Trabuco Hills High School

Trabuco Hills High School

Principal's Message

Mustang Family,

As we move into the 2022-2023 school year, I want to share with our community the focus at THHS: creating a sense of belonging. My goal each and every day is for students to feel connected to the school. Our entire team is working to support students, and we want to provide a place where everyone has a place, and can find somewhere they fit. We have an incredible number of opportunities for students here, and look forward to continuing to support each and every student.

Each week, we email a newsletter to families in an effort to help you connect with the school and remain informed of the events occurring here. Please also explore our website, where the most up-to-date news and information is posted. Many of the questions you may have about our school and events can be found here.

If you are new to the community, you may be wondering why you should enroll your student at THHS. The answer is simple...BALANCE - we do it all, and we do it all well. We have so many amazing programs and opportunities for students to get involved: arts, academics, our unified program, athletics, and so much more! No matter the interest or passion, we will find a place for you here. We invite students to make connections, find what they love, and show this community what makes THHS such a special place.

Our goal is to help our families develop well rounded citizens; critical thinkers, leaders, artists, athletes, and community volunteers. We believe in offering diverse academic and extracurricular opportunities to serve the wide-ranging interest of our students.

Trabuco Hills High School is a WASC-Accredited, California Distinguished School and a “National Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence.” We stand as the highest-performing high school in SVUSD. The school has a dedicated, award-winning faculty and staff that provide a warm, caring environment for students and parents. Trabuco Hills has many recognized academic opportunities, such as a robust International Baccalaureate (IB) program and 23 Advanced Placement (AP) classes.  THHS students take more AP tests (Over 1,100 in 2019) and pass at a higher rate (81%) compared to the state average of 63.5%. These numbers make THHS one of the highest performing AP schools in the country.  Our honors, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced Placement courses give our students the opportunities to excel in any area they choose. In addition to our IB, AP, and honors classes, we offered a wide range of courses to our students. Trabuco students have capitalized on the learning opportunities available and have brought recognition to the school by being a Silver Award winner from the Orange County Register. Trabuco Hills is consistently listed in Newsweek’s National Top 1000 high schools.

Programs in the arts and athletics also excel, such as our State Champion Marching Band, our award-winning Orchestra and Drama programs, and our Painting and Ceramics students that have all won numerous awards and accolades.  There are numerous innovative programs such as the Medical Science and Health Institute (MedSci), Script Writing, and Cinematic Production. We have industry-standard equipment featured in our Video Production studio, CAD Engineering and Architecture studios and our Computer Graphics/Web-Design/Animation labs. All of these programs enrich our school, which stands among the top in the state in academic preparation. We are also always looking for ways to grow, improve, and find ways to support all students.

Trabuco also features unparalleled visual and performing arts programs and a fully functional library media center with exemplary research capabilities. Our student’s enthusiasm and involvement in school activities has contributed greatly to Trabuco’s emergence as a nationally-recognized school. In the area of co-curricular activities, THHS has 25 varsity sports teams for both boys and girls. 

I am here to help students foster a genuine love of learning, which will lead to a lifetime of academic success. I can’t wait to visit the classrooms on Trabuco’s campus where amazing learning and instruction happens every day. We are continuing to develop innovative ideas to affect student achievement and prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century.

No matter what your passion we invite you to join the Mustang Herd! Once a mustang, ALWAYS a MUSTANG!

Lastly, I want to reassure the community that the district and I are doing everything we can to ensure our students are safe and receiving the best education we can offer. There are still many adjustments taking place in our district as we ensure student health and wellness during the Covid-19 pandemic. Should you wish to find out more about the district guidelines, safety procedures, and protocols, please visit the district website, and information can be found under “Resources” > “Health Services.” We ask for your continued flexibility and understanding as we navigate the state and district guidance, and continue to support students.


Alicia Foulk, THHS Principal