Carlthorp requires students to be five years of age by September 1, of the year they enter. Parents who wish to apply for their children’s admission to Carlthorp School should fill out an inquiry form, then call (310) 451-1332 to set up an individual school tour and interview.
Carlthorp will allow you to visit and interview early, so there is no need to wait until the last minute if you know you are interested in our school. You can always come back and see us again later in the application process. At the conclusion of your initial visit and interview, you will have access to our online application.
At the conclusion of your interview, you will be given an admissions packet, which will explain the next steps in our process. Our online application will ask for information about your child and your family, a copy of a birth certificate or passport, and two letters of recommendation. It will also request a current family photo (optional). The application will include a form requesting permission to access your child’s current school records and other relevant student information. Once Carlthorp School has received your completed application, you will receive an email acknowledgement inviting you to participate in the next steps of our process.
If your child is applying for a grade other than Kindergarten, our process begins after November 1st. Please plan to visit between November and February of the year preceding your child’s desired entrance to school. Once an application is on file, we will notify you when we know we have an opening in the appropriate grade. At that time, you will bring your child in for a tour of the school and a readiness assessment. Before meeting your child, we will request that you notify his/her current school that we will be contacting them for official school records.
A basic readiness assessment is a routine part of Carlthorp School’s application process for every candidate. This assessment takes place on a Saturday morning at the school. You should plan to be here with your child for approximately 90 minutes. Please do not let this process make your family or your child apprehensive; the day will be warm and comfortable for everyone. The week before your assessment day, we will send an email outlining the plan for your visit so that you can answer any of your child’s questions about how the process will unfold. Shortly after you arrive, our experienced faculty members will take your child into a classroom setting along with a small group of peers, while our Head of School, Associate Head of School, and the Director of Admissions will give a presentation in the library for you. The assessment is just one of the opportunities we have to get to know your child. Aside from the assessment day, it is possible that a member of the Admissions Committee will visit your preschool to observe your child in the familiar setting of his or her own classroom. It is important to know that children who have not been observed at their preschool are often admitted to Carlthorp. Also, there is no one “feeder” preschool to Carlthorp; the 2018 Kindergarten class was selected from twenty-two different preschools and thirteen different zip codes!
Following the evaluation day, you are welcome to attend one of our Prospective Parent Coffees. These panel discussions showcase our outstanding Kindergarten teachers, current parents, school administrators, and our animated 6th grade students who will share their experiences by answering your questions about our school. You will be sent an email providing you with the opportunity to select a date to attend one of these Coffees. Please plan to come prepared with questions!