Carlthorp School

Carlthorp School, established in 1939, is the oldest independent school in Santa Monica. Our close-knit community is bonded over the celebration of our school traditions and excitement over our ever-evolving curriculum.
Though the breadth of our curriculum has radically expanded in the last eighty years, our basic philosophy remains the same; we focus on the child as a whole, helping each to grow intellectually, socially, and ethically - and to develop outstanding work habits - all within the framework of a warm, diverse, engaging, experiential, academic school.
Our Code-of Conduct, which encourages all Carlthorp constiutents to strive for excellence and to respect themselves and others, is the cornerstone of our community.
Our rich and unique Service Learning curriculum prepares our students to be confident leaders and change-agents in the world. Carlthorp School students are proud public speakers who are eager to share their knowledge and insight with others.
Our graduates matriculate from Cartlhorp School into the finest secondary schools in Los Angeles. Historically, over 97% of our students have been admitted into the school of their first choice.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-6
  • Students: 281 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $31,725
  • Application Deadline: Nov. 1 / Jan. 1 / rolling

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School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-6
ADD/ADHD Support
Year Founded
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2006

Student Body

Total Students
281 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Carlthorp School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
52 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(School uniforms which offer choice and flexibility.)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Nov. 1 / Jan. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition assistance is available to families based upon verifiable qualified need.
Admissions Director
Lynn Wagmeister
Admissions Associate


Total Sports Offered
5 sports

School Notes

  • Mission Statement: Carlthorp School provides a strong academic foundation in a diverse and nurturing school community that emphasizes respectful values, responsible work habits, and excellence in order to prepare our students to achieve their highest potential in education and life.
  • Please visit our website at to get a greater understanding of our unique community and a sense of the robust and joyful experience that a Carlthorp School education offers.

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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-6
  • Students: 281 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $31,725
  • Application Deadline: Nov. 1 / Jan. 1 / rolling

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