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Mission Viejo, CA
Students enrolled: 3,195

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27501 Cordova Road
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

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(949) 768-1934
(949) 588-0763
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June 24, 2015
I was a student there from 04-08 and I was in the med-sci program, it was cool being with the same 30 kids through 3 years; although i had no interest in going into the medical science program after high school, it was my best bet to be somewhat academically challenged after dropping honors freshman year (the reading and homework was too ridiculous and I really wasn't willing to put in the work) and the "regular" kid classes were too easy for me. the best class i ever took in my 4 years was AP Euro with Stordahl. I think he was voted teacher of the year one of the years i was there. Most of the teachers were pretty bad, especially the med-sci pre-cal math teacher. she was gone like 4 out of 5 days a week and our substitute had us watch cartoons. I ended up graduating with a decent gpa, 3.4 i think, and got into a bunch of cal states and ended up going to university of arizona. 7 years later i look back on my years in high school and have fond memories but i'm definitely glad i'm not in high school any longer. I turned out ok; i'm working at a big 4 finance firm in los angeles and making a great living- although i don't think it has anything to do with where i went to high school. Anyway, it's your basic public school and if i had been more involved in the school i might have enjoyed it more but i was more of the "get out quick" mentality.

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October 26, 2014
After moving from north OC, I was originally sceptical about THHS, as I was familiar with Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda, Villa Park schools. However, after my daughter attended THHS for 4 years, I must say I was delighted with what my child was able to achieve and have pleasure recommending it without reservation. My daughter achieved captain varsity basketball, scholar athlete and received a congressional nomination to the air force academy. If you work hard at this school, you will do well.

- submitted by a parent

May 30, 2014
Trabuco is an okay school, but best serves students that are self directed and not students in the middle or who have academic challenges/struggling. We have two children that attended THHS. My daughters is a self starter that took her academics seriously and did decently at Trabuco. But her teachers were a mix; some very good/dedicated and others less so. She graduated with an okay experience and is doing well in college. But for kids who are in the middle or who struggle, but do not qualify for special education (not on an IEP), there are very few (if any) support services available. We also found administration to be lacking - not helpful or compassionate when our son was having a hard time in school (has ADHD). Despite being on academic probation his first semester, there was no support offered. High achieving kids will do fine, but I would not recommend this school for a child needing additional services. We've since enrolled our son in private school and he is doing great.

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January 27, 2014
This school has a great Athletics program. But that's about it. Beware of teachers like Mrs. Fait. She teaches Ceramics. Unless you are the star pupil, you'll have to fight to keep a passing grade.

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October 14, 2011
This is a great school, I have two boys going there right now. My oldest is a senior and he takes honors and AP classes. He has been challenged and is well prepared for college. My other son is a sophmore and has some learning disabilities. Their RSP program is great and everyone works together to accomodate the student.

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June 21, 2010
My son transferred into this school to take advantage of an award winning band program, but found academic teachers who seemed more interested in showing movies than actually teaching. From other parents, I have heard that the teachers of the higher level classes are great, but in average classes, my son did not get the help or instruction he needed. When he tried to get math tutoring, he was told it was not available for his class. When calling the front office, it is difficult if not impossible to speak to a human being, and my son's guidance counselor seldom returned calls, explaining when she did call back that she was "too busy". If you have an academic over achiever, this school may be great for your family, but if you have an average student - forget it. Your student will not get the help and guidance they need to graduate.

- submitted by a parent

December 25, 2009
I speak as a proud, successful alumna. Most of the instructors were competent and seemed to genuinely enjoy the stimulating questions my peers and I provided. Most were willing to take time during lunch or after school to give extra assistance, and if they weren't, then there were always other teachers of the same subject who would gladly take in students that weren't theirs. If students were smart enough to take advantage of the numerous guidance programs, they would discover an abundance of resources to assist them post-graduation; I went the four-year-college route, and the counselors provided me with all the information necessary; the process was simple. While the sports teams are diverse and competitive, (I played four years at the varsity level) athletics are extracurricular and should not be the most important factor in evaluating a school. THHS has a stimulating curriculum and good staff -- I recommend it.

- submitted by a community member

May 21, 2009
This school is amazing, simply put. The teachers are absolutely wonderful, the academics are very satisfactory, and the student body is diverse. I recently had to switch schools, and I miss Trabuco so much. I very highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a student

May 18, 2009
The curriculum may have changed, but the teachers and staff that make up the school are never-changing. Due to budget cuts, the school has been deprived of its true potential. Trabuco Hills High School is one California's distinguished schools, and has been many times before. Our athletics departments are some of the best, especially the Track and Field, Girls Soccer, and Boys Varsity Swim, and girls JV swim. Out of the four main high schools (El Toro, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, and Trabuco Hills) Trabuco has the best spirit, the best students and staff, and is overall a worthy school in itself. I enjoy being at this school. We have many different programs and clubs, special classes for average students, such as the Pre-MedSci (sophomores only) and MedSci (juniors and seniors only) programs, which students share three classes with the same students and teachers. Overall, I love this school.

- submitted by a student

January 11, 2009
This school really exemplifies the characteristics of a good high school. The sports programs push one to the limit, while the academic programs are top of the notch. Everyone knows each other, and not to many cliques and gangs are formed. There are many things going on all the time, and always a way to find out about them. Their school site is really great, telling everyone about what is going on... Overall my favorite school in the Saddleback Valley Unified District.

- submitted by a community member

September 30, 2008
Not always easy to contact teachers. Poor integration and guidance of freshman.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 19, 2007
Great school. Happy with staff, coaches, etc. Office staff is great! football team is great!

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August 13, 2007
great school. i really like it there.

- submitted by a student

April 01, 2006
Great school it is awesome... Great Academic programs and extracuricular... High test scores

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January 18, 2006
This is a top quality school in many aspects. My son currently goes to this school and his teachers are fairly easy to contact and usually respond in a timely manor.

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May 31, 2004
I just read a review by a parent who says that the school has a poor athletic record. That may be true if you are talking about football, or even basketball. But take a look at other programs. The Competition Cheer Squad which my daughter is a member of is currently National Champions, and State Champions for three years in a row. The drama department has put on numerous shows which have amazed me, and the music department is outstanding.

- submitted by a parent

June 19, 2003
I have been extremely disappointed with THHS. I have read items written by teachers and find many of them cannot compose a simple sentence. Their credibility as it applies to teaching children is definitely arguable. The biggest disappointment has been the sports programs. My child has participated in several sports, and we have discovered they are lacking in several important areas. They force athletes to perform weight lifting and excercise programs that are known to be dangerous to the child and refuse to listen to experts' advice on this, feeling they 'know better' than doctors. They alter results of fellow athlete's voting when giving awards, and use the results to favor their own pets, or to penalize a child or a parent that they don't care for. Parents know they cannot speak to a coach, and indeed are told they should not, for fear their child will never play. This year we were sent a letter warning the parents to not criticize or talk about the coaching with other parents! I felt we were in Iraq, not the USA. The sports programs at THHS consistently drive away good athletes who no longer wish to play under these coaches. Students regularly transfer to other area schools to escape our programs. I feel it is a travesty to allow these people to so negatively affect our children. As I know this could appear to be merely sour grapes, I offer that the school's athletic records will bear out my contentions.

- submitted by a community member

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Trabuco Hills High School
27501 Cordova Road, Mission Viejo, CA  92691
(949) 768-1934
Last modified Trabuco Hills 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.
Trabuco Hills High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top