For over fifty years, Crestmont’s educational program has been supported by a community of teachers, staff and family members who are committed to building and encouraging our students’ curiosity, compassion and confidence. Our commitment to educating the whole student attracts a dedicated and outstanding faculty.

Educational Philosophy 

The learning environment at Crestmont School is creative, engaging and student-centered.  

Crestmont students develop the confidence and ability to ask questions, to arrive at innovative solutions, to forge meaningful relationships with peers of all ages, and to feel connected to and passionate about their education. Crestmont’s staff and parents provide students with the kinds of relationships, expectations, and opportunities that help them thrive at Crestmont and beyond. 

Crestmont’s intimate size and inclusive community offers students a uniquely supportive and effective education. Students feel seen and heard by both their peers and the adults around them. Our teachers respond to students’ individual needs by utilizing a multi-faceted, multi-modal approach that promotes successful learning for all students. Through this environment, Crestmont students advance academically, enthusiastically cultivating new skills and knowledge.

Because of Crestmont’s cooperative structure, parents have meaningful participation and input into their child’s learning environment. This engagement allows parents greater connection to their child’s education and gives parents the opportunity to both experience and model community engagement, advocacy and belonging. 

Progressive Principles

Crestmont’s curriculum is guided by two guiding principles: 1) Crestmont will prepare children to participate and thrive in a diverse and democratic society, and contribute positive change to their communities and beyond, and 2) Crestmont will provide a holistic approach that supports children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.

Best Practice Methods

Crestmont commits to best practices for teaching and learning, including:

  • Small classes with a low student-to-teacher ratio;
  • Project-based and hands-on learning;
  • A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive student body and community;
  • An integrated social justice curriculum;
  • Relevant and meaningful assignments;
  • A challenging curriculum that is tailored to students’ individual needs and interests, including supporting different learning styles;
  • A non-competitive environment and ongoing, qualitative assessments;
  • Utilizing an emergent curriculum;
  • Comprehensive support of emotional-social development; Facilitating parent-teacher-student collaboration.

Crestmont’s unique approach includes the following areas:

Multi-Age Classes

Crestmont intentionally groups students into multi-age classes and across multiple grades for a variety of activities to enhance individual learning. This multi-age environment enables:

  • Students to work, play and build community across grades;  
  • Students to learn to help, mentor, role model, share, cooperate, and lead, building their self-esteem and competence;
  • Teachers to develop a deeper understanding of each child;
  • Teachers to focus on teaching to “learning levels” rather than a “grade level,” which better addresses student needs and the diversity of abilities and ages.

Field Studies

Crestmont embraces the application of learning, research, exploration, and experiential learning through a wide variety of field trips, including overnight trips.  Field studies enable students to:

  • Apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world context
  • Develop greater understanding of self, place and subject

Community Study and Social Justice Curriculum

Crestmont values community and social justice.  We build student awareness, aptitude and leadership through lessons, activities and experiences focused on community understanding and skills. Community studies enables students to:

  • Develop social, emotional, and cultural awareness and literacy
  • Learn how to build and sustain positive and meaningful relationships
  • Understand how to be a contributing member of their community

Crestmont’s Vision for Graduates

Crestmont graduates are committed to a lifetime of learning, growth, and engaged citizenship.  They have secure relationships with those around them. They know their own unique contributions and see themselves as valuable agents of change. They see the connection between diversity and a strong community. They are able to collaborate and work individually. They become both creative and critical thinkers. They are academically prepared for high school as critical and fluent readers and writers, savvy users of technology, and agile mathematicians. They are caring stewards of the earth. They have the academic skills, confidence, and the self-knowledge to navigate the world around them.   Crestmont graduates have the capabilities and awareness to get where they want to go, and with which to make the world a better place.