Carlthorp School

  • Carlthorp School, established in 1939, is the oldest independent school in Santa Monica.
  • Though the breadth of our curriculum has radically expanded in the last seventy-nine 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, enaging, traditionally 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-6
Year Founded1939
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2006

Student Body

Total Students282 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers52 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(School uniforms which offer choice and flexibility)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNov. 1 / Jan. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$29
Tuition NotesTuition assistance is available to families based upon verifiable qualified need.
Admissions DirectorLynn Wagmeister


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Football, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballFootball,
SoccerTrack and Field,

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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