List of 13 frequently asked questions.

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

    Children must be 5 years old by September 1st of the year they begin Kindergarten.
  • How do I make an appointment to visit Carlthorp School?

    Our admissions office is excited to meet you! Student-led tours and interviews with a member of our Admissions Committee are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout the school year. To begin the process of scheduling a visit please click here to fill out an Inquiry Form, listing any specific questions you may have in the "Additional Remarks" section. Following submission, please reply to the confirmation email to schedule your interview.
  • How do I obtain an application to Carlthorp School?

    Online applications are typically made available to prospective parents following a tour of the school and an interview with a member of our Admissions Committee.

    Occasionally, applications are available following a Zoom interview, prior to a visit. If you have an interest in receiving an application, please fill out an Inquiry Form to begin our process.
  • When are applications for Kindergarten due?

    Kindergarten applications are accepted at any time after a conversation with our Admissions Team, but must be submitted to Carlthorp School by November 1, 2022.
  • How do children apply for grades other than Kindergarten?

    To receive an application for grades other than Kindergarten, prospective parents must fill out our Inquiry Form and then have a conversation/interview with a member of our Admissions Team. Typically, for Grades 1-6, these interviews happen after November 1st.

    Carlthorp School accepts grade level applications on a rolling basis. Families who have submitted completed applications by January 15 will have the greatest opportunity to be considered on our March admit date for the following September. Applicants are kept in our applicant pool/wait-pool and reviewed as spaces arise. To be considered for admission, families need to keep their files up-to-date by expressing their ongoing interest and sharing current progress reports and assessment scores, as available.  

    In late February, our re-enrollment contracts are due, alerting us to grade level spaces that have become available. However, occasionally spaces open up well into the summer. We do not meet or assess Grade 1-6 applicants until we know we are likely to have an opening in the appropriate grade.
  • What are Carlthorp School’s hours?

    Official school (instructional) hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Early care beginning at 7:30 a.m. and special clubs and late care, lasting until 5:00 p.m. are available for students. For the first two weeks of school, Kindergarten students are dismissed at 11:30 a.m.
  • What is the 2022-2023 Carlthorp School holiday schedule?

    For the 2022-23 school year, Carlthorp School will begin on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, and conclude on June 13, 2023.

    Additional Carlthorp School holidays will be Thanksgiving week, 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.
  • What is tuition for Carlthorp School? Are there any other associated fees or other financial expectations?

    For the 2022-2023 school year, tuition is $35,650. 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 - and to our Scholarship Fundraiser, if possible.
  • Is Financial Aid available for students?

    Carlthorp School is committed to having a socio-economically diverse community and Financial Aid is available to students based on verifiable, qualified need. Following submission of an application, families will be invited to contact our Business Office directly.

    Application fee waivers are also available and can be obtained by contacting the Admissions Office at (310) 451-1332.
  • How many students are in each grade at Carlthorp School?

    Our typical grade is made up of 40 students, divided into two homeroom classes of approximately 20 students each.
  • What is your sibling policy?

    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.
  • Is Carlthorp School looking for one kind of student or one kind of family?

    No. Many kinds of students from many kinds of families thrive at Carlthorp School. We seek to enroll students who are joyful learners and come from families who value our Code of Conduct and support our mission and culture. We are a warm and diverse community of eager students and committed parents. Our 2022-2023 Kindergarten class lives in seventeen different zip codes and comes to us from twenty-three different sending schools.
  • To which schools do your students matriculate when they graduate from Carlthorp School?

    We are extremely proud of our matriculation rates into the finest secondary schools in the city! Our students most often matriculate to the following schools, in alphabetical order:

    Brentwood School
    Campbell Hall School
    Crossroads School
    Harvard-Westlake School
    Lincoln Middle School
    Marlborough School
    Milken Community School
    New Roads School
    Oaks Christian School
    Paul Revere Middle School
    St. Matthew's Parish School
    The Archer School for Girls
    The Geffen Academy at UCLA
    The Mirman School
    Viewpoint School
    Wildwood School
    Windward School