District News

CHS Student Wins National Silver Key
Congratulations to 9th grade student, Caleb Wilson, who received national recognition in the Scholastic Art & Writing competition.
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CHS Students Receive Special Recognition at the Artist Expressions Show
The 8th annual Artistic Expressions Student Art Exhibit was on display at the Harrisburg Historic Association in Midtown Harrisburg. 10 students from Carlisle High School were chosen to represent CASD.
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Superintendent's Message

Welcome to the Carlisle Area School District, 

The district’s vision, Empowering Every Learner, sets the scene for all students to achieve success in their specific programs of study. Student achievement, financial stewardship and community engagement are the district focus areas. To implement our vision and mission a framework called Teaching and Learning 2020 has been developed. The framework explicitly identifies strategies that will be used to address the three focus areas as the district moves forward. We strive to maintain a school climate based on high expectations and respect for the individuality of each student and staff member.

Seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and a comprehensive high school with a center for careers and technology offer a well-rounded educational experience for students. The Careers and Technology Center offers automotive, broadcasting, culinary arts, construction trades, computer systems networking, engineering and design, health careers and several work-based programs. The district curriculum is rigorous, and the staff is supported with a varied menu of professional development which recently has included literacy training, research-based strategies to improve student achievement, excellence and equity for all students, technology integration and developing an understanding of the impact of poverty on student learning. The district provides comprehensive support services including Special Education and English as a Second Language to all eligible students.

The district is a leader in the use of technology to enhance instruction and to ensure efficiencies in daily operations. Recently a district-wide fiber optic project was completed to improve connectivity and bandwidth between schools. All classrooms are equipped with Internet access, interactive whiteboards and technology devices allowing students to engage in collaboration, problem solving, creative thinking and research. Teachers receive support and training to integrate technology into their daily lessons. In addition, we initiated a 1:1 learning device program.  Students in grades 9-12 are provided a laptop computer to enhance their educational experience.

The district currently operates the Carlisle Area School District Virtual Academy which offers several virtual course options for students in grades 1-12.  The Virtual Academy provides a full-time online or a hybrid solution for students who desire cyber-school programming to achieve their learning goals and to earn a Carlisle High School diploma.  Additional information is available by contacting the guidance department in each building.   

With an eye to the future, the School Board of Directors has invested in major renovations over the last several years at Lamberton Middle School, Wilson Middle School and Crestview Elementary School. Currently Hamilton Elementary School is being renovated. These projects were completed during a period when the state of Pennsylvania had insufficiently funded the public school system. This stewardship reflects the district’s commitment to providing excellent facilities and programs for all students in the Carlisle Area School District.

Community partnerships are a hallmark of the district’s footprint in the greater Carlisle community. The district partners with Dickinson College, Penn State Mont Alto and other higher education institutions to provide courses for high school students as well as articulation agreements that allow a smooth transition to two or four year college programs. The district also works closely with early childhood providers to share expectations and curriculum to facilitate entry into the public school system for kindergarten or first grade students. Several United Way agencies collaborate with the district to assist students and families with food, shelter, healthcare or school supply needs. Many student service clubs support these same agencies with fundraising or community service hours. We feel that it is critical to be actively engaged in the community we serve.

I invite you to volunteer at your child’s school or a neighborhood school.  By working together, we can reach our vision of empowering every learner. Thank you for visiting our website and I look forward to meeting you at one of our outstanding schools.

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