School Details

El Toro High School

25255 Toledo Way, Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 586-6333
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2766 students 24 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Saddleback Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • This school in 2013
  • Saddleback Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Saddleback Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

El Toro High School is a public high school in Lake Forest. The principal of El Toro High School is Terri Gusiff, who can be contacted at terri.gusiff@svusd.org. 2,766 students attend El Toro High School and identify primarily as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 6% of the El Toro High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 29% of the 2,766 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at El Toro High School is 24:1. Silverado High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 51% 60%
Multiracial 5% %
Filipino 4% 3%
Hispanic 30% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 30867%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.4%
Unspecified 0.2% 2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 16%
Limited English proficiency 6% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    The counselors are terrible. They don't know what they are doing and don't know who to direct parents to for answers. One counselor mockingly responded with "that's not in my pay scale". One of my children ended up with a life threatening illness and ended up missing the entire school year. Up until then she was in the G.A.T.E. program honors and I.B. program with a 4.3 G.P.A. but received an "F" in one of her classes because she wasn't "physically in class"; she was in the hospital. Although she was able to complete all class work at home and at the hospital they tried kicking her out of school and not let her graduate with her class. My other kids attended here for a short time also. There were a few excellent teachers but others were mediocre to poor with questionable professionalism. The campus is old and tired and lacks a dedicated football field. But ultimately the determining factor for us to leave the school and put our children at private school was the incompetent counselors. I jokingly used to say when I retire I would become a Wal-Mart greeter but now I say I will become a counselor at E.T.H.S. since it doesn't require knowledge or effort and pays better.

  • (10 months ago)

    Transferred my child from Santa Margarita and after she graduated she told me it was the best thing that ever happened to her. She wasn't bullied at Santa Margarita she just felt like she couldn't express herself and had some issues with not getting enough science education. She's studying to be a MD now.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm a student at El Toro and I think that the school is amazing. The teachers are great and the school offers a variety of classes; thus ensuring you are happy with the courses you are taking. Also it helps get you used to the real world with the great diversity of people. You have people from different ethnicities religions and incomes coming together and getting along; life works that way too. The community always seems to support the school which is important to success. Lastly I would like to add how encouraging everyone is. The faculty encourages people to join lots of clubs and sports teams so the student can feel as comfortable as possible. It's not difficult to get help if you ask. Everyone especially the teachers is very supportive and understanding. This is a wonderful school. Go Chargers!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Both of my kids went to El Toro and loved it. It was challenging academically (my kids were average students who had better grades in college) but that's a good thing. The review submitted by a parent whose child is being sent to Silverado is ridiculous. Grades are easily accessed online; a parent who doesn't know his/her child is failing is just plain ignorant and looking for someone to blame. The teachers and principal are dedicated and caring. The many students I met over the years were wonderful kind human beings; bullying was almost non-existent. The only thing really missing is a football stadium!

  • (2 years ago)

    I go to this school and I'm just not satisfied with it. I don't know if it's just me but I talk to a few of my other friends too and they don't like it here either. Some of the teachers are good but others are horrible. It's also not located in a very good area of the city. El Toro is very old and I'm not sure why we can't redo any buildings because some of them desperately need it.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter has been attending ET High for 2 years now. Not once has she seen a counselor until the last few weeks of school. They called her in to tell her she will be going to Silverado next year. They did not contact me about this nor did they ever send a letter home. So much for early intervention. Why are the counselors even on the payroll if they do absolutely nothing to help the students? This school is full of snooty over paid office staff and counselors who really have no idea what is going on with the students. She also won an Excellence Award AND was given a spot on the High School newspaper about 1 month ago. Now all of that is taken away and her name isn't even posted on the HS's website as a winner of the Excellence Award but all the other kids names are there. Funny how this award notification is mailed to my home however NOTHING about her failing or having to go to another school. I'm actually glad she will be leaving El Toro. Now maybe she will get the help she needs. ET High needs to get their priorities straight!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is my 5th year as a parent at ETHS I cannot say enough about this school; the principal and staff are wonderful and accessible. Unfortunately some amazing teachers retired last year and it will be hard to fill there shoes; I'm confident that there are more wonderful teachers out there that want to work in such a great environment.. I have never seen nor heard of gang activity. This school has always gotten a bad wrap because of it's location. The different ethnic groups and income levels are a part of real life. Rich Poor Black White are all living together and getting along. The community is also very supportive of our school which shows at most sporting events. Go Chargers.

  • (5 years ago)

    great departments in all subjects! The teachers for AP and IB programs are supportive and give students the materials necessary to succeed. Definitely the best school in the area!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school fails to provide equal opportunities for all students. The staff -teachers administrative office principal etc. need to be more diversified.

  • (5 years ago)

    I don't know why some are saying there's a gang or violence problem. I don't remember the last time there was a fight or the last time I saw a gang. The administration is not negative as one reviewer says nor are the teachers too old. One teacher is retiring this year and another will retire within 5 and they are easily the school's most distinguished loved and inspiring teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is my 6th year with my children at ETHS. I could not be happier with the quality of education and my kids overall experience. Keep up the good work!

  • (6 years ago)

    i love my school. its a positive atmosphere and all the kids are great. go chargers!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school has excellent teachers Great staff Awesome teaching policies. As a student at El Toro High School I just love it the teachers are so nice... They're very strict about grades and the disciplinary action for those who brake rules is successful. Most students strive to earn excellent grades in order to go to college... Most students start in their Junior year and more and more student are in Honors classes. Most freshmen aren't taking Algebra 1 anymore... but Geometry or even Algebra 2 Trigonometry and Calculus! This school is definitely the best over all in my eyes.

  • (6 years ago)

    Im a freshmen this year at El Toro and let me tell you it is great. I dont see anything wrong with it. Its a very nice campus and very beautiful. Located in a beautiful suburban setting its nice. Im getting good education and my teachers are helpful. If you have Mr. Doty for science he is a very coll person. The only problem is that we cant win a football game but who cares if you have friends here getting the education you need youre fine.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a parent neighbor and friend to some graduates of ETHS this school has an excellent academic and outstanding atheletic program with some of the most gifted athletes and intelligent students. If your son or daughter like to be challenged then this is the right school. If you do well at this school you will be accepted to some of the top universities in the country w/o a doubt. Stanford Harvard Berkeley NYU UCLA USC UCI to name a few.

  • (7 years ago)

    Education wise was great. The teacher's are all very nice and helpful. The administration however... not so great. Always looking for the negative and keeping students down. They treat us like children and then punish us for not acting like adult. That is unless you are on the basketball team.

  • (8 years ago)

    El Toro High School gave me many opportunities as a student. The extra curricular activities are extensive and if something interests you it is easy to start a club. The teachers are generally very good. The honors and AP curriculum is very difficult but has prepared me for an education at one of the nation's top universities.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a very good high school. The teachers are personally involved with the students and care very much for their growth and education. The only concern is that the school in years past has allowed the state funds shortage to cut programs.

  • (9 years ago)

    Solid high school with a good track record. Wish they had better after school programs. Music etc.

  • (9 years ago)

    The housing prices in this district are worth the quality of the schools. This school has a staff of dedicated caring teachers and administrators; a huge variety of strong student programs and some of the best public high school students in the nation.

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