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3600 Ocean Avenue
Carmel, CA 93923

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(831) 624-1821
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June 05, 2014
Carmel High School has so many strengths, especially through the 9-12 grades curricula, beautiful campus, and many dedicated teachers and faculty. Coordination amongst teachers regarding class projects and test schedules needs to be strengthened. However, the greatest weakness from my viewpoint is the school climate being one that neither acknowledges or celebrates diversity. If the Carmel School District would commit to the education that is needed in this area, then model that for students and parents, we might (in years to come) find the CHS community to be a more "endearing" one, filled with wonderful academic and social experiences. Perhaps then, more families representing a diversity of backgrounds would remain in the Carmel community.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
I beleive that Carmel High discriminates against students with mental and physical diabilities on the 504 Plan in order to maintain high test scores.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2013
My son attended CHS for 2 years and as a family who moves a lot, we found the culture of the Carmel schools to be closed to outsiders. People are nice, but are less willing to include outsiders. The teachers are mostly fantastic, the education and the extras the schools offer like "Rachel's Challenge" are amazing. The campus is beautiful, technology forward and open. It is an awesome school, but the social aspect can be challenging for newcomers.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2010
Some of the staff and teachers here are wonderful, and I have nothing but praise for them, but Carmel High is severely lacking in intelligent leadership, and it is plagued by racism and a class based system in which all but the wealthiest students are treated poorly. I do not blame the students, because they are only following the example their snobbish parent's set. However, anyone who is perceived as different will be an outsider and will be targeted for harassment and bullying. They also do not listen to the majority of parents. They only listen to board members and the wealthiest parents. Each year there is a parent survey. Each year parents make their feelings known. Though most of us are concerned with bad leadership, poor communication with that leadership, and a horrible counseling department, the admin and board instead say their primary goal is to beautify the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
I find many kids are doing some for of illegal activities including under aged drinking and use of marijuana. The rate at which these kids do this seems to be 50% or higher, which is awful. The classes offered there are nice, but limiting, as most schools are these days. There is a general lack of discipline and the 'bullies' go either unpunished, or not punished severely enough. Over all, I found the school to be a terrible learning environment.

- submitted by a student
February 15, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
I love this school so much. The teachers are amazing and they teach so well. I feel as though Carmel High has given me oprotunites that other schools havent

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2009
Five stars! Incredible academic counselors that go above and beyond the call of duty, engaged active student leaders, friendly warm environment and a welcoming of diversity in all ways. Anyone paying for a private school tuition is wasting their money when they have CHS as an option. My son just graduated and was accepted into a program at a private University in Southern California with a 5% acceptance rate, obviously he was more than prepared. The creative arts, music and video production programs are impressive. There is also a great ROP program so obviously CHS gets that kids want viable options. They also have impressive programs for addressing alcohol, drugs and teen depression issues. They are realists! Still have two more there and I could not be happier!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
I think this High School does a good job of including a more diverse population than you would think for Carmel. It is all there. Something for everyone. A lot of AP courses and ROP courses for those wanting to work. THe expectations for this school are unrealistic. People are looking for a private school in a public school. The principal keeps it together. You can go anywhere from here. Why go to a private school?

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January 31, 2008
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January 03, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
September 03, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 30, 2007
Carmel has wonderful academics and extracurriculars. Staff and students couldn't be better.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2007
I read the reviews, something that has changed in the last 2 years is adding Mary Bull to CSUD in charge of curriculum. She initiated changes, backed by PADRE Parents that support the academic accomplishments over the teacher comfort zone. Also PADRE Parents provides a system to award teachers that are innovative and interested in teaching. I think the foundation is there to improve the results in this school. As far as parent involvement, we have an average of 30 parents at the PADRE Parents meetings, all are welcome. We have a smaller group at the business meetings. Currently there is no one from the school board who is running the meetings. They attend, but, are not in charge.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2007
I am actually a current freshman student attending Carmel High School and i have read all of the other Parent comments and i find them to be completely unrealistic. Some of them said that CHS has poor parent involvement from Padre Parents. But this is completely untrue. Just this year(2007) Padre Parents have provided thousands of $'s to our brand new pool(just Finished this year). they always help us out. CHS is a great school.

- submitted by a student
April 08, 2007
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- submitted by a student
February 26, 2007
Carmel High would be a great school if the Padre Parents were relpaced with more open minded parents. The parents that head these meetings also tend to head the school board so it's always their way and no one else has any real input no matter whether or not they attend the meetings. Padre Parents is treated more as a social event than something to help the students. And when they do try to help the students, they invest in websites like naviance that are completely useless to students. A fear that their child is doing drugs has now enstated drug testing at this school, which is also ridiculous. Though it's voluntary, if the parents want their child tested, the kid really has no choice. Parents at this school are so set on preparing their child ready for college, yet they baby them through every step of high school.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2006
Academic programs obviously were fine because my son did well on several of the AP exams and will be going to a UC college. Music program was wonderful. Kudos for Mr. Handley who is inclusive rather than being exclusive. U rating on sports. Parent involvement was minimal.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
I'm new to this area, I've been here about 1 1/2 years and my daughter came from a catholic school into Carmel High. She has done wonderfully. Her grades are A's and she has made friends there and doesn't seem to have any problems. I'm sure there are many kids that she thinks are too upitty or think they are all that, but she just works on her studies and hangs out with her type of friends. I have noticed there are a great deal of bratty kids or spoiled rich kids, but you know what they are the ones with the bad grades and getting into trouble..now thats sad. I think its what you make it. good luck and consider this school it's really not bad.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2005
If your child is into sports more than academics, this school may be for you.

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August 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
You would think that a rich town like Carmel would have a better high school. So sad.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 28, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
April 20, 2005
Quality of academic programs is marginal. The math program in particular is severely lacking. Classes are either taught at a pace above Honors level in Calc. and Alg II, or at a remedial level where all topics are not covered. AP test pass rates are misleading as not all students in AP classes are required or encouraged to take the exams. Very local school with large percentage of parent/teacher/principal alumni. Great if your student's ambition is to attend the local Community College, or if he/she is self-driven/motivated independently, otherwise be prepared to supplement the counseling section as they are not particularly helpful individually and take a very general approach of providing paperwork/dates; offering little encouragement to the average student's ambitions for UC or Cal State Admissions.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2004
Carmel High is a great school. Like any public school, it is what you make it. Kids that have problems with drugs have problems with drugs at home and out in the community too. We see a school that is well run and an administration that really likes the students. All the students. It is easy to complain about a school. We as parents should be asking, what are we doing to make it better? And don't fool yourself. The local private schools have the same problems. You just don't hear about them. My son had a great time there and is now completing his college. Some of these comments don't describe the place we know.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2004
As a graduate from CHS and having my two sons and a daughter-in-law graduate, yes, I have fond memories of CHS. It's sad to see the negative comments about the school. All the students my sons were associated with, as well as, my sons, went onto college, good careers and have good lives. Isn't that what high school is about? No school is perfect and Carmel has had it's hits with lack of funding to support this school. Yet, the parents are very supportive and fill in where ever they can and do so! Yes, sports are a big thing, but they are also good for school unity and activities. The students are all great, contibuting to the community in many ways! I vote for positive comments to CHS!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2004
I have had three diverse students attend this school in the past eight [years] and I must have been out of my mind! I have been shocked to find that blatant racism exists in what is touted as being 'educated administration and faculty'. It is not a reality based education nor an environment for students of the real world. This is a school where learning comes secondary to social expections.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2004
I have to agree with the last parent/alumni. Not much has changed in 30 years. My child is having difficulty and the staff has been made aware of the problems; which involve learning problems, threats from other students, poor performance and lack of communiction. These are the same problems that allowed me to do poorly 30 years ago. No proactive work by the staff or teachers. Typical public school position of not being able to do much, and a real lack of desire and/or ability to help learning disabled persons. I am discouraged and most likely will be looking for alternative eduction elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2003
As a former student and a parent of a student I have to sadly say that not much has changed in the 24 years between when I attended CHS and when my daughter attended CHS. In the 70's we called the school 'Carmel Get High'. I was sad to find out that when my daughter attended CHS, the students still call it 'Carmel Get High'. The stats say that the average teacher has something like 16 years experience. It is true that teachers do stay, my daughter had three of the same teachers that I did 2 decades before. It seems that the current emphasis for the school is towards the 'jocks'. The students that do not fit that attitude are classifed as difficult and anti-social by the staff. If I had it to do over again, I would not send my daughter to CHS. Try Santa Catalina or Robert Lewis Stevenson.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I am a graduate of CHS the class of 1995. I am also now a parent so to let all of you know about this wonderful school it's a great place to have your children go. The principal there now is the same one I had when I went to Carmel Middle School. As for the staff I know that there are a lot of new people there but, the ones that are still there from when I went are excellent educators. I myself loved the whole school as well as the extra curricular activities. I do hope that this will help you in your decision.

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
Carmel= Lack of Diversity(ALmost all Caucasion) Carmel= Fun, Challenging, Boring, ALotta Activites Carmel= Must have proof of residency in Carmel!! Carmel=T eachers with blurred perceptions of reality(Suburban neighborhood, woodsy/retired families) Carmel= In 2001= 5African Amer, 2 Asian,10 Hisp. Carmel= Recently remodeled,Average test scores Carmel= Yes;if you like a whole lotta FOLKS who look just like you, anywhere from (teens claiming they are Confederates to Hippi wannabes to wannabe Hip-Hop teens.) Carmel= Overall, it is Good. But just a little behind in realistic perceptions and current flow of 'Real WOrld'. But as a former student I had a wonderful time, and made many friends, but it would have been nice to have a Little More Flava' on campus.

- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2003
Okay so you want the 'inside scoop' so why dont you ask a former student? Well thankfully i took the initiative to do so for you. I graduated last year and true the school does offer small class sizes and on average 16 years teaching expierence ((which is obtained by having really old teaches, maybe that shouldnt be teaching because all they read is the book and worksheets from the book and that doesnt motavate a history class, and fairly new teachers that do their best to teach and can teach very well.) There are also some good points that the school boasts that are very true some good teaches some not so then others. There again every school is like that and a few bad apples shouldnt ruin it exspeasily if they are living off of the fact they cant get fired and work in the spanish department and when it comes to crunch time brag about having two degrees from college to your parent when their is a confrience because you arent doing too well in her class much like the other guys. Some teachers there are trully gifted and some that are less talented but try and yet give you wisdom and some that fail completly at it. Other then that the school is fine i never felt insecure or unsafe at it. Just one last thing dont have your child attend this school or school district if you are hoping that the kid will get use to different culture. Unless they happen to be white seeing the school pretty much is completly white. From, William

- submitted by a former student
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Carmel High School
3600 Ocean Avenue, Carmel, CA  93923
(831) 624-1821
Last modified Carmel 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.
Carmel High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top