Crestmont 4th/5th graders featured in a news story about Pegasus Project, a youth sailing program in Berkeley
Crestmont's 4/5 class's sailing adventure on San Francisco Bay was the culminating field study of the three science and social science units: understanding our local watershed and the importance of protecting it; how the natural environment interacts with human civilization, from the indigenous people of the Bay Area, to the people who live here today; and European exploration and the California Gold Rush, where much of the transportation was by sailboat. This sailing trip went beyond science and social science, and asked students to take a safe risk -- to practice healthy risk taking. Most students had never been on ...
A huge Crestmont thank you to all the generous individuals, organizations, and businesses that donated items and services for our fundraising auction. We are honored to have so much support from our community. 4Cats Arts Studio Acapulco rock and soil Ackerman's Servicing Volvo and Subaru Aloha Pediatric Dentistry Alpha Pet Supply Annie's Annuals Ardenwood Historic Farm Antoinette Aschettino Ashkenaz Asian Art Museum Aurora Theatre Company Bay Area Children's Theater Bay Area Discovery Museum Beach Blanket Babylon Bear Valley Cross Country Berkeley Repertory Theater Bette's Oceanview Diner Bloom Gardens Blue & Gold Fleet Brook Jasmine Designs Paula Burch Jahan Byrne Marco Calavita California Automobile Museum California Shakespeare Theater Canine Kid Connection Canvas on Demand Canyon Swim Center Hector Cardenas Catahoula Coffee Company Chabot Space and Science Center Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research ...
Drawing en plein air at Blake Garden
The 2/3 students recently went to Blake Garden in Kensington to do a “Plein Air” (French for “in the open air”) drawing. They were asked to look for something that inspired them, choose a perspective, and draw things as they see them in the real world. They used colored pencils, and no erasing was allowed on this day, which is both harder and more freeing. Many of the children commented on how relaxing it was to sit in a beautiful garden, and how much they enjoyed working outside.
Crestmont helps restore a tributary at Nunes Ranch
Our 4/5 students visited Nunes Ranch, an EBMUD watershed in Richmond, to help restore a tributary. They planted willow trees and buckeyes, took a nature hike, and got up close and personal with harvest mice, salamanders, green treefrogs, and garter snakes. They volunteer each year and can see their hard work improve environmental and habitat restoration. (nine photos)
Welcome to Crestmont School!
Crestmont School is the Bay Area’s only cooperative K-5 elementary school. Located in the scenic hills of Richmond, California, near the El Cerrito border, it was founded in 1969 with the goal of creating an environment that encourages curiosity, critical thinking, community spirit and academic excellence for children of all backgrounds.
The essence of Crestmont is expressed in our children’s enthusiasm for learning, curiosity about life, and kindness for others.
“My son graduated from Crestmont last year after having spent his entire elementary years at the school. He came out more creative and confident as he went into middle school and his experience at Crestmont has given him life coping strategies that he will carry with him into the future. As he undertakes the task of middle school, I see the influences of the creative task force of teachers alive in his daily life. It is amazing to see.”
— 2010/11 family
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The school grounds are located down the hill from Arlington Blvd, just west of Open Door United Methodist Church. The entrance to the school is located on Patterson Circle, which begins on the north side of the church.