Crystal FIRST seeks to engage students and their families in a community of support throughout their independent school experience and as they matriculate to college.
Why Crystal FIRST?
At Crystal we are committed not only to building a diverse and inclusive community, but also to providing equitable access to all students and families at our school. In keeping with these commitments, we created Crystal FIRST, a unique program designed to provide ongoing enrichment and support to students from traditionally underrepresented communities. The program assists students and families as they navigate the transition to Crystal, access the resources and opportunities to meet their specific needs, and reach their educational goals.
Crystal FIRST demonstrates the school’s deep commitment to all of its students and their families as well as to addressing issues of equity and access in independent school education. The program is funded through generous grants from the Edward E. Ford Foundation and private donors.
If you’d like to learn more about the Crystal FIRST program, please contact our Director of Equity and Social Justice, Tait Wade (firstname.lastname@example.org, 650-375-5489)
Peninsula Bridge at Crystal
Crystal Springs Uplands School is a proud partner of Peninsula Bridge, a non-profit, educational access program which supports student from 5th grade through college.
For nearly twenty years, Crystal has hosted Peninsula Bridge’s summer academic program. This five-week program, brings 60 rising seventh and eighth grade students from the San Mateo-Foster City school district to our campus to engage in dynamic and challenging Math, Language Arts, and Science courses. Students also take electives that range from coding to improv, work in small advisory groups, and venture out on college and career-focused field trips.
In addition to working with highly-qualified professional teachers from local public and independent schools, Peninsula Bridge students spend their days with a dynamic group of high-school and college aged teaching assistants. Peninsula Bridge’s TA model allows students to connect personally with role models who make learning both fun and cool. Many of our TAs are CSUS students, many of whom return year after year to continue making connections and providing inspiration for our Bridge scholars.
The CSUS Asian Culture Club's biggest event of the year, the Lunar New Year Banquet, attracted close to 400 guests who browsed festively decorated booths, tasted delicious multicultural cuisines, enjoyed performances ranging from a Bollywood Dance to K-pop video to Chinese musical performances and more.
Students in Spanish II discussed the origins of Carnival, how it relates to Mardi Gras, and the different ways these holidays are celebrated throughout the world. In particular, they focused on the Carnaval de Baranquila of Colombia, which is one of the largest festivals of dance and cultural pageantry in Latin America.
Seventh grade English students completed a Crystal-style version of the "Humans of New York" project which features a series of portraits and stories of thousands of NYC residents. Students selected their subjects in the Middle School community, took their portraits...
Eighth graders witnessed one of our Core Values, “Foster Kindness and Inclusion,” in action while visiting Glide Memorial in San Francisco this fall. Glide describes itself as a "radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.”
Human Development is a new program that centers on our students’ social and emotional well-being, and seeks to foster critical awareness of social issues inside and outside the Crystal campus. Throughout the year, Upper School students and faculty will explore aspects of their own identity...
For more information about our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion programs, please contact Tait Wade, Director of Equity and Social Justice (650) 375-5489.