What to Know About School Districts in Carmel Valley

Your Guide to School Districts in Carmel Valley, San Diego

Finding a home in a top school district is often a priority for families looking to buy. If you do a Google search for “best school districts in San Diego”, you’ll find that Carmel Valley has some of the highest-ranking in the county, including Del Mar Union School DistrictSan Dieguito Union High School DistrictSolana Beach School District, and Poway Unified School District. Great schools are some of the many reasons why families love living in Carmel Valley (that, and the outdoor lifestyle, low crime rate, amenities, shopping, and central location).

Carmel Valley is comprised of several luxury neighborhoods, including Pacific Highlands Ranch, Del Mar Mesa, Torrey Highlands, Fairbanks Highlands, Torrey Hills, Rancho Pacifica, and Carmel Country Highlands. Below you’ll find details on each of the school districts within these neighborhoods*.

Del Mar Union School District:

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Niche.com gives Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) an overall grade of “A”. It has 4,399 students in grades K-6 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 84% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.

Elementary Schools in DMUSD:

Below are the elementary schools in Del Mar Union School District. You can learn more here.

  • Ashley Falls School
  • Carmel Del Mar School
  • Del Mar Heights School
  • Del Mar Hills Academy
  • Ocean Air School
  • Sage Canyon School
  • Sycamore Ridge School
  • Torrey Hills School




San Dieguito Union High School District


According to Niche.com, which ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents, San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) is ranked as the #1 Best School District in San Diego County. In addition, it’s also ranked #4 of 474 best school districts in California, and #5 of 472 for best teachers in California. It has an overall grade of “A+”.

Schools in SDUHSD

SDUHSD includes five middle schools (grades 7-8), and four high schools (grades 9-12). The district also offers an alternative education program for 9th-12th grades at the Sunset Continuation High School campus in Encinitas. Below are the schools within the San Dieguito Union High School District:

Middle Schools: 

  • Carmel Valley Middle School → in boundaries to attend Torrey Pines High School
  • Diegueno Middle School →  in boundaries to attend La Costa Canyon High School
  • Earl Warren Middle School →  in boundaries to attend Torrey Pines High School
  • Oak Crest Middle School →  in boundaries to attend La Costa Canyon High School
  • Pacific Trails Middle School →  in boundaries to attend Torrey Pines High School

High Schools:

  • San Dieguito HS Academy
  • Torrey Pines High School
  • Canyon Crest Academy (#2 Best Public High School in California)
  • La Costa Canyon High School
  • Sunset High School

All students living in the district have the option to attend at either Torrey Pines High Schools or La Costa Canyon within their attendance areas, they’re also eligible to enroll at Canyon Crest Academy or San Dieguito High School Academy.

Solana Beach Elementary School District


Solana Beach School District’s enrollment is approximately 3,100 students in grades Pre K-6. In addition to serving Carmel Valley, the district serves the communities of Solana Beach, Fairbanks Ranch, and Rancho Santa Fe. 

The District offers seven elementary schools, plus a Child Development Center with programs for toddlers, preschool, and before and after school support and services. 

Elementary Schools in Solana Beach School District:

Below are the elementary schools in Solana Beach School District: 

  • Solana Vista (K-3)
  • Skyline (4-6 and the K-6 Global Education Program)
  • Solana Santa Fe (K-6)
  • Carmel Creek (K-3)
  • Solana Highlands (K-3)
  • Solana Pacific (4-6)
  • Solana Ranch (K-6)

Poway Unified School District


Poway Unified School District (PUSD) also serves parts of Carmel Valley, San Diego. Niche.com gives Poway Unified School District (PUSD) an overall grade of “A+” It has 35,702 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 28 to 1. The district was ranked #10 of 474 Best School Districts in California by Niche.com.

Some of the schools in Carmel Valley that are part of the Poway Unified School District are: 

  • Willow Grove Elementary School
  • Park Village Elementary School
  • Canyon View Elementary School
  • Sunset Hills Elementary School
  • Sundance Elementary School
  • Mesa Verde Middle School
  • Black Mountain Middle School 
  • Westview High School


Private Schools Near Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley, San Diego is also close to top private schools like Cathedral Catholic High School, San Diego Jewish Academy, La Jolla Country Day School, Kinderhouse Montessori School, Diegueno Country School, Horizon Prep, The Nativity School, Del Mar Pines School, Notre Dame Academy, and Good Shepherd Catholic School.

Posted on June 27, 2018 at 6:46 pm
Mary Beth Kellee & Philip Fredricksen | Category: Uncategorized

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