Tustin Unified School District

Tustin Unified School District was created from the 1972 voter-approved unification of the Tustin Elementary School District and the Tustin Union High School District. It is located in Tustin, a city in Orange County, California, United States. Its district territory comprises Tustin, the unincorporated community of North Tustin, and parts of the cities of Irvine and Santa Ana. It has 18 elementary schools, five middle schools, four high schools, one K-8 school, and one adult school.

Tustin Unified School District
300 South "C" Street
, Orange, California, 92780
United States
District information
TypePublic school district
MottoA Legacy of Excellence
GradesK-12, Adult School
Established1 July 1972; 51 years ago (1972-07-01)
SuperintendentDr. Gregory A. Franklin
Business administratorDr. Grant Litfin
School boardTustin Unified School District Board of Education
Chair of the boardLynn Davis
Director of educationChris Matos, Maggie Villegas, Ed. D.
Governing agencyOrange County Department of Education
Budget$66.3 million (2020-21)[1]
Students and staff
Enrollment24,000 (July 2020)
Student–teacher ratio26.2
Athletic conferencePacific Coast League, Empire League, North Hills League, Crestview League
Colors  Blue
Other information
ScheduleHigh School: 7:05am to 1:15pm

Middle School: 8:30am to 2:05pm

Elementary School: 8:00am to 2:23pm

Legacy Magnet Academy Middle School: 8:30am to 2:55pm

Legacy Magnet Academy High School: 8:30am to 3:25pm

History edit

In the 1800s, Columbus Tustin bought 839 acres (3.40 km2) of land to found the city of Tustin. In 1872, he built a schoolhouse and donated to the community, founding what was then called the Sycamore School District. In 1889, the district was renamed the Tustin School District. In 1922, Tustin Union High School opened separately, finally merging with the Tustin School district in 1972 to create the Tustin Unified School District.

In 2003 the Orange Unified School District gave territory to Tustin USD.[2]

Schools edit

There are currently 14 elementary schools in the Tustin Unified School District: Arroyo Elementary School, Barbara Benson Elementary School, Benjamin Beswick Elementary School, Helen Estock Elementary School, Guin Foss Elementary School, Robert Heideman Elementary School, Heritage Elementary School, Hicks Canyon Elementary School, Ladera Elementary School, Loma Vista Elementary School, Myford Elementary School, W.R. Nelson Elementary School, Peters Canyon Elementary School, Red Hill Elementary School (Tustin), Tustin Memorial Academy, Tustin Ranch Elementary School.

There are 3 current K-8 schools: Orchard Hills School, Sycamore Magnet School (TK-8)

The District has 4 Middle Schools: Columbus Tustin Middle School, Hewes Middle School, Pioneer Middle School, and C.E. Utt Middle School

The District has 4 high schools which serves a variety of local cities:[3]

The Foothill High School front office

There is one school that serves grades 6-12: Legacy Magnet Academy. This school has 4 main focuses, simplified through the acronym TIDE: Technology, Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship.

Defunct Schools edit

  • Marjorie Veeh Elementary School
  • Lambert Elementary School
  • Currie Middle School
  • Thorman Elementary School

Adult school edit

In addition to serving children, the Tustin Unified School District serves education to adults (18 years of age or older) and offers services such as:

  • ESL - English as a Second Language
  • CTE - Career Technical Education Pathways at its Tustin Adult School.[4]

Technology edit

In 2013, the Tustin Unified School District, under the Measure S taxation of local residents, adopted a technology program for all of its schools. Elementary and middle schools received Apple iPads and Chromebooks. In their high schools, a Lenovo laptop and Chromebook system were introduced to the students. In 2019, the district opted to update their technology program by signing with Apple for its Elementary and middle schools, and switched to Microsoft's Surface Pro for their high schools. Additionally, the school also signed with Adobe to allow students to receive Adobe Cloud programs such as: Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. These programs are free to all students in the district.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ School District, Tustin Unified (February 20, 2021). "Tustin Unified School District 2020-21 July 1 Budget" (PDF). Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  2. ^ "District Reorganization and Territory Transfers Effective July 1, 2003". California Department of Education. 2006-09-29. Archived from the original on 2006-09-29. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  3. ^ "Schools - Tustin Unified School District".
  4. ^ "Career Technical Education - Tustin Unified School District". www.tustin.k12.ca.us. Archived from the original on 2020-07-15.
  5. ^ "Tustin school district brings advanced, inclusive learning to high schools with Microsoft Surface Pro".

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