News & Announcements

The Well Balanced Student

The Tustin Unified School District is holding three parent/community nights for Challenge Success – learning researched-based strategies for raising healthy teenagers in today’s fast-paced world.  Parents are welcome to attend any community night of preference, even if it is not their school.

Thursday, January 16 – Foothill High School Event Center, 19251 Dodge Avenue, North Tustin  (Please see attached flyer.)

Wednesday, January 29 – Beckman High School Gym, 3588 Bryan Avenue, Irvine

Thursday, January 30 – Tustin High School Cafeteria, 1171 El Camino Real, Tustin

All events will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and there will be food trucks, babysitting available, interpreters, mental wellness vendors and keynote speaker Margaret Dunlap of Challenge Success.

For more information, contact TUSD MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) teacher on special assignment Kris Posavec at or (714) 730-7301 ext. 51428.

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TUSD Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin, far right, congratulates students at the TSMA Every Student Succeeding Breakfast in 2019

The Tustin School Management Association (TSMA) is hosting its seventh annual Every Student Succeeding Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Pioneer Middle School multipurpose room, 2700 Pioneer Road, Tustin.  The event is inspired by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Every Student Succeeding Award program that recognizes students who achieve success in the face of adversity. 

TSMA will recognize 28 students – one student from each elementary, middle and high school in the Tustin Unified School District – for their outstanding achievements while overcoming challenges that are social, emotional, physical or financial.  The challenges may be large or small, anywhere from an adverse physical disability to unfortunate living conditions.

“The breakfast is a very rewarding experience for our students, staff and parents,” said TSMA President and Hewes Middle School Principal Eric Kilian.  

For more information, call the TUSD Communications Office at (714) 730-7339.

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2020-21 School Transfer Requests

The Tustin Unified School District will accept transfer requests between Monday, Jan. 13 at 8 a.m. and Friday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. from elementary, middle and high school students.

Transfer requests can be made online from the TUSD Website at or in person at the District's Transfers Office, 14741 North B Street, Tustin.  All applications submitted during the transfer period will be processed according to a random and unbiased process based on space availability.  Notification of acceptance or denial will be sent in the spring.  Transfer requests submitted after the end of the period will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis on remaining seats.

All Tustin Unified schools will accept qualified transfer applications. 

TUSD offers a "Legacy of Excellence" with a 98% graduation rate (83% of graduates attend college or university), small class sizes, seven National Blue Ribbon Schools, 24 California Gold Ribbon Schools, 24 California Distinguished Schools, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs and 21st century classrooms with Apple iPads for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and Microsoft Surface Pros for high school students.  TUSD student achievement exceeds county and state averages in English language arts and mathematics on both SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test, the standardized test for U.S. college admissions) and CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, the statewide standardized measure of student performance).

Tustin Unified also has a K-12 robotics league and competitions, Spanish Dual Language Immersion program (grades K-5) Pre-International Baccalaureate magnet program (grades 6-8), elementary music program, 13 college and career pathways, Tustin Connect K-12 Blended Learning Online School, award-winning performing and visual arts programs, CIF-recognized athletic programs and sports facilities, and specialized high school programs, such as the Early College Program, International Baccalaureate and Model United Nations.

Additionally, the District's new state-of-the-art magnet middle and high school, Legacy Magnet Academy, which focuses on Technology, Innovation, Design and Entrepreneuship (TIDE), will open in August 2020 with grades 6-9.   

"TUSD welcomes your application and wishes your child every success in 2020-21," said Erick Fineberg, who oversees the transfer program and is principal of Tustin Connect K-12 Blended Learning School.

For specific, detailed information regarding transfers, see the 2020-21 Transfer Procedures posted on the TUSD Website or visit the TUSD Transfers Office.

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School Building


Tustin Unified Schools rank among the best in the State. We focus every day on helping our students thrive. However, our elementary and middle school classrooms are aging. Many are over 50 years old, built before the "digital age." Although well maintained, these schools require significant repairs and upgrades after decades of constant use. Meanwhile, today's teaching and learning standards have changed, requiring more and different instructional spaces. And all our schools need ongoing safety and security upgrades. Over the past two years, Tustin Unified School District, has built a Facilities Master Plan with direct input from over 600 school stakeholders while also engaging and informing thousands of residents regarding our facilities priorities. Measure N is the result of these community conversations, and provides a prudent, responsible plan to address our most critical facilities needs. NO other funding currently exists to repair and upgrade these facilities.

The Three Main Categories to be Covered by Measure N

  • Safety K-12
  • Infrastructure K-12
  • Classroom Modernization K-8

Visit the Measure N Information Page to read more.

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Paula Graham

Paula Graham, school secretary at Myford Elementary School, is retiring!

Paula has worked in the Tustin Unified School District for nearly 28 years.  Paula started as an instructional aide at Jeane Thorman Elementary School.  Later, she worked as an aide at Peters Canyon and Tustin Ranch elementary schools, and as a health clerk at Barbara Benson Elementary School.  In 2000, Paula became school secretary at W.R. Nelson Elementary School and served in that position for 19 years.  She joined Myford School in the current school year.   Her last day at work is Thursday, December 19. 

A retirement celebration will be held on Thursday, January 23, at 3 p.m. in the multipurpose room at W.R. Nelson Elementary School, 14392 Browning Avenue, Tustin.

We thank Paula for her dedicated work and valuable service in TUSD.

Congratulations and best wishes to Paula!

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