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.

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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
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1939
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2006

Student Body

Total Students281 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
46%
State avg.: 44%
Students by GradeCarlthorp School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNov. 1 / Jan. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$31,725
Tuition NotesTuition assistance is available to families based upon verifiable qualified need.
Admissions DirectorLynn Wagmeister
Admissions Associateshankins@carlthorp.org

Sports

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

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 www.carlthorp.org 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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