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Hillsborough, CA
Students enrolled: 368

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400 Uplands Drive
Hillsborough, CA 94010

(650) 342-4175
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January 23, 2015
I recently graduated CSUS and have since joined the military and am now in college. CSUS truly allowed me to figure out what path I wanted to follow in life and I will never forget my incredible experiences there. As for preparing me for college? I am currently a freshman, and while many of peers are struggling in a variety of classes, I am excelling! Crystal's workload, if nothing else, taught me valuable time management skills. The "discussion" atmosphere in classrooms at Crystal Springs gave me the experience and confidence to participate very well in college seminars and classes. I met some truly amazing people and am very privileged to be an alum.

- submitted by a community member
December 02, 2014
This school is pretty ok. Sometimes, I enjoy it. Good teachers. Gryphons lose at every sport.

- submitted by a student
March 25, 2014
I realize that some people think that only snobby and rich kids go here and yes, everyone here has to sort of rich to pay the tuition fee, but the learning expierence is something that can't be beaten. I know this for a fact that because I am a student at CSUS. One negative review is that you come home tired and you don't have any time to do anything else. Yes, it's true that you come home and you are extremely tired, but you still have time to do extra sports. I have friends who do other things right when they get home, but they are still amazing students just like the rest of us.

- submitted by a community member
November 04, 2013
Yes, I must admit that many of the teachers here are absolutely wonderful at what they do. There are also many genuinely kind people. However, overall, the school is SO overrated. My daughter is not attending public school and has had numerous teachers who are just as engaging as those she encountered at Crystal Springs. Also, the kids she has met are not snobby and judgmental like those at Crystal. The social environment at this school is absolutely ridiculous. The kids are mean, competitive, and have their heads up there a****. Mind you I am not saying this of all the students, but this accounts for 75% of the school's population. Overall, not happy at all. Save your 40,000 dollars a year for college. It isn't all about the NAME of the school. It's about where your kids will be happy, work hard, having an actual high school experience, and learn. The only positive comments on here come from those who have attended the school. Having spent so much money on it, they fear thinking it was anything but the excellent. However, they are wrong. I even have my second child attending right now, and he will be leaving the school at the end of the year.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2013
The education one receives at Crystal is unparalled, but the students are judgemental, immature, and uninteresting. Your kid will not have a real high school experience (socially), but will be virtually guaranteed to matriculate to an amazing college. Nevertheless, the negative and competitive nature of the students is toxic, and can really take a toll on a child's psyche. Think twice before you send your child to Crystal.

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2013
As my son finishes his time at CSUS as a senior, and can only concur that it is an outstanding educational institution in every way. Most recently the guidance he received from the college counseling office has been extraordinary. Their judgment, caring, insight, and devotion has been impressive and the results outstanding. Crystal shapes future leaders like no other school in the Bay Area.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2013
Look at the poor grammar that plagues each negative review of CSUS and decide for yourself whether or not each is worth regarding. Crystal Springs is the most amazing high school on the planet. As a college student, I have even more admiration for the high school education I was privileged enough to enjoy. The teachers are phenomenal and the academics are outstanding. Crystal's size gives it a distinct and vibrant community. Where else would seventh graders feel comfortable leading clubs full of upperclassmen? There is no doubt in my mind that my friends from Crystal will forever be my closest ones. I feel the same way about my teachers and classes. In my mind, the money my parents spent to send me to Crystal is well worth the consequence of having to take out loans to pay for my entire college tuition. I simply don't think that I can recommend something more fervently than Crystal Springs. It's an unparalleled high school education. It lives up to its mission to instill every one of its students with a love of lifelong learning. And, if you choose to send your child to Crystal, it will be one of the best decisions you'll ever make.

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2012
Great school. Very smart kids. Great leadership and committed teachers. First class all around. These are your future leaders.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
I am a new parent at Crystal and my 6th grader could not be more pleased with his experience. He comes home feeling inspired and happy, and he has made friends who are interesting and fun. He loves having the opportunity to participate in athletics as well as music, and he has been encouraged to challenge himself by trying new things and moving out of his comfort zone academically and outside of the classroom. I think the Middle School is developmentally appropriate and treats Middle School students as middle schoolers, not mini-high schoolers. I have been nothing but pleased so far. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
A fantastic school. Both my children attended, one from grade 6-12 and the other from grade 9-12. Academically focused, yet nurturing at the same time. Just enough offbeat to make it fun. My college sophomore has been unbelievably well prepared for college.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
I have no idea where these negative reviews come from. I am currently finishing Junior year at CSUS, taking all honors/AP courses and participating on 2 varsity sports and leading numerous clubs. While the academics are challenging, they are both rewarding and riveting and I have found myself blown away by the quality of the teachers each and every day at Crystal. I do not believe the school lacks school spirit; while we may not have the reputation of a "sports-school," the Homecoming day and dance is and amazing time for school spirit to shine. We have yearly lip synchs and snow days that greatly lighten the mood. In case you are wondering, I am not an "anti-social weirdo" as another student labeled us as. Even with Crystal's curriculum, I believe I lead a very normal life outside the classroom, one that is comparable to most public high schools. Ms. Richards is an excellent principle and she has really been leading the school in the right direction. Wonderful school and an excellent investment.

- submitted by a community member
January 19, 2012
This school is all about money. We have apply for financial aids which this school highly recommend but the truth is they do not want poor students unless you're the lucky one. If you are not rich, super smart or Micheal Jordon, don't bother. It's wasted of time and application fees.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2012
Honestly, this school is just..no comment. They do nothing to make learning fun, and its all stress and freaking out especially if you didn't come from a private middle school. Some of the teachers are unreasonable and just teach badly and do not offer you the "help" the school is known for. If you are involved in after school activities, I would suggest quitting your extra curricular activites because you will be so tired and beat by the time you get home and then you have to start a ton of homework, and almost always preparing for a test since there's so many hard tests. The education part is really overrated and the parents don't see it because the school depicts themselves as perfect and ALL THAT when it so isn't. And if your looking for some sort of social life, your not going to get it at all because the school does a great job of accepting one personality type which is bland, really smart people. The kids are really smart (which is good) but it makes everything extremely competitive and it sucks. Parents...I would recommend you think more than twice about sending your child here given the ridiculously high tuition and the stress your child is going to face... good luck

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2009
It is simply the finest school in all aspects. Extremely caring staff (teachers are the students' friends, close parent/child-support). Teachers and staff are very caring. Lots of hands on class activities. My daughter simply LOVES it and is thrill in such supportive, motivated, and engaging environment. It is an amazing place. You can't go wrong when selecting this wonderful school for your child.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2009
Highly overrated. The selection of courses pales in comparison to other Bay Area High Schools (public and private). The excuse that 'Crystal is just too small...' is getting very old. Right now, Crystal is running on straight reputation. Eventually, it will run out and the school will have to take a look at its issues (of which there are many). Maybe then Crystal will become a respectable institution.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2009
This is a small, top-notch college preparatory school with excellent teachers, lots of opportunities for growth and exploration, and a warm and supportive community. It has all the advantages of a place where everybody knows your name and all of the disadvantages which are inherent in smallness. Both my kids adored their time at CSUS and are now thriving young adults.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
We have a daughter at Crystal who is just thriving. She is challenged and motivated by all of her teachers. The administrators are completely focused on the quality of the students experience. The parents are extremely involved. i just hope my son wants to go there.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2009
csus is a great school. Has lots of friendly students and teachers. I recomend going there for middle school to get your child prepard for high school, and then send them to a public school so they can get all A.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2008
My daughter graduated from Crystal Springs and is a sophomore in Yale. CSUS prepared her well for college. She breezed through freshman year and has adjusted to her college workload without any problems.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2008
I understand why most parents would absolutely love CSUS. The academics are unparalleled and the competitive environment the school provides definitely prepare students for education after high school. The faculty is very well educated and passionate about their jobs as well. However, if you consider CSUS's program 'well-rounded,' you are gravely mistaken. Students have little to no school-spirit - or any spirit, for that matter - because they're far too busy competing. Sports, the arts and general pleasure are mere afterthoughts, coming in a distant second to schoolwork. Students should expect to spend all their time after school preparing for tests, essays, projects, etc. In addition, the growingly extreme conservative nature of the school restricts student freedoms unfairly and destroys most opportunities to enjoy oneself. I can only recommend CSUS for the extremely disciplined students and I urge parents to think wisely before burdening their children with the stress of CSUS.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 10, 2007
My daughter has received the finest liberal arts education imaginable at CSUS. It isn't easy and it isn't inexpensive, but it's worth it.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2007
Excellent school with experienced faculty and very capable administration. My daughter is learning a lot and having a wonderful time.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2006
My daughter graduated started Stanford last year and commented on how easy it was compared to CSUS. She has yet to dip below an A so I think she was well prepared. We have a son that started CSUS this year and has totally loved it. There is a reason why this is the #1 middle/high school on the West coast. not cheap- but you get what you pay for.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
The quality of academics is incredible and hands on. Everything is so easily understood by the student's that they learn so much so quickly and retain the knowledge too. All extracurricular activities are easily availble as it's a small school, you can try anything. Parent's are very invovlved in planning events and donating. Great things happen.

- submitted by a student
August 06, 2005
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- submitted by a student
July 29, 2005
I'm so glad I found this school. Great faculty and wonderful leadership.

- submitted by a administrator
March 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Close interaction between students and teachers. Students are challenged and are well prepared for college. Students are very supportive of each other. Fabulous music program

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2003
Superb college preparation. Kids are challenged and respond. Ave. SAT 670V 680M. 60% go to Top-tier college (Top 25 US News). Very strong in Performing Arts. New Gym complex is best of any Day school. Good Athletics. Lots of homework (3-4 hrs/day). Nice kids. Smaller classes and school (250 in HS).

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2003
Probably the finest college prep school in the country.

- submitted by a parent

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Crystal Springs Uplands School
400 Uplands Drive, Hillsborough, CA  94010
(650) 342-4175
Last modified Crystal Springs Uplands School is a Private school that serves grades 6-12
Crystal Springs Uplands School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top