An Independent Day School for Grades 6-12

Academic Value & Affordability

At Crystal, our tuition is all-inclusive. Daily snacks, lunch, field trips, class retreats, and many other incidental costs are wrapped into the $60,850 tuition for 2023-24.
We believe students with different experiences and perspectives are essential to the Crystal community and learning experience. That being said, we understand that our tuition is expensive. Our robust financial aid program helps make Crystal accessible and affordable for families from all financial backgrounds. If you believe your resources are not sufficient to meet tuition costs, we invite you to apply for financial aid. For families who do not qualify for financial aid, we offer various payment plans.
Over 24% of Crystal students receive need-based financial aid. In accordance with best practices, we do not offer any merit scholarships. Awards range from $1,000 to full tuition, and the average award covers 72% of tuition. Our financial aid program assists with the additional costs of schooling at the same percentage of financial aid awarded. This includes books, a computer, athletic gear, and public transportation.
We are proud that our students who receive financial aid say they feel equally included, valued, and supported by the community and their peers, and we are committed to ensuring this for our future financial aid students.

To Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Create an account on Clarity.
  2. Complete the Clarity application by the noted deadline.
  3. New parents must also submit their 2021 tax return (1040) with all filed schedules, attachments, W2s, and 1099s by the noted deadline.

Please note:
  • All parents involved in the applicant's life, including biological parents, step-parents and guardians, must complete the application. In special cases, we may consider exemptions.
  • Current Crystal families applying for financial aid for the first time must submit all tax returns since the year of applying for admission. Awards will only be granted for those who demonstrate a significant change in finances since the year of applying for admission.
  • Financial aid awards are granted on a one-year basis. Families must reapply as we reevaluate every family’s financial need each year. Usually, awards increase with tuition increases. If there has been a significant change in finances, we may adjust the award appropriately.

Affording the Application

If the application fee is a financial hardship for your family, please enter the following code on Ravenna for your fee to be waived: GRYPHON23
If any part of the application process poses a financial hardship, please contact the Admission Office at

Upcoming Events

Financial Aid Workshops (on Zoom):
If you have any questions about Financial Aid, please contact Director of Financial Aid, Ken Considine at

November 2021 Financial Aid Info Session

Watch a recording of our
2023-24 Financial Aid Walkthrough
narrated by Ken Considine.

Tuition 2023-24

Tuition for the 2023-24 school year is $60,850. 

Tuition includes:
  • Daily snack and lunch
  • Comprehensive transportation options including buses as well as shuttle transportation to selected train, BART, and Park & Ride lots on the Peninsula
  • Middle School Eighth Grade Trip
  • Most field trips and class retreats
  • One PE uniform
  • Parent Association fees
  • iPads for Middle School

Not included in tuition, but supported by financial aid, are:

Middle School

Books/materials:  approx. $400 - $600 per year

Upper School
Books/materials:  approx. $600 - $800 per year
Laptop: Up to $1500

If you have any questions about our Financial Aid program, please contact Ken Considine at

You may also visit our FAQs as well as view some case studies.
Nondiscriminatory Policy: Crystal Springs Uplands School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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