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Crestmont School

Private | K-5 | 71 students

Encouraging love of learning and competence to engage the world.

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $185,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,480.

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Posted November 4, 2009

Crestmont School is an excellent formative experience for children. The co-op is a place where teachers, children and their families create a truly supportive community. The teachers are nurturing, experienced, credentialed and bring the best out in our kids. The school is thriving in its fortieth year as a parent-owned co-op. I love the parent participation in the community and running of the school. Classroom participation is optional (tuition remission!) but so rewarding. The tuition is substantially cheaper than comparable schools in the area. The kids are part of the co-op philosophy and are encouraged to have a voice in the community and to understand how their actions make an impact and can be a positive force for change. This is a wonderful school for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

I've been a parent at this school for 7 yrs, and have 2 children currently there. I've served on the board, and have enjoyed being a part of my children's educational experience. The love it, and are learning not only how to read, write, explore, inquire, get support, ask questions, etc... they are also learning the love for community. They act locally, and are active in helping the local homeless shelter, as well as acting globally, and helping to buy land to save the rainforest. They love school, and can't wait to go in the morning. The language arts program, the creativity and art, the spanish and science, the traditions they look forward to each year... what a great school in every way!!
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Posted October 28, 2009

The current teachers (credentialed) here are amazing and put so much care and creativity into their curriculum. My child is very cared for and is learning so much. The cost of the school is lower than most because it's a parent owned co-op but it's the community is priceless. Everyone works to make this a very special place for our children. crestmontschool.com is the web address to check out info.
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Posted January 28, 2008

If only I had been able to be here as a kid! Great teachers, kids and community. Co-op so all parents volunteer to make it work - and it's been working for decades in a way that you FEEL is really special. Crestmont is the best school experience I could imagine for my kids and our family and really eclipses all of the other area schools. It s not free but is less expensive by far than all the area schools and holds up to the best of them scholastically. I reckon that Crestmont really sprints past the pack when it comes to helping kids be their best selves. There are several public school teachers who have their kids here, which I think speaks volumes. It's a wonderful place to be a kid as you grow and learn. Great value!
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Posted October 17, 2007

My child has had excellent, caring, and dedicated teachers at Crestmont School. The curriculum is presented creatively, and students are engaged in active learning at Crestmont. I have found the academic standards to be high, and tailored to each student. I feel that the small size of the school and classes is very beneficial -- individual attention is provided to each child. Crestmont is a parent-run cooperative so participation in the school administration is expected from each family. Participating in the school has been a positive experience for me as I am able to be involved in many aspects of the school, including the decision-making process. Last, but not least, the supportive community at Crestmont school has been wonderful.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 26%
Black 11% 6%
Hispanic 9% 52%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Reading specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Lisa Raffel
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • learning specialist
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
20
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
30

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$11000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Prospect Sierra
Manzanita
Black Pine Circle
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6226 Arlington Boulevard
Richmond, CA 94805
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Phone: (510) 237-4164

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