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

2020–21 School Year Application Deadlines:

Early-bird Deadline: December 13, 2019

Regular Application Deadline: January 13, 2020

Ways to Learn More

Visit/Take a Tour

Weekday Tours

There is nothing like spending time on our campus and seeing our students actively engaged with learning, whether they are making music or solving equations, discussing books, or playing basketball. Please fill out a contact form and we will contact you to schedule your tour. You may also reach our admissions office directly at 510.559.6910 x122 or

Admissions Info Sessions and Open House

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

2019–20 Admissions Info Sessions

  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 Admissions Info Session 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Sunday, October 20, 2019 Admissions Info Session during Community Music Day (10:00am-3:00pm)
  • Friday, October 25, 2019 Admissions Info Session 5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Friday, November 8, 2019 Admissions Info Session 5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Monday, November 11, 2019 Open House 8am-3:30pm (School Tour 9:15am-10:45am)
  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 Admissions Info Session 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Friday, January 24, 2020 Admissions Info Session 5:00pm-6:30pm

Drop in to any admissions info session or Open House, no RSVP needed!

Attend a Concert

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

Upcoming Concerts:

  • Sunday, October 20, 2019 Community Music Day 10:00am –3pm
  • Friday, October 25, 2019 Lower School Evening of Music 6:30pm
  • Friday, November 8, 2019 Upper School Evening of Music 6:30
  • Friday, January 24, 2020 Basically Baroque Concert 6:30pm

The Application Process

Submit an Application

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

Early-bird Deadline: December 13, 2019 (reduced fee $50)

Regular Application Deadline: January 13, 2020 ($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.

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.