A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Carmel High School is an elite, public school located in Carmel, CA. It has 857 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.
Address
3600 Ocean Ave.
Carmel, CA 93923
Telephone
(831) 624-1821

Carmel High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1290
57 responses
Average ACT
29
150 responses
AP Enrollment
49%
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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    D-
  4. Good for Families
    C-
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$60,889
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,275
National
$949
Median Home Value
$393,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.20 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.20 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 87 responses
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  • Shoe game
    18%
  • Powderpuff game
    17%
  • Sober Grad
    14%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Football games
    8%
  • Motivational Speakers
    7%
  • Singer Songwriter performances
    7%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
857
Free or Reduced Lunch
12%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$110,609
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.31 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.31 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.31 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$20,368/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.32 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.32 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.32 responses
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I moved to Carmel halfway through freshman year from South Dakota, and needless to say, it was a culture shock. Just from comparing this place to my old school makes Carmel High seem perfect. It's a large open campus, which is a fresh breath of air after being inside big enclosed buildings for the majority of my life. We have at least 5 counselors to ask for help about anything. So many of the students here have formed very close friendships with the teachers, which is another thing I haven't seen so often.

The only thing I'd like to see change is the student body's drug problem, and issues with stressing too hard over academics.
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Watch out for the Huge Drug Culture. Bathrooms not monitored, so students not wishing to participate in drug culture avoid using bathrooms completely while at school.
Recent teacher arrest (2017) for drugs on campus. Recent memo from principal to staff, "Someone left 'a bud' in the women's staff bathroom this am" (2018).
Academics good, kids are nice, campus is beautiful, sports & other activities are well supported. But drugs are Rampant and teachers are involved in it.
The education curriculum cannot be beaten at Carmel High. The teachers are passionate about what they teach and present information in an entertaining and hands-on way. The campus is beautiful, there are over 40 clubs, and there are plenty of honors and AP courses available to take. The only downside to going to Carmel is that the students are treated more as a statistic than a person. However, the pros far outweigh the few cons, and going there has definitely changed me and made me more responsible as a person.