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9-12
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Belmont, CA
Students enrolled: 2,114

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1400 Alameda De Las Pulgas
Belmont, CA 94002

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(650) 595-0210
(650) 591-6067
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April 15, 2014
Carlmont high school works hard to keep curriculum balanced. In times when more affluent neighborhoods are losing public funding, the community works with the staff at Carlmont to ensure extra curriculars, the arts, music, and sports, remain strong high school values. Carlmont's staff is top notch and ensure our children are cared for and are sought after by top universities.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
I am a parent with my 3rd child at Carlmont and my wife and I have been involved with this school as parents and active volunteers for more than 10 years. Please don't let this schools rating of only an 8 scare you off. There are a couple of ridiculous reviews on this site, obviously written by an disgruntled parent or employee who have a personal axe to grind. People are scrambling to try to get into this school for a reason. Your child will receive an excellent education and enjoy a traditional high school experience with lots of clubs, sports and an excellent offering in the arts. No school is perfect, but Carlmont shines. We are all very excited about the new principal too.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2013
I have been very pleased with Carlmont, (my daughter just completed her senior year and my son is entering sophomore year). I have found most of the teachers and administrators to be responsive and professional, with some truly outstanding in their commitment to the students and quality of their teaching. I have worked closely with the school administration because one of my children had a 504. My children are both smart and interested in academic success. They both found friends and many classes they enjoy. Their complaint is the high number of students whose main interest is disrupting class. The main common denominator for disruptive and disrespectful students is that they are bussed in. As a teacher, I have sympathy for instructors trying to teach when some students are belligerent/disrespectful and disinterested. Teaching high school is challeging enough. If students don't want to be bussed to Carlmont, the district should not force them. I have no hesitation in recommending Carlmont as a very good public high school.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
Our freshman LOVES school at Carlmont. Great teachers, challenging classes, lots of activities and sports. He's made many new friends and we couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
It took a year-long battle involving FERPA/U.S. Dept. of Education for this legal custodian to obtain Carlmont's school records for her own child - even with a copy of the "legal custody" court status provided to them. Carlmont failed this parent, her child - and the potential safety & well-being of other students - by their complete and total disregard for the rights of a custodial parent . Allegations of "harassment" were also put forth when I requested my daughter's records pursuant to FERPA guidelines.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2012
This school has been wonderful, both in terms of quality of education, teaching staff (with the exception of a Mandarin teacher), and after school activities. We are very happy with the results thus far. I don't understand the 1 star reviews. Thankfully, they are in the minority, because more than likely, your child will have a wonderful experience at Carlmont.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
I just graduated from Carlmont last year after transferring into the school from the mid-west my senior year. My experience couldn't be more different than the new student below. My guidance councilor arranged for another student to show me around. She did a good job matching us up, because we became friends and I was introduced to other students and was included in all of their school and social activities. I would just say that this school is big and has something for everyone. School just started two weeks ago--give it a chance. Join some clubs or teams and if you don't have friends yet, the teachers all open their classrooms at lunchtime.

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2012
I juss transferred here from South City High as a sophmore. So far i have to say this school absolutely sucks. As a student you try to meet as many people as possible your highschool years. There are sooo many cliques here. Other than kids, the teachers I have are horrible, the teachers just go with what they teach & dont review material to make sure students get it. I guess its just this district. Students start at a young age if this type of learning. I know this school is for my best intention later in life but im definently going to try & get out. STAY AWAY!

- submitted by a community member
August 28, 2012
Very impersonal and large school. Senior administration is very weak and I have recently looking at their experiences more closely to see if they are actually a fit for higher education. Some teachers are too busy there being part of the union rather than contributing to the education. Thumbs down for this school as far as I am concerned. Summit Prep, Everest, Menlo Atherton is a very good alternative.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2012
Our youngest is about to start her Senior year at Carlmont. This will complete our two children going from pre-school thru High School in our local system. Fox Elementary - Ralston Middle School - Carlmont High School. I have no regrets as a parent that we chose to live in this area,mostly due to the public schools. They have received a solid education, including lots of diverse experience both socially and academically. The highlight of all these years has definitely been Carlmont. I am a big fan of the administration and their personal approach my children had from several of them. There have also been great teacher experiences. The arts programs have also been a real highlight. The athletics my children chose had IPS and downs, but is ending strong. Has it all been perfect, of course not. Have I been disappointed a few times, yes. But overall I have been thrilled. I have been engaged in work to support the schools routine certification analysis. The effort to continue to advance the schools performance is without question. To an incoming students parent, this was a great choice for us.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
We've had children there for 7 years thus far. We've not been satisfied with the current senior administrative staff because the style of interaction is impersonal and detached, avoiding problem resolution. The emphasis seems to be on procedures that make administrator's jobs easier rather than on a positive student experience. Most of the senior administrators had minimal classroom experience hours prior to becoming administrators. The teaching quality ranges from poor to great, with most being good. The music program is quite good.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2012
Looks like I need to go back to work and pay for private school. These reviews are scaring the daylights out of me. This whole school system in Belmont has been a terrible waste of time and disappointment. It is your child's future people wake up...

- submitted by a community member
June 06, 2012
My son is graduating and will be going into a great school in the Mid West.The situation is not as great as the review below. The programs and the buildings don't make a great school. The test scores are still way behind some of the great schools in the area so saying it has great scores is laughable.I have to conclude the school is distant and large. Some of the teachers are not making a great impact on the kids future while others indeed are. It is at best an average school. The Performing Arts program is absolutely great in this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2012
We are also going through some struggles with our son and daughter. They are not too excited about going to the school. Although some of the teachers are great, many of them are clearly not interested to see the children do well. Just tons of rules over here and things set in black and white. The principal is probably too aloof to even understand why there are so many unhappy parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2012
I think I can relate to the some of the experiences at this school. The school seems to be too large and distant for the teachers to care about the progress of the kids. It's just another day of work from them and they do not seem to do a lot to help kids succeed.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2012
I have a senior here and even though he has been doing well, that is because he is self driven. The teachers have little or no contribution to the fact that he is doing well. We had to spend a great deal of money to get help for private college counseling. He has secured admission in some great schools. Some of the teachers here absolutely need to go through some checks to make sure they are delivering. Some of the high test scores here is because kids like mine are very driven not because the teachers actually help .

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2012
If you have a talented and a smart kid please do everything possible to keep him/her away from this high school. The School principle leadership is very week, teachers don't care at all, they think they do, but believe me they really do not have a clue. Absolutely a disaster, I am so sad that I live so close to this school that I support with my tax money.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2011
Generally speaking the school is good, but some teachers are making a great impact on kids and not in perfect way. For example I would try to avoid Ms. Hero (biology) or Mr. Ramroth. They are very discouraging and unprofessional. Knowing the subject and knowing how to teach it is not the same. Before meeting these teachers my kid was straight A student. After, well a lot of psychological drama and tears even if I just mention word math . And this is happening to a student who was rewarded with some math rewards (1st and 2nd places on bay area Math Olympiads). Thanks a lot, Mr. Ramroth! God bless you. It s not about grades (she still has decent B+ on AP math)., it s about complete feeling of disgust which my kid feels toward the math.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2011
Great experience for both parents and students. Large staff, very caring and supportive; great at their craft. Only wish they had a better Mandarin teacher.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2011
Carlmont is a great school! My daughter is taking mostly AP classes. She is really being challenged, but yet is enjoying her classes. There are many classes to choose from. The school is beautiful, has a brand new performing arts center, art building, and is building a biotech building. I believe she will be ready for college!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2010
My son had a good experience at Carlmont. He was and C+ B- student so no AP classes here. But he found his teachers helpful and enthusiastic. Loved his Physics, International Relations, History, Computer Graphics. Got accepted as an engineering major at a state school.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
September 05, 2009
It's a terrible school I transferee my son to woodside high school

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 04, 2009
I can understand having school spirit but to say that a school has smart kids is an ignorant remark. All schools have a variety of learning abilities and levels in their students. Let's try to keep our personal bias out of these reviews so incoming parents have honest feedback.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2008
very good school. smart students, great teachers, and is the top school in all of their sports

- submitted by a student
February 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 27, 2008
This is a great school and a real credit to the efforts of the district to improve education in our area. Our son has been able to take many challenging classes and most of the teachers have been very good. The orchestra and chorus programs are great and the math curriculum is world-class. Our son's history teacher has made the subject inspiring even though history was never our son's passion. The AP classes are very good. The facility is modern and modernization of the remaining structures that are not up to date is going on right now. The community generally likes the school although the campus may strike some as large and impersonal. Overall, Carlmont is a wonderful school. -Brian Perkins, parent

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 09, 2006
Our son had a good experience. The drama department is wonderful. Mr. Craig does a great job of motivating the kids and putting on two outstanding performances per year.

- submitted by a administrator
January 18, 2006
Great school great teachers. The science department is excellent. Many teachers are creative and come up with innovative lessons. There are a lot of opportunities for students at this school.

- submitted by a teacher
January 11, 2006
This school has come a long way. Academically, it keeps improving. There is diversity in student body, which reflects the real world. Lots of ap's offered. On the down side, it is a very large school and kids coming from smaller middle schools can have a hard time adjusting to that.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2005
Carlmont High School is a great school that as an exceptionally dedicated staff. The science department is one of the star departments of the school offering AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Human biology and even a biotechnology class. The student body is diverse and students can find themselves in the wrong element if they chose to but this is typical of any school The administration is dedicated and responsive.

- submitted by a teacher
October 06, 2005
This school has a great sports program. Also has a good selection in music, art, and physical activity.

- submitted by a former student
May 09, 2005
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May 06, 2005
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May 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2005
I went to Carlmont for four years and am now going to UC San Diego. I took many AP classes and I feel like the school prepared me well. The math department is very strong, but the language department is one of the weakest. Mostly, the school gives what you put in. The kids that do not want to try do not do as well. Also, the school has a bad reputation for fights and so called 'ghetto' people. It was not bad. I never felt threatened. The music and art programs were ok as well. There were more art programs available, I thought, but there were many band classes that you could take. Sports are very successful. Girls soccer, softball, boys water polo, track, cross country, and many others are very good, CCS participating, and many teams hold championship titles. I love carlmont and I feel like it prepared me well. Go Scotts!

- submitted by a former student
February 25, 2005
I've been going to Carlmont for a while, and I have really enjoyed the experience so far. The AS programs are excellent, and I'm learning lots of things that I wouldn't have known otherwise. The History program focuses on all the world, not just the rich western areas, and the English program has me reading many classics. I love my school very much, and highly recommend it.

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2005
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January 03, 2005
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December 09, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
no rating December 06, 2004
The best school in the Sequoia School District; great kids and nice teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2004
Carlmont is big enough to offer academic and social choices to our two (different)kids, but not so big that it's impersonal. They've had a the usual mixed bag of teachers, but for the most part, they have quite impressed with the ability and personal interest that the teachers demonstrate. The college counseling program is being greatly enhanced, and many students are being accepted to top colleges. (Our senior is choosing between UCLA and an a top-10 liberal arts college in the east.) Graduates in college that I've talked to say they feel very well prepared. Administratively, it's a pretty tight ship and even I feel a part of the school. We could have chosen private schools, but after checking them out, just didn't think it was worth the money -- at least for our kids. Maybe a few 'bells and whistles' are missing, but not much. Carlmont's a good value!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2004
I am a parent of a Carlmont High School Student and I feel this school has challenged my daughter in many other ways than her previous school which was a Private School. I feel Carlmont has a Superior Academic Challenge and has helped my daughter in ways a private school ever could.

- submitted by a parent
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Carlmont High School
1400 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont, CA  94002
(650) 595-0210
Last modified Carlmont High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Carlmont High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top