An independent day school for grades 6-12

Welcome to the Middle School

Chris Schoberl, Head of Middle School

The Middle School program encourages students to explore all the academic disciplines.
In this way, the scientist discovers a passion for French or the historian masters the quadratic formula. All middle school students study English, history, math, science and either French, Spanish, or Mandarin. Students rotate through four fine arts electives or commit to instrumental study and performance in the band. In addition, all students can opt into a variety of additional arts and athletics offerings in clubs or by participating in the fall play or spring musical.

Not A Junior High School
The CSUS Middle School is not a Junior High experience. Rather than teach a “toned down” high school curriculum, our middle school team develops curriculum and experiences that are developmentally appropriate. From an egg drop and Rube Goldberg Machine Contest to learning about inertia, motion, and energy transfer, to acting scenes from Shakespeare to bring the words to life, the middle school curriculum is designed for a middle school student.

Skills and Content
Yes, it is important to know the causes of the Civil War. It is also critical that middle school students learn the skills of a historian. The team of Middle School teachers works to develop both subject-specific content knowledge while also teaching fundamental study and organization skills. After three years in the middle school, our students are incredibly well prepared for the challenges of high school.

And rather than Or
The middle school schedule allows students to be scholars, athletes and artists. We not only encourage students to delve into all three realms, we require them to do so. Our Fine Arts rotation program encourages students to see the breadth of the department’s offerings, and our immersive instrumental program inspires them to master their instrument, perform in our school band, and even compete at state level contests and festivals. Our Athletics and PE period is built into the school day, allowing more students to participate on our teams. At CSUS it is not uncommon for a star on the stage to be a star athlete as well.

Technology Integration
Throughout the middle school, we strive to teach with technology rather than about technology. With a 1:1 iPad program in our 6th, 7th and 8th grades, and mobile laptop carts, our students have access to powerful learning tools. Our faculty work with the Technology Integrator to use these devices as a platform for innovation in each discipline.

Academic Support

List of 3 items.

  • Philosophy

    “CSUS is committed to helping students achieve their full potential and thrive in a rigorous academic program. To fulfill this commitment we strive to maintain a supportive environment for all students, including those with learning differences.  We provide professional development and consultation with our faculty to help them identify learning issues and better serve the needs of students with identified learning differences and disabilities.  While our dedicated resources are limited, we provide direct support to students with learning differences through our Academic Resource Center.  We provide referrals to outside professionals for testing and additional support, and we provide reasonable accommodations for students with documented learning differences.”
    [CSUS Board Statement, March 2007]
  • Formal Education Plan (FEP)

    The annual Formal Education Plan (FEP) meeting involves the student, his or her parents,  and faculty. The FEP meeting results in a signed agreement outlining the academic accommodations agreed upon.

    Available academic accommodations may include:
    • extended time on tests
    • quiet testing environment
    • peer note-taker services
    • use of a computer for in-class assignments, and
    • reduced course load, when appropriate
    • foreign language waiver
  • Peer Tutoring

    Peer Tutoring is a student-run program that connects students having difficulty in certain subjects with peers who have excelled in that subject.

    To apply to become a tutor, students may complete the application at the beginning of each quarter. Deadlines will be announced at the start of each quarter.

    Students in need of a tutor can fill out a tutor request form at any time, and they will quickly be matched with a qualified tutor.

    This year there are three types of tutoring: Regularly scheduled meetings, as-needed, and Bridge Academy.
    • Regularly scheduled meetings and as-needed tutoring are part of the traditional peer tutoring program. Students can decide which works best for them, depending on their needs and schedules.
    • Bridge Academy is a pilot program developed in partnership with Peninsula Bridge. The program connects five high-achieving seventh grade students with Crystal students who serve as their mentors and tutors throughout the year.

Crystal Springs Uplands School

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Middle School
10 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 342-4175 x1000
Upper School
400 Uplands Drive
Hillsborough, CA 94010
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