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  2. Diversity
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  3. Teachers
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Carmel Unified School District is a top rated, public school district located in Carmel, CA. It has 2,510 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% 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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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1300
67 responses
Average ACT
29
162 responses
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Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,510
Free or Reduced Lunch
12.9%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$110,609
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%

Finances

Total Expenses
$48,434,000
Expenses Per Student
$20,368/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    40%
  • 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.
Carmel High is dangerous because of the prolific drug use and availability both in the part of faculty and students.

Principal turns his head to faculty drug use (even when drugs are discovered at school). Students’ indiscretions are also covered up and certain students receive prior alert to drug dog searches (kids with parents on school board).

Lots of liberal talk about global warming and multi genders. Zero talk about the addiction (heroin & other substances) that plagues the life of many drop outs and graduates alike.

Also, teacher and student relationships have often been inappropriate and indiscreet. Again, not much effort toward thwarting Or honest discussion in aftermath (one senior girl dropped out after being seduced by the teacher she was an aide for).