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Crystal Springs Uplands School

School rating 4 / 5 by

400 Uplands Drive Hillsborough CA 94010 United States
6th to 12th


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Academics at Crystal Upland School was really what you make of it. It was not focused entirely on exams though there was an adequate level of stress, though not as much as what one would experience in high school. Faculty cared and were on the whole qualified, class size were

College Counseling

We first started college admissions probably junior year. The college admissions process was pretty....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

The admissions process was too far back for me to remember clearly. I do....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

The quality of life at Crystal Springs Uplands School was pretty bad. Food was great, almost makes you feel a bit spoiled. The reason for the quality of life was that the school was far too small. Having only 60 people per grade resulted in far too much drama for one's own good. Everyone knew everything about each other and while some liked this, many people could not fit in....

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