Principal's Message

September 27, 2019


Dear Parents and Students:


It is my honor to welcome everyone into the 2019-2020 school year. Our staff proudly embraces our mantra that “Everyone Matters” so we are committed to ensuring every student receives a high quality education and develop a connection to El Modena and their high school experience that will stay with them for a lifetime.  El Modena has earned the California Distinguished School Award and been named a Gold Ribbon School. From 15 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs to 27 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, our Vanguards graduate ready to be leaders of tomorrow. 


El Modena is proud to offer a wide range of courses and programs so that every student participates in an enriching learning environment focused on preparing them for their futures. Our AP Program includes the prestigious AP Research and Capstone Course that allows students to earn an AP Diploma. We have over 1000 AP Exams taken each year and over 125 AP Scholars during any given year.


We are proud to be a nationally recognized demonstration site for our Academy of Construction, Computer Science, and Engineering. In this pathway, students engage in hands-on learning experiences to prepare them for high paying professions in a growing industry. Our Arts, Media, and Entertainment Pathway includes our award-winning EMTV Program that just won the Elk’s Lodge National Award for their PSA for drug awareness. Our Arts, Media, and Entertainment Pathway also includes a state-of-the-art print shop where students can design and create logos, windscreens, and banners as they develop a variety of specialized skills that they can apply to a variety of professions in the fields of arts and media. In addition to signature programs, El Modena also offers career pathways in Culinary Arts, Patient Care, Sports Medicine, Education, Collaborative Technology Program and Public Safety. Vanguards also complete Dual Enrollment classes on campus and articulate CTE classes for college credit.  

Moreover, the hard work and dedication of our coaching staff proudly develops athletes of character by teaching them to respect the game and the value of teamwork. El Modena features 23 sports at a variety levels so that over half of our student body participates in our outstanding athletic programs. 


Our students are most proud of our school spirit—which is second to none.  From our Rowdy Rooters, Legendary Spirit Week, to our outstanding Cheer Squad, it is no mystery why El Modena has been recognized by Varsity Brands as “Most Spirited School ASB Government” in the country!


Vanguard students have varied opportunities, the competitive tools, and the necessary school support to succeed after graduation. Through our strong academic program and extensive extracurricular offerings, El Modena is honored to foster outstanding young men and women who become pillars in the community. As the staff and broader Orange community proudly boast, “The best thing about El Modena is our students!”

Please feel free to call the school at 714-997-6331 if you have any questions or concerns.


Mrs. Jill Katevas


El Modena High School