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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D-
El Modena High School is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Orange, CA. It has 2,133 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 30% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.

El Modena High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
30%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1190
247 responses
Average ACT
28
64 responses
AP Enrollment
32%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$85,398
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,777
National
$949
Median Home Value
$652,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.42 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.42 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 80 responses
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  • My favorite school event is our spirit week.
    31%
  • Spirit week at my school is amazing
    21%
  • Football Games
    9%
  • Marching Season and Winter Guard Season
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    6%
  • Getting involved in Science Labs
    6%
  • Blood drives
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,133
Free or Reduced Lunch
48%
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.47 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.47 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.47 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$87,107
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.3%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.60 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.60 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.60 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,397/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.70 responses
26%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.70 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.70 responses
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El Modena High School Reviews

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I am very glad to have attended El Modena High School as opposed to other schools in my area. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly, and the teachers have a passion for what they do. I have never felt intimidated or frightened to ask for extra help on an assignment or test. I have taken advantage of the various courses they offer at El Modena and I have discovered a lot about myself I never would have before. The campus is also extremely diverse and lively, where everyone has their own story and interests. My only complaint about the school is its facilities. The bathrooms are always going in and out of order, the buildings look very run down, and the campus could do well with a few new additions like a parking lot with solar panels and a working elevator for students who are unable to take the stairs. Other than that, I am proud to be a Vanguard!
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You have likely heard of the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover." This cliché is an accurate representation of El Modena. This school is a strange place, a beautiful disaster, an organized chaos. The buildings are decrepit but, take a close look and you will find that the faculty, staff, and above all the diverse pool of students go beyond expectation. Most teachers truly care about their students, the staff works hard and although they are usually moody, it's easy to see that they care and are doing the best they can for El Modena. As for students, you will not find a more dedicated and hardworking group anywhere else! Not only are ElMo students dedicated to academics, so many participate in sports, clubs that range from academic to social activism, and putting together the unique Spirit Week in March. Overall, El Modena students are lucky to have the massive support system from our peers, teachers, and staff, regardless of the poor state of our campus.
I transferred to El Modena my sophomore year. I did not attend at first because it is not the best school academically, but the social environment is very warm and I felt that I belonged to this school even though I transferred during my years in high school. I am very glad for transferring because I met friendly and loving teachers who would help me on my journey to college. They are very understanding and always available to talk, whether it's about schoolwork, situations at home, financial situations, or your personal life. I feel that the community of El Modena is very warming and even events like Spirit Week where the classes battle against each other give a feeling of unity and involvement. However, I feel that if the clubs were more active with students who cared more about community service and volunteering outside of school, I feel that it would be better.