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Nelson Elementary

Nelson Elementary School is named after former Tustin Unified Superintendent, W. R. Nelson. Built in 1965, at the time it was one of 11 elementary schools. Today it is one of 18 elementary schools.


W. R. Nelson provides rigorous and engaging learning experiences for more than 500, preschool through fifth grade, 21st century learners. We are a Title I school committed to implementing best teaching practices to meet the needs of our diverse students. There is an intangible, yet palpable sense of ownership and connectedness to the welfare of the greater community. Our dedicated teaching staff and parents work in relentless pursuit of our mission: We at W.R. Nelson will not rest until all our students’ needs are met through high expectations, communication, and collaboration.

Nelson teachers and students are creating, collaborating, communicating, and thinking critically in a technology rich environment. With 1:1 iPads in second through fifth grades, we are committed to technology integration. On site instructional coaching supports this purposeful integration.



Parents, through the PTA, generate thousands of dollars in support of instructional programs. These include subsidizing field trips, providing Fibo Art, and extra curricular activities like our annual Trunk-or-Treat, Movie Night, carnival, and astronomy night. Along with our monthly PTA and ELAC meetings, Padres en Accion fosters parent involvement by engaging parents as active volunteers and advocates in their children’s lives. Parents provide supervised games three days a week during lunch recess.