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Posted April 28, 2014

My daughter has transitioned very well from Elementary to Carmel Middle. She has learned a great deal since attending and is showing progress each day. Good job to the teaching staff for keeping her focused and on task.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

Top notch school with highest performing students in Monterey County. There is a reason why all other schools, including private schools, within the region attempts to compare with Carmel Middle School. Awesome music program and supportive PTA/Music Booster. Involvement of parents bring out the best in our children and we can see this in the student population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2012

Best School Ever! We have moved a lot and been to a lot of different schools. The school is very welcoming, has excellent communication, offers a variety of extra curricular activities, has great teachers and principal with terrific attitudes and fair policies, and a curriculum that is engaging. I have a daughter in 6th grade and another in 8th. They both love school. This was the best move we've made and we're here to stay!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2011

Excellent School. Our daughter was just promoted from 8th grade to High School. She had an awesome year. The teachers are great, they enjoy what they do and the kids really respond well to them. The school goes above and beyond! It's better than private and all public schools should be this good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2010

We moved here last year. I made sure to live in the Carmel Middle School District after reading the reviews on this website. I have been disappointed. Any children who come from outside schools, are not given the same opportunities to take higher level classes. My child is bored. She has said several times that she is covering the same material this year as she did at her old school, the year before. When I mentioned this to the teachers, who seem to love what they do, they say there is nothing they can do. She has straight A's, however this is not much of an achievement here as over half of the school has straight A's. I am really concerned that when we move again that she will now be behind a year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

great middle school that features public awareness of substance abuse, focus on commmunity and global outreach and excellent academics. A really great middle school that celebrates what children this age need
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

The hip, conscious, SMART teachers. Open transparent system...open to new learning. Curious about how each child learns. Work hard at building self esteem and success. Making sure kids are reaching their potential without losing their Souls! Most amazing public school one could imagine!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Our son Jason who is in the 7th grade this year said just after the 3rd week, 'I'm having the best time in my llife'! Jason is an Honor Roll student at CMS. Great teachers, great principals!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The staff works as a team to provide not only an excellent curriculum, they promote a positive, fun environment where the children feel safe and valued.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2008

I came to Carmel middle in the middle of my 6th grade year. The students are amazing- everyone is so friendly and extrmely fun to be around, and i automatically had a long list of best friends. the activities in this school are all excellent, and i must say that the chorus was incredible! students are involved in tons of different ativites. the teachers really care about students, and this school is just so well put together. Great school, i miss it terribly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2008

Absolutely amazing school! The teachers pay attention to every student and get to know their students personally. Whatever your interests, there are people and teachers supporting you 100%! I was involved with drama, chorus, and band and found all three to be amazing programs with extremely encouraging teachers. The Language Arts program is outstanding as well as math. You will find that your child is very warmly welcomed and admitted to the school. There are plenty extra curricular activities to get into, such as leadership, art, drama, band (won many first place trophies), chorus (won 1st place in every category), woodshop, and a variety of sports with minimal cut offs. A highly recommended school! I had the greatest years here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2007

We moved to Carmel in July and have had a fantastic experience here at Carmel Middle School. My child was able to play volleyball and basketball and the kids were incredibly friendly. My daughter was able to make friends very easily here. People came up to her specifically when they noticed she was new and invited her to sit with them and took her around to introduce her to others. She has gotten involved in a lot of activities both inside and outside of school and the support from the teachers and staff is outstanding. They work very hard to help kids fit in, get involved in activities and become part of the school community. They have a mentoring program for 6th graders done by 8th graders to help with these issues. CMS also boasts a great music program and jazz band. Also a very involved parent community and PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2007

My child just transferred mid year from a private middle school and was warmly accepted by a very nice group of students. He has been invited to many social events outside of school and the friends he has made are terrific! The teachers have been awesome, calling and emailing me regularly to make sure that our child has transitioned well. We came from an exceptional middle school where we use to live and we are thrilled to say that thus far we are more than impressed. The curriculum is based on addressing multiple intelligence and giving students a myriad of different ways to learn. The school culture seems to be interconnected to current events and the students actively work with their teachers to find solutions to real world issues like global warming, environmental habitat protection and healthy lifestyle choices. As for others social comments, our child has been warmly welcomed here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2006

Carmel Middle School is a very good school for almost all students. The teachers are excellent, and the music, drama, and art programs are unbelievably good. Children who attend this school must be able to handle a little amount of teasing/peer pressure, but for the most part, problems with other students are very low.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2005

Carmel Middle School is a fabulous school. Located in a beautiful country setting with fine families involved. Spectacular teachers and a safe and comfortable environment. A 10!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2005

Academically strong. Good music, arts and crafts, and outdoor nature center. Strong PTA and fundraising although I felt this overshadowed other issues like bullying and social responsibility. School is great if your child can withstand social pressures and popularity issues. We withdrew our child because the social problems were too great.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

922

Change from
2012 to 2013

+2

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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This school's
API score

922

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
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10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
76%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
100%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students86%
Females86%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate58%
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students80%
Females80%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students95%
Femalesn/a
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students82%
Females88%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability45%
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate83%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students77%
Females80%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability45%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students87%
Females91%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students85%
Females93%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students50%
Females35%
Males59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Non-economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability57%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)23%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate65%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students77%
Females76%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability45%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students88%
Females90%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate81%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 63%
Hispanic 20%
Two or more races 10%
Asian 4%
Black 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/AN/A
English language learners 5%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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4380 Carmel Valley Road
Carmel, CA 93922
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