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 and follow the instructions therein.
Carlthorp will allow you to be in touch early, so there is no need to wait until the last minute if you know you are interested in our school. Please refer to our Admissions Timeline for specific additional information.
At the conclusion of an interview with a member of our Admissions Team, you will be given access to our online application, which will ask for information about your child and your family, a current family photo (optional), and permission to access your child’s current school records and other relevant student information. In order for your application to be considered complete, we also require a copy of a birth certificate or passport, a preschool recommendation, and two personal letters of recommendation. Once you have submitted your completed application form, you will receive an email confirmation directing you to the Applicant Checklist to guide you through the next steps of our process.
For families with children interested in grades other than Kindergarten, we have a rolling Admissions process. Please refer to the Admissions Timeline for specific additional information. 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 be invited to bring your child 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 most recent Kindergarten class was selected from twenty-one different preschools and fourteen different zip codes!
Following the assessment 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!