Your Journey Starts Now

Be Involved and Engaged

When you venture on a journey of academic excellence and personal growth at Crystal, you immerse yourself in a community that is just as involved and compassionate as you are. As a student here, you draw inspiration and support from dedicated teachers, a diverse student body, and robust arts and athletic programs that embrace a "Try It" philosophy. This core value encourages you to explore new ideas, engage in eclectic activities, and confront challenges with an open mind.

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    Graduates who Advance to Higher Education
The school's commitment to academic distinction places Crystal among the top-rated private institutions dedicated to developing well-rounded individuals poised for future success and prepared to impact the world positively.

Through the Arches Starts with One Step
The application process is designed to be clear and inclusive, focusing on your unique strengths and potential. It includes essential steps like submitting an application, sharing your academic history, and participating in interviews.

We invite you to showcase your talents and aspirations as you take this exciting step toward becoming part of the Crystal community.

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.

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  • Tuition Assistance

    Without barriers Tuition Assistance

    See how Crystal's tuition assistance can transform your educational journey, making exceptional learning experiences accessible and inclusive for every student.

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  • Crystal Families

    Connect with current Crystal Families

    Connect with our Crystal PALs (Parent and Guardian Admission Liaisons) to learn about the student and family experience at Crystal.

Curious Learners Thrive Together


Our Admission Team

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    Oriana Isaacson 

    Director of Enrollment Management and Tuition Assistance, US Student Government Sponsor, 10th Grade Team Lead
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    Maurice Willis 

    Associate Director of Admission, Assoc. Dir. of MS Crystal FIRST
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    Ken Considine 

    Dir. of Financial Aid and Academic Scheduler, US Math Teacher
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    Chris Clesca 

    Associate Director of Admission
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    Kati Molhoek 

    Assistant Director of Admission
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    Linda Vang 

    Admission Associate
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    Mai Xia Vang 

    US Admission Assistant

Your Questions Answered

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  • Do siblings, children of alumni, or employee applicants influence admission decisions?

    Recognizing the connection many families have with Crystal, we understand the appeal of enrolling siblings, alumni's children, and employees' children. Yet, it's important to note that these connections alone don't guarantee admission. Prospective students, including those with familial ties, must exhibit qualities that suggest they will thrive socially and academically at Crystal.
  • Does seeking tuition assistance affect my child's admission chances?

    Applications are considered without regard to financial need during the admission reading process. We encourage all families interested in Crystal and tuition assistance to apply. In the final stage, we balance admission decisions with the availability of funds. Typically, we've had enough funds to admit all students who demonstrate financial need.
  • How are students selected?

    The committee thoroughly reviews every application with great care, paying close attention to the information provided by parents and students. They consider the student's academic history, recommendations from teachers and principals, a proctored writing sample, as well as their unique talents, character, and leadership qualities. An interview also helps the committee understand each student better. For the 2024-2025 school year, please note that admission tests such as ISEE or SSAT will not be required. We promise to thoughtfully consider every candidate, ensuring a fair and empathetic process for all families.
  • Is Crystal open to international students?

    International applications are welcome, provided that applicants don't require an I-20 Visa and ESL classes, which we cannot offer. International applicants should follow the same timeline and complete the same application steps as local applicants. We're happy to review these applications under these conditions.
  • What if we miss the January application deadline?

    Understanding that life's circumstances can be unpredictable, we know families may not always meet our deadlines. While we discourage late applications, we do consider them if space is available in the desired grade. This consideration is at the discretion of the Director of Admission.
  • Will my child be labeled if we receive tuition assistance?

    No. The process for tuition assistance applications is confidential. As such, neither students nor faculty members are aware of which families receive assistance.

This is the start of Your Journey


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10 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002

Upper School

400 Uplands Drive, Hillsborough, CA 94010
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