Charger Statement


Welcome to El Toro High School (ETHS), Home of the Chargers. We are located in the city of Lake Forest, a suburban community in South Orange County with a population of 77,264. El Toro High School has proudly served the Lake Forest community for over 40 years and is one of four comprehensive high schools that comprise the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. El Toro High School has been recognized as a California Distinguished School four times, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, a National School of Distinction, a Top 100 school, a ranking U.S. News and World Report Best High School in 2016 and 2017, and one of America's most spirited high schools.


Charger History and Vision

Charger Statement

The Charger family is an inclusive and diverse community that provides a rigorous, innovative, and accessible curriculum in a supportive environment.  El Toro’s mission is to prepare all students to succeed in college and career and to contribute positively to our changing global society.



Charger Student Learning Outcomes:

Charger Student Learning Outcomes:

Wellness:  ET students will set goals and take appropriate steps toward a healthier, happier, balanced life.

Resiliency:  ET students will develop and display a sense of pride in personal effort as well as in school and community accomplishments. They will be resourceful in response to changing learning environments and demands.

Creative and Critical Thinking: ET students will apply critical thinking skills to resolve challenges in creative ways, question and apply critical reasoning to real world situations, and employ higher level thinking skills to become effective and innovative problem finders and solvers.

Collaboration: ET students will demonstrate the ability to be productive members of diverse teams through strong interpersonal communication, and a commitment to shared success, leadership, and initiative.

Communication: ET students will demonstrate effective communication skills and technological literacy through multiple methods across disciplines to access and apply information to real-world situations.                      

Civic Responsibility and Connectivity: ET students will contribute their time and talents to improve the quality of life for others, value diversity and remain culturally sensitive. As open-minded and empathetic citizens, they will be proactive and be positive agents of change.

Charger History

El Toro High has a rich tradition of academic excellence and offers a wide range of highly regarded curricular and co-curricular programs. The primary focus of El Toro remains to be the high quality instruction for students across all 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. El Toro High School's mission is to provide all students with a rigorous and competitive, standards-based curriculum in a safe learning environment that has quality extracurricular programs, which enables students to reach their highest potential. Students will be given learning opportunities that will equip them with the necessary skills they need for their own future success. Our core focus areas are the following:

  1. Prepare all students for college and career readiness.
  2. Increase the percentage of graduates completing “a-g” courses.
  3. Expand and support 21st Century technology and Learning.
  4. Nurture innovative learners and thinkers to help all students to become effective citizens and workers in the 21st century.

El Toro is recognized for its positive school climate and strong tradition of academic and athletic accomplishments, El Toro 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, $6,741,963.00 worth of scholarships, California Interscholastic Federation team championships and individual honors, Sea View and South Coast League Championships, National Letter of Intent athletes, and $1,876,873.00 worth of athletic scholarships.

El Toro High is prominent from other high schools in the nation due to its culture of family, a "Charger Family." The Charger Family thrives on generosity, compassion, and service before self. There is an overwhelming consensus by all stakeholders that El Toro comprises a Charger Family that consists of faculty, support staff, student body, and administration that depict all these traits. El Toro has a thriving Associated Student Body (ASB) leadership program that has continued to emphasize the importance of the Charger Family. It is evident through El Toro's National School of Distinction Award for its work in supporting the Fight Hunger Program and its collection of 111,922 cans that are raised for South County Outreach and Adopt-a-Neighbor food banks that El Toro is truly a community high school with rich tradition, pride, compassion, and spirit.