Principal's Message

Welcome to El Toro High School, Home of the Chargers! El Toro High School (ET) is located in the city of Lake Forest, a suburban community in South Orange County, with a population of 78,243. ET has served the Lake Forest community for over 30 years and is one of four comprehensive high schools that comprise the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. ET has been recognized as a California Distinguished School four times, a Top 100 school and one of the Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report.

ET has a rich tradition of academic excellence and offers a wide range of quality curricular and co-curricular programs. The primary focus of ET remains high quality instruction across the disciplines, in concert with a commitment to college and career readiness. The school's commitment to the Common Core State Standards is reflected in its mission statement as well as in its policies and practices.

Our mission is to provide all students with a rigorous, standards-based curriculum in a safe learning environment with an excellent extracurricular program, to enable students to reach their highest potential and equip them with skills for success in their future.

Our work this year is focused and in alignment with the Saddleback Valley Unified School District's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) five goals:

1. Improve literacy in all content areas.

2. Improve student proficiency in all subject areas.

3. Improve access to, enrollment in, and completion of rigorous course of study.

4. Increase student engagement and parent involvement.

5. Expand and support 21st Century technology and learning.

ET has been recognized for its positive school climate and strong tradition of academic success and athletic accomplishments. ET annually boasts high graduation rates, high passing rates on college preparatory program examinations such as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB), SAT scores well above the national average, millions of dollars of scholarships, student service awards, and California Interscholastic Federation team titles and individual honors.

What separates ET from other high schools is its strong partnership with the city that ET serves, Lake Forest. Charger Pride is evident throughout the campus as well as in the community that ET proudly serves. There is an overwhelming consensus by all stakeholders that ET is a culture of family, "Charger Family."

ET has a thriving ASB program that has helped the school become a National School of Distinction for its work in supporting the Fight Hunger program by coordinating an annual canned food drive. This year, we have embraced the Charger way of supporting our community and are undoubtedly making our mark. Students, staff, district representatives and the community collected 111,922 cans of food which exceeded our goal of 110,000 cans. With all stakeholders working together, we are a true community high school rich with tradition, pride, generosity, compassion, and spirit.

Go Chargers!

Terri Gusiff


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