Benson Elementary

Welcome to Barbara Benson Elementary

Benson Elementary is a small, community school located in the heart of Tustin, California. With just over 300 students, Benson teachers and staff develop strong relationships with students and families. As an outstanding California Gold Ribbon and Title 1 Academic Achievement school, we focus on the educational achievement of all students grades TK-5 through rigorous standards and engaging strategies. Using 1:1 iPad technology, teachers provide students opportunities to use technology to enhance their learning opportunities and prepare our students with 21st century learning skills. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a foundation of Benson Elementary as we focus on a proactive approach to providing students with a safe and supportive learning environment. At Benson Elementary our rules are: be kind, be safe, be responsible.

For video tours, please use the links below:
Benson Elementary School Tour Video 
Benson Elementary School Slideshow for School Tours 


Benson Elementary is Home of TUSD and OC's 2020 Teacher of the Year - Allison Goodlander.

Mrs. Goodlander's ability to make 4th and 5th grade academic content interesting, engaging, and attainable is one reason Mrs. Goodlander stands out as Teacher of Year. Using instructional technology to enhance English Language Arts lessons and prepare students with 21st century learning skills, Mrs. Goodlander develops students who not only read literary and informational texts but who are able to discuss themes and write about their understanding in a variety of ways. In mathematics, Mrs. Goodlander makes difficult concepts seem easy as Benson students continue to improve in their ability to solve complex problems. 

Mrs. Goodlander doesn’t just meet students’ academic needs. She has a keen ability to meet students’ social and emotional needs, as well. Fourth and fifth grade students can sometimes find they are in a time of physiological uncertainty which manifests itself in a vast array of emotions and moods. Mrs. Goodlander's perceptive and caring disposition drives her to find time to meet individually with students who may need a private conversation to calm undertenancies or to just lift students' spirits. Through morning greetings, daily check-ins, brain breaks, and teaching self-regulation strategies, Mrs. Goodlander conveys to her students that they matter!

Learn more about Mrs. Goodlander here:
OCDE surprise Announcement! Six exemplary educators learn they're OC's Teachers of the Year.
Rethinking what it means to connect: 10 Orange County teachers share their 2020 perspectives.  


Kind - Safe - Responsible

Class Act

Through Orange County's Pacific Symphony Orchestra

TUSD & OC 2020

Teacher of the Year
Allison Goodlander


California Distinguished School


Title 1 Academic Achievement School

Homepage Slideshow

Benson Jog A Thon 2019
Benson Friday Mornings
Benson Students at work
Benson Library Fun Time