El Modena High School

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Principal: Dustin Saxton

Assistant Principals: Sandra Preciado-Martin, Maureen Eckholdt, Brent McKee

Enrollment: 2,169

Grades: 9 - 12

School Colors: Cardinal and Gold

School Mascot: Vanguards

Awards: California Distinguished School, WASC Accreditation

School Mission

The El Modena High School Mission Statement:
We ensure all students' right to free and appropriate public education, as well as their right to learn in an environment where the potential and importance of every individual is recognized.

We teach students living in a technological society to access information, think critically, and make reasoned judgments.

We promote acceptance for all within a multicultural community, teach resiliency and adaptation in the face of change, and foster a sense of teamwork that promotes members working together to meet the needs of others

We strive to help students develop their respective skills and talents, build positive self esteem, and establish high expectations.

El Modena High School’s Vision (as expressed in the Expected School-wide Learning Results):

Each El Modena High School graduate will be...

An Effective Communicator
Our students will develop effective communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English.

A Technology User
Our students will acquire the skills necessary to seek, organize, and process information using appropriate technologies.

A Critical Thinker
Our students will develop the critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and solve problems effectively.

A Self-Directed Learner
Our students will become self-directed, disciplined learners who develop the life skills needed to be responsible in the workplace.

A Responsible Citizen
Our students will acquire a respect for cultural diversity and will assume adult responsibilities to self, family, school, community, nation, and the world.

Principal's Message

Dear All Members- past, present, and future- of the Vanguard Family,

My name is Dustin Saxton and on behalf of the faculty and staff of El Modena High School I would like to welcome you to the 2014-15 school year.  As the principal of EMHS, I am very happy and proud to be a member of the Vanguard family.  El Modena High School has an excellent staff that is focused on the achievement of every student and ensuring their success in either college or career.

I’ve worked as an educator for the past 23 years (13 as an administrator) and I have found that again and again success in high school can be achieved if students follow four simple guidelines:

  1. Be present and on time
  2. Do all assigned work
  3. Abide by the school rules
  4. Get involved on campus

A large part of my job is to help students follow these guidelines while doing everything I can to provide the opportunities students need to be successful after graduation.  If at any time you need help from the EMHS administrative staff, please come by or call and one of us will be more than happy to speak with you.

Thank all of you in advance for helping us make the 2014-15 school year one of the best ever.

Dr. Dustin Saxton
Principal, El Modena High School

Dr. Dustin Saxton