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Carmel Valley is one of the fastest growing, newest, and upscale communities in North San Diego County, California.  Due to it proximity to the coast, Del Mar, and Rancho Santa Fe it is considered one of the most desirable communities in Southern California.  Homes in Carmel Valley range from condominiums in the $350K - $800K range and homes from $600K - $15M.  This master planned community was formed by the city of San Diego on February 1, 1975, but construction did not start until 1983. The name Carmel Valley comes from the Carmelite Sisters of Mercy, who established a dairy farm as well as a monastery in the area in approximately 1905.  In 1974  the area was given the formal name North City West in the master plan, however in the early 1900s the original name, Carmel Valley was readopted.  Carmel Valley is bordered to the north by the North City Future Urbanizing Area (NCFUA) and Pacific Highlands Ranch; to the south by Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve and Torrey Hills; to the east by Pacific Highlands Ranch and Del Mar Mesa; and to the west by Interstate 5 and Torrey Pines.  In 2008 the new east-west running state route 56 was completed providing Carmel Valley even more access to upcoming neighborhoods, as well as Interstate 5 to the west and Interstate 15 to the east.
Carmel Valley Schools
Carmel Valley has an diverse overlay of school districts. For the elementary schools, the northern section is part of the Solana Beach School District (K-6). The southern section is managed by the Del Mar Union School District (K-6). Overlaying the entire community, the San Dieguito Union High School District manages the middle schools and high schools. Some Carmel Valley residents attend schools in the bordering communities of Pacific Highlands Ranch, Torrey Hills, and Torrey Pines.

Elementary schools
Ashley Falls (Del Mar Union School District)
Carmel Creek (Solana Beach School District)
Carmel Del Mar (Del Mar Union School District)
Del Mar Pines (private, nonsectarian)
Ocean Air (Del Mar Union School District)
Sage Canyon (Del Mar Union School District)
Solana Highlands (Solana Beach School District)
Solana Pacific (Solana Beach School District)
Sycamore Ridge (Del Mar Union School District); actually in Pacific Highlands Ranch
Torrey Hills (Del Mar Union School District); actually in Torrey Hills

Middle Schools and Junior High Schools
Carmel Valley Middle School (San Dieguito Union High School District)
Earl Warren Middle school (San Dieguito Union High School District )

K through 8
Notre Dame Academy (Roman Catholic)

High schools
Torrey Pines High School (San Dieguito Union High School District)
Canyon Crest Academy (San Dieguito Union High School District)
Cathedral Catholic High School (Catholic)

K through 12
San Diego Jewish Academy (Jewish)

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