Carmel Unified School District

Carmel High Recognized as One of the Top Schools in the US

Carmel High School has once again received the highest ranking as a Gold Medal Winner in the U.S. News and World Report list of the best high schools in the nation. This year, Carmel High moved up to 33rd place in the state and 196th in the nation. As one of more than 21,000 U.S. schools considered for the list, Carmel High placed solidly in the top 1% of all schools in the nation.

According to the U.S. News & World Report article, Carmel High was awarded the Gold Medal “based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.” The article goes on to state, “A great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.”

Superintendent Marvin Biasotti announced, “This reinforces the fact that the work we are doing is paying off for all students.” He added, “We are particularly proud of our ranking in the state. When you look at the schools that are ahead of us on the list, only eight are regular comprehensive high schools. The others are magnet schools, academies, or charter schools that have selective enrollment processes.  Of the eight, none of them have as high a ratio of socio-economically disadvantaged students as Carmel High. In fact, their percentages of disadvantaged students are less than half the level of CHS. It appears that no comprehensive high school with a population that approximates our demographics is doing a better job of preparing students for college.””

Carmel High Principal Rick Lopez said, “Clearly our students and teachers are doing something right. This is a prestigious honor that they have worked hard to earn.”

More details are available at the U.S. News and World Report website,