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Overall Niche Grade
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  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 2,092 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.
Address
3920 Spring St
Orange, CA 92869
Telephone
(714) 997-6240
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El Modena High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
30%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1180
213 responses
Average ACT
27
59 responses
AP Enrollment
32%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    D
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$81,851
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,693
National
$949
Median Home Value
$620,500
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
72%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.39 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.39 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 68 responses
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  • My favorite school event is our spirit week.
    32%
  • Spirit week at my school is amazing
    22%
  • Marching Season and Winter Guard Season
    9%
  • Getting involved in Science Labs
    7%
  • Football Games
    7%
  • Blood drives
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,092
Free or Reduced Lunch
42%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.44 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.44 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.44 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$87,107
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.3%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.57 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.57 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.57 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
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.67 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.67 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.67 responses
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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.
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El Modena is overall a great school, regarded as the best in the OUSD district. They provide academic opportunities that are unrivaled. They offer the option for any student to take any honors or AP classes, regardless of their background. El Modena is filled with fantastic teachers who care not only about your education, but also your well-being. They are truly the reason El Modena shines so bright. The sport teams always bring achievements to the table, including numerous League and CIF champs in volleyball, football, and tennis. The school spirit is unrivaled, being voted best student section in Orange. The cheers of the students drown out any noise from the opposing teams. The campus is constantly evolving, with new buildings and additions being added annually. This year alone, they started renovations on both the pool and the stadium, while beginning construction on a whole new building dedicated to science.
El Modena High School is a place that had slow progression during the time I studied there. It has been almost two years since I graduated from there in 2017. If there is one thing that I can confidently say about El Modena it would be that it is a school driven by the people and the need for money. Many of the sports teams are heavily funded by the parents and some sponsors. Change within the school happens when the students and parents cry out for it. However, during my time at El Modena, there were things that occurred that gave me hope of a better future for the school. Diversity began to bloom and I was able to see an expansion of people who wanted to be more active. Bands formed, people joined clubs, an overall active community came together and began to build up the school. It's not a perfect school, but it definitely is a school that pushes you to be your best and to look beyond your circumstances.