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Old 10-15-2010, 04:04 PM
 
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We're thinking of relocating to Carmel, CA, and our son will be entering high school next year. Does anyone know what the atmosphere is like there? I've heard that, despite the school's good academic reputation, there are monthly random drug tests (with dogs), and that most of the students have been together since elementary school. Would this be a good school for a very bright, "nerdy," unathletic, shy student who wouldn't know anyone coming in? Would there be other students like him, and do they bond over shared activities (academic clubs, etc.)?
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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When I lived there it was very laid back. As far as kids go there are always something happening.
Carmel and Monterey have a very nice music culture, a lot of jazz, blues, rock and country.
Children adapt.
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Old 10-15-2010, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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Planner1, I live in the area and have heard generally good things about the High School from parents I work with. But your questions are very specific and could probably only be best answered from a parent with a teen who has a similar personality or a teacher who knows the inside scoop. That's going to be a heard one to get a definitive answer on. In other words it will be highly subjective depending on who you speak with and their bias. Of course it doesn't hurt to ask.

I found one review on Yelp which you might find interesting here: Carmel High School - Carmel, CA

Derek
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Old 10-16-2010, 12:18 AM
 
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In my experience, Carmel High School kids were a bit preppy but towards to being laid back. They are mostly middle to upper class and were predominately white. Compared to Monterey/Seaside/Marina, they are a much smaller community, which could explain the remark about some of the students being together since elementary. However, it does happen at the other high schools -- just less likely.

That was more than 10 years ago for me and I'm not sure of the demographics right now.
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Old 10-16-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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Thanks, everyone. I think it would help to talk to other parents there, which I'm going to try to do. If anyone else has any more info, please let me know--thanks again!
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:11 AM
 
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My old high school,but a long time ago.I entered there in 10th grade so i know the feeling,new school, new friends etc.It can be overwhelming thats for sure.
From your description of your child i think actually Carmel High would be a fine fit.It is a smaller high school-unlike Monterey High in the area which could overwhelm him.
Of course there will be other students like him,there is in every high school.
The way for him to "bond" and make friends is what you suggested-shared activities,academic clubs etc, getting involved is what will help him find his place in H.S.
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