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  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
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
Carmel Unified School District is a top rated, public school district located in Carmel, CA. It has 2,467 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 68% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.
4380 Carmel Valley Rd.
Carmel, CA 93922

Carmel Unified School District Rankings

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Middle Schools in Carmel Unified School District

High Schools in Carmel Unified School District

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
68%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1280
125 responses
Average ACT
29
220 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,467
Free or Reduced Lunch
14.9%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$121,948
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$24,193/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    57%
  • Support Services
    41%
  • Other
    2%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$66,676
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,401
National
$949
Median Home Value
$477,200
National
$184,700

Carmel Unified School District Reviews

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Great education, location, and teachers! Poor diversity, social pressures and some really poor teachers. Privilege runs deep in this area
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I have been in the CUSD my whole life. There is a stigma that students in this district are entitled, however that is not the case. Most of the money that funds the school comes from property taxes, and many families have a hard time staying in the district due to how expensive it is to live here. The majority of students recognize how lucky they have it and take advantage of the resources CUSD provides. Academics are amazing and CHS provides numerous advanced, honors, and AP classes. It is a pretty competitive academic environment which can be difficult, but the rigor is what makes the school so great. The facilities are well kept, and the landscaping is redone every few years. Administration tries, but can be difficult to work with at times. Illicit substances can be an issue for some students, but the majority only participate occasionally and safely, if not at all. The HS has over 30 clubs, there are plenty opportunities for all types of students. I highly recommend CUSD.
This school isn't ranked as in the top ten public high schools in California for no reason, and through their diverse array of student resources and privileges, it's obvious that this school is very well funded. However, some of the students don't exactly treat this school with respect. The bathrooms, though nicely tiled and furnished, are covered in graffiti. Obviously, not every student is like this, but the ones that do make up a decent enough percentage (most of them being underclassmen). The teachers are all very pleasant people, and they are all extremely devoted to their students. The school isn't situated in a very diverse area, however. The student demographic is mostly Caucasian.
Overall, it's an excellent school with many resources for students, but it's lacking in diversity and school spirit.