Magnet Program

  • Welcome New Magnet Students and Families! join us on Saturday, April 27th for a fun gathering at Victory Park at the Tustin Legacy. Evite invitations will be sent via email to all new families.
  • The Magnet Excellence Committee supports the program through fundraising efforts and marketing/outreach to local elementary schools. Plan to join the committee for the 2019/2020 school year.

Magnet Program Contributions

For the 2019/2020 school year, the contribution amount varies by grade, based on the projected costs of the field trips and camp.

6th Grade and 8th Grade: $600

7th Grade: $650

Contributions can be made at any time by cash, check or credit.

For credit card contributions, scroll down and click on the Payment Options drop-down to select your grade and payment options (in full or installments). The service fee is included in the payment amount.

Payment by check or cash is accepted at the CT Front Office or by mail: Columbus Tustin Middle School ATTN: PTO Magnet 17952 Beneta Way, Tustin, CA 92780

Make checks payable to "Columbus Tustin PTO" Please be sure to add Magnet + your student's name and grade on the Memo line of your check.

Matching Gifts: Ask your employer if they offer a Matching Gifts program. Your contribution may be eligible to be doubled! All Matching Gift donations are applied to the general Magnet Fund to cover need based financial aid. Matching Gifts are not applied to your specific student or to the $600 fee for your student's participation in field trips or science camps.

Spring welcome afternoon for all new magnet families:

April 27, 2019 (Saturday)

For all new incoming students who will be in 6th, 7th or 8th grade in September 2019

Welcome to our new Magnet Students and their families! This get-together is an informal opportunity to get to know each other, and ask questions of some current students and parents. Click here to RSVP

If you are a current Magnet parent or student and would like to attend, please email

When: Saturday, April 27 from 2-4 pm

Where: Victory Park at the Tustin Legacy; 3300 Park Avenue, Tustin

Magnet Excellence Committee

Purpose: To make sure the CT Magnet Program is the best it can be for everyone involved. The Committee meets once or twice a month. Specific focus areas of the Committee:

  • Welcoming Parents and Students into the Program Examples: New Family Mix + Mingle, Fall Family Picnic, Parents-only Fall Fundraiser
  • Marketing & Outreach Identify what makes the Magnet Program unique in TUSD; update marketing and outreach to elementary schools for 2018 recruiting
  • Fundraising & Program Development Examine current fundraising events and explore additional ways to fund Magnet Program; explore grants and other means to enhance student experiences

Meeting Dates & Times: Monthly from 6:30-8 pm in the CT Teacher's Lounge

2019: February 13, March 6, April 4, May 1, June 5

If you are interested in joining the Committee, please email or call Gina Salzman (213-705-0663)


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If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions regarding the Magnet Program (non-academic), please email

Contribute to the Magnet Program

The CT Magnet Program provides unique educational opportunities to enhance science and math learning. Additional field trips and hands-on activities are hallmarks of the program.

Check with your employer to see if they offer a Matching Gifts program. If so, your contribution could double in value!

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