Carlmont High School

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Carlmont High School
CarlmontHS 1.jpg
1400 Alameda De Las Pulgas
Belmont, California
United States
Coordinates 37°30′23″N 122°17′24″W / 37.5063°N 122.2901°W / 37.5063; -122.2901Coordinates: 37°30′23″N 122°17′24″W / 37.5063°N 122.2901°W / 37.5063; -122.2901
Type Public 4-year
Established 1952
School district Sequoia Union High
Principal Lisa Gleaton
Staff 101 (2011-2012)[1]
Grades 9–12
Number of students 2,194 (2013-2014)[2]
Color(s)          Blue, White
Mascot Scot

Carlmont High School is a public high school located in Belmont, California, United States serving grades 9–12 as part of the Sequoia Union High School District. Carlmont is a California Distinguished School.


Carlmont has students from Belmont, San Carlos, East Palo Alto, Redwood City, and San Mateo. Its name derives from the campus straddling the two adjacent cities of San Carlos and Belmont (thus the portmanteau of San Carlos + Belmont). Because this hilly area is also referred to as "the highlands", the school team was named "The Scots", and the mascot is a kilted Scottish highland warrior. The Carlmont campus was built on 42 acres (17 ha) at a cost of about $2.5 million.

Carlmont was originally founded in 1952 as "a school within a school" at Sequoia High School, with four hundred fifty freshman and sophomore students. On April 19, 1953, the school was dedicated to Truth- Liberty- Toleration. The morning after, the students arrived by bus caravan from Sequoia high school to occupy the newly built high school facility.




  • 2,194 students: 1,118 Male (51.0%), 1,076 Female (49.0%)
White Hispanic Asian Two or More Races Filipino African American Pacific Islander American Indian Not Reported
1,018 511 313 184 59 58 42 9 0
46.4% 23.3% 14.3% 8.4% 2.7% 2.6% 1.9% 0.4% 0%

Standardized testing[edit]

SAT Scores for 2012–2013 [3]
Critical Reading Average Math Average Writing Average
Carlmont High 555 593 550
District 542 567 543
Statewide 492 508 489

2013 Academic Performance Index
2009 Base API [4] 2013 Growth API [5] Growth in the API from 2009 to 2013
827 878 51
Carlmont High Scots


Dangerous Minds[edit]

The novel My Posse Don't Do Homework by LouAnne Johnson and subsequent movie adaptation Dangerous Minds were based upon her experience as a teacher at Carlmont in the 1990s.[6] Most of her students were African-Americans and Hispanics bused in to Carlmont from East Palo Alto, a then-unincorporated town at the opposite end of the school district from Carlmont. With the closure of Ravenswood High School in East Palo Alto in the early 1970s, much of its predominantly African-American and Hispanic student body was bused to other high schools in the Sequoia High School District, including Carlmont, which had an equally predominantly Caucasian population at the time. A subsequent 'Open Enrollment' policy in the school district permitted East Palo Alto students to attend high schools closer to home, space permitting.[citation needed]


Carlmont can be accessed by driving and Samtrans routes 260 and 295.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "School Profile 2011-12: Carlmont High School". California Department of Education. 
  2. ^ a b "Enrollment by Ethnicity for 2013-14: Carlmont High School". California Department of Education. 
  3. ^ "SAT Report 2012-13 - Carlmont High". California Department of Education. 
  4. ^ "2009 Base API School Report - Carlmont High". California Department of Education Assessment, Accountability and Awards Division. 
  5. ^ "2013 Growth API School Report - Carlmont High". California Department of Education Analysis, Measurement, & Accountability Reporting Division. 
  6. ^ Guthmann, Edward (1995-08-11). "Teacher Role Hokey, But It Works for Pfeiffer". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 

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