At A Glance

The Crowden School for fourth through eighth grade in Berkeley

Founded in 1983 by violinist Anne Crowden.

2018-19 Enrollment: 64 students in grades 4–8

Daily schedule: 8:00am–3:30pm. Every day begins with two hours of music instruction from 8:00am–9:45am prior to the start of the academic day.

Average class size: 13

Student to teacher ratio: 3 to 1

Tuition for 2018-2019 academic year:

      • $23,947 for grades 4–5 (Lower School)
      • $26,187 for grades 68 (Upper School)

Membership: The school is a member of the East Bay Independent Schools Association (EBISA).

Financial aid: Approximately 50% of the student body receives financial assistance. Please see our Tuition & Financial Aid page for more information.

School in session: September 5, 2018 – June 13, 2019 Download the 18-19 calendar here

After-school child care: The school opens at 7:40am and Aftercare is available from 3:45pm–6:00pm.

Students commute/have commuted from the following cities: Alameda, Albany, Benicia, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Daly City, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Oakland, Pleasanton, Richmond, San Francisco, San Leandro, San Mateo, Union City, and Vallejo.



  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • French (starting in 6th grade)
  • Music History
  • Art
  • Physical Education

Read more about our curriculum here.


  • Instrumental Technique (violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano)
  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Orchestra
  • Chorus
  • Musicianship and Composition
  • Concert performances
  • Guest artist visits and masterclasses (past examples include Yo-Yo Ma, Kronos Quartet, and Marcus Shelby)
  • Special performance opportunities (past examples include Davies Symphony Hall and Yoshi’s Jazz Club)

Artistic Support

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

Media Gallery: Guest Artists at the Crowden School

The Crowden School

A coeducational day school for grades 4–8, the Crowden School provides a distinguished education with chamber music at its core.