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  2. Diversity
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  3. Teachers
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  4. College Prep
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  5. Clubs & Activities
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  7. Administration
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Carmel Unified School District is a top rated, public school district located in Carmel, CA. It has 2,509 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 69% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.
About Carmel Unified School District...
Address
4380 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel, CA 93923
Telephone
(831) 624-1546

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
69%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1290
101 responses
Average ACT
29
192 responses

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,509
Free or Reduced Lunch
14.9%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$117,302
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%

Finances

Total Expenses
$48,434,000
Expenses Per Student
$20,502/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    2%

Carmel Unified School District Reviews

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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.
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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.
I entered the Carmel Unified School District as a freshman and soon realized how grateful I was to attend the high school in this district. First and foremost, the campus is beautiful. There's a green amphitheater for students to hang out in, a big pool, and a football field overlooking the lovely mountains. Not only that, but the teachers here are very passionate about whatever they're teaching. One of my favorite teachers is also my mock trial coach which makes for very special connections. Mock trial isn't the only club that gets a lot of support from the district. Model UN, Robotics, This Club Saves Lives, and many more allow students to pursue their club goals. Any students who attend a school in the Carmel Unified School District is very lucky. No complaints.