Carlthorp School 2018
Frequently Asked Questions

Q – How old must a child be to enter Kindergarten at Carlthorp School?
A – Children must be 5 years old by September 1, of the year they begin Kindergarten. Most commonly, our classes are made up of students whose birthdays range from June to the following July.

Q – How do families make an appointment to visit Carlthorp School?
A – Personal tours and interviews are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout the school year. To schedule a tour, families must fill out an Inquiry Form in the Admissions Section of our website: www.carlthorp.org. When completed, parents should contact our school office at (310) 451-1332 to set up an appointment to come to campus.

Q – How do families obtain an application to Carlthorp School?
A – Online applications are made available to prospective parents following a tour of the school and an interview with a member of our Admissions Committee.

Q – When are applications for Kindergarten due?
A – Kindergarten applications are accepted at any time but MUST be returned to Carlthorp School by November 1, of the year preceding an applicant’s desired entrance to Kindergarten. Extensions are occasionally offered for families relocating to the Los Angeles area.

Q- Following a tour and interview, what steps are required in the Kindergarten application process?
A – Families must complete an online application, submit copies of a birth certificate or passport, have their child attend our Readiness Evaluation, submit a preschool recommendation form and two personal letters of recommendation, and, if possible, attend a Prospective Parent Coffee.

Q – How do children apply for grades other than Kindergarten?
A – To receive an application for grades other than Kindergarten, prospective parents must tour the school and have an interview with a member of our Admissions Committee. Carlthorp School accepts online applications on a rolling basis for children in Grades 1-6. There is no application deadline. Applications must include copies of past elementary school report cards and any relevant testing. Applicants are kept in our applicant pool and reviewed as we begin to learn of available spaces, typically in mid-February. However, sometimes spaces open up well into the summer. We will fill openings until the first day of school. We do not meet or evaluate 1st–6th Grade applicants until we know we are likely to have an opening in the appropriate grade. When a space becomes available, we meet and interview candidates who appear to be a good match for our community. Prior to our meeting applicants, parents must inform their current school that they have applied to Carlthorp School.

Q – What are Carlthorp School’s hours?
A – Official school (instructional) hours are from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Early care beginning at 7:15 a.m. and special clubs and late care, lasting until 6:00 p.m. are available for students. For the first two weeks of school, Kindergarten students are dismissed at 11:30 a.m.

Q – What is the 2018-2019 Carlthorp School holiday schedule?
A – In addition to our school closure for the summer, Carlthorp School will be closed for a week at Thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas, Presidents’ week, and the first week of April. We are also closed for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Good Friday, and most national holidays.

Q – What is tuition for Carlthorp School? Are there other associated fees?
A – For the 2018-2019 school year, tuition is $29,500. There is a one-time new student fee of $1,000.

Q – Is Financial Aid available for students?
A – Financial Aid is available to students based on verifiable, qualified need.

Q – How many students are in each grade at Carlthorp School?
A – Our typical grade is made up of 40 students, divided into two homeroom classes of 20 students with two teachers in each class.

Q – What is your sibling policy?
A – Because we recognize the benefit of having children from the same family attend the same school, sibling applicants are given priority consideration. However, siblings must individually meet our admissions criteria; an offer of admission is not guaranteed.

Q – Is Carlthorp School looking for one kind of student or one kind of family?
A – No. Many kinds of students from many kinds of families thrive at Carlthorp School. We strive to enroll students who can be happy and successful in our program and who come from families who value our Code of Conduct and support our mission and culture. We are a warm and diverse community of eager learners and committed parents. Our current Kindergarten class lives in 13 different zip codes and came to us from over 22 different sending schools. Our overall student population resides in 25 zip codes.

Q - What are the overall teacher/student ratios and how diverse is Carlthorp School?
A – Our student/faculty ratio is 5:1. In the 2017-2018 school year, 46% of our families self-identified as diverse.

Q - Does Carlthorp School offer bus service?
A – At the present time, we do not offer bus service. Many of our parents enjoy having the opportunity to drive, walk, or bicycle to school so that they can begin each day with their children at our all-school Morning Assembly. We will assist families in arranging carpools when requested.

Q – To which schools do your students matriculate when they graduate from Carlthorp School?
A – We are very proud of the matriculation rates of our students into the strongest secondary schools in Los Angeles. Identifying the best match between a student and their future school is of paramount importance to us. Historically, our students are admitted to the secondary school of their first choice.

These most often include the following, in alphabetical order:

Brentwood School
Campbell Hall School
Crossroads School
Harvard-Westlake School
Lincoln Middle School
Marlborough School
Milken Community School
New Roads School
Oaks Christian School
Paul Revere Middle School
St. Matthew’s Parish School
The Archer School for Girls
The Geffen Academy at UCLA
The Mirman School
Viewpoint School
Wildwood School
Windward School



Carlthorp School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.