School Details

El Modena High School

3920 Spring Street, Orange, CA 92869
(714) 997-6240
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2207 students 23 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Orange Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Orange Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

El Modena High School is a public high school in Orange. The principal of El Modena High School is Dustin Saxton, whose e-mail is dsaxton@orangeusd.org. 2,207 students attend El Modena High School and identify as Asian; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 12% of the El Modena High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 45% of the 2,207 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at El Modena High School is 23:1. Ousd Community Day School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 6% 10%
Hispanic 58% 46%
White, non-Hispanic 32% 36%
Unspecified 2% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Filipino 1% 2%
Multiracial 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 30102%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 35%
Limited English proficiency 12% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    This school is probably the best high school in the county. Few schools in OC will provide an excellent honors/AP program in a cultured & diverse environment. Let's face it OC youth is known for being privileged & spoiled therefore because of it's diverse environment El Modena grounds its students & allows them to be more humble and thoughtful about the society they live in. All high school student bodies are cliquey but ElMo is overall a welcoming and united community. The teachers are very involved in student activities & are very accessible for extra help. The only department that needs reorganizing is the science department since a lot of excellent teachers left. ElMo has one amazing & dedicated math teacher who teaches three levels of math and provides tons of before and after school help. It does need more math teachers & I hope they start paying attention to hiring more dedicated staff like Mrs. Lissner! I recommend all students to take honors & AP classes because they are one of the most challenging & rewarding classes you can experience. The sports department is excellent for anyone interested in softball or baseball. The football team is laughable but we embrace it.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughters freshman year at El Modena HS was wonderful. From the first day of registration 2011/2012. The staff and students were kind and heplful. She met new people became good friends with several of them. She joined track n field & cross country. She still continues to get outstanding grades in her Honor classes. Thanks again to the staff and students for making her feel welcome with open arms. Keep it up VANGUARDS!

  • (3 years ago)

    El Modena High School is a great school for your child to attend. The teachers are dedicated and motivate the students. There is Wednesday tutoring available for students. The ASB and school spirit is wonderful. The principal and staff is very proactive. Parents receive messages at least twice a month about upcoming events or what is happening at the school.

  • (3 years ago)

    An outstanding staff terrific kids and supportive parents make El Modena a shining example of what a high school should be. In my 20+ years in public education I have never seen more committed caring or capable instructors. I work at El Mo and I can assure you that my own kids will be attending there. Go Vanguards!

  • (3 years ago)

    El Modena has been a fantastic school for my children to attend. They have an excellent honors program a principal who is so devoted and excellent at what he does and real school spirit! It is ranked high in the state when compared to similar schools and has high AP test pass rates. I think this has been a great high school experience and am proud to my kids are Vanguards!

  • (4 years ago)

    Interesting comments by the last two reviewers--one about lack of pride in El Modena and the other about punishment. The school provides an outstanding education which is why it is ranked 10 out of 10 when compared to similar schools and an 8 out of 10 statewide. It also has some of the highest AP pass rates in Orange County. El Mo graduates attend some of the finest universities and colleges in theb country including Harvard Yale Stanford UCLA and many others. El Modena does set high academic and behavioral expectations for students but these are clearly communicated and constantly reinforced. The staff really does not tolerate students who defy those expectations so if your child is out of control or simply unmotivated to do what is asked you can expect consequences.

  • (4 years ago)

    It's an education nothing more. I never really attached myself to the school I honestly could care less about school "pride" in a high school like this. I'm a senior here and it seems the school focus more on sports and supporting those in it than those actually trying to get an education anywhere else. However decent programs for graphic arts just received new computers and programs this year (Adobe CS4 (all programs in the pack) 3DS Max 2011 Maya 2011 Mudbox 2011 Motionbuilder 2011) classes in graphic arts/animation were my favorite great teacher! However I can't say the same for a good number of other teachers for other basic classes. Most of them are mixed you get good teachers you get bad ones. Overall its simply an average high school. You get your diploma and move on to better things.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child at this school is not very pleased with the system that El Modena High School has to offer. I have been in the office speaking with my child's counselor and it seems to me that punishment is more of a priority than getting students ahead such as my child. It is very hard for a parent to go to work and know that my child has to go through such a poor education system. The problem is the staff in general the teachers simply do not make El Modena a good place to be. The area is nice however the teachers and other staff members make the experience a waste of time and government money. This school needs to be changed for other students are going into the school constantly and the main thing which makes it worst are those who are graduating. To see those unprepared with a diploma is a difficult struggle. To know that students are being treated as unprepared adults makes the whole "American Dream" a joke. This needs to be accounted for a serious matter this is not an exaggeration.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am so fortunate to be a student at El Modena. The teachers are incredible in the sense that they encourage and motivate us to strive for our goals no matter how unreachable they may seem such as passing an AP test. The administration works hard to make our school a safe and fun environment that enables us to learn and grow into the young adults we wish to be. What more can you ask for?

  • (4 years ago)

    I LOVE EL MODENA HIGH SCHOOL! There are so many things to be proud about when being a Vanguard. The students get along with one another teachers are fantastic at what they do especially the English department and there is an overwhelming amount of school spirit! I love my school!

  • (4 years ago)

    A phenomenal school that has only pushed me closer to my goals. The atmosphere at school is caring and friendly at school I feel safe and feel that i'll never be judged. Going to Elmo is something I can truly be proud of.

  • (4 years ago)

    A fantastic school that allows all students to be who they are in a friendly and safe environment.

  • (4 years ago)

    All of my children have attended El Modena and I do not regret a single thing about it. This school is successful academically with teachers that spend much time outside class to help students. I can say this from my own children whose teachers were more willing to help.

  • (5 years ago)

    Math teachers us MIMEOGRAPH papers read paperback books in class; admin staff routinely forgives absences undermining parent consequences.

  • (5 years ago)

    El Modena has great academics and an awesome marching band! This school has more to offer than most private high schools in Orange County.

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent academics in the Honors and AP programs. Caring faculty and administrators.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am currently a senior at El Mo and i simply love it at this school. the environment is very inviting.... the teachers as well as the students seem to connect and get along with everyone. its as if it were a big family full of life. i came from villa park high school where i attended my freshman sophomore and junior year but i wish i had been here at El Mo the whole time

  • (5 years ago)

    El Modena is an awesome school and a million great things have happened. We have a tremendous staff that keeps me interested in learning. We have the best AP teachers with some of theh highest pass rates in the OC. El Mo is the best kept secret in orange and peoplepass judgement on it too quickly. It's not a gang banger school. It is a melting pot of different unique people and truly prepares student for life after college.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm currently a senior at El Modena High School and I have had a wonderful experience. Of course there were some difficulties and not everything was perfect but my overall experience has been amazing. The honors and ap program are amazing (and our scores beat the other schools in our district in passing rates). Some of the sports are amazing and others aren't as succesful but that doesn't really matter. This year has been a year of change. The morale has increased do to energetic and optomistic students and staff members. I honestly believe the administration has improved immensely. They really care about students succeeding and they are trying to inspire change and improve school spirit but I think students need to be open to change also. Students have to care if they want to succeed. The school can't force them to.

  • (5 years ago)

    Four of our kids went to Elmo and our experiences ran the gamut from good to terrible. Most of the teachers were wonderful and truly went above and beyond what was expected. There were several who had issues of their own but that happens anywhere. My biggest problem with the school is the administration which seems to be more about grandstanding than serving students and staff. All talk and no follow through.

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