920 Smith Drive
Charleston, Illinois 61920

Main Number: (217) 639-6000
Fax Number (217) 639-6005
Absence/Information: (217) 639-6010



CMS features a highly skilled, flexible, diverse staff where many instructional and extra-curricular opportunities exist for middle–level students. We specialize in working with adolescent students. The school schedule revolves around a team concept creating small learning communities for students. Providing inclusion and accelerated classes are just two ways CMS provides unique learning environments where all students can succeed.


  • Enrollment: 365

  • Certified Staff: 28

  • Average Class Size: 24

  • Mascot: Little Trojans

  • Colors: Red and Gold

  • Teams: 7 Red, 7 Gold, 8 Red, 8 Gold

  • PE/Health/Fitness offered daily on a rotation basis.

  • Quarterly exploratory classes offered in music, art, careers and applied technology, and computer skills in 7th and 8th grade.

  • Band and chorus offered daily from 2:40p.m.-3:20p.m.

  • EPIC (Leader in Me) offered daily.

  • Access the Illinois Report Card to learn more.


  • Office

    • 7:00 a.m.— 4:00 p.m.

  • Doors Open to Students

    • 7:55 a.m.

  • Supervised Study in the Library/Breakfast available

    • 7:55 a.m.— 8:25 a.m.

  • Band

    • 2:40 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

  • Classroom Schedule

    • 8:30 a.m.— 3:20 p.m.

Lunch Times

  • 7th Grade: 11:22 a.m. - 12:02 p.m.

  • 8th Grade: 12:04 p.m. - 12:44 p.m.

PE/Exploratory Times

  • 7th Grade: 1:08 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

  • 8th Grade: 8:30 a.m. - 10:02 a.m.


Students may be dropped off by car each morning at the main entrance on the east side of the building using the drop off lane by the canopy. The drop off lane can be accessed through the Rotary Pool parking lot off Route 130/18th Street by Culligan Water. Students who are bus riders are dropped off on the northwest side of the building utilizing the circle drive off Smith Drive.

During the day, parents may pick up students for appointments by using the main entrance, as all other doors will be locked during school hours.

After school, parents may pick up students on the east side of the building. Cars may wait in the Rotary Pool parking lot or the CMS parking lot directly east of CMS. Both parking lots flow into Route 130/18th Street.


From Interstate 57
Take exit 190B (Route 16) to Charleston. Turn left on 18th Street (Route 130). Take a left on Smith Drive (north side of Charleston High School). Turn right at the stop sign. CMS is on the right.

From the East
Follow Route 16 west to 18th Street (Route 130). Turn right onto 18th Street. Turn left onto Smith Drive (north side of Charleston High School). Turn right at the stop sign. CMS is on the right.