El Toro High School

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Principal's Message

Dear Charger Families,

This school year El Toro High School welcomed our students back the first week of school with activities that involved a sense of belonging, that encouraged self[1]efficacy and self-management and promoted social awareness and engagement. The entire staff hosted a school-wide carnival for the purpose of welcoming students and staff to a new school year to ensure a smooth and successful transition back to in-person instruction. The students were invited to play games, socialize, and win prizes. The first week of school was a huge success! Students stated that, “It felt good to be back” and “Week 1 was engaging and welcoming.” It was a week filled with joy, laughter, energy, fun, and opportunities for the staff to connect with students and build relationships.


Terri Gusiff



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.

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. El Toro High School will develop and maintain positive parent, student, and community involvement and engagement to promote student success.
  2. All students will demonstrate mastery of grade level content and graduate prepared to be successful in college, career, and beyond.
  3. All students will have appropriately assigned teachers with access to curriculum aligned instructional materials where state academic standards are implemented in a safe, clean, and functional school facilities.  

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), with SAT scores well above the national average, millions of dollars worth of scholarships, California Interscholastic Federation team championships and individual honors, Sea View and South Coast League Championships, National Letter of Intent athletes, and millions of dollars 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 thousands of cans of food 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.