As a parent, I appreciate the high level of teaching and curriculum. Some teachers & aides are exceptional. The other side of this....I have seen a few teachers that are often absence making it hard for students to learn (the sub is mostly there for supervision). I have seen a few teachers that make there on-line assignment information so confusing that students and parents can't follow it. This doesn't lend to a good learning environment. You have to wonder why would a teacher make it so difficult. I have seen parents that contact vice principal, or principal about these issues get nowhere. Worst of all that can lead to the ranks in admin brand those parents privately as trouble makers.
I think most of the teachers are effective, to very effective. A few are not, however admin again will defend, defend, defend, instead of listen, listen, listen to the parent concerns with genuine caring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.