An independent day school for grades 6-12

Seeking Growth Challenges Through Language

All 8th graders participate in a week-long study trip with a language focus. Students studying French go to Quebec, those studying Spanish visit Costa Rica, and students studying Mandarin travel to Taiwan. In addition to language immersion, 8th graders may engage in service projects and cultural art activities, participate in historical inquiries, and make friends with locals.

Costa Rica



Spanish Language Study Trip
Spanish students will be immersed in a new culture. They will visit the towns of Monteverde, Arenal, Sarapiqui, and Atenas. They will be surrounded by the natural beauty, wildlife, and culture that Costa Rica has to offer. They will participate in community activities and service projects. They will spend time in the local communities and participate in activities like organic farming, service projects, and cooking lesson. Students will visit a local school and engage with the local students. They will also get to float on the Sarapiqui River, hiking in the cloud forest and zip-lining.
French Language Study Trip
If you are a CSUS 8th grade French student, you are in luck! For one week in early March, you will have a chance to travel to Quebec, speak French and immerse yourself in French Canadian culture. In addition, students will take a Ghost Walking tour of this historical city, participate in a cirque workshop to learn unicycling and juggling, visit a traditional Huron-Wendat Village, dogsled and snowshoe in the heart of a Canadian forest, and zip-line in the astonishing Ste. Anne Canyon.

Read this blog from the 2018 trip.

Chinese Language Study Trip
8th graders studying Mandarin will not only be able to greet new friends with “Ni Hao” when they embark on their language immersion trip to Taiwan. They will also have a chance to taste durian ice cream, go on historical walking tours, mix with locals in night markets, experience whitewater rafting in Taroko Natonal Park, home stay with local students, shoot arrows with tribal groups, design a personal jade necklace, and more… all while speaking Mandarin and immersing themselves in the Taiwanese culture.

Read this blog from the 2017 trip

Crystal Springs Uplands School

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10 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
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400 Uplands Drive
Hillsborough, CA 94010
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