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Carlisle School celebrates the different heritage backgrounds of our students and encourages international students to apply for admission. International students at Carlisle School experience a challenging academic program balanced with a robust offering of extracurricular activities in the foothills of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. With over 12 years of experience hosting international students, Carlisle is committed to preparing students from all over the world for the next stage in life.

  • Our top Upper School students perform in the 99th percentile on the SAT.
  • 100% of the graduating class is accepted to a 4-year college/university.
  • Over $5.1 million in college scholarships were awarded to the Class of 2020 (28 students), averaging $182,142 scholarship dollars per student.
  • 6:1 Student/Teacher Ratio
  • Over 56% of AP students earned AP Scholar with Distinction, AP Scholar with Honors, and AP Scholar in 2019, including one National AP Scholar in 2019.
  • 88% of AP students achieved a qualifying score of 3+ on AP exams in 2019.
  • Named among the “Best Independent Schools” by Virginia Living Magazine for the past 8 years.
  • Named Among the Top STEM Schools in the Nation by Newsweek.

A typical course load for international students consists of seven classes per year. Classes begin at 8:05 AM each morning and end at 3:00 PM. Sports practices and other after-school activities generally run from 3:30-5:00 PM, after which is time for dinner, studying, and leisure.

Small class sizes allow our students and faculty to form close relationships. In addition, all students meet their academic advisors on a weekly basis. Due to the excellent quality of instruction and faculty at Carlisle, our students consistently score significantly higher on AP exams, as well as the SAT and ACT, when compared to state and National averages.

Student Support

We understand that there may be anxiety as well as excitement about living in a different culture, adjusting to a new school, and speaking a different language. It is our goal that students feel welcome and at home during their stay with us. We offer many support options to help ease the transition to a new school and environment.

Our Director of Residential Life and our International Program Coordinator provide guidance for our international students as they navigate new cultural and educational experiences. Faculty members also work closely with international students to ensure a smooth transition to American high school.

College Counseling

Small class size allows students and faculty to form close relationships. Carlisle School offers a 4-year College Counseling Experience which sets us apart from other schools in our area and is a testament to the personal relationships we build with our students as an entire school community. One-on-one college counseling is provided to help students locate colleges and universities that will best meet individual needs and preferences. The college planning process includes seminars and newsletters, individual counseling meetings, practice SAT and ACT testing, and on-campus recruiting visits from colleges and universities.

Our Partners

We are proud to work with a number of international admissions agencies that assist students in the application process. These include:

Traveling to Carlisle

When traveling to Martinsville, Virginia, the nearest airport is Piedmont Triad International Airport, located in Greensboro, North Carolina. The airport code is “GSO.”