Interested in learning more about Crestmont? We will be holding school tours for parents of prospective students and others interested in our school. School Tours for 2014-2015 School tours are held mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 on the following dates: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Wednesday, November 5, 2014 Monday, November 17, 2014 Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Tuesday, January 6, 2015 Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Thursday, January 29, 2015 To sign up for a tour, please complete our online registration form. Tours are limited to small groups, so reserve a space early. Please visit our Admissions page for more information on the school tours as well ...
Crestmont School has Gold Fever!
For three days in December, the 4/5 class lived the life of California 49ers at the Coloma Outdoor Discovery School in the Sierra foothills. The 4th and 5th graders studied the Gold Rush through all of the subject areas for weeks to prepare. At Coloma, they deepened their understanding by wearing historically appropriate costumes, cooking over a fire, panning for gold, building rainproof shelters, writing a journal as if living in the 1850s, and many other activities. Dressed for success, 49er-style. The children built lean-to shelters ... ... and then crawled inside while the Coloma Outdoor Discovery School naturalists tested how waterproof the shelters ...
Crestmont named a “Best Independent Elementary School” by Parents Press
We are pleased and proud to announce that Crestmont School has been selected by Parents Press as a "Best of 2014" Independent Elementary School! AND a group of our vibrant students made the cover of the magazine, too! Click the image to page through the digital edition of this month's Parents Press.
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 ...
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.
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.