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

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Still accepting applications for the 2022 to 23 school year on a rolling basis! 

The best way to learn more about Crowden is to visit our school to see our joyful students and expert faculty in action. 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!

Marion Atherton, Interim Principal
510.559.6910 x122

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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, October 11, 2022

Admissions Info Session
6:30 to 7:30pm

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Admissions Info Session
6:30 to 7:30pm

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Admissions Info Session
6:30 to 7:30pm

To attend an info session in person or to schedule a tour, contact If you would prefer to attend the info session virtually, please contact us to receive an invitation link.

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 tour. Tours are given Tuesdays 9:15 to 10:45am, Thursdays 10:15 to 11:45am, or by appointment. You may also reach our admissions office directly at 510.559.6910 x122 or

Attend our Open House

Experience The Crowden School classroom in action! We'll open our doors to current parents and prospective families to visit during the school day to see what makes a Crowden education so special.

Friday, November 11, 2023

Crowden School Open House
8:30am to 3:30pm

Attend a Concert

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

Friday, November 4, 2022

All-School Fall Concert

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, 2022 (reduced fee $50)

Regular Application Deadline: January 31, 2023 ($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.

Once we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule a day visit for your child. This is an opportunity for your child to fully experience a day in the life of the Crowden School. We assign a buddy to the visiting child, and include the visitor in all activities.

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

Teachers may also fill out this online form.

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 test with sections in English and Math. Third grade applicants attend a mock classroom, where they complete math, reading, and writing activities.

Entrance Days  

  • Grades 3 through 5: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 (Time TBA)
  • Grades 6 through 8:Tuesday, February 14, 2023 (Time TBA)

At The Crowden School, we partner with parents and guardians to provide the best possible education for our students. We conduct a Parent/Guardian interview for each applicant, so that we can learn about the family's priorities and their expectations of a school experience. The interview is also an opportunity for parents and guardians to ask any questions they may have about life at The Crowden School.

Enrollment contracts will be mailed on Wednesday, March 15, with emails going out on March 16, 2023. 

Contracts and initial payment are due by March 23, 2023.

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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Hidden Fields

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.

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