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Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, Guin Foss Elementary School has been called one of Tustin’s hidden treasures. Guin Foss opened as Vanderlip School in 1957 and was shortly changed to Guin Foss Elementary, honoring the namesake of a District school nurse. Due to declining enrollment our school was closed in 1978, and for years housed the district’s instructional resource center and adult education classes. We reopened in 1997. It was then that our campus began its transformation into the high-achieving, outstanding elementary school that it is today.

Guin Foss has been the proud recipient of the following awards:

2016 Gold Ribbon School by the California Department of Education
2011 and 2016 Title 1 Academic Achievement School
2010 and 2014 California Distinguished School




At Guin Foss Elementary, we are committed to providing an effective instructional program that promotes educational excellence for all students. Through rigorous standards, engaging strategies and the support of technology, we will encourage students to be independent thinkers and lifelong learners. In a safe, caring, and nurturing environment, Guin Foss students will develop responsibility for learning, as well as pride in self and school.