Students enrolled 399
School leader Deena Vela
Transportation options Yes
District Tustin Unified

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12712 Elizabeth Way
Tustin, CA 92780

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(714) 730-7531
(714) 730-7368
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Map of Barbara Benson Elementary School address.

4 stars
Based on 16 ratings

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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
June 14, 2012
This is a review for Barbara Benson on Elizabeth Way. Please visit this school during school hours before you send your child there. My child is in Kindergarten, a class of 20 kids. 3 of the fathers are on parole currently. 1 is currently incarcerated. 1 father shows up every day wearing gang clothing and has tattoos of guns and tear drops on his face and eyes. He is a current gang member. This school is an open school meaning there are many kids coming in from Santa Ana. If you dont believe me or this review then I URGE you to go on a tour while school is in session.

- 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
May 05, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
June 18, 2009
My daughter has attended Benson since kindergarten and will be in the 2nd grade come fall, with my son attending kindergarten also. I must state the obvious that the teachers and the principle are all the very best that any school could ever ask for. The involvment by all and with the help of the PTO and all the individual parents makes the a wonderful school for anyone to come to. I look forward to many, many years(at least 8 more) being at Benson and wouldn't want to be any where else.

- 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
June 24, 2005
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- 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
August 22, 2004
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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: 4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top