Mt. Carmel High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 9 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District Poway Unified
Type Public
 Phone (858)484-1180
 Location 9550 Carmel Mountain Rd.
San Diego, CA 92129
Charter School No

Mt. 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 102nd in the best public high schools in California.

Data Citation: Unless otherwise noted, all information on this page is retrieved or calculated from data reported to the the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data and Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2014/2015 school year.

Racial Demographics

The Mt. Carmel High student body is predominantly White with a sizeable Asian Pacific population and has very high racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific27.1%545
Native American Indian0.4%9
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0.8%17
Two or more races5.9%119

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 11.5%

14.3% 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, Mt. Carmel High students are largely upper income and rank 146th in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

Proficient Students
Rank in California
9 out of 10

Students at Mt. Carmel High scored an average 69% 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 8.9% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls55% to 59%*85% to 89%*
Boys50% to 54%*75% to 79%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indiansuppressed*suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander60% to 64%*85% to 89%*
Black21% to 39%*40% to 59%*
Hispanic30% to 34%*65% to 69%*
Multiracial40% to 59%*80% or more*
White60% to 64%*85% to 89%*
With Disabilites20% to 29%*50% to 59%*
Limited English20% or less*21% to 39%*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for Mt. Carmel High students in 2016 was 1186.

College Admission Test Participation

Upperclassmen taking ACT or SAT
Rank in California
4 out of 10

257 out of 1,000 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (26%). College admission testing participation is slightly below the California median rate of 29% and in the bottom 40% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

AP Class Enrollment Rate
AP Pass Rank in California
AP Pass Rate Rating
8 out of 10

Mt. Carmel High offers 19 AP courses. 36 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 90% percentile and well above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. Mt. Carmel High had 624 taking AP exams with a 505 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 86% percentile and well above the California state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 81% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 36% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 16%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 13%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 31%
AP Courses Offered 19

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate12%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate14%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate10%

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students1%20
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0%0

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0.3%6
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.1%2
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.1%2


Mt. Carmel High
9550 Carmel Mountain Rd.
San Diego, CA

10 out of 10 1


Poway Unified
San Diego, CA