An independent day school for grades 6-12

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • Does Crystal accept international students?

    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. International applicants follow the same timeline as local applicants and must complete the required application steps, including testing. We do not accept the TOEFL in place of the ISEE or SSAT. 
  • What are the transportation options for students?

    Crystal provides a robust morning and afternoon shuttle and bus service providing access to students from Los Altos to San Francisco and many points in between.
  • How many students are admitted to each grade?

    For the 2020-21 school year, we will be bringing approximately 72 students into our 6th grade class. We will add roughly 25-30 students to our rising 9th grade class in order to create a 9th grade class of approximately 90 students. We will be accepting applications for grades 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12; however, these spaces will be based on attrition, so we will not know whether spaces will be available in these grades until February at the earliest. If you are interested in applying for one of these grades, we encourage you to move forward with your application.
  • How many applications do you receive?

    The number varies from year to year, but we usually anticipate five to six applicants for each opening.
  • How are students selected for admission?

    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.
  • Are sibling, children of alumni or employee applicants given special 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 Crystal.
  • Is financial aid available?

    23% of the student body receives financial aid, totaling over $4 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 Info Session in either November or December.
  • When will we be notified of the admission decision?

    Admission decision letters and Financial Aid decision letters will be mailed on March 19, 2020.
  • How do I register for the required admission tests?

    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 and if possible take the test before the end of 2019.

    If the cost of test registration is a financial hardship, please contact Ken Considine, Director of Financial Aid, at or (650) 342-4175 x1553. Waivers are available.
  • How much weight does the admission committee give to test scores?

    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 Crystal. We discourage review courses, repeat testing or the submission of multiple test results.
  • 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 my child's chances for admission?

    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.

  • What happens to applications filed after the January deadline?

    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.

  • Is lunch provided?

    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.

Admission Office

Middle School Admission
10 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA  94002
Direct line:  (650) 645-1011

Upper School Admission
400 Uplands Drive
Hillsborough, CA  94010
Direct line:  (650) 375-5411

Fax:  (650) 342-7611

Crystal Springs Uplands School

General: (650) 342-4175 |
Admission Inquiries:
Middle School
10 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 645-1000
Upper School
400 Uplands Drive
Hillsborough, CA 94010
(650) 342-4175