Student Programs



AVID Program Pennant

Tustin High School is an AVID National Demonstration School.

Tiller teacher and alumna, Joanna Vandal, received the 2014 AVID Advocacy Award

AVID is a program for students who are college bound...

STUDENT/PARENT APPLICATION - Applications are due to the middle school counselors by April 18, 2017. For current 9th graders, applications can be turned into the Counseling Department or any AVID Teacher.

For additional concerns, please contact your counselor.

Click HERE to view the program's informational brochure

Student led tutorial during Senior AVID Seminar
Tutor led tutorial during Senior AVID Seminar
AVID Senior Seminar Students graduation projects


Read an article HERE from the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) about how the Femineers empower our Tillers into STEM!

Hey, Tillers, are you interested in expressing your creativity through design and coding?

Join our Femineer Program and be a part of a group that will allow you to design and program your own amazing creative robotics project. You don’t need to have previous STEM experience, just a desire to create, build and program your vision.

Stop by Mrs. Douglas' room in the Science Building for more information! #tustinfemineers


Instrumental Music Program


Tustin Marching Band at Tiller Days Parade



  • Aug. 23 – Welcome Back Assembly (during school)
  • Aug. 23 – Home Football Game 7:00pm-9:30pm (call 6:00pm)
  • Aug. 30 – Away (Foothill) Football Game 7:00pm-9:30pm (call 6:00pm)
  • Sep. 5 – Home Football Game 7:00pm-9:30pm (call 6:00pm)
  • Sep. 11 - Parent Performance Showcase 7:00pm
  • Sep. 13 – Homecoming Assembly (during school)
  • Sep. 13 – Home Football Game (Homecoming) 7:00pm-9:30pm (call 6:00pm)
  • Sep. 19 – Home Football Game 7:00pm-9:30pm (call 6:00pm)
  • Oct. 5 – Tiller Days Parade 7:15am-3:00pm (7:15am)
  • Oct. 11 – Away Football Game 7:00pm-9:30pm (call 5:30pm)
  • Oct. 12 – Band Competition @ Rowland HS
  • Oct. 24 – Home Football Game (Junior HS, Senior Night) 7:00pm-9:30pm (call 6:00pm)
  • Oct. 26 – Band Competition @ Irvine HS
  • Nov. 2 – Band Competition @ Ramona HS
  • Nov. 6 – Band Competition @ Westminster HS
  • Nov. 7, 8, or 9 – Possible Playoff Game
  • Nov. 9 – Band Competition @ Ramona HS
  • Nov. 14, 15, or 16 – Possible Playoff Game
  • Nov. 16 – Band Championships @ TBA HS
  • Nov. 21, 22, or 23 – Possible Playoff Game
  • Nov. 29 or 30 – Possible Playoff Game
  • Dec. 7 – Possible State Playoff Game
  • Dec. 14 – Possible State Playoff Game

JAZZ BAND 2019/20

  • Sep. 4 - Back to School Night
  • Dec. 6 - Winter Assembly (during school)
  • Dec. 12 – Jingle Jazz Concert 7:00pm-8:30pm (call 5:00pm)
  • Jan. 7 – Boys Basketball Game 6:00pm (call 5:00pm)
  • Jan. 24 – Girls Basketball Game 6:00pm (call 5:00pm)
  • Feb. 4 – Boys Basketball Game 6:00pm (call 5:00pm)
  • Feb. 6 – Girls Basketball Game 6:00pm (call 5:00pm)
  • Feb. and March TBA – Basketball Playoff Game 7:00pm (call 6:00pm)
  • March 26 – Open House 6:00pm-6:30pm (call 5:00pm)
  • May 15 – Cabaret Concert 7:00pm-8:30pm (call 5:00pm)


  • Dec. 5 – Winter Concert 7:00pm-8:30pm (call 5:00pm)
  • Feb. 27 – Area Concert 6:00pm-7:00pm (call 5:30pm)
  • March 13 – Festival (During the School Day)
  • April 24 – Spring Concert @ Beckman HS 7:00pm-8:30pm (call 5:00pm)

DRUMLINE 2019/20

  • Feb. TBA – Drumline Competition @ TBA HS
  • March TBA – Drumline Competition @ TBA HS
  • April 2 – District Showcase @ Tustin High School
  • April 3 – International Assembly
  • April TBA – Drumline Competition @ TBA HS
  • April TBA – Drumline Semi-Finals @ TBA HS
  • April TBA – Drumline Finals @ TBA


  • Feb. TBA – Winterguard Competition @ TBA HS
  • March TBA – Winterguard Competition @ TBA HS
  • March TBA – Winterguard Competition @ TBA HS
  • April TBA – Winterguard Competition @ TBA HS
  • April 2 – District Showcase @ Tustin High School
  • April 3 – International Assembly (during school)
  • April 18 – Winterguard Finals @ TBA HS
  • April 19 – Winterguard Finals @ Bren Center (UCI)


  • ​Sep. 21 – Dry Mix Day 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Oct. 4, 5, and 6 – Tiller Days
  • Dec. 7 – Goodwill Fundraiser 9:00am-3:00pm
  • June 7 – Chili Cook-off 

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Tustin Band in the stands at a THS Football game

Click HERE to view the program's informational brochure

Model United Nations (THSMUN)


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2018 THSMUN Conference in the Sports Pavilion

Click HERE to view the program's informational brochure and HERE for THE PROGRAM's COURSE PATHWAY

Tillers Host Annual Model UN Conference

Tustin High School will host its 27th annual Model United Nations (MUN) Conference on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24. Over 1,200 students from more than 30 high schools throughout the state are participating in the event, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Sunday.

Through debate and collaboration, MUN students will discuss a variety of international topics and current events.

This annual student-run conference serves as a vital fundraiser for the Model United Nations program and is the largest MUN conferences in California.

Individual and group awards will be presented to students in several categories, including Best Research, Commendation, Outstanding Delegate and Best Delegate awards, along with large and small school delegation awards.

MUN is an a-g approved academic program that offers an opportunity for students to simulate the activities of the United Nations organization. Students learn skills in researching, writing, negotiating, speaking and debating.

The program was started at Tustin High in 1991 as an extracurricular activity and has evolved into a four-year academic leadership academy curriculum with over 140 participating students, ranging from top honors to special needs students. Students compete at local, state, national and international levels.

The team will compete internationally at the PRAMUN Model United Nations Conference in Prague, Czech Republic in January.

For more information about the program or get involved as a student or a parent, call (714) 730-7414, ext. 87710, visit , or email To learn more about the annual conference, please visit .

2019/20 Conference Schedule

THS MUN 2019/20 Conference Schedule

Santa Margarita High School MUN I
Sept 28, 2019
Tustin High School MUN I
Nov. 22-24, 2019
Capistrano Valley MUN*** 1st Semester Makeup ONLY Dec. 7, 2019
Mission Viejo MUN MUN III
January 18-19, 2020
PRAMUN - Czech Republic* MUN II IV January 3-13, 2020
Laguna Hills High School MUN I
February 22, 2020
BOSMUN - East Coast* MUN III February 7-13, 2020
March 5-8, 2020
Laguna Beach MUN MUN III
March 21, 2020
April 25-26, 2020


* Optional travel competition - additional cost incurred

** Classes with priority are given the opportunity to sign up first. Any remaining spots will be opened to the other classes with the agreement of the advisors.

***Grade levels in (parentheses) may apply to these conferences as make-up opportunities if space permits.

All dates subject to change. Changes will be announced in class and on Haiku.

Students are required to attend four local conferences (including Tustin) unless other arrangements are approved by their advisor.

Annual THS MUN conference

Tiller Media Network


The Tiller Media Network is the larger umbrella of all of Tustin High's student-run media outlets which include:

  • The Zine
  • "Good Morning, Tillers" (GMT)
  • The Audion


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Click HERE to view the program's informational brochure


T-Tech Academy

T-Tech Academy of Technology & Engineering

T-Tech gives students hands-on experiences in technology using today's most advanced tools in education and in industry. T-Tech is in partnership with Project Lead The Way, a leader in STEM education and Coastline ROP, experts in career technical education.

Resources at Tustin High School include products from Dell, HP, SolidWorks, Roland, VEX Robotics, Epilog Laser, 3D Systems, Stratasys, Airwolf 3D, NextEngine, Lincoln Electric, PITSCO, MakerBot, Google, ShopBot, Torchmate, Electric Auto Shop and much more!

Check out: UCI Q&A with T-Tech Director, Ed Hernandez!

Click HERE to view the program's informational brochure

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2018 STEM on the Sidelines

For the accessible version of this video, please visit the Chargers website.

OC Pathways at THS T-Tech Academy: Angelica

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THS Students print a 3-D Prosthetic Arm!

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More About T-Tech

8th Grade Application

T-Tech is Tustin High School’s award-winning technology and engineering academy. Because of the high demand for spots in the program, students must apply in writing every year and demonstrate excellence in a number of academic and citizenship standards. Criteria used in the selection of T-Tech students include but is not limited to the following: Written Application, Attendance, Un-weighted GPA, Teacher Recommendation, A-G Compliance, Teamwork, Worth Ethic, and Citizenship. Admission into the program is at the discretion of T-Tech and Tustin High School administration. For more information on the T-Tech Academy, please visit

Download: 2017/18 8th Grade Application

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program

Click to Help send T-Tech to MIT!

T-Tech Academy of Technology & Engineering is going to MIT! A team of 11 Tustin High School students was awarded a $9,000 Grant from the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program.

InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. This initiative of the Lemelson-MIT Program aims to inspire a new generation of inventors.

“The InvenTeams program represents the future,” said Leigh Estabrooks, invention education officer from the Lemelson-MIT Program. “We place an emphasis on STEM-focused projects to develop interest in these fields among youth. With InvenTeams, our primary goal is to foster high school students’ passion for invention, in turn inspiring them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering or math.”

T-Tech Advisor, Ed Hernandez, initiated the InvenTeam application process in April of 2015, and attended training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June of 2016 to help prepare the final proposal. A prestigious panel of judges composed of educators, researchers, staff and alumni from MIT, as well as representatives from the industry and former Lemelson-MIT Award winners, selected the Tillers as one of this year’s InvenTeam grantees.

The funds will be used for the complete development and fabrication of a student-created invention over the next seven months. Tustin’s challenge is to develop a machine to quickly and efficiently remove unsightly chewing gum from concrete floors, walkways and sidewalks. Chewing gum litter is the number two litter problem in the world, second only to cigarette butts.

The program will culminate with a trip to EurekaFest in June 2017 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts (MIT) to present their invention.

The Tustin High School InvenTeam, selected after an exhaustive 2-year application process, will be one of only 15 high school InvenTeams from across the United States to participate in this prestigious event.

Link Crew

Link Crew Staff:

  • Ms. Fay -- Link Crew Coordinator
  • Ms. Fortier -- Link Crew Co-Coordinator
  • Ms. Swanson -- Link Crew Counselor

In addition to the Link Crew Program, THS offers a Link Crew Leadership Class which supports the program by identifying, planning, and organizing events. The class looks at social and emotional issues facing today’s high schoolers including bullying, mental health, social issues, and stress management. Members of the class work to design and implement projects to address those areas.

Tustin High School Link Crew

THS Link Crew is a program designed to support our freshmen class. A group of 100 juniors and seniors are selected through our recruitment process each year to act as mentors to a group of freshmen all year long.

Link Crew allows freshmen to have access to upperclassmen who are there to share their stories, answer any questions, and act as a resource. Plus, it’s all about having a great time in high school. Link Crew organizes events like Dude be nice week and Mental Health week, but also supports our freshmen by attending Frosh sporting events and quarterly Check-Ups.

Do you have what it takes to be a Link Leader?

A good Link Leader is somebody who is:

  • Kind
  • Respectful
  • Hard-working
  • Determined
  • Cooperative
  • Supportive of freshmen

Applications for the Link Crew program are available in March. Stop by 5201 with any questions!

Link Crew 2017-18

Visual Arts

THS Visual Arts Program



  • Ceramics
  • Exploration of Art
  • Photography


  • Computer Graphics (ROP)
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Media Arts/Technology
  • Video Production
  • Visual Imagery (ROP)
  • Digital Photography


  • AP Art History
  • AP Studio
  • Ceramics Studio
  • Multi-Media Design (ROP)

Click HERE to view the program's informational brochure

To view student artwork on display at various Tustin Art Shows, please click HERE.

Seal of Biliteracy

California Seal of BiliteracyYou may be eligible for the State Seal of Biliteracy Award. The SSB Award is a recognition offered to students who, through their course work at TUSD, have become biliterate. If awarded, you will receive an invitation to the State Seal of Biliteracy luncheon on Thursday, April 18th. During the luncheon you will be honored amongst your peers and teachers and will be presented a medallion. In addition, your high school transcript will be stamped with an official biliteracy seal which is recognized by many colleges and universities.

You will have to complete and submit an application. Once your application is received, it will reviewed and you will be sent an email by March 8th that either confirms or denies your eligibility. If you receive confirmation of your eligibility, you will need to make an appointment to take the oral examination.

The oral examination is the final step in the path to being recognized as a biliterate scholar. The examination takes approximately 5 minutes and it entails a brief conversation in the target language. If you would like more details please contact Mrs. Castañeda-Price or Ms. Hernández. Passing the oral examination means you are automatically granted the State Seal of Biliteracy Award.

There are a few important dates to keep in mind if you wish to pursue the SSB Award. Read the timeline below carefully and mark your calendars.

February 11th - February 22nd

  • Become familiar with the SSB Award by watching this VIDEO.
  • Complete this APPLICATION in order to be considered for the SSB Award.

February 25th - March 8th

  • Receive an email from the WL department that confirms or denies your eligibility.  

March 11th - April 5th

  • Make an appointment for your oral examination
  • Take the oral examination

April 18th

  • Attend the SSB Award luncheon during lunch in the THS cafeteria

If you have any questions regarding the SSB Award, please contact Mrs. Castañeda-Price or Ms. Hernández.