Tustin’s long awaited magnet school has opened

September 1, 2016 by  

It was years in the making, but Heritage Elementary has finally welcomed its first students.

Construction of the long awaited STEAM Magnet School, in the Tustin Legacy planned community, was finished five years ago. Due to lower than predicted home construction in the adjacent Columbus Square neighborhood, the Tustin Unified School District decided the time was not right to launch the new school, until now.

Tustin residents can now see the fruits of the bond levy they have been paying on for several years with the inauguration of Heritage Elementary for the 2016-17 school year. The building complex, however, has not sat ideal since its construction. Instead, it served as a temporary home to Hillview High. Lambert Elementary will host Hillview, a continuation school, for this year.

Every new school year brings with it the challenges of making adjustments to changing demographics and circumstances, and the setting up of the school itself has added to the challenge. Beth Rabel Blackman, Heritage Elementary principle, was still working out the logistics for the school’s 280 students only a week prior to the first day of school.

At present, only half of the school’s 20 classrooms are being utilized due to the lower number of higher-grade students wishing to transfer to a new school. The school’s letterheads and logo design, while a novelty now, will soon become a familiar sight to Heritage’s students and parents.