Crestmont School is a cooperative K-8 school located in the scenic hills of Richmond, California. 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. Crestmont is the oldest K-8 parent co-op school on the West Coast. We intentionally group students into multi-age classes and across multiple grades for a variety of activities to enhance individual learning. Our specialties include music, art, Spanish, physical education and science. Crestmont School is a member of the East Bay Independent Schools Association (EBISA).

Mission

At Crestmont School, we cultivate a creative learning environment where students become critical thinkers, skillful collaborators, and courageous change-making citizens.

Core Values

Individual Attention

Every child’s voice, identity, and expression matters. Our teachers create a curriculum that respects and responds to the dignity and individuality of each child. Our low student-to-adult ratio makes it possible to offer differentiated and flexible teaching styles to meet each child’s needs. This educational approach supports children to find and express their unique voice, and to learn how to contribute to positive change in the world.

Social-Emotional Development

We understand that children need both academic and social-emotional competencies to accomplish their goals. We teach and nurture the skills of self-awareness, self-management, awareness of others, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. These skills foster community and civic involvement throughout a child’s life.

Challenging Academics

Crestmont redefines rigor. Our definition of rigor is the result of work that challenges students in new and interesting ways. We design a curriculum that is engaging for students, stretching their thinking and cultivating a love of deep knowledge. Our philosophy focuses on being responsive to children’s interests to create meaningful learning experiences, with a balance between well planned strategic lessons and those that are adaptable and driven by curiosity. Given this environment, children ask questions, think critically and creatively, and develop excellent problem-solving skills.

Social Justice Curriculum

Circa the 70’s. Students continue the tradition today – speaking up and being activists for their beliefs.

We are committed to teaching in a way that empowers students to grapple with real-world problems, co-create solutions, and engage in practical actions. Our social justice curriculum starts with issues of fairness and moves up into environmental, racial and economic justice issues. Students learn about social movements and change. Through these investigations, students develop tools to take action in their community. 

Diversity & Inclusion

We recruit, welcome, and affirm children, families, and faculty who reflect the diversity of the Bay Area. The co-op structure and affordable tuition support this commitment. Inclusion and diversity figure into all aspects of our curriculum including mentoring and social-emotional development. We celebrate and honor the diverse cultures and multiple perspectives of our classroom communities through our carefully designed, evidence-based curriculum.