Character. Intellect. Leadership.

Carlisle School is an independent college preparatory school that provides a positive, safe environment for academic excellence and character development while embracing diversity and preparing our students to become leaders as citizens in a global society. Upon entering Carlisle School, a student is immersed in an educational, cultural and social environment that will enhance his/her ability to attain the following qualities in order to become a Carlisle graduate.


A Carlisle graduate should be:

  • Respectful, honest, and committed to integrity
  • Compassionate, tolerant, and open-minded
  • Self-disciplined and self-reliant
  • Persevering, diligent, and dedicated to excellence and justice
  • Civic- and service-minded to our community, state, and the nation
  • Passionate about and cognizant of his or her mental, artistic, and physical aptitude and abilities
  • Aware, knowledgeable, and responsible as a citizen

A Carlisle graduate should be:

  • Creative and a critical thinker
  • Enthusiastic about opportunities for lifelong learning
  • Inquisitive and intellectually independent
  • Able to demonstrate a strong college preparatory foundation that encompasses knowledge, understanding, competence, and/or proficiency across the curriculum in the following subject areas: English, mathematics, science, social studies (including America’s cultural heritage), a world language, visual and performing arts, physical education and technology

A Carlisle graduate should be:

  • Innovative
  • Organized
  • Collaborative
  • Self-motivated, self-directed, and self-confident
  • Effective with oral and written communication
  • Able to lead by example through responsible actions
  • Globally-minded and accepting of diversity

Learn how one of Virginia’s leading independent schools can help your child to grow into a successful leader.