BENSON (BARBARA) ELEMENTARY

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12712 ELIZABETH WAY
TUSTIN, CA 92780
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Phone: 714-730-7531
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 7
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: Tustin Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 27:1
  • Students/Grade: 59
  • Number Students: 354
  • Number Teachers: 13
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4515
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Deena Vela
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  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
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  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (21 ratings)
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    School Reviews (19 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-02-12
    "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."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-02-05
    "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."
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-02-02
    "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."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-01-27
    "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!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-01-27
    "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."
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