About

Carmel at a Glance

Campus   Our PreK – 12th grade campus rests on 145 acres in rural Caroline County, VA, approximately half way between Richmond and Fredericksburg. The campus facilities consist of two main buildings. The main building houses the lower school, library and main administrative offices.  There are two annex buildings that house the middle and upper school temporarily; construction on a permanent building to begin in 2019. 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 200
Lower School (PK3 – 5th): about 46% of student body 
Middle School (6th – 8th): about 29% of student body 
Upper School (9th – 12th): about 25% of student body 

Class Sizes   Average class size is 15 students, and we proudly offer an average student-to-teacher ratio of 6 to 1.

Faculty   The Carmel School employs 50 full and part-time teachers. All teachers have a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited higher-level educational institution. The majority of The Carmel School teachers hold Virginia state licenses and all have extensive experience in their fields of expertise.

Accreditation and Memberships   Accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), The Carmel School is also a member of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA), and the Preschool program is fully licensed by the State 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 Smart Boards 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 courses in Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Principles, 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.

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 
   Winter Sports: Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Swimming, Cheer Team
   Spring Sports:  Boys Baseball & Tennis, Girls Soccer Softball, Boys & Girls Track

Lower School Student Activities   
Students in grades 1-5 may participate in the LYNX Program, the Lower School's athletic program, which includes Archery, Soccer, Track & Field, Swimming, and Basketball.  Students may also participate in the Crazy 8's Math Club, helping build competency in foundational Math skills.

Administration

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Carolyn Williamson

    Mrs. Carolyn Williamson 

    Head of School
    Virginia Commonwealth University - M.A.
    2012
  • Photo of Tracy Banks

    Mrs. Tracy Banks 

    Director of School Counseling
    Virginia State University - M.Ed.
    2016
  • Photo of Michael Bolt

    Mr. Michael Bolt 

    Director of Athletics
    Regent University - M.Ed.
    James Madison University - B.S. Education
    2010
  • Photo of Melanie Casper

    Dr. Melanie Casper 

    Head of Lower School
    George Washington University - Ed.D.
    George Washington University - Master
    2016
  • Photo of Stephen Griggs

    Mr. Stephen Griggs 

    Head of Middle and Upper Schools
    University of Virginia - M.Ed.
    Furman University - B.A.
    2010
  • Mrs. Gretchen Marr 

    Director of Student Activities
    Virginia Commonwealth University - Post-Masters Certificate
    Virginia Commonwealth University - M.A.E.
    Rochester Institute of Technology - B.F.A.
    2018
  • Photo of Samantha Romano

    Mrs. Samantha Romano 

    Director of Admissions and Communications
    804-448-3288
    Virginia Commonwealth University - B.S.
    2016

Board of Directors

Dr. Raymond L. Spence, Jr.
  President
Fred Hall
  Treasurer
Pamela Whittaker
Harold Stills
Russell Harper
Grant Grayson
Carolyn Williamson

Staff

List of 7 members.