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FAQs

Q. Is lunch provided?
A. Yes. Included in the tuition are daily snacks and lunch. Students are offered a wide variety of options including soups, salad bar, fresh fruit, deli bar, and hot entrées.

Q. Do you pick up students from the train, BART, or on Hwy 280?
A. CSUS operates shuttle service to selected Caltrain, BART, and Park & Ride lots on the Peninsula.

Q. How many students are admitted to each grade?
A. Approximately thirty-six students are in our incoming 6th grade class. In seventh grade and eighth grade, openings are limited and contingent upon withdrawals from the previous grade. The upper school classes are larger, and we usually want 60 - 65 students in the ninth grade class (30-35 of whom will be new students).

Depending on the total enrollment of the school and the number of students in the rising 10th or 11th grade, we occasionally have space for new 10th or 11th grade candidates. We do not accept new 12th grade students.

Q. How many applications do you receive?
A. The number varies from year to year, but we usually anticipate five to six applicants for each opening.

Q. How are students selected for admission?
A. Crystal Springs Uplands School takes the admission process very seriously and invests countless hours in the process. A committee comprised of faculty and administrators considers the following criteria in making selections for admission: information provided on the parent and student applications, the student’s academic records, the teachers’ and principal’s recommendations, test scores, the student’s talents, character, and leadership qualities, and information gathered during the visit at Crystal Springs Uplands School, including the interview. Each candidate’s application is given careful consideration.

Q. Are sibling, children of alumni or employee applicants given special consideration?
A. Crystal Springs Uplands School recognizes the association that many families have with the school and so too recognizes the desirability of enrolling siblings, children of alumni, and children of employees; however, siblings, children of alumni, and children of employees are not guaranteed admission on association alone. They must demonstrate qualities likely to lead to their social and academic success at CSUS.

Q. Is financial aid available?
A. Almost 20% of the student body receives financial aid, totaling over $2 million annually. We award all of our aid funds to families who demonstrate financial need; we do not offer merit scholarships. Financial aid grants are made separately from admission decisions. For additional information, please see the Financial Aid page and attend the Financial Aid Workshop in December.

Q. When will we be notified of the admission decision?
A. Admission decision letters and Financial Aid decision letters will be mailed on March 10, 2016.

Q. How do I register for the required admission tests?
A. Please visit the Admission Testing page for details. Applicants for Middle School and Upper School should take either the ISEE or SSAT test.

It is important to know that test sites fill up quickly. We urge you to register for a test date before the end of 2015.

If the cost of test registration is a financial hardship, please contact Mieke Tonn, Director of Financial Aid, at mtonn@csus.org or (650) 342-4175. Waivers are available.

Q. How much weight does the admission committee give to test scores?
A. Test scores are just one aspect of a student’s file. Although we find them to be helpful as a standardizing mechanism in the admission process, a broad range of test scores exists among those students accepted to CSUS. We discourage review courses, repeat testing or the submission of multiple test results.

Q. If the application is filed late in the admission process, I understand my child may not be able to visit the school, except to interview. Will this lack of a visit hurt his or her chances for admission?
A. No. The lack of a visit will not adversely affect an application for admission. Unfortunately, applications may exceed visit spaces, and for students whose applications come in after December 15, there may not be any visit spaces left. We will still schedule an interview for each applicant. If the student is accepted, he or she may visit classes in March before contracts are due.


Q. What happens to applications filed after the January deadline?
A. We discourage late applications. However, we recognize that circumstances sometimes do not enable families to plan their lives around our deadlines. Therefore, late applications will be considered at the discretion of the Director of Admission and only if there are spaces available in the particular grade.


Q. Does Crystal accept international students?
A. Unfortunately we cannot offer an I-20 Visa. We do not have any ESL classes. If these specifics are not the case, we would be happy to review an international application.
Admission Office
Crystal Springs Uplands School
Admission Office
400 Uplands Drive
Hillsborough, CA 94010

admission@csus.org

(650) 342-4175 ext. 1511
(650) 342-7611 (fax)
Admission Staff
Oriana Isaacson
Associate Director of Admission
(650) 342-4175 x1507

Mieke Tonn
Assoc. Director of Admission & Dir. of Financial Aid
(650) 342-4175 x1553

Linda Vang
Admission Assistant
(650) 342-4175 x1511

Aaron Whitmore
Director of Admission
(650) 342-4175 x1517

Maurice Willis
Associate Director of Admission & Director of Diversity, Football coach
(650) 342-4175 x1519