At A Glance
Founded in 1983 by violinist Anne Crowden.
2018-19 Enrollment: 68 students in grades 4–8
NEW! Accepting third grade students beginning Fall 2020
- 8:00am start time for all grades.
- Third grade is dismissed at 2:05pm, all other grades dismissed at 3:30pm.
- Aftercare is available at an additional cost until 6pm.
Curriculum: Orchestra, Chamber Music, English, Mathematics, History, Science, Physical Education, Art, Instrumental Technique, Musicianship and Composition, Chorus, Music History, French (starting in 6th grade).
Average class size: 13
Tuition for 2019-2020 academic year:
- $25,000 for grades 4–5 (Lower School)
- $27,325 for grades 6–8 (Upper School)
Financial aid: Approximately 50% of the student body receives financial assistance. Please see our Tuition & Financial Aid page for more information.
School in session: August 28, 2019–June 11, 2020. Download the 19-20 calendar here.
Students commute/have commuted from the following cities: Alameda, Albany, Benicia, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Daly City, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Oakland, Orinda, Pleasanton, Richmond, San Francisco, San Leandro, San Mateo, Union City, and Vallejo.
Recent high school choices include: Albany High School, Athenian School, Bentley School, Berkeley High School, College Preparatory School, Head Royce School, Lick-Wilmerding, Marin Academy, Maybeck High School, San Domenico School.
The Crowden School has attracted the support of an impressive array of musicians of international and national renown, including the following:
John Adams ▪ Samuel Carl Adams ▪ The Alexander String Quartet ▪ Emanuel Ax ▪ Yuri Bashmet ▪ Ragnar Bohlin ▪ Baumer Quartet ▪ Roy Bogas ▪ Catalyst Quartet ▪ Cavani Quartet ▪ George Cleve ▪ Nora Chastain ▪ Jeremy Cohen ▪ The Delphi Trio ▪ Ensemble 7/4 (from the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela) ▪ The Francisco Trio ▪ The Fidelio Trio ▪ Philip Glass ▪ Bonnie Hampton ▪ Colin Hampton ▪ Lou Harrison ▪ Emanuel Hurwitz ▪ Sharon Isbin ▪ Gary Karr ▪ Kronos Quartet ▪ Yo-Yo Ma ▪ Sharon Mann ▪ David McCarroll ▪ Bobby McFerrin ▪ Yehudi Menuhin ▪ Midori ▪ Emil Miland ▪ Michael Morgan ▪ Johannes Moser ▪ Mark and Maggie O'Connor ▪ Simone Porter ▪ Sir Simon Rattle ▪ Kenneth Renshaw ▪ Lawrence Rosenthal ▪ Donald Runnicles ▪ Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg ▪ Gil Shaham ▪ Marcus Shelby ▪ St. Lawrence String Quartet ▪ Telegraph Quartet ▪ Michael Tilson Thomas ▪ Olivier Thouin ▪ Mads Tolling ▪ Laszlo Varga ▪ Frederica von Stade ▪ Zvi Zeitlin Trio