Upper School

Carlisle strives to provide every student with the opportunity to achieve at his/her highest level and to fully unlock the potential that lies within, as we prepare our students to become the leaders of tomorrow. Carlisle’s Upper School is comprised of grades 9 through 12, including international students as part of our International Program. Our faculty and students are committed to a global perspective in regards to education. Our students are strongly encouraged 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.

Upper School Academics

Upper School students take part in a vigorous and extensive curriculum that is strictly college preparatory in nature. Since the first graduating class in 1974, 100% of Carlisle graduates have been accepted to a four-year college or university. (See our college acceptances list and our “Portrait of a Graduate” for a better understanding of the exceptional traits our graduates possess.) In addition to Carlisle’s regular course of study, students may also take Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students may also gain college credit, while still in high school, by taking advantage of dual enrollment programs with Patrick Henry Community College and Virginia State University.

View the Upper School Course Catalog.


Upper School Extracurriculars

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. The SCA and Honor Council also provide additional opportunities for students to serve and to lead. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Varsity sports.

In addition to the required core classes of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Spanish and Technology, students can choose from a variety of electives that include:

  • Journalism
  • Forensics
  • Psychology
  • Etymology
  • Studio Art
  • Choir
  • Film
  • Music Appreciation
  • Drama
  • Sports Medicine
  • Physical Education
  • Personal Finance
  • Introduction to Business

They are also required to participate in at least one club, which may include:

  • Zip Zap Zop
  • Interact
  • Magistri
  • Green Club
  • Model United Nations
  • Art
  • Podcast
  • Business

Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, including:

We believe that civic-mindedness is a valuable trait in all our students, so we require students to participate in a minimum of 21 hours of service each year. Seniors are also required to complete a senior project that involves extensive involvement in an internship or community service.

Upper School Director: Lindsay Favero


Upper School Administrative Assistant: Melinda Brightwell