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9-12
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Lake Forest, CA

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25255 Toledo Way
Lake Forest, CA 92630

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(949) 586-6333
(949) 380-9874
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September 21, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2014
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 06, 2013
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!!

- submitted by a community member
June 25, 2012
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!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
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.

- submitted by a student
June 07, 2011
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!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
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!

- submitted by a student
November 06, 2009
This school fails to provide equal opportunities for all students. The staff -teachers, administrative office principal etc. need to be more diversified.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
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.

- submitted by a student
October 16, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating October 08, 2009
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!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2009
i love my school. its a positive atmosphere and all the kids are great. go chargers!

- submitted by a student
February 24, 2009
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February 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2008
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.

- submitted by a student
October 20, 2008
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.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 03, 2008
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 26, 2007
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.

- submitted by a student
May 23, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 06, 2006
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.

- submitted by a former student
June 12, 2006
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.

- submitted by a former student
May 24, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
May 14, 2006
Solid high school with a good track record. Wish they had better after school programs. Music, etc.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2005
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.

- submitted by a former student
October 14, 2005
My experience with El Toro High School is very positive. The AP classes and the extracurricular activites are above standard - excellent. The staff and administration are excellent!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 03, 2005
Great school. I had my son enrolled there and he absolutely loved it. The teachers are great, and the student body is pleasing to be around. If you son or daughter is not particularly apt to social gathering, there is plenty of action here to get them involved.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
Some of the teachers have been teaching too long and they can no longer inspire their students. The classes are too large and the school facility is really looking shabby.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2005
It is your typical large public high school where the focus is put on the kids who fall in the middle, with no time able to be put on the kids who fall below middle. E.g. kids with learning disabilities.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2004
Over all ETHS is an outstanding school for the academiclly inclined student. My child was in college prep classes and was challenged in most classes. Prior to senior year, the vocal director of 26 years retired and the music dept. suffered. I think it will be high caliber again, but it will take some years to get it back to where it was. The arts programs were previously rated high, but have declined in recent years due to the level of teachers and directors. There is a tremendous amount of parent involvement, which helps to keep parents active in the school life of their student.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2004
The school is nice with nice surroundins. Although there is a slight gang problem and violence.

- submitted by a administrator
June 17, 2004
The school only concentrates on star students (easy to manage) and students of Mexican heritage. If your child is lime mine: white male, slightly disorganized, bright but bored, then FORGET IT! The school tried to 'shove' my son into Silverado program (which is nothing but school for future delinquents) or out to Access (which we chosse). No other options are offered! They did not even offer Gate program (which I did not find out about until now). The principal never even returned my phone calls! And I am not the only parent who had such a terrible experience with El Toro - my neighbor had the same!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2004
The drama program is amazing thanks to Mr Blackley. The students are taught every area of production and encouraged to do as much as possible on their own.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2003
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El Toro High School
25255 Toledo Way, Lake Forest, CA  92630
(949) 586-6333
Last modified El Toro High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
El Toro High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top