Nestled in the vibrant San Francisco Peninsula, two campuses empower kind, curious learners to thrive together. Since 1952, Crystal Springs Uplands School, an independent day school catering to grades 6-12, has used transformative teaching and meaningful connections to build a community that thrives together.
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Academic Excellence in a Supportive Community
With small classes, averaging just 14 students, and a 9:1 student-to-teacher ratio, you are seen, heard, and valued. Through our advisory curriculum, you have a mentor and guide throughout your time at Crystal.
Instead of typical AP classes, we stimulate your analytical and reflective thinking with a curriculum that includes Advanced Topics courses that challenge and spark your curiosity—equipping you with vital skills for college success and future endeavors.
Knowledge and Perspectives Through Diversity
To inform and enrich your educational experience, we commit to nurturing a diverse and inclusive community of unique backgrounds and perspectives. With 69% of students identifying as people of color, the student body reflects the great diversity of the Bay Area. This commitment is echoed through our faculty, guaranteeing you learn from the most qualified and brightest minds, each with a variety of perspectives and knowledge.
Life at Crystal goes well beyond academics. From Convocation to Homecoming, and our unique PoP! Week (Pursuit of Passion), our beloved traditions mark a vibrant student life. Clubs and activities promoting leadership, teamwork, and personal growth give you ample opportunity to lead and engage.
“When students discover and pursue what makes them tick and are supported by people who believe in them, magic happens.”
Kelly Sortino, Head of School
Athletic Prowess and Artistic Flair
You are encouraged to chase your passions at Crystal. This close-knit, collaborative community allows you to develop confidence as you discover new interests. Whether your strengths lie on the field, stage, or studio, Crystal is where your talents are nurtured and celebrated.
As a testament to excellence and teamwork, our athletics program boasts 182 All-League Performers, 3 State Championships since 2020, and 52 collegiate athletes since 2015.
Complementing this, our Fine Arts Department provides an experiential curriculum that fosters self-expression and a deep appreciation for the arts.
Join the Crystal Family
Choosing the right school means finding where you can be happy, challenged, and successful. We warmly invite you to join a community where you'll thrive academically and grow into a kind, curious, and compassionate global citizen.
Experience firsthand what sets Crystal apart as a unique and transformative educational experience. Schedule a visit to meet your peers and see how Crystal can be the perfect fit for your educational journey.
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Life at Crystal Thrive together
Curious about how your story will unfold at Crystal? We warmly invite you to step through the arches, engage with, and experience our vibrant community. Visit our campus, connect with admissions, or participate in our events to see how you can thrive in a community centered around you. WHAT TO EXPECT
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Through the arches Mission & Core Values
With transformative teaching and meaningful connections, we empower kind, curious learners to thrive together. STEP INSIDE
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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