Newspaper – The Carlthorp School newspaper, the Clarion, offers 5th and 6th grade students the opportunity to learn basic journalistic skills and to develop mastery over new computer programs. At the beginning of a news cycle, students brainstorm interesting and student-friendly ideas for the paper and are assigned articles. Between sessions, students conduct interviews, take photographs for the upcoming edition, and begin writing their assigned articles. The paper also covers topics of interest to the parent community and alumni. To view a recent issue of the Clarion, please click here.
Student Council – Since 1982, students in grades 3 – 6 have had the opportunity to participate in the Student Council. Candidates for Student Council offices write campaign speeches and present them to the student body. Elections take place twice a year. Each classroom starting in Grade 3 selects two representatives. The Council sponsors special events planned for the student body including a Halloween Parade Costume Contest, Turkey Bingo, and Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Morning, among others. In addition, the Council is involved in fund-raising for community service projects and for the purchase of equipment and supplies for the school.
Great Books – The program, developed by the University of Chicago, encourages an interest in reading and a love of books. Because the atmosphere in the group is always supportive and non-judgmental, students develop their critical and interpretive thinking skills. Students in grades 2 – 4 are eligible to participate in this before-school activity.
Scouts – Carlthorp School has an active Scout Program for boys and girls from kindergarten through 6th grade. The boys and girls have fun with one another after school and on weekends, working on special projects and engaging in community service activities. The Scouting program reinforces Carlthorp School’s values and extends the culture and community of the school.