Yes, Carmel is a fabulous place to retire, but this quiet ol’ town has a surprising number of young families. Here is some information to help you navigate our public school system.
Carmel & Carmel Valley
Carmel has been known for some time as having an excellent public school system. Carmel is broken into three elementary school districts: River school, Tularcitos and Captain Cooper.
1. I have many buyers who look only in Carmel for a home because of the school district. Enrollment for River school was at historic highs and the school was at risk of losing state funding due to increased class sizes. Therefore, they reduced their district size and revised its boundry lines as of June 4th. Carmel River school now only extends to the entrance of Carmel Middle School on Carmel Valley Road. Anything further east, is now within the Tularcitos district. There are also a few areas of Carmel that fall in the Monterey school district including areas of Jacks Peak and High Meadows. Be sure to confirm your school district if you are looking for property in these neighborhoods.
2. The Tularcitos district begins at the Carmel Middle School entrance and runs East. Tularcitos is also a very well regarded public school and since enrollment here was at historic lows and the campus has 29 classrooms on 11 acres, there is plenty of room to grow.
3. Captain Cooper covers the Big Sur area.
Pebble Beach is broken into three school districts as seen from the map at left. The Country Club areas of Pebble fall within the Pacific Grove and Forest Grove elementary district. Central Pebble is Carmel and Carmel River school and Upper Pebble Beach is within the Monterey school district.
Here are a two helpful links to more on this topic:
School Ratings: http://school-ratings.com
What district are you?http://www.carmelunified.org/174110617152213990/site/default.asp
There are also a number of private schools in the area, as listed here:
- All Saint’s Day School on Carmel Valley Road (through 8th Grade)
- Stevenson School (Lower school in Carmel & Upper school in Pebble Beach, boarding & day students)
- Santa Catalina School in Monterey (Lower school is co-ed, Upper is all girls, boarding & day students)
- York School off Monterey – Salinas Highway (Upper School)