Carlmont High School

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Carlmont High School
CarlmontHS 1.jpg
1400 Alameda De Las Pulgas

Coordinates37°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
TypePublic 4-year
School districtSequoia Union High
PrincipalRalph Crame
Staff104.78 (FTE)[1]
Number of students2,216 (2018–19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio21.15[1]
Color(s)   Blue, Grey
PublicationScot Scoop [2]
NewspaperThe Highlander [2]

Carlmont High School is a public high school 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 was founded in 1952 as "a school within a school" at Sequoia High School, with four hundred fifty freshman and sophomore students. ==Name== 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 referred to as "the highlands", the school team was named "The Scots", and the mascot is a kilted Scottish highland warrior, named Carl Monty. The Carlmont campus was built on 42 acres (17 ha) at a cost of about $2.5 million. Carlmont has students from Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood Shores, East Palo Alto, Redwood City, and San Mateo.

Pedophilia Scandals[edit]

In 2018, the Sequoia Union High School District discussed in a closed meeting the possibility of firing former Vice Principal Jennifer Cho of Carlmont High School for inappropriate relationships with male students. The investigation of Cho's actions emerged from a petition launched by a former student, which had gained large traction among students and families of Carlmont High School. During the investigation, Cho was placed on administrative leave.

In late May, Cho was removed from her position as Vice Principal of Carlmont High School and relocated elsewhere in the district.

This incident followed Cho's previous investigation in 2017, when a former Carlmont coach reported her to the district and Child Protective Services after overhearing student athletes talking about inappropriate interactions with Cho in the locker room.

The poor handling of the situation led to widespread criticism of both the Sequoia Union High School District as well as Carlmont High School's administration, a consequence of the school's failure to investigate allegations against Cho for several years. Most of the widespread criticism was directed at Principal Ralph Crame and Administrative Vice Principal Gregg Patner, as well as several administrators of the Sequoia Union High School District. [3]

Carlmont High Scots


Civil Rights Accusations, Lawsuits, and Controversy[edit]

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area working with the law firm of Brigham McCutchen submitted a 34-page report to the District school board in July 2013 about the illegalities of forcing the East Palo Alto students to be bused to Carlmont and other High Schools, instead of attending their closest school, Menlo-Atherton, and in fear of a lawsuit, the District has slowly allowed East Palo Alto students to start attend high schools closer to home.[5]

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] In the film, the school was named Parkmont. Most of her students were African-Americans and Hispanics bused in to Carlmont from East Palo Alto, a town at the opposite end of the school district from Carlmont.

With the closure of Ravenswood High School in East Palo Alto in the late 1970s, instead of the school district complying with the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and Mendez v. Westminster (1947) US Supreme Court rulings that a student is legally required to attend the closest school to their home, the predominantly African-American, Hispanic and Pacific Islander students were forced by the District to be bused to other high schools in the Sequoia High School District, including Carlmont, which had a predominantly Caucasian population at the time.


Carlmont can be accessed by driving and Samtrans routes 60, 61, 260, and 295.




  • 2,216 students: 1,113 Male (50.2%), 1,103 Female (49.8%)
White Asian Hispanic Two or More Races Black Native Hawaiian /

Pacific Islander

American Indian /

Alaska Native

Not Reported
1,163 540 307 147 29 24 6 0
52.5% 24.4% 13.9% 6.6% 1.3% 1.1% 0.3% 0%

Standardized testing[edit]

SAT Scores for 2014–2015 [7]
Critical Reading Average Math Average Writing Average
Carlmont High 575 604 569
District 544 563 544
Statewide 489 500 484
2013 Academic Performance Index
2009 Base API [8] 2013 Growth API [9] Growth in the API from 2009 to 2013
827 878 51


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Carlmont High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Newspaper section
  3. ^ "Carlmont vice principal investigated for inappropriate conduct with male students". The Mercury News. 2020-09-03. Retrieved 2021-06-11.
  4. ^ "Vice Principal Jennifer Cho Investigated for Allegedly Sleeping with 5 Students". Asian Dawn. 2020-09-04. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  5. ^ "Pushing the Line, Final Report 2013. Addressing the Inequities in Sequoia Union High School District's Student Assignment Plan"
  6. ^ Guthmann, Edward (1995-08-11). "Teacher Role Hokey, But It Works for Pfeiffer". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
  7. ^ "SAT Report - 2014-15 District Level Scores". California Department of Education. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  8. ^ "2009 Base API School Report - Carlmont High". California Department of Education Assessment, Accountability and Awards Division.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "2013 Growth API School Report - Carlmont High". California Department of Education Analysis, Measurement, & Accountability Reporting Division.

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