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Middle School

At Carlisle Middle School we enjoy teaching students!  At 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.  Five (5) times a week we also have 24 minute built-in help period called WIN ("Whatever I Need" which is tailored towards specific student needs in the areas of core academics.
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
325 Scotch Ridge Road
Carlisle, IA 50047

Phone:  (515) 989-0833
Fax:  (515) 989-3075

Office Hours:   7:45 am – 3:45 pm
Monday – Friday

Mr. John W. Elkin, Principal   |   Email:
Mr. Andy Seiler, Assistant Principal   |   Email:
Mrs. Rhonda Ermler, Secretary   |   Email:
Mr. Ben Barry, Counselor   |   Email:
Mrs. Veronica Eighmy, Nurse   |   Email: