Middle & Upper School

Welcome to Middle & Upper School

Middle School

Carlisle Middle School offers a research-based curriculum that challenges students in the areas of science, mathematics, languages, and humanities. They are taught how to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios and routinely are tasked with interdisciplinary assignments that require research, writing, technological components, and public speaking.

Middle School Academics

Middle School students participate in a rigorous course of study designed to challenge the adolescent while nurturing their developing mind. Our program promotes critical thinking skills and inquiry while developing young writers.

Middle School Extracurricular Programming
  • Middle School Exploratory options include:
  • Choir
  • Computer Prog.
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • P.E.
  • Visual Art
  • Middle School Clubs:
  • Book Club
  • Calligraphy Club
  • Film Club
  • Gaming Club
  • Community Service: Community service is at the heart of Carlisle School.  Our program encourages our students to participate in and lead service projects. While recognizing middle school students have limited transportation due to their age, we provided in-school service projects to allow all our students an opportunity to help others.  Each grade has a specific hour required that is met each year, and students document their hours and projects by completing our Community Service Form.

  • Advisory Program: The Carlisle Middle School Advisory program fosters life-long learners in an academically and socially supportive environment.  The program promotes a positive school climate while encouraging character development and a desire to serve others through volunteerism.

  • Battle of the Books: Students in grades 6 – 8 have the opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books.  This program encourages students to read books from an Elite list of 18 books. Students meet on a monthly basis to discuss the books and begin preparing for the “Battle” held in early April.  
  • Athletics: Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, including:
  • Middle/JV Boys Soccer
  • Middle/JV Volleyball
  • JV Field Hockey
  • Middle/JV Boys Basketball
  • Middle/J Girls Basketball
  • JV Baseball

Upper School

Carlisle provides a safe and secure campus where every student has the opportunity to achieve at their highest level and to fully unlock the potential that lies within. Highly qualified teachers help Carlisle’s Upper School students learn to look at the world from different perspectives and to use varied methodologies to learn, evaluate, analyze and synthesize information. Carlisle students have a unique opportunity to be exposed to different cultures and customs by interacting with our international students in the classroom, on the athletic field, and on the performance stage. Through our programs, students learn to be confident leaders of tomorrow with strong critical thinking skills. 


Upper School students participate in a rigorous and relevant college preparatory curriculum, complete with Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, and Honors courses. Students choose from a wide variety of interesting electives including Physical Education, Forensic Science, Etymology, Sports Medicine, Studio Art, Choir, Journalism, Music Appreciation, Robotics, Robotics Programming, Film and Literature Analysis, and more. Since the first graduating class in 1974, 100% of Carlisle graduates have been accepted to a four-year college or university. 

Carlisle offers thirteen AP courses and is one of approximately 1,800 schools worldwide to implement the AP Capstone Diploma program which allows students to develop the skills for college success. AP Capstone is based on two yearlong courses — AP Seminar and AP Research and through the completion of the courses Carlisle School students can achieve the AP Capstone Diploma or the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. 

Each of these courses has a focus on developing the students’ skills of critical thinking, analysis, evaluation, collaboration, and making evidence-based arguments. These skills, coupled with the presentation and time management skills that are also required serve to prepare our students for college and career-ready work.

Students who score a three or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research exams and on any other four additional AP Exams earn the AP Capstone Diploma. This signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Students who score a three or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research without the four additional AP Exams can earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

Upper School Extracurricular Programming
  • Community Service: Our students are expected to be involved in school life and in their communities. Community service is built into the curriculum with many opportunities to serve through civic and special-interest clubs. We believe that civic-mindedness is a valuable trait in all our students, so we require Upper School students to participate in a minimum of 21 hours of service each year. Seniors must complete a senior project that involves extensive involvement in an internship or community service.

  • Mentoring: The Carlisle School Mentoring Program pairs each Lower School student with an Upper School student and together they build a lasting friendship as they work together on various service activities throughout the year. Mentoring is a favorite activity not only for the students but also for the faculty and parents of Carlisle students.

  • Clubs: Students are required to participate in clubs, which may include:
  • Art Club
  • CoderZ Cyber Robotics Team
  • Green Club
  • Honor Council
  • STEM Club
  • Student Council Association
  • Zip Zap Zop Theater Group
  • Athletics: Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, including:

  • Baseball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Boys and Girls)
  • BASS Fishing 
  • Cross Country (Boys and Girls)
  • Field Hockey (Girls)
  • Golf (Boys and Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys and Girls)
  • Swimming (Boys and Girls)
  • Tennis (Boys and Girls)
  • Volleyball (Girls)
  • College Counseling: One of the most important culminating experiences for students is the college planning and application process. Carlisle provides a comprehensive college counseling program that begins in the student’s freshmen year. Click to learn more.