Children who love music have a home at The Crowden School for grades three through eight.


Now accepting applications for the 2021 to 22 school year! 

Please note that this year’s admissions process has been tailored to reflect current public health guidelines. Information sessions will be held remotely, and in-person tours will comply with social distancing requirements. All activities are subject to change with the evolving situation.

The best way to learn more about Crowden is to visit our school. Fill out our inquiry form and we will contact you to schedule a visit, so you can see for yourself what makes The Crowden School such a special place.

I hope to meet you soon!

Anette Skloot, Admissions Manager
510.559.6910 x122

Visit Us to Learn More

Attend a Concert

Join us for a free concert and see our supportive Crowden community in action.

Please note that Crowden School concerts will be pre-recorded and presented virtually while health and safety recommendations limit gatherings. Contact for information about how to view concerts.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Evening of Music Concert Watch Party

Friday, February 12, 2021

Baroque and Classical Concert Watch Party

Join us for a weekday tour

There is nothing like spending time on our campus and seeing our students actively engaged with learning.  Please fill out the form below and we will contact you to schedule your socially distant tour. You may also reach our admissions office directly at 510.559.6910 x122 or

Admission Info Sessions

Learn more about our academic and music programs for grades 3 to 8, see teaching materials, meet members of our faculty and current parents.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Virtual Admissions Info Session
6:30 to 7:30pm

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Virtual Admissions Info Session
6:30 to 7:30pm

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Virtual Admissions Info Session
6:30 to 7:30pm

To attend an info session, contact to receive an invitation link to join online, or to schedule a socially distanced school tour just for you or your family.

The Application Process

Click here to learn how to apply for financial aid, including important deadlines.

Please submit your application along with the non-refundable application fee.

Early-bird Deadline: December 15, 2020 (reduced fee $50)

Regular Application Deadline: February 1, 2021 ($75 fee)

For financial aid applicants: The Crowden School uses FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment to process financial aid applications. All applications must be submitted electronically through the FACTS website.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are limiting visitors to the campus. Until further notice, The Crowden School's usual practice of hosting applicants as "Student for a Day" is on hold. 

Fill out the top portion of the Teacher Recommendation Form and ask your child's current classroom teacher to complete and return directly to The Crowden School.

Submit the Transcript Release Form to your child’s current school to release progress reports from the past two years. You may also include your own copies of progress reports with the application

The Crowden School Entrance Days include both a musical and an academic assessment. All applicants must audition for the music faculty and will be asked to demonstrate musical interest and aptitude. Fourth through eighth grade applicants take a written exam with sections in English and Math. Third grade applicants attend a mock classroom, where they complete math, reading, and writing activities.

Entrance Days  

  • Grade 3: Thursday, February 4, 2021, time TBD
  • Grades 4 & 5: Thursday, February 18, 2021, time TBD
  • Grades 6–8: Thursday, February, 11, 2021, time TBD

Enrollment contracts will be mailed on Wednesday, March 17, with emails going out on March 18, 2021. 

Contracts and initial payment are due by March 25, 2021.

Contact Admissions

Interested in scheduling a school tour or learning more? Please fill out your contact information and we will contact you!

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The Crowden School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Crowden is committed to creating a diverse environment, and we value our inclusive community of students, parents, and faculty and staff of all backgrounds. Together, we celebrate our many differences and unite in our shared love of music of all kinds and origins.

Crowden is working carefully to reopen our campus. » Click here to learn more about our reopening and COVID-19 response plans.
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