Carmel High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 10 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District Carmel Unified
Type Public
 Phone (831)624-1821
 Location 3600 Ocean Ave.
Carmel, CA 93923
Charter School No

Carmel High has an academic rating significantly above the average for California high schools based on its high test performance and high AP course participation. It is ranked 49th in the best public high schools in California.



The Carmel High student body is primarily White with a smaller Hispanic population and has medium racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific3.7%31
Native American Indian0.7%6
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0.5%4
Two or more races10.4%87

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 6.6%

8.5% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the California high school median of 48.5%. By this measure, Carmel High students are largely wealthy and rank 83rd in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

9 out of 10

Rank: 117th in California

Students at Carmel High scored an average 67% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the California Department of Education. Performance is significantly above the state high school median of 42% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 10.1% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls50% to 54%*90% to 94%*
Boys50% to 54%*70% to 74%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indiansuppressed*suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander50% or more*50% or more*
Hispanic21% to 39%*60% to 79%*
Multiracial40% to 59%*80% or more*
White55% to 59%*80% to 84%*
With Disabilitesless than 50%*less than 50%*
Limited Englishsuppressed*suppressed*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for Carmel High students in 2016 was 1215.

College Admission Test Participation

9 out of 10

Rank: 85th in California

246 out of 400 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (62%). College admission testing participation is significantly above the California median rate of 29% and in the top 10% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

7 out of 10

Rank: 189th in California

Carmel High offers 17 AP courses. 50 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 98% percentile and significantly above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. Carmel High had 404 taking AP exams with a 308 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 79% percentile and well above the state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 76% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 50% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 15%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 15%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 46%
AP Courses Offered 17

Learning Environment

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate16%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate18%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate14%

Safety and Discipline

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0%0
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0%0

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0%0
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0%0
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students2%17


Carmel High
3600 Ocean Ave.
Carmel, CA

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