What I love about the Crowden School

We are so glad you are interested in The Crowden School for grades three through eight!

Still accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year!

Children who love music have a home here at The Crowden School.

At Crowden, we provide an engaging and transformative academic education with chamber music at the core. The best way to learn more about Crowden is to schedule a visit! Fill out the online inquiry form and we will get in touch 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!

Hande Erdem
Programs and Admissions Manager

510.559.6910 x122

The Application Process

Submit an Application

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

Student for a Day

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.

Submit Teacher Recommendation

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.

Send Transcripts

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.

Audition and Exam

Crowden will inform you of spring exam and audition dates, once your completed application form has been received.

Music Audition: We ask applicants to play a short piece (less than two minutes) of their choice that best shows off their current musical level. Our Director of Music and other members of the music faculty will listen and may ask a few questions. An ear training test may also be given.

Entrance Examination: The written exam consists of sections on English, math, and music theory. No portion of the test is timed, but completing all parts usually takes between two and three hours. The music theory portion is given to assess each student's current level and admission to the school is not based on proficiency. Pencils and scratch paper will be provided and an exam proctor will be available to answer any questions.

The Crowden School

A coeducational day school for grades 3–8, the Crowden School provides a distinguished education with chamber music at its core.