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Many families new to the area say the quality of Carmel Clay Schools ultimately drew them to the city — and it’s no secret that the statistics are impressive.

Carmel Clay Schools supports 10 elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school. Total enrollment for 2004-2005 school year was 14,054, and 802 seniors graduated the previous school year. Of that group, 48 percent were honors grads. Students get excited about running their own radio stations, exploring the high school’s planetarium and the opportunity to volunteer for community fund-raising events.

In recent years, Carmel High School students scored an average of 551 on the math portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), which is 53 points higher than the state average and 39 points higher than the national average. On the verbal portion, Carmel students scored an average of 536, 40 points higher than the state average and 31 points higher than the national average.

Parents are impressed with the fact Carmel Clay Schools rank first in Indiana when it comes to the number of students who pass the state-mandated ISTEP test for math and reading. The district is third in the state in number of foreign language teachers on staff, yet Carmel Clay comes in 52nd in the state in cost per student. The district is also proud to be as low as 254th in the state in suspensions and expulsions.

The district’s curriculum is about more than creating intelligent robots. In the past several years, students at Carmel High School have:

  • Won state or regional championships in marching band, swing choir, jazz band, orchestra and drama.
  • Won honors at the state and national level with their student publications.
  • Achieved numerous successes in state speech and academic team competitions.

In addition, the Science Olympiad Team has achieved the highest ranking at state and national levels, and Carmel High School athletes have won a total of 87 state championships in various sports since 1970. In 2005, Sports Illustrated named Carmel High School to its top 10 list of high schools for athletic programs in the nation.


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