An independent day school for grades 6-12

Building Community

Because we believe that the Crystal experience includes the parents of our students, we have created many opportunities for parents to become, and stay, involved with the community.  

All parents and guardians are automatically members of the Parent Association (PA) which aims to foster a sense of community within our families. The PA hosts events, chaired by parent volunteers, throughout the year to bring families together.

In addition to the PA, parents may join the Gryphon Club which showcases Crystal athletics, garners resources to support the athletic program, and builds school and community pride in the athletic program.

As do most independent schools, Crystal Springs Uplands School relies on the generous investment of volunteer time and financial resources from our families. Crystal’s Annual Fund giving program helps bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating each student.

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  • Annual Fundraiser

    The Gryphon Gala is the Parent Association's annual community-wide auction fundraiser that brings together parents, alumni, students, staff and friends of CSUS to support the CSUS Recruitment and Retention Fund as well as financial assistance programs for students. It has had many themes including a 50’s Diner motif, a Safari to Africa and even a Spelling Bee competition. The Gala is a CSUS tradition and a great way to get involved whether volunteering to help or showing your support by attending the event.
  • Family & Friends Day

    Family and Friends of current students are invited to attend a normal day of classes. While many families invite a grandparent, aunt or uncle to visit, some parents take the opportunity to see a typical day in action. There are no special performances or meetings, and families are asked to RSVP for this event.
  • Golf Tournament

    The Doc Ingersoll Memorial Golf Tournament is organized by the Gryphon Club and is a wonderful way for past and present members of the Crystal community to come together to support the school.

    Royal “Doc” Ingersoll was a member of the CSUS faculty for 21 years. He was an extraordinary teacher, mentor and coach as well as a passionate golfer. This tournament honors his commitment to education, both in athletics and academics, and allows the school to enhance the educational experience for all students.
  • Parent/Student Nights

    Twice a year, the Parent Association organizes either a Father/Daughter, Mother/Daughter, Father/Son, or Mother Son Night. One event is held in the fall and the other is held in the spring. Based upon a theme, these events offer parents and their students a chance to enjoy an evening of fun.

  • School-wide events

    Parents are invited to many other events throughout the year including Homecoming, Food, Folks & Fun, theater productions, musical concerts, Family & Friends Day, Lunar New Year, Diwali Celebration, Fine Arts Festival, the GryFUN Run, and Commencement.
  • Senior Luncheon

    The Senior Luncheon is organized by parents of the junior class to serve a special luncheon for seniors and their parents in May (following the awards assembly). Seniors are also given a commemorative gift.

  • Speaker Series

    Parents are invited to attend the Common Ground Speaker Series which is presented by a coalition of Bay Area schools that have joined together to enhance parent education in our communities. Its goal is to bring nationally recognized speakers to our school communities.CSUS was a founding member of the Common Ground group, which is supported by our Parent Association.
  • Spring Luncheon

    The Spring Luncheon chairs oversee the theme and execution of the PA's traditional May Luncheon coinciding with the final Parent Association meeting of the school year.