Carlisle School

Located in Martinsville, VA, Carlisle School sets the standard in our region for excellence in education.
We provide a nurturing yet challenging learning environment where children will grow academically and socially. Discover the difference that Carlisle School will make for your family by contacting our Admissions Office at (276) 632-7288, ext. 242, or via email at
We look forward to welcoming you to this truly remarkable institution.

School News

  • Carlisle Hosts Virtual Signing Event - 05/05/2020 - In the past six weeks that schools across the nation have been closed, seniors from the Class of 2020 everywhere have been missing out on numerous milestone activities to mark ...morethe completion of their high school careers. For seven student-athletes at Carlisle School, administrators created a virtual event so that these students would not have to miss the experience of their college signing day. hide
  • Decision Day 2020 - 05/01/2020 - To date, Carlisle`s 28 seniors received 96 acceptances into 45 different colleges/universities from around the nation and earned more than $5.1 million in merit-based scholarships. 
  • Honor Society Inductees - 04/27/2020 - Carlisle School has announced 2020 honor society inductees for the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
  • Students Earn Roanoke College Fellowships - 04/20/2020 - Two seniors at Carlisle School were recently accepted into the Fellowship program at Roanoke College. Olivia Aaron of Martinsville was accepted into the Sustainability Fellowship. Andrew Chitwood of Collinsville was ...moreaccepted into the Service Leadership Fellowship. hide
  • Carlisle Named Among Top STEM Schools in Nation - 12/02/2019 - Newsweek announced its ranking of the top 5,000 STEM high schools for 2019, honoring excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Carlisle School was named no. 3,755 in the Nation ...moreand no. 125 in Virginia. hide

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedSchool resource specialist is available for one-on-one guidance.
Year Founded1968

Student Body

Total Students326 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Carlisle School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses13 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Classes: Calculus, Chemistry, English, English Literature, European History, Psychology, Statistics, US History, World History
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Polo and khaki pants required on special days)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$13,500
Tuition NotesDay student tuition ranges from $2,450-$13,500 and boarding tuition is $25,000.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorSandy Bailey
Admissions AssociateLindsay Favero


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.17 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art Club, CHILL, Coding Club, Interact Club, Literary Magazine, Recycling Club, Robotics Club, Strategic Gaming, Student Council Association

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Dance, Piano, Violin Lessons, Voice Lessons, Zip Zap Zop

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Karate, Running Club

School Notes

  • Located in Martinsville, VA, Carlisle School sets the standard in our region for excellence in education. We provide a nurturing yet challenging learning environment where children will grow academically and socially. Every child can learn to lead. And our program is designed to help each of our students find a fitting path to leadership, excellence, and success.
  • Our small class sizes give teachers the ability to focus on each individual student. The uniqueness of each student is recognized and fostered, helping to grow their self-esteem so they can reach their true potential in the classroom, stage, or athletic arena.
  • We strive to develop critical thinking and reasoning to prepare our students for their college years and beyond. From preschool to their senior year, we guide their curiosity and fuel their desire to learn through discovery- and project-based learning. Textbooks are not our only resource. Through technology-enhanced lessons, research papers, interdisciplinary projects, and immersive studies, our students are challenged to apply their knowledge in real-life scenarios.  
  • At Carlisle School, students not only excel in the classroom but in all areas of development, from arts and athletics to civic-mindedness and leadership. Starting in the Lower School, students take part in specialty classes on music, computer, dance, science, and Spanish. As the students progress through the grades, they are given more varied choices in their extracurricular options, allowing them to explore their interests and develop a deeper understanding of a particular subject.
  • In addition to physical education classes that begin in preschool, team sports are offered on both junior varsity and varsity levels. Our athletics program is not exclusive. No previous experience or try-outs are necessary, giving students the freedom to find their niche. The same applies to the arts at Carlisle School. No student will be turned away from participating in a play, the band or choir. All doors are open to our students, allowing them to thrive.
  • Further, we offer an International Boarding Program for a sizable group of international students who live in school facilities or with host families. This cultural variety adds to the richness of the academic experience for all students.
  • Carlisle School graduates go on to distinguish themselves at the very finest colleges and universities. The skills and traits they develop while attending our school serve them well as they seek opportunities to contribute to their communities as adults.
  • Discover the difference that Carlisle School will make for your family by contacting our Admissions Office at (276) 632-7288, ext. 242, or via email at We look forward to welcoming you to this truly remarkable institution.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
Carlisle School truly shaped me into the individual I am today. Small class sizes allowed me to connect with my peers and better understanding the instruction being delivered in class. However, in addition to that, it created long lasting bonds between my peers and myself. While we may not speak to each other daily, we still keep in touch with one another. The faculty members there are phenomenal and truly go the extra mile to ensure your success inside the classroom and outside.
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Carlisle provides many opportunities to be involved in clubs, sports, arts as well as promotes an environment to excel in the classroom. In addition to academics, they also provide options for exciting cultural experiences and trips. Teachers really encourage students to progress and work hard, which greatly benefited me in college.
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The average private school tuition in Virginia is $10,932 for elementary schools and $17,149 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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