Welcome to Carlthorp School and thank you for visiting our website. We are honored that you have taken the time to learn more about our kindergarten through 6th grade school community.
It is an honor and privilege to serve as head of Carlthorp School, where each day I am overjoyed to be part of such a vibrant community. Serving as Head of School and getting to know the extended Carlthorp family has exceeded all expectations. 

At Carlthorp, I am thrilled to work alongside incredibly talented educators whose passion and commitment know no bounds. Our faculty and staff arrive every day with smiles on their faces, love in their hearts, and the drive to fulfill the mission of Carlthorp School. 
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.

Teachers help students strive for excellence, not perfection, emphasizing the importance of risk-taking, a growth mindset, and learning from mistakes without worry or concern for failure. Rigorous academics, including foreign language, are balanced with music, art, drama, service learning, and physical education. Our trained teachers and specialists provide the joyful challenges, inspiration, and warm environment to make learning fun for everyone. 
What I love about Carlthorp is that all members of our community — students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, and friends — contribute to the success of the school. The partnership, flexibility, and support of our parent body empower us to provide our students with outstanding educational experiences in a safe environment that prioritizes their social and emotional well-being. Like our students, our parents value and uphold the Code of Conduct. At Carlthorp, we believe in the importance of strong partnerships between school and home and strive for parent involvement whenever possible. 
It is an absolute pleasure to serve our students. They are kind, they are courteous, they are respectful, they are intelligent, and they are so much fun! My favorite times of day are when I have the pleasure of engaging directly with our students, and they never cease to amaze me with their wit, wisdom, confidence, and glee. 

We hope that our website provides you with a glimpse into the magic of Carlthorp School, including our rich history and the legacy of our founding educators, Miss Thorp, Mrs. Granstrom, Mrs. Menzies, and Mr. Kusserow. Ultimately, our goal is to matriculate joyful learners who are nurtured academically, socially, and emotionally by our highly qualified faculty and staff. 
Please reach out to our school office to set up an appointment to visit if you’d like to explore the possibilities for your child attending Carlthorp. 


Nola-rae Cronan
Head of School