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Carlthorp School
438 San Vicente Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Carlthorp is the oldest independent school in Santa Monica. While its academic offerings are of the traditionalMore variety, the school has a holistic program that also promotes students' social and ethical development. Every classroom at Carlthorp School features a SMARTBoard, and 95 percent of graduates are accepted by their first-choice school.

Diversity is stressed at Carlthorp; 40 percent of students are non-Caucasian, and the student body includes those of Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon and other faiths. The school holds multicultural assemblies; a Heritage Celebration for second-graders; field trips to Festival of Cultures and the Native American History Museum; and in-school celebrations for Cinco de Mayo, Chinese New Year and other cultural events.

The school's wide variety of arts offerings includes an annual talent show; a school-wide art exhibition called Love Art; art room sessions conducted by fine-arts specialists; the Art of the Classroom program; and additional programs that revolve around music.

Extracurricular activities include the After-School Program, Boy and Girl Scouts, the Carlthorp School Chorus, Carlthorp School Clarion (school newspaper), the Carlthorp School Great Books Program, Carlthorp School Sports Teams, Drama and Homework Club, Orchestra, and the Writing Partners Program.

Pacifica Christian High School
1730 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Pacifica Christian High School is an independent, four-year, co-ed college preparatory day school located at PilgrimMore Lutheran Church on Wilshire Boulevard and Eighteenth Street. A liberal arts school, it is also the sole Protestant and independent high school on the Westside. The school is a member of ASCI, the California Interscholastic Federation, the College Board, Educational Record Bureau, PAIDIEA Inc, the Independent Alliance for Minority Affairs and the National Association of College Admission Counselors. Academic offerings include Bible study, English, foreign language, history, math, performing arts, physical education, science and visual arts. Among the graduation requirements are 240 semester credits, with at least a C grade in each class. Seventy percent of students enrolled at Pacifica Christian High School participate in two or more sports. The school has earned many sports titles through the California Interscholastic Federation, appeared numerous times in the CIF Playoffs, and won Team League titles in the Harbor, Heritage and Mulholland leagues. Arts programs include film, improv, music, theater and visual art. A fall play, film festival and spring musical are held each year. Tuition at Pacifica Christian High School is $17,250 per year, with additional fees for books and uniforms. The majority (54 percent) of Pacifica students receive need-based financial aid, with the school providing $900,000 to that end in 2010-2011.