Carmel Unified School District

CHS Named One of Top High Schools in the U.S.

Carmel High School has once again been recognized as one of the best high schools in the nation.  The most recent award comes from the Daily Beast, an online offshoot of Newsweek, which ranked Carmel High 247th on their list entitled "Top High Schools 2014."

This honor is the latest in a number of similar honors that place CHS squarely in the top 1% of all schools in the country, including the following:

  • U.S. News and World Report's "2014 Best High Schools" (#286 in the nation, #52 in the state)
  • Newsweek’s "America's Best High Schools" (#191 in the nation) 
  • Washington Post's "America's Most Challenging High Schools" (#196 in the nation, #24 in the state)

District Superintendent Marvin Biasotti notes, “This validates that our conscious efforts to make college an option for all students are paying off. Receiving recognition from multiple respected publications gives the students and faculty reason to be proud of their hard work.”

To identify the top schools in the nation, the Daily Beast first surveyed a pre-qualified group of over 700 top-performing schools. It then assessed each school on six factors, with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Other criteria included college-level courses and exams, percentage of students with free or reduced lunch, as well as SAT and ACT scores.

To read more about the Daily Beast's Top High Schools 2014, visit