First In, Ready, Set, ThriveCrystal FIRST

Why Crystal FIRST?

Specifically designed to provide support for first-generation college-bound students, Crystal FIRST (First In, Ready, Set, Thrive!) ensures these students have the resources and guidance needed to thrive in the school's educational environment and beyond. This program embodies the school's commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equitable access.

Empower Future Leaders

Crystal FIRST welcomes students who aspire to be the first in their families to attend college. The program is available to students affiliated with our partner educational access programs and any eligible family joining Crystal in the 6th or 9th grades.

Comprehensive Support and Enrichment

  • Transition and Readiness
    Before entering 6th or 9th grade, students participate in a two-week program focused on high school readiness, including writing and math workshops, community-building activities, and leadership development.
  • Peer and Parent Mentorship
    We offer a peer mentoring program with current Crystal FIRST students and assign experienced Crystal FIRST parents/guardians to incoming families for support.
  • Parental Guidance and Events
    Regular meetings and events provide assistance with financial aid, school communications (translation services), and college preparation.
  • Academic and Emotional Support
    Ongoing, tailored support addresses both academic and social-emotional needs.
  • College Application Assistance
    Students receive help with test prep, college visits, and application processes.
  • Internships and Leadership Opportunities
    Through partnerships with organizations like Peninsula Bridge, we offer summer internships and leadership roles.
For more information about Crystal FIRST and how it can support your journey at Crystal Springs Uplands School, feel free to reach out to our program director, Vanessa Aguirre, at

This is the start of Your Journey


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Middle School

10 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002

Upper School

400 Uplands Drive, Hillsborough, CA 94010
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