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.
What is Crystal FIRST?
Crystal FIRST (First In: Ready, Set, Thrive) is a program for incoming middle and high schoolers from under-resourced communities who are aspiring first-generation college students.
As a result of a grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation and matched by a generous donor, 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. Led by the school's Director of Diversity, Crystal FIRST is partnering with academic-access organizations such as Peninsula Bridge and Summerbridge to identify and prepare students for the academic and cultural expectations of independent schools as well as their preparation for and transition to college. Read more about this program in English or Spanish.
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.
An annual tradition for CSUS freshmen, Diversity Day is an upper-level student designed and led, day-long experience for 9th grade students. Throughout the day, students engage in activities and discussions that allow them to examine their own visible and hidden identities...
Activism was the theme of Crystal's annual celebration of MLK Day on January 12th. In his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Dr. King explained the moral responsibility to act against social injustice and readings from the piece provided a through line for the assembly.
Each year, students and faculty discuss a topic concerning diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice during the Community Forum (CF). The CF developed from students’ interests in having informed, candid conversations on issues...
At the school's annual assembly celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the array of diversity we have in our community, a group of students and staff told the story of the Children's Crusade to end segregation...
For more information about our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion programs, please contact Tait Wade, Director of Equity and Social Justice (650) 375-5489.