Barbara Benson Elementary

Public K-5

 12712 Elizabeth Way
       Tustin, CA  92780-2811


 (714) 730-7531

District: Tustin Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
2771st of 5,662 California Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  25.2
Number of students:  379

Immunizations:

Fully immunized:
97.0%
Measles:
97.0%
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Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
63.3%
White:
19.3%
Asian:
9.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  49.1%

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Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2018, Barbara Benson Elementary ranked better than 51.1% of elementary schools in California. It also ranked 12th among 18 ranked elementary schools in the Tustin Unified School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 46.2. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (63.3%), White (19.3%), Asian (9.5%). (See more...)
Compare Details 49.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Barbara Benson Elementary is 25.2, which is the lowest among 19 elementary schools in the Tustin Unified School District! (See more...)
Compare Barbara Benson Elementary employs 15 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Barbara Benson Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Barbara Benson Elementary 2771st of 5662 California public elementary schools. (See Barbara Benson Elementary in the ranking list.)

Tustin Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Tustin Unified 247th of 856 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Barbara Benson Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 73.47 1174th 4809 75.6%
2005 78.50 990th 4822 79.5%
2006 82.49 853rd 4818 82.3%
2007 82.95 852nd 5113 83.3%
2008 75.43 1168th 5113 77.2%
2009 62.22 1803rd 5193 65.3%
2010 66.68 1641st 5314 69.1%
2011 69.41 1511th 5377 71.9%
2012 68.06 1629th 5390 69.8%
2013 61.72 2015th 5530 63.6%
2015 71.83 1427th 5611 74.6%
2016 75.44 1291st 5614 77.0%
2017 52.97 2379th 5692 58.2%
2018 46.20 2771st 5662 51.1%

Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: California Department of Education

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by a parent
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Open Quote 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. Close Quote


by a parent on FaceBook
Friday, February 6, 2015

Open Quote 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. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Open Quote 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. Close Quote


by a parent on FaceBook
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Open Quote Barbara Benson Elementary is a wonderful school! My child has been enrolled for 2 years now, and I can honestly say that she has grown by leaps and bounds, largely due to the excellence of the teachers and staff. They are kind, attentive and engaging. They are also very easy to work with, and contact after school. For instance, if I have a question and need to email a teacher, I always receive a response very quickly, often within an hour.

The different programs at this school are wonderful. The kids are exposed to Fine arts in an engaging way. There are also "Family Nights" the school organizes that are either free or an extremely affordable way to take the family out for a fun evening.

Lastly, (regarding a previous reviewer's post) there are lots of involved parents helping out at Benson. Also, this school is neither overrun... nor have I ever even seen a gang-banger parent. This claim in my opinion is slanderous and deplorable. The school is filled with bright, intelligent and kind students as well. I would encourage anyone to visit Benson during business hours, so they can see it for themselves. Close Quote


by a parent on FaceBook
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Open Quote Average school but below average non-educated, unemployed parents. Many are gang affiliated with tattoos on their face, neck, etc. No parent involvement at all as well as some very low income children. About 30% are English learners. My biggest concern was the parenting or lack there of. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Barbara Benson Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1993 253 14 21 153 6 n/a n/a 0 447
1994 258 8 20 134 8 n/a n/a 0 428
1995 307 10 29 82 11 n/a n/a 0 439
1996 307 10 29 82 11 n/a n/a 0 439
1997 317 17 27 95 10 n/a n/a 0 466
1998 268 14 28 93 8 n/a n/a 0 411
1999 263 9 40 97 6 n/a n/a 0 415
2000 261 10 44 112 4 n/a n/a 0 431
2001 299 9 41 138 2 n/a n/a 6 495
2002 212 17 37 126 1 n/a n/a 1 394
2003 212 17 37 126 1 n/a n/a 1 394
2004 192 24 30 114 1 n/a n/a 7 368
2005 172 25 33 132 2 n/a n/a 8 372
2006 152 21 29 132 3 n/a n/a 6 343
2007 130 15 32 139 3 n/a n/a 10 329
2008 132 25 38 157 2 n/a n/a 0 354
2009 125 24 38 176 2 3 18 0 386
2010 136 18 34 197 2 5 5 0 397
2011 129 13 30 210 1 2 5 0 390
2012 129 12 31 214 1 2 10 0 399
2013 113 11 32 189 0 2 8 0 355
2014 101 11 37 186 0 2 12 0 349
2015 89 10 35 203 0 1 15 0 353
2016 83 16 33 223 0 1 15 0 371
2017 73 7 36 240 n/a n/a 23 0 379

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Barbara Benson Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1993 447 17.0 26.3 25.7
1994 428 18.0 23.8 20.8
1995 439 17.0 25.8 14.6
1996 439 17.0 25.8 14.6
1997 466 23.0 20.3 20.6
1998 411 21.6 19.0 24.6
1999 415 23.0 18.0 19.5
2000 431 22.0 19.6 18.3
2001 495 25.0 19.8 16.6
2002 394 20.4 19.3 19.1
2003 394 20.4 19.3 19.1
2004 368 18.0 20.4 22.4
2005 372 18.0 20.7 26.6
2006 343 18.0 19.1 24.6
2007 329 17.0 19.4 28.8
2008 354 20.0 17.7 32.8
2009 386 19.0 19.3 32.6
2010 397 17.8 22.3 37.8
2011 390 n/a n/a 39.0
2012 399 15.6 25.5 n/a
2013 355 11.2 31.6 46.8
2014 349 14.0 24.9 43.0
2015 353 14.0 25.2 46.2
2016 371 15.0 24.7 50.1
2017 379 15.0 25.2 49.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Barbara Benson Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1993 447 17.0 26.3 25.7
1994 428 18.0 23.8 20.8
1995 439 17.0 25.8 14.6
1996 439 17.0 25.8 14.6
1997 466 23.0 20.3 20.6
1998 411 21.6 19.0 24.6
1999 415 23.0 18.0 19.5
2000 431 22.0 19.6 18.3
2001 495 25.0 19.8 16.6
2002 394 20.4 19.3 19.1
2003 394 20.4 19.3 19.1
2004 368 18.0 20.4 22.4
2005 372 18.0 20.7 26.6
2006 343 18.0 19.1 24.6
2007 329 17.0 19.4 28.8
2008 354 20.0 17.7 32.8
2009 386 19.0 19.3 32.6
2010 397 17.8 22.3 37.8
2011 390 n/a n/a 39.0
2012 399 15.6 25.5 n/a
2013 355 11.2 31.6 46.8
2014 349 14.0 24.9 43.0
2015 353 14.0 25.2 46.2
2016 371 15.0 24.7 50.1
2017 379 15.0 25.2 49.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Barbara Benson Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201295.0%5.0%0.0%0.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%
201378.0%4.0%2.0%16.0%87.0%89.0%91.0%80.0%80.0%
201495.0%3.0%0.0%2.0%97.0%95.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%
2015100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201695.0%4.0%1.0%0.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%
201794.0%1.0%0.0%4.0%98.0%98.0%≥99.0%97.0%96.0%
2018≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
201997.0%2.0%0.0%98.0%98.0%97.0%98.0%97.0%

Data source: California Department of Public Health




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Department of Education.

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