Carlisle School is a private school, located in Martinsville, Virginia, United States, that teaches Preschool 2 through Grade 12. It serves nearly 500 students on two campuses - the main campus in Martinsville, and a second campus in Danville for Preschool through Grade 5. It was established in 1968. The Head of School is Thomas P. Hudgins Jr.
Carlisle School offers an extensive, college-preparatory curriculum included Honors, Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Courses. Upper School students (Grades 9-12), in addition to their core curriculum, can choose to take various electives, such as Choir, Drama, Journalism, Engineering, Finance, and Business. They are also required to participate in one special-interest club.
Middle School (Grades 6-8) offers a curriculum that challenges students in the areas of science, mathematics, languages and the humanities, and routinely requires students with interdisciplinary assignments that involve research, technological components, public speaking and writing. Students in the Middle School are also offered various clubs and electives.
The Lower School (Preschool 2 - Grade 5) curriculum is supplemented with instruction in the foreign language, technology, art, drama, creative movement, music, band, library, research, guidance and physical education. A science laboratory and computer laboratory are available to students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Carlisle teachers engage students through the integration of technology, such as iPads, Promethean ActivBoards and Promethean ActivVotes daily to enhance and support the learning experience.
Since Carlisle's inception, 100% of graduates have been accepted into four-year colleges and universities.
Athletic options are open to all Middle and Upper School students. Athletic teams include baseball, boys and girls basketball, cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, boys and girls soccer, swimming, boys and girls tennis, and volleyball. Carlisle's athletic teams have won 15 state titles over the last 20 years. Boys teams compete in the Virginia Independent Conference and girls teams in the Blue Ridge Conference.
Beginning in preschool, the arts are an important part of a Carlisle student's life. Choir, Dance, Drama and Visual Arts are made available to all students, and they routinely take part in on-stage musical and theatrical performances.
Carlisle's Upper School (grades 9-12) students are approximately 80% local and 25% international from across the globe. In recent years, students have enrolled from Australia, India, Nigeria, China, Japan, Columbia, South Korea, Libya, Sudan, Finland, Mexico, Germany, Italy and Sweden. International students can choose a homestay option where they are hosted by a family in the community, or they can choose to live in the single-gender student houses located next to campus. Student houses hold 8 students apiece along with the dorm parents who offer guidance and create a sense of family. Other international students participate in a homestay program and live with Carlisle families. International students are supported by the Director of Residential Life, the International Program Coordinator and faculty mentors.
Carlisle School has been named the "Best Private School" in Southwest Virginia in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 by the readers of "Virginia Living" magazine.
Carlisle School is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools, the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is recognized by the Virginia Board of Education as an accredited school through the Virginia Council for Private Education.