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
8th-grade Spanish students at Crystal embark on an adventure to Costa Rica, one of the most naturally beautiful and diverse countries in the world. They zip line through Monteverde rainforest and fill up on hot Gallo Pinto, Costa Rica's traditional rice-and-beans dish. They taste fresh-brewed Arabica coffee on an organic farm with wild toucans and sloths in the trees above. They learn how to hand-make empanadas and squeeze juice from raw sugarcane. At a rural elementary school, students put their Spanish skills to the test as they make new local friends and exchange cultural song and dance. There are few places in the world as culturally and biologically rich as Costa Rica to immerse oneself in Spanish.

Read this blog and this blog from the 2019 trip.
French Language Study Trip
French students travel to the Canadian province of Quebec for one week in early March. Not only do students speak French and immerse themselves in French Canadian culture, but they also learn about the history of the province while getting to play in the snow! In their travels between Quebec City and Montreal, students will find themselves between their comfort zones and growing zones. While using their French language skills, students put their best foot forward learning to snowshoe, practice their balance at the circus, steer dogsleds through the forest, experience zero gravity at the Cosmodome, cook a meal in a French kitchen, walk through longhouses in the Huron-Wendat village, and so much more.

Read this blog from the 2019 trip.

Crystal Springs Uplands School

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10 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 645-1000
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400 Uplands Drive
Hillsborough, CA 94010
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