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Carlisle consolidation offers options

Monday, August 19, 2013

The consolidation of Carlisle School’s Danville and Chatham campuses in the 2014-15 school year will allow it to offer an independent elementary school option to Danville and Chatham families in a larger, more centralized facility, according to the school.

It also will permit the school to enroll more students in the Pittsylvania County area, a Carlisle news release states.

Carlisle, which is based in Martinsville, announced last spring that the campuses will be combined. The release issued this week states that the school’s administration and board are considering several options as possible locations for the new campus, which will eventually house students in preschool through fifth-grade.

Head of School Tommy Hudgins said in the release that more than 65 students will attend grades prekindergarten through grade 7 at Chatham for the 2013-14 school year, and another 60 are enrolled in grades prekindergarten through grade 2 at the school’s Danville site on Old Piney Forest Road.

“We might be able to squeeze in another child if we had to,” said Hudgins of the Danville building, “but we will truly be able to enhance our program offerings when we have more space.”

Hudgins remained unsure of how many students the consolidated campus might attract, but he is optimistic about the possibilities.

“I would say enrollment numbers for 2014-15 will depend on what size building we select and how much demand for grades 4 and 5 there might be,” he said. “We will have to wait and see, but I would be surprised if we don’t have at least 150 on our rolls within a couple of years.”

Carlisle is the only school in the Commonwealth of Virginia to offer an accredited International Baccalaureate program at primary, middle and diploma levels.

“With the current emphasis on project-based and collaborative education, demand for the IB program is on the rise across the nation,” Hudgins said. “Carlisle is well-positioned to meet that demand.”


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