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.
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.
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.
20% of the student body receives financial aid, totaling over $2.1 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.
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.
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.
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.