Mission & Core Values Through the Arches

Built on a Strong Foundation

Born out of a necessity for a “private, non-profit, non-sectarian, day school for girls,” Crystal Springs Uplands School was established in 1953. Since its inception, Crystal has been committed to provide a comprehensive education that includes solid academics, arts, and athletics, ensuring the well-rounded development of its students. This early dedication to fostering an environment of free thought and open discussion of controversial subjects laid the groundwork for the school’s current reputation as an institution that encourages critical thinking and responsible citizenship. The school’s ability to adapt to community needs and its unwavering commitment to inclusivity and high-caliber education has been integral to its evolution.
Today, Crystal Springs Uplands School stands as a testament to its founders’ vision, continuing to nurture a diverse community of learners who are prepared to contribute thoughtfully and ethically to a dynamic world, making it a distinguished institution shaped by rich historical context.

Our Mission

Through transformative teaching and meaningful connections, we empower kind, curious learners to thrive together.

We dedicate ourselves to your academic excellence with compassion and enthusiasm and are committed to your personal growth.

Celebrating Our Mission Statement

Aligned with your success Core Values

We Celebrate Scholarship

The foundation of Crystal is academic excellence.

Academic excellence resides at your core in Crystal. You’re encouraged to nurture a curiosity and a love for learning that will serve as the cornerstone of a lifelong journey of discovery.

We Seek Growth Challenges

Our culture says try it.

Embracing new experiences is integral to the school’s culture. This mindset fosters your growth and prepares you to meet future challenges head-on.

We Foster Kindness & Inclusion

Crystal is a caring and diverse community.

This is a community that values kindness and welcomes everyone with open arms. Here, diversity is celebrated; it’s a place where you find a sense of belonging, respect, and mutual support.

We Strive for Balance

A holistic approach to well-being is integral to our mission.

Your educational journey encompasses academic learning and personal growth. The goal is for you to emerge intelligent, joyous, and well-rounded, catering to every aspect of your being.

We Engage with Enthusiasm

With unbounded spirit, we give our best effort every day and pay it forward to our community.

There’s an emphasis here on diligence and altruism, fostering a dynamic environment where you're eager to learn and contribute positively.

We Lead with Humility

Being grateful and open-minded, we pursue lifelong learning.

You’re taught to value lifelong learning, to lead through service, and to aspire to leave the world better than you found it.

This is the start of Your Journey


Admission Questions:  admission@crystal.org

Middle School

10 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002

Upper School

400 Uplands Drive, Hillsborough, CA 94010
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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