Barbara Benson Elementary School

  • Barbara Benson Elementary School serves 379 students in grades Kindergarten-5.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 40-44% (which is higher than the California state average of 38%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 40-44% (which is lower than the California state average of 48%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is higher than the California state level of 23:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 80% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the California state average of 76%.

School Overview

  • Barbara Benson Elementary School's student population of 379 students has grown by 8% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 15 teachers has grown by 7% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-5
Total Students379 students
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Total Classroom Teachers15 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Barbara Benson Elementary School's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has stayed the same over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Barbara Benson Elementary School is 0.54, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.41. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CA)
Overall School Rank#2408 out of 9,595 schools
(Top 30%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)40-44%
38%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)40-44%
48%
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Student : Teacher Ratio25:123:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
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Asian
9%
11%
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Hispanic
64%
54%
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Black
1%
6%
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White
20%
24%
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Hawaiian
n/an/a
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Two or more races
6%
4%
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Diversity Score0.540.41
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Eligible for Free Lunch
34%
49%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
14%
9%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameTustin Unified School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

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  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
5  
Love love love this School!! I have 2 children here. Innovative technology in classrooms. Caring dedicated teachers and administrators . Great PTO sponsored programs. Art & Music. In this day and age it is a priceless gift to know your kids are being taught & cared for in a positive environment, and I trust Everyone here at benson. This school is a treasure. Diverse and energetic. Definitely worth a visit.
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5  
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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5  
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.
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5  
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.
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5  
Barbara Benson Elementary is a wonderful school. The teachers and staff are excellent, and shows in the students. I encourage any parent to pay a visit to Barbara Benson Elementary.
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