Carlisle, PA Public and Private Schools Overview

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Public Schools

Carlisle Area School District is the only public school district in Carlisle. It manages 10 schools to more than 4,000 students, and has a lower student to teacher ratio than the national average. Pittsburg Business Times ranked Carlisle Area School District in the top 200 of Pennsylvania schools. The school district also gives back to the community by being a top employer in Cumberland County.

There are seven elementary schools in the district that serve K-5. Mooreland Elementary School and North Dickinson Elementary School rank an 8 and 9 respectivly by

The two middle schools in the district, Lamberton Middle School and Wilson Middle School, both of which enroll 6-7 grades. Students can participate in select varsity and junior varsity sports, debate, chorus, band and orchestra, and other extracurriculars.

Carlisle High School accommodates students between grades 9-12. The school hosts a cyber school, known as Carlisle Virtual Academy, where students can gain a Carlisle High School diploma by taking classes online. Similarly, Carlisle High School offers free classes to those preparing to take their GED. Students attending the high school have the opportunity to participate in Advanced Placement classes and extracurriculars such as football, softball, theater, film production, Model United Nations.

Private Schools

Nine private schools are in Carlisle, serving PK-12. The private schools are all parochial, with the exception of Northwestern Human Services Autism School.

Learn more about higher education in Carlisle.