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.
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!!
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
This school fails to provide equal opportunities for all students. The staff -teachers, administrative office principal etc. need to be more diversified.
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.
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!
i love my school. its a positive atmosphere and all the kids are great. go chargers!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Solid high school with a good track record. Wish they had better after school programs. Music, etc.
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.
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!
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