Mt. Carmel School is located among the rolling hills of Franklin County in southeastern Indiana. After the merger and reorganization of the Metropolitan School District of Brookville and the Franklin County Schools into the Franklin County Community School Corporation in 1973, two new K – 8 buildings were constructed. These were Mt. Carmel School and Laurel School which both opened in 1977.
Mt. Carmel School is a one-story brick building in the eastern part of Franklin County. The building is carpeted with air-conditioned classrooms. There are 26 classrooms, a cafeteria, gym, library, teachers’ lounge, clinic, and administrative office area. Students are offered music, art, physical education, a learning disabilities program, speech and hearing training, and a half-day gifted and talented program (Challenge) for students in grades 3 – 6.
Housing in the county is mostly average with many people renting. Parents of Mt. Carmel School students work at local factories as well as numerous small businesses in the area. Many people in the Mt. Carmel School area work outside the county in Connersville, Batesville, Lawrenceburg, Hamilton, Ohio, and in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Many people in the Mt. Carmel School area are farmers; however, with the sale of farms and new subdivisions being built, over the last few years, there has been an influx of people moving out of the city to a rural setting.
The Franklin County Community School Corporation serves approximately 3,000 students. Of those 3,000, approximately 300 students attend school at Mt. Carmel. Other than academics, these students of Mt. Carmel School are active in elementary choir and band, athletics, and clubs. Athletically, girls in 5th and 6th grade girls can participate in basketball, and boys in grades 5th and 6th are offered basketball. There are also county sports such as drill team, cheerleading, football, track, cross-country, and wrestling in which junior high students can participate.