Carlthorp is the oldest independent school in Santa Monica. While its academic offerings are of the traditional…More 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.