Carmel at a Glance

Our Mission   The Carmel School prepares students for success in our ever-changing world by creating a community supportive of academic, physical, and spiritual growth rooted in Christian values to instill honor and integrity. Check out this video that better highlights our mission in action!

Our PreK – Grade 12 campus rests on 145 acres in rural Caroline County, VA, approximately halfway between Richmond and Fredericksburg. The campus facilities consist of three main buildings. The main building houses the lower school, library, and administrative offices. There is a brand new two-story secondary building that houses the middle and upper school that was completed in the Spring of 2020. The gymnasium building is home to a state-of-the-art, 10,000 sq. ft. volleyball and basketball court, the weight room, and two additional classrooms for art and music.  The Carmel School also has a fully irrigated soccer/football field and a softball/baseball practice field. 

Enrollment   Over 250
Lower School (K – 5th): about 46% of the student body 
Middle School (6th – 8th): about 29% of the student body 
Upper School (9th – 12th): about 25% of the student body 

Class Sizes   At The Carmel School, we believe that students thrive when class sizes are intentionally small. We boast a 12-1 student-teacher ratio in all core classes, in all divisions (Lower, Middle & Upper Schools).

Faculty   The Carmel School employs over 60 full and part-time teachers. Our teachers are degreed and credentialed from accredited higher-level educational institutions. The majority of The Carmel School teachers hold Virginia state licenses and all have extensive experience in their fields of expertise.

Safety   Our first and foremost concern at The Carmel School is to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of every student, staff, faculty member, and visitor to campus. Please take a moment to watch the following video to get a sense of how important this is to our community. 

Accreditation and Memberships   The Carmel School is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and is also a member of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA). Our Preschool program is fully licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Technology   Technology is integrated into all aspects of The Carmel School experience. Students begin taking technology classes in Kindergarten and have unlimited access to the Library's digital resources both on and off campus. The campus has a fully integrated wireless network and interactive whiteboards in every classroom. All students in the Middle and Upper Schools have their own school email account with full access to the school's suite of Google Apps for Education, and Middle and Upper School students participate in a 1-to-1 tablet/laptop program.  

Advanced Placement   The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program offers high school students the opportunity to do college-level work. Successful achievement on the culminating exams may result in credit or advanced placement upon matriculation to college. The Carmel School offers nearly 20 AP courses to students in grades 9-12. Current AP courses offered include Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Principles, English Language and Composition, English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, Government, Human Geography, Psychology, Spanish, and Statistics. 

College Counseling   The college counseling process begins with students in 7th grade. The college counseling team works with students in 7th-12th grades to help them plan and prepare for admission to college and post-secondary education.

The class of 2023 had a 100% college acceptance rate by 4-year universities/colleges.

Community Service  
 A core component of student life is Carmel's commitment to community service. Students must complete 10 hours of community service each year in grades 6 - 12 to graduate from The Carmel School. 

Athletics   The Carmel School offers the following interscholastic sports:
   Fall Sports: Boys & Girls Cross Country, Girls Volleyball, Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis
   Winter Sports: Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Swimming, Cheer Team
   Spring Sports:  Boys Baseball, Boys Tennis, Girls Soccer, Girls Softball 

Lower School Student Activities   
Students in grades 1-5 may participate in the LYNX Program, The Carmel School's Lower School athletic development program. Seasonal activities include baton, flag football, soccer, baseball, and basketball. 


List of 8 members.

  • Photo of Matt Johns

    Mr. Matt Johns 

    Head of School
    Pennsylvania State University - B.A.
    University of Virginia - M. Ed
  • Photo of Melanie Casper

    Dr. Melanie Casper 

    Head of Lower School
    George Washington University - Ed.D.
    George Washington University - Masters
  • Photo of Stephen Griggs

    Mr. Stephen Griggs 

    Head of Secondary
    University of Virginia - M.Ed.
    Furman University - B.A.
  • Photo of Tracy Banks

    Mrs. Tracy Banks 

    Director of Counseling
    Virginia State University - M.Ed.
    Mary Washington College - Bachelor of Arts
  • Photo of Michael Bolt

    Mr. Michael Bolt 

    Director of Athletics
    Regent University - M.Ed.
    James Madison University - B.S. Education
  • Photo of Laura Elsey

    Ms. Laura Elsey 

    Director of Admissions
  • Photo of Gretchen Marr

    Mrs. Gretchen Marr 

    Dean of Students
    Virginia Commonwealth University - Post-Masters Endorsement in Educational Leadership
    Virginia Commonwealth University - M.A.E.
    Rochester Institute of Technology - B.F.A.
  • Photo of William Ramsey

    Mr. William Ramsey 

    Director of Finance
    Washington & Lee University - B.S.

Board of Directors

Mr. Russell Harper, Board Chair
Mr. Fred Hall, Treasurer
Mr. Harold Stills
Mr. Grant Grayson
Mrs. Peggy Martin
Mr. Dan Niccolucci
The mission of The Carmel School is to prepare students for success in our ever-changing world by creating a community supportive of
academic, physical, and spiritual growth rooted in Christian values to instill honor and integrity.