Carlmont High School

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Carlmont High School
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Carlmont High School is located in San Francisco Bay Area
Carlmont High School
Carlmont High School
Carlmont High School is located in California
Carlmont High School
Carlmont High School
Carlmont High School is located in the United States
Carlmont High School
Carlmont High School
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
Staff99.28 (FTE)[1]
Number of students2,184 (2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio22.00[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 has students from Belmont, San Carlos, East Palo Alto, Redwood City, and San Mateo.


Carlmont was 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.


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. The Carlmont campus was built on 42 acres (17 ha) at a cost of about $2.5 million.




  • 2,147 students: 1,085 Male (50.5%), 1,062 Female (49.5%)
White Asian Hispanic Two or More Races Filipino African American Pacific Islander American Indian Not Reported
1,065 398 390 133 71 44 34 12 0
49.6% 18.5% 18.2% 6.2% 3.3% 2% 1.6% 0.6% 0%

Standardized testing[edit]

SAT Scores for 2014–2015 [4]
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 [5] 2013 Growth API [6] Growth in the API from 2009 to 2013
827 878 51
Carlmont High Scots



In 2014 and 2016, Scot Scoop News received the National Scholastic Press Association's Online Pacemaker.[7][8]

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.[9] 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 early 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.

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.[10]


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Carlmont High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Newspaper section
  3. ^ "Enrollment by Ethnicity for 2015-16: Carlmont High School". California Department of Education. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "SAT Report - 2014-15 District Level Scores". California Department of Education. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "2009 Base API School Report - Carlmont High". California Department of Education Assessment, Accountability and Awards Division.
  6. ^ "2013 Growth API School Report - Carlmont High". California Department of Education Analysis, Measurement, & Accountability Reporting Division.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "NSPA - 2016 Online Pacemaker Winners". Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  9. ^ Guthmann, Edward (1995-08-11). "Teacher Role Hokey, But It Works for Pfeiffer". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
  10. ^ "Pushing the Line, Final Report 2013. Addressing the Inequities in Sequoia Union High School District's Student Assignment Plan"

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