Carmel at a Glance

Campus   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 235
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   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 55 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 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 2020 had a 100% college acceptance rate.

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, Field Hockey
   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.


List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Carolyn Williamson

    Mrs. Carolyn Williamson 

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

    Mrs. Tracy Banks 

    Director of School 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 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 Middle and Upper Schools
    University of Virginia - M.Ed.
    Furman University - B.A.
  • Photo of Gretchen Marr

    Mrs. Gretchen Marr 

    Assistant Head of Middle and Upper Schools
    Virginia Commonwealth University - Post-Masters Certificate
    Virginia Commonwealth University - M.A.E.
    Rochester Institute of Technology - B.F.A.
  • Photo of Laura Elsey

    Laura Elsey 

    Director of Admissions and Enrollment. Registrar

Board of Directors

Dr. Raymond L. Spence, Jr., President
Mr. Fred Hall, Treasurer
Mr. Harold Stills
Mr. Russell Harper
Mr. Grant Grayson


List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Toby Campbell

    Mr. Toby Campbell 

  • Photo of Phyllis Dawson

    Mrs. Phyllis Dawson 

  • Photo of Carolyn Finch

    Mrs. Carolyn Finch 

    Assistant to the Librarian
  • Photo of William Ramsey

    Mr. William Ramsey 

    Director of Finance
  • Photo of Scott Smith

    Mr. Scott Smith 

    Student Services Coordinator
  • Photo of Michele Ticho

    Michele Ticho 

    Assistant to the Head of School
  • Photo of Angela Warren

    Angela Warren 

    RN/ TCS Lower School Administrator