Q – How old must my child be to enter Kindergarten at Carlthorp School?

A – Children must be 5 years old by September 1st of the year they begin Kindergarten.

Q – How do I make an appointment to visit Carlthorp School?

A - Tours and interviews are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout the school year. Please click here to fill out an admissions inquiry form.  Following that, please contact our school office at (310) 451-1332 to set up an appointment.

Q – How do I 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 1st of the year preceding your child’s desired entrance to Kindergarten.

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 applications on a rolling basis for children in Grades 1-6. There is no application deadline. Applicants are kept in our applicant pool / wait-pool and reviewed as spaces arise. In late February, we begin to know what grade openings we will have for the following school year, but sometimes spaces open up well into the summer. We do not meet or evaluate 1st – 6th Grade applicants until we know we are likely to have an opening in the appropriate grade.

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 2017-2018 Carlthorp School holiday schedule?

A – In addition to our school closure for the summer, Carlthorp School will be closed this year for a week at Thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas, Presidents’ week, and the first week of April. We are also closed for Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Good Friday, and most national holidays.

Q – What is tuition for Carlthorp School?  Are there any other associated fees or other financial expectations?

A - For the 2018-2019 school year, tuition is $29,500.  There is a one-time new student fee of $1,000. Every year we invite current families to contribute to our Annual Fund, a fund in which 100% participation is the primary goal.

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 in to two homeroom classes of 20 students each.

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 (of currently enrolled students) 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 21 different sending schools.

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. Historically, almost all of our students have enrolled in 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
Oaks Christian School
Paul Revere Middle School
St. Matthews Parish School
The Archer School for Girls
The Mirman School
Viewpoint School
Wildwood School
Windward School