School Information

  • Joseph L. Carwise Middle School Joseph L. Carwise Middle School  -  Home of the Sharks

    Address: 3301 Bentley Dr. Palm Harbor, FL 34684 

    Phone: (727) 724-1442 

    Fax: (727) 724-1446 

    Pinellas County Schools Administration: (727) 588-6000

    Principal: Chad Eiben 

    School Hours: 9:40 AM to 4:10 PM  

    Office Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM  


    Carwise Middle School is a neighborhood school with high expectations and a caring, supportive staff. Our students excel in academics, athletics, technology, and the arts.

    The concept of Carwise Middle School is based on the principles of quality and Classroom Learning Systems (CLS) for teaching, and the concept of student empowerment to develop self-directed students for learning.

    We also identify technology and the arts as important components of preparing students for the future.  

    Points of Pride

    • Five Star school since 1993 (Family Involvement, Business Partners, Volunteerism, SAC, Student Community Service)
    • Top performing middle school in Pinellas without a magnet/application program
    • Advanced, Accelerated, and Pre AP courses offered
    • Students can earn high school credits while at Carwise Middle District leader in middle school student industry certifications
    • Yearly district and state science fair winners Chorus, Band, and Orchestra superior ratings yearly at Music Performance Assessments
    • Chorus and Band All County and All State awards and performers Thespian group consistently receives superior ratings at regional and state competitions
    • Yearly FBLA district and state winners
    • Multiple Science Olympiad regional winners
    • Multiple district championships in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track


    Special Services & Programs 

    • Access self-contained classes for Exceptional Education
    • Students ASD/EBD self-contained classes for Exceptional Education Students
    • Special Olympics activities
    • Gifted elective classes
    • Band, Chorus, Orchestra, and Musical Theater
    • AVID classes – Advancement Via Individual Determination
    • Spanish 1 & 2 courses
    • Business Education and Family and Consumer Science classes that include industry certifications
    • Art Education – visual, digital, and Pre AP
    • Athletics: Volleyball, Flag Football, Basketball, Track, and Cheerleading National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
    • Extended Learning Program (ELP/Tutoring) offered four days a week
    • Numerous student clubs: STEM, Gaming, LiveFree, Archery, Multicultural, Student Council/SAVE, HERO, Board Game, Art, Battle of the Books, Science Olympiad, Origami

    Our Vision 

    Carwise Middle School's vision is 100% student success.

    Our Mission

    The mission of Carwise Middle is to provide a world-class education for students preparing them for high school graduation, post-secondary opportunities including college, vocational training and the world of work. 

    Our Core Values

    The core values of Carwise Middle School are to provide a safe environment for learning, while working together to develop a world-wide perspective that ensures students become knowledgeable, skilled, responsible, and accountable leaders in their future endeavors.

    School Goals

    Highest Student Achievement
    For all students to be at their appropriately determined grade level in reading, writing, math, and science using best practices including technology.

    Highest Student Achievement will be accomplished by implementing an Integrated Management System, developing a High Performing Workforce, building a relationship with Partners, and assuring a Safe Learning Environment.

    Safe Learning Environment
    To promote student respect of the learning environment and an accident free work environment.

    Carwise Middle School Outcomes:
    We want our students to become:

    • effective communicators
    • collaborative workers
    • creative thinkers and problem solvers
    • self-directed learners
    • community contributors
    • social interactors
    • quality producers 


    Carwise Middle School’s Positive Behavior Plan

    • Bus Bucks

      Carwise is working with transportation to let our School Bus drivers reward students for being safe and responsible bus riders. Drivers get to select 2-3 riders a week that exhibit responsible behaviors and give them "Bus Bucks". The Bucks are then turned in during lunch and redeemed for treats.

    • Carwise Express Card

      Students with good grades and good conduct will receive a Carwise Express Card. This allows them to get out of class (with teacher permission) 2 minutes early to go to lunch, as well as 2 minutes early at end of the day dismissal.
      Student must have no grade lower than a “C”.
      Student must earn no conduct grade lower than an “S”.
      Student must earn at least 1 “E” in conduct in an academic class. This includes Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, or Reading in 6th grade.

      The administrative team will also put out an additional list of students who are not to receive cards due to other behaviors that have occurred on School Board Property. Students are responsible for these cards and they are not replaced if lost or damaged. Carwise Express cards must be in the students possession in order to allow them to leave early.

    • Kiddos

      Any student who is “caught” by a Carwise Staff member going above and beyond in demonstrating good character will receive a "Kiddos". Such character traits include respect, responsibility, cooperation, citizenship, kindness, self-motivation, tolerance, honesty, self-control, caring, courage and patriotism. In addition to the many fun goodies students will receive when they earn a KIDDOS, they will also be entered into a weekly drawing on our announcements to see which of the students who have earned a Kiddos also wins a $10 gift card to the movies!

    • Shark Bite Tokens

      Students demonstrating the Carwise Middle School Expectations:
    • Be Respectful.
    • Be Responsible.
    • Be Safe.
    • Be Committed to Success.
      will have the opportunity to earn a “Shark Bite” token. Students will put their name on their token and put it into our “Shark Bite” container. Every week, names will be drawn out of this container for students to win a free cookie, smoothie or pencil. Every grading period, names will be drawn for students to win lunch outside with a friend and a homework pass. Additionally, at the end of the year one name will be drawn for a student to be “Principal for the Day”. These tokens will be given randomly to students throughout the year by faculty who notice them following the above expectations which will be more clearly defined to the students through weekly lesson plans.



    Download the Carwise Middle School Brochure (PDF)