Carlmont High School: Full Guide

Location: Belmont, CA

Are you a student or parent at Carlmont High School? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?

We've written the best guide to Carlmont High available. Here we'll cover:

  • Breakdowns of student ethnicity, gender, and family income
  • How safe Carlmont High is to attend
  • SAT/ACT/AP scores earned by Carlmont High students
  • Which AP/IB classes you can take at Carlmont High
  • Every sports team you can join at Carlmont High

Let's get started!

Basic Information

Carlmont High School is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in Belmont, CA in San Mateo County.

Based on its location, Carlmont High is classified as a school in a large suburb. Here's the location on a map:


Contact Information

Mailing address:

Carlmont High School
1400 Alameda De Las Pulgas
Belmont, CA 94002-3585

Phone number: 6505950210

Carlmont High School homepage: http://carlmonths.org/

Principal: Ralph Crame
Email the principal: [email protected]


Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at Carlmont High School is 2194 students, making it a large high school, in the top 25% of all California high schools by size.

Attending Carlmont High will feel like attending a small college. You'll have a few hundred students in your class, enough to provide an interesting set of activities, sports, and classes to try. But compared to the largest high schools in California, the student body size won't be overwhelming.


Growth in Student Body Size

Is Carlmont High School growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.

From our calculations, the enrollment at Carlmont High has steadily increased over the past few years. We calculate this by comparing enrollment in grades 9 to 12.

Male Students Female Students All Students
9th grade 307 276 583
10th grade 260 299 559
11th grade 290 255 545
12th grade 261 246 507

As you can see in the table above, the freshman class is 76 students larger than the senior class. This suggests that the school is growing in size and taking on more students.

There are a few reasons this could be happening. The city of Belmont could be growing in population, thus sending more students into Carlmont High. Alternatively, Carlmont High could be relaxing its student policies and taking in more students.


Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at Carlmont High School?

From our statistics, Carlmont High has a 51:49 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

Carlmont High has a balanced male-female ratio that's largely representative of the general population in San Mateo County. Since the student body is roughly half and half, it should feel like there are equal numbers of boys and girls in your classes.

This usually means that Carlmont High doesn't strongly select for either males or females, unlike other schools that have a large majority of males or females.


Ethnicity Breakdown

What's the racial diversity at Carlmont High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, Carlmont High has a diverse student body. No single ethnicity composes more than 50% of all students, which means you'll be surrounded by a diverse set of students in class. Only a third of California schools show this much diversity.

The most common ethnicity at Carlmont High is white. In California, white students make up 26.3% of all California students, and are the second most common ethnicity after Hispanic students.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.4% 9
Asian 16.9% 372
Hispanic 23.2% 511
Black 2.6% 58
White 46.3% 1018
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1.9% 42
Two or more races 8.3% 184

High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Belmont. If you'd like to see how other nearby schools look in diversity, just google "[name of school] prepscholar" to find our guide to that specific school.


Income Level of Carlmont High Families

What are the family incomes of students at Carlmont High School? To determine this, we look at the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches, a classification by the US federal government.

To qualify for a reduced price meal, family income needs to be below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $45,000 or below.

To qualify for a free meal, family income needs to be below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $32,000 or below.

The lower the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced price meals, the higher the income levels are likely to be.

At Carlmont High, 3.0% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 14.4% qualify for free lunches.

This means Carlmont High has a low poverty level. The overwhelming majority of students at Carlmont High don't qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Belmont is thus likely to be an affluent community, with quite high family incomes.

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 66 3.0%
Free lunches 317 14.4%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 1811 82.5%

As with ethnicity, this likely reflects the surrounding community in Belmont and doesn't speak much about the school itself.

Because Carlmont High is in the top quartile of schools by family income, it's likely to be well-funded relative to other high schools in California. This means you'll likely have access to advanced coursework like AP/IB classes and better-funded extracurriculars and sports.

It's still up to you, though, to take advantage of the resources Carlmont High has to offer. If you work hard and spend your time effectively, you'll likely be well positioned to succeed in college and beyond.

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School Safety

How safe is Carlmont High School to attend? Can you expect a lot of conflict as a student here?

To study this, we look at disciplinary data for two types of incidents at Carlmont High: referrals to law enforcement (when incidents are reported to police), and arrests.

These are the most serious disciplinary actions available to school administration and are more severe than suspensions or expulsions. Suspensions are often discretionary and can be given just for being disruptive in class. In contrast, law enforcement referrals and arrests often indicate incidents that put the safety of other Carlmont High students at risk.

In the school year of 2011-2012, there were 0 referrals to law enforcement, and 0 school-related arrests. This is out of a total enrollment of 2098 students.

To put this into perspective, most California schools (59% of them) reported 0 law enforcement referrals and arrests.

Compare this school with other high schools in the same school district, using the following table:

Sequoia Union High School District Safety

School Name Total Referred Total Arrests Enrollment
Menlo-atherton High 0 0 1972
Redwood High 0 0 314
Sequoia High 0 0 2038
Woodside High 0 0 1744
East Palo Alto Academy 0 0 0
Summit Preparatory Charter High 0 0 415

Academic Performance


Now we get to a major aspect of assessing a high school: academic performance. How good of an education will you get at Carlmont High School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?

We've compiled everything we could find about Carlmont High's academics here.


Graduation Rate

To start off, an important benchmark of academic achievement is graduation rate. For all students who start high school at Carlmont High, the state of California wants as many students to graduate as possible, since a high school diploma can mean a big difference in getting a job.

At Carlmont High, 94% (of 577) Carlmont High students graduated within four years of starting high school.

Here's how this stacks up to other schools. The California state government has defined 90% as a target rate. The state average is around 80-85%.

Carlmont High is in the 84th percentile of all public high schools in California for graduation rate. This is well above average. Generally, a graduation rate of above 90% is considered good and well above average, and below 75% is well below average.

Note: This data comes from a few years back, but the trends are likely to stay the same, since schools don't get significantly better or worse within a short period of time.

Standardized Testing


Next, we'll look at another major piece of high school academics: standardized testing performance for Carlmont High School students. These are tests that are administered to large populations of students for comparison purposes.

Let’s start by taking a look at the data for nationally administered standardized tests.

SAT Scores

As you probably know, the SAT is a critical test used for college admissions. The higher the score you get, the better your academic performance compared to students nationwide, and the easier it is to get into top colleges.

We did in-depth research and found the average Carlmont High School SAT scores.

The average composite SAT score is a 1720 out of 2400, compared to a national average of 1500. Each year, roughly 554 at Carlmont High take the SAT.

This is a very high average SAT score, putting Carlmont High School in the top 10% of all California high schools. The average student at Carlmont High is already scoring in the 75th percentile nationwide or higher - in fact, 79% of students score above the national average. The top students will likely be competing in the top tier nationwide.

Because the SAT measures academic ability, this is a good sign that you're surrounded by high-achieving peers. If you can keep up with your classmates at Carlmont High - or even exceed them - you'll have a great shot at getting into very competitive colleges.

Here's a breakdown of SAT scores by section:

Average SAT Scores (2013-2014)

Source Critical Reading Math Writing Composite
Carlmont High 565 603 561 1720
California 498 510 496 1504
United States 495 511 484 1490

Note that the SAT has since changed to a 1600 scale, but the trends above for your high school are likely to continue. Just use this guide to convert between the old 2400 scale and the new 1600 scale.

To learn more about SAT percentile rankings, read our guide on what SAT percentiles really mean.

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ACT Scores

In California, the ACT is less popular than the SAT. Fewer students take the ACT, and typically these students are more motivated and academically prepared for college. Therefore, it's harder to compare Carlmont High School ACT scores with the rest of the country.

At Carlmont High, the average ACT composite score was 24, compared to the nationwide average of 20. Each year, roughly 210 out of 2194 total students take the ACT.

This is very good performance, putting Carlmont High in the top 25% of high schools in California by ACT score. Nationwide, a 24 on the ACT is 74th percentile, so most ACT test takers at Carlmont High are well above average.

Since the ACT is designed to gauge what you learn in school, high ACT scores are are a good indication that you'll get a great education and be surrounded by other students who value academic achievements.

Here are the average English, Math, Reading, and Science scores for Carlmont High compared to California and the US:

Average ACT Scores

Source English Math Reading Science
Carlmont High 25 26 24 24
California 21.8 22.8 22.3 21.7
UnitedStates 20.3 20.9 21.3 20.8

Scores provided are for the 2013-14 school year.

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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college-level courses that are an additional academic challenge may give Carlmont High School students credit for college.

Here's what we're looking for: high average AP test scores as well as high AP passing rates.

AP Scores

Every year, roughly 656 students in grades 9-12 at Carlmont High take 1450 AP exams. It's important to understand how students score on the AP - earning a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP test means passing the test and often earning college credit.

The average score of all AP exams taken at Carlmont High is 3.5 out of 5.

This is a great achievement showing well above average performance. Most students get AP scores of a 4 or a 5, placing them above the national average of a 3. This high academic achievement places Carlmont High School in the top 10% of schools for AP tests.

Carlmont High therefore has a strong AP program, with high quality classes that will prepare students well for AP exams. There is still a sizable number of students who earn a 3 or below, but if you're a motivated and resourceful student, you'll be able to be one of the top performers.

We have specific data on how many students got a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 (out of 5) on AP exams in the chart below:


To find out the passing rates for specific AP courses at Carlmont High School, you'll have to talk to your guidance counselor (who can then help you find that information). For instance, one AP Calculus teacher may have an above-90% passing rate, while another might only have a 50% passing rate. If you can, you'll want to take the class with the teacher who has more students get a 3 or above on the AP exam.

Find out more about the average score for each AP subject here.


State Tests

As of 2014, eleventh graders attending Carlmont High School must take standardized tests in English/Language Arts and Math as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These align with the new Common Core standards and are called the "Smarter Balanced" tests.

If Carlmont High students meet or exceed state standards, they're academically prepared to graduate high school and go to college. Specifically, we care about the percentage of students who meet or exceed state standards. The larger this number, the higher the preparation of students at Carlmont High.

English/Language Arts

At Carlmont High School, 73% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.

This is considered good and puts Carlmont High in the top 25% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. Most Carlmont High students pass or exceed state standards, though there is also a sizable portion of students who fail to meet state standards.

English/Language Arts Test Results (2015)

 

Read more about what’s measured in each ELA area score here.


Math

The other major test taken for state assessments is Math. Across the state, Math performance is generally lower than English/Language Arts performance, so it's natural for this number to be lower.

At Carlmont High School, 58% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts Carlmont High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of Carlmont High students don't meet state standards, and only a small percentage pass.

Math Test Results (2015)

 

Read more about what’s measured in each Math area score, go here.


Academic Offerings


In addition to the standard high school curriculum, many high schools like Carlmont High School offer advanced coursework as part of the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

Brief Intro to AP/IB

AP and IB courses are designed at the difficulty level of college introductory classes. There are several important benefits to taking advanced coursework at Carlmont High. First, taking more advanced classes shows colleges that you're committed to challenging yourself academically, and that you're one of the more advanced students at Carlmont High. Taking AP/IB classes also raises your weighted GPA and makes you a stronger college applicant.

Furthermore, many colleges will accept your Carlmont High AP/IB coursework as college coursework. In some cases, you'll be able to skip introductory-level classes and move to more advanced classes. In other cases, you'll be able to avoid having to take required courses and might even be able to graduate earlier than the standard 4 years. Often this will require you to pass the AP test, getting a score of 3 or above.

So what advanced courses does Carlmont High School offer?

AP Courses

Carlmont High School offers AP courses in 22 subjects.

This is a huge number of AP subjects, putting Carlmont High School in the top 5% of California schools in AP offerings. You'll be able to choose from the most popular AP courses as well as your pick of broader interests.

The total number of AP subjects is 38, so Carlmont High is missing some subjects, but these are likely the least popular subjects, like some foreign languages and the new AP Research and Seminar courses. If there are any AP courses you want to take that aren't being offered at Carlmont High, ask your counselor for other options.

Of course, keep in mind that quantity doesn't automatically mean quality - it's important that the courses are taught well by effective teachers. But the strong AP program at Carlmont High likely means the classes are of high quality.

The following AP courses were offered at Carlmont High during 2015-2016:

Course Title
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Chemistry
Chinese Language and Culture
Comparative Government and Politics
Computer Science A
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
European History
French Language and Culture
Microeconomics
Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Physics 2: Algebra-Based
Physics C: Mechanics
Psychology
Spanish Language and Culture
Statistics
Studio Art: 2-D Design
Studio Art: Drawing
United States Government and Politics
United States History

Sports Teams

Finally, we'll cover which sports teams are available at Carlmont High School. Sports are an integral part of many students' high school experiences. The more sports that are available, and the more levels supported (Frosh, JV, Varsity), the more likely you'll be able to participate in a sport at Carlmont High.

By the way, the Carlmont High mascot is the Scots. Go Scots!

Carlmont High School fields 17 teams for girls' sports. This is a high number that puts Carlmont High in the top 25% of California schools that offer girls' sports. If you're a female, you'll have lots of options of sports and levels to try out for.

And now for the boys: Carlmont High School fields 21 teams for boys' sports. This puts Carlmont High in the top 25% of California schools that offer boys' sports. Boys will have a large pick of sports to try out for.

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