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Santa Ana
Unified School District
Robert Laxton, Ed.D., Principal
2802 South Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Phone: 714.569.6300
Fax: 714.569.6399

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Principal's Message

Dr. Laxton

August 2013

Dear Saddleback High School Students and Parents:

Welcome back! As we began a new school year, it is important to refocus our efforts on improving student achievement levels. The Saddleback staff is committed to developing a rigorous academic culture that will enable every student to successfully complete all graduation requirements, including the California High School Exit Examination. We need your commitment and participation to help all students achieve their goal of graduating from Saddleback High School – College and Career Ready.

Student Learning

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has granted Saddleback High School a six-year term of accreditation with a midterm review, expiring on June 30, 2018. The commission took this action after careful study of the Visiting Committee Report which noted many laudable aspects of the school. Saddleback High School is committed to linking our critical areas of need with the six Expected Schoolwide Learning Results.

Students will be introduced to the Common Core State Standards through unit study and new types of assessments. Both state standards and Expected Schoolwide Learning Results describe what the students should know and be able to do. The difference is that state standards are explicit descriptions of what students should know and be able to do by each grade level. Expected Schoolwide Learning Results are more global, helping to define an interdisciplinary vision of what students should be able to do upon entering their adulthood.

Regular Attendance

Public schools report that students who show up consistently are more likely to succeed in school. Students can achieve their academic goals when they are committed to attending school on a daily basis. Last year, Saddleback High School showed an overall improvement in student attendance of 1.5 percentage points.

Positive School Climate

Saddleback High School is an active participant in the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Program. Everyone works together to achieve positive outcomes through schoolwide and classroom behavioral expectations.

Student Support

The Academic Scholars Achievement Program (ASAP) has the goal of providing students with academic support structures.

Students meet in their grade-level sections Monday – Friday for 20 minutes

Students participate in college and career planning activities

School information, including student agendas is distributed during ASAP

Parent Partnerships

There are many opportunities for parents to be involved at Saddleback High School. Parents can participate through parent workshops, grade-level meetings, extra-curricular activities, booster clubs, and special events. Here are some important dates:




Parent Workshops (12 Sessions)

August 12, 2013

6:00 PM

Grade 10 Parent Night

September 10, 2013

6:30 PM

Grade 12 Parent Night

September 12, 2013

6:30 PM

Grade 11 Parent Night

September 17, 2013

6:30 PM

Grade 09 Parent Night

September 19, 2013

6:30 PM

Back-to-School Night

September 25, 2013

6:00 PM

College Night (CHS)

October 24, 2013

5:00 PM

Parent Partnership Day

March 22, 2014

9:00 AM

Open House

April 3, 2014

6:00 PM


Dress Code

Students are expected to adhere to the District and Saddleback High School Dress Code. The purpose of the dress code is to create a school environment where student achievement is the priority.

School Days

Please review the following information regarding the first day of school, regular school days and modified days.

First day of school, Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Students arrive starting at 7:15 AM

Student schedules will be distributed through Period 1 classes

Regular school days

Warning bell at 7:54 AM

Period 1 begins at 8:00 AM

School day ends at 2:53 PM

Modified days on selected Wednesdays for staff collaboration

Warning bell at 7:54 AM

Period 1 begins at 8:00 AM

School day ends at 1:45 PM

With the commitment of the Saddleback staff and your participation, we can help all students achieve their goal of graduating from Saddleback High School. Please contact the school at (714) 569-6300 with any questions or concerns you have. We look forward to working with you this school year.




Robert Laxton, Ed.D.


Office: 714-569-6300

School Pride

The History of Saddleback High School

The College Majors School

Picture of Cap and Diploma

Construction of Saddleback High School began on April 23, 1966 and opened its doors with a freshman and sophomore class on September 13, 1967. The first graduation was June 11, 1969. The name Saddleback is derived from an area in the Santa Ana Mountains that features two landmark peaks. The area formed between these peaks resembles a saddle. On a clear day, this formation can be seen from most areas of Orange County and serves as a backdrop to Saddleback High School. In keeping with the theme of Saddleback"s naming, the mascot is the Roadrunner who is known for having the fastest running speed of all flying birds. The Yearbook is called The Chaparral, which is a shrub that grows wild in the California Mountains and can be found covering the saddle peaks in the local Santa Ana mountain region.

Since the school"s origin in the late 1960s, several Saddleback graduates have become distinguished in sports, arts and entertainment, and radio. Well-known Roadrunners include: screenwriter Terry Rossio (Aladdin, Shrek, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl); Erasmo Ramirez (pitcher, Texas Rangers); Daniel Arreola (sportscaster, Fox Sports International); Jerelyn Fields (film and TV actress); Danny Lee Clark (voice and film actor, gladiator turned host of American Gladiators); Tony Guerrero (noted jazz musician and composer); Henry Hate (tattoo artist); David Bernal a.k.a. Elsewhere (dancer/choreographer in TV commercials worldwide, performed the "Robot Dance" at 2001 Kollaboration international dance competition); and Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo (Spanish-media radio host, KCSA-FM). These illustrious alumni from the 1970s through the present are indicative of the academic excellence at Saddleback High School: Home of the Roadrunners.

image of Saddleback Mountains


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