The Carlisle Area School District serves students from Carlisle as well as other local townships. The area that the district serves provides a unique setting of both urban and rural environments that helps to create a culturally diverse student body. The district has been recognized for its excellence in academics.
Higher educational opportunities are found both in and near Carlisle. Dickinson College, Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law and the U.S. Army War College are all located within Carlisle. Other nearby institutions includes Shippensburg University, Penn State - Capital Campus, Wilson College, Gettysburg College, and the Harrisburg Area Community College.
Carlisle provides many park facilities and recreational programs for residents at 14 local parks that feature athletic fields, playgrounds and nature trails. The Stuart Community Center features a community pool and several activities for all ages. There is also an Amphitheater that plays host to numerous events during the year.