My children struggle in school and even though I do not expect them to, I am touched by the amazing effort all of their teachers have lovingly, willingly provided. Thank you PTO! Thank you Mrs. Fresch! Thank you all Benson teachers...'Benson's Best!'

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2005
We love Benson! Experienced teachers, a dynamic principal and very involved parents make this a special school. The PTO offers enhanced art, music and academic programs, and Benson has an excellent computer center. It has a smaller student body than most Tustin schools (about 380) and is on a large campus with recently remodled buildings. Benson test scores are only slightly lower than the local academy/gifted school. Half of the students transfer in from other parts of the district to go to Benson. There is a lot of diversity in the student body and the students are generally supportive of each other. Our kids really enjoy it here.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2005
Being at Benson Elementary in Tustin has been a huge blessing to my daughter and I. The staff at Tustin Unified and on site at school have never ceased to attend dutifully & genuinely to every detail of both mine and my daughters needs. Accomodating, professional, and dedicated to the kids. School offered programs are exceptional, quality of teaching and parent involvement distinguish this school above the typical elementary. 2004 marked the award of being a California State Distinguished school. A magnet school, Benson's true value lies in the partnership of parent involvement and school staff. Well worth the petition and efforts to attend. Art Masters, Computer Technology, Cultural Series, Women in History, LEAP, (Learning Enrichment Program), Class Act Music Program, Volleyball Teams, and GATE include a fraction of the programs offered in this incredible school. Being at Benson has enriched our lives to an immeasureable value. You should go!

- submitted by a parent

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Barbara Benson Elementary School
12712 Elizabeth Way, Tustin, CA  92780
(714) 730-7531
Last modified Barbara Benson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Barbara Benson Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top