An independent day school for grades 6-12
Life @ CSUS

Student Support

We provide support for our students at every stage of their development and we also support the parents and guardians who, in partnering with Crystal, help nurture that development.

Academic Support

The Director of Academic Resources, Molly Black, provides individual assistance for Middle and Upper School students to develop skills in organization and time management, test preparation, note taking, and study skills.

Support for students with documented learning disabilities (LD) is coordinated through Ms. Black and includes an annual Formal Education Plan (FEP) meeting with the student, his or her parents, teachers, school counselor, division head, and Ms. Black. The FEP meeting results in a signed agreement outlining the academic accommodations agreed upon.

Students, parents and teachers are invited to contact the Director of Academic Resources to discuss a possible learning difference.  Referrals are made to local, outside agencies when warranted for full psycho-educational evaluation, and/or for professional tutoring.

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  • 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, teachers, school counselor, division head, and Director of Academic Resources. 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.

Student Counseling

The School Health Counselor, Tracy Lum,  is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

The main role of the school counselor is to provide psychological/emotional support for students as they navigate the challenges of adolescence. The counselor is available during school hours for confidential appointments with students one-on-one or to meet with students in small groups. 

Teachers, coaches, parents, or friends may refer students, or they may be self-referred. All students are encouraged to seek counseling to discuss difficulties that arise in school or outside of school. Short-term counseling will be provided on campus; however, referrals will be made for longer-term issues.

In addition, parents may call with questions or concerns they have, or to schedule an appointment to discuss any situation. The counseling program is a resource for all members of the CSUS community. 

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  • Mind-Body Program

    As part of the school's Mind-Body Program, Tracy Lum also teaches the Middle School Wellness curriculum (grades 6-8) and requires each student to have an annual "check-in" appointment in the counselor's office. In the Upper School, Ms. Lum teaches part of the Upper School Fitness Labs (one trimester each, grades 9-11) and encourages regular student meetings as well.
  • Peer Helper Program

    The School Health Counselor also co-facilitates the Peer Helper Program. Students go through an application process before participating in a two-trimester Peer Helper Training Course. Then, supervised by the School Counselor, these trained Peer Helpers can be resources for students and the CSUS community as a whole.


List of 2 members.

  • Molly Black 

    Director, Academic Resource Center
    (650) 342-4175 x1559
  • Tracy Lum 

    Director of Student Counseling
    (650) 342-4175 x1506

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
(650) 342-4175