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About This School

Mount Carmel High School is a public high school in San Diego. The principal of Mount Carmel High School is Tom McCoy, who can be contacted at tmccoy@powayusd.com. 2,205 children attend Mount Carmel High School and identify as Unspecified; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 6% of the Mount Carmel High School students have "limited English proficiency." 14% of the 2,205 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Mount Carmel High School is 22:1. Westview High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 6% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 51% 55%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 3%
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 28% 17%
Filipino 13% 7%
Hispanic 13% 11%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% 34490%
Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14% 11%
Limited English proficiency 6% 12%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Adam Lambert went here so that's what makes it pretty amazing and fantastic go here and bask in his gloriness

  • (2 years ago)

    My kids recently graduated from Mt Carmel and were thrilled with the caring teachers and also parent volunteers. Thank you to all!

  • (3 years ago)

    great school! i originally planned on going to Westview due to the fact that it was rated higher. But MC didn't bring me down. I graduated MC with big scholarships to many great colleges....ussd usla usberkley stanford even harvard. I had a fantastic experience at MC and urge everyone who can to become a MC sun devil!

  • (4 years ago)

    Excellent school with wonderful staff and teachers. I truly received a great education and had a great experience at MC. I felt very prepared for college.

  • (4 years ago)

    best choir program and they treat both students and parents with dignity

  • (5 years ago)

    Decent school nice teachers. Though after graduating I realized that despite seeking help through counselors that I was completely unprepared for college both mentally and educationally. I've had to repeat classes I 'passed' in high school with all my grades 'C' and above.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is an excellent school. The teachers are highly experienced and very committed to their work; they certainly put in much more than 100% effort. Level of parent involvement is similarly good as is the Principal. All this makes for a top-notch school environment. There are many extracurricular activities some of which compete at the national level and place very highly. My daughter has attended MCHS for a year and has enjoyed it immensely. We're looking forward to another 3 successful years.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is school is outstanding. It consists of great teachers and wonderful programs that prepared mt son's to graduate and attend great colleges. My oldest son graduated in 1999 and was accepted to UCLA. My youngest son who graduated last year 2006 got accepted to USD. What more could I ask for? I'm just hoping my last child would do as well as her older brothers. Great school! No doubt about it!

  • (7 years ago)

    PHS is a great school! The athletics are amazing the girls sports are really top notch. and they people here are amazing.

  • (7 years ago)

    Great new principal! Lots of AP and honors classes (ex AP-Art History Environmental Science European Civic Honors Precalculus Oceanography program is phenomenal!). Academics at this school are so challenging that they have a tutorial program for all students available on a weekly basis. This school demonstrates a camaraderie unparalled to any of the other schools in which I've been exposed to. Girls Basketball just won CIF. The band was invited to the Rose Parade yet again! Good School Great Teachers Great parent support Awesome community involvement!

  • (7 years ago)

    i absoluteley love mt. carmel. not only is everyone there amazing they welcome new people in open arms. iwent there freshman year and instantly made a new clique of friends. unfortunateley i moved to colorado but if i had the choice i would definitley move back and finish school there.

  • (7 years ago)

    I know I'm not a parent yet...but I am a former student. Mt. Carmel is an excellent school that has many of the best teachers in the district especially AP teachers. Mt. Carmel's education has given me a good foundation and in fact I might have been prepared too well as some classes at UC Irvine (yes..one of those venerable UC's) are teaching what I learned at Mt. Carmel my junior and senior years there. it is a great student that has strong academics though a possibly subpar sports program .

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter just began at Mt. Carmel. She loves her teachers and her classes. Unfortunatly the school is in the middle of a remodel. Big bummer!

  • (9 years ago)

    My Son began school there today so I have no real information. However when I registered him yesterday I was impressed with the women who helped my son and I with our adjustments to Mt. Carmel.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter and I have both gone to this school. I've found that the school has only improved since I left in 1989. MCHS prepares children for college giving them all the necessary classes to qualify for the UC system. It has a wide variety of classes available from the basis level to the very advanced. I'm very happy with their programs and with the teachers who really seem to enjoy teaching.

  • (10 years ago)

    Although this site has chosen to not address true parent concerns I will again post my opinions. This school needs an administration overhaul. The interest is not in the quality of education but on issue suppression. The Principal is absent a considerable amount of time the AP's do their best which is not often enough. The AD needs to retire and has kept more kids from athletics than he has promoted. Teachers have been pulled away to better opportunities at Westview and those that are left while mostly good have little support. This school is perceived as the 'ghetto' school of PUSD for a reason. Clean up the administration clean up the expectations start expelling the trouble and start raising test scoires - scores that have dropped every year under the current leadership. Great extracurriculars save these kids from an otherwise downtroden existence!

  • (10 years ago)

    the school is Ok but the career counselors should do more to advise students about career opportunities and should help them more prepare for scholarship opportunities; find colleges suitable to students needs; should give seminars at school not leaflets.

  • (10 years ago)

    Mt Carmel has several outstanding teachers and extracurricular activities. Their school paper is ranked 6th in the nation an award winning photography program awesome music program great minor sports such as water polo and women's volleyball and with a new coach football is much improved. Was very unhappy with one seasoned freshmen english teacher - did not come prepared for class even though they have been teaching 25 years. One bad apple in an otherwise outstanding barrel. My middle child had the best Spanish teacher on the planet. My oldest child just started college - his preparation was adequate and he now realizes he wasted some opportunities in high school but he is making up for lost ground rapidly in college. Overall they gave him enough of a foundation in spite of his formerly lazy ways.

  • (10 years ago)

    The school seems good overall but after my children entered college I feel that the high school did not really prepare them for college.

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