Carlisle Middle School is a student-centered, academic institution that was ranked in January by the Iowa Department of Education as a "High Performing" (Top 24/240 = 10%) middle school in the state of Iowa. The cornerstone of CMS' success is built upon the foundation of its staff operating as a Professional Learning Community to collaboratively focus on academic success through assessment for learning according to each student's needs.
We are a Pre-AP school which means teachers are equipped with strategies and tools to engage all students in rigorous academic levels so they may not only transition successfully to Carlisle High School, but begin preparing for success in college-and/or-career- programs. CMS offers a variety of courses including Advanced Literacy and Advanced Social Studies as well as Project Lead The Way (PLTW) and STEM in every grade. Furthermore, we offer several Pre-High School credit classes including Algebra 1, Physical Science, and Spanish 1.
CMS operates within a 7 period schedule in which all classes are 50 minutes in length. Four times a week (M/T/TH/F) we have 24 minute built-in help period called WIN Time which is tailored towards specific student needs in the areas of core academics, work completion, and/or enrichment. As well, every Wednesday for 25 minutes, students have Advisory which focuses on Student Learning, Behavior, College & Career Readiness, and Team Building/Relationships.
Among the many things we do to celebrate and acknowledge students, we have a CMS Newsletter which (among many things) contains our "Wildcats of the Month" and every semester we hold a C.A.T.S. Assemblies to honor and recognize learners in the areas of Conduct, Academics, aTtendance, and Service.
Mr. John W. Elkin has served as the principal of CMS since 2014 and would be happy to meet with you personally to learn more about CMS and its programs. You can contact him at 515.989.5402 or firstname.lastname@example.org