An Independent Day School for Grades 6-12

Application Process

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Am I able to visit your school this year in person?

    We are conducting our entire admission process online this year. You cannot physically visit our school, however, you can use the virtual tour and other events available to experience Crystal and our community.
  • 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.
  • How many students are admitted to each grade?

    For the 2021-22 school year, we will be bringing approximately 72 students into our 6th grade class. We will add roughly 20-25 students to our rising 9th grade class in order to create a 9th grade class of approximately 90 students. We will accept applications for grades 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12; however, any openings for these off-year entry points 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, feel free to contact the Admission Office to learn more. 
  • 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?

    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, 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. Please note that Crystal will not be accepting admission testing (ISEE or SSAT) for students applying for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Are siblings, 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.
  • When will we be notified of the admission decision?

    Admission acceptance letters and Financial Aid decision letters will be mailed on March 17, 2022 and will also be made available on Ravenna on Friday, March 18, 2022.
  • What are your testing requirements this year?

    Crystal will not be accepting any standardized tests (ISEE or SSAT) for the 2021-2022 admission season. We believe strongly in making the admission process accessible and equitable for all applicants, and COVID-19 continues to impact testing availability. As such, we will not accept any standardized tests this season and will continue to evaluate the role of standardized tests in our admission process moving forward.
  • 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.

Financial Aid

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

Nondiscriminatory Policy: Crystal Springs Uplands School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.