The Crowden School

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  • Children who love music find a home at The Crowden School The study of chamber music alongside a rigorous academic curriculum offers our students a unique educational experience with transformative results.
  • Small class sizes allow our students to thrive as individuals and to gain confidence in their own voices. In ensembles, students learn skills such as focused listening, dedicated practice and perseverance, constructive incorporation of teacher feedback, and an empathetic group dynamic.
  • All of this transfers into the academic classroom.  Students become effective project managers, attuned to the strengths of their peers and working cooperatively toward a goal.
  • The joy in playing music fuels their passion to create, explore, discuss, brainstorm, act, and grow into themselves at this important juncture in their young lives.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 3-8
Year Founded1983

Student Body

Total Students65 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
39%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade The Crowden School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size13 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Music Theory
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / Dec. 13 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$27,325
Tuition NotesLower tuition for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Financial aid available.
% on Financial Aid
50%
Admissions DirectorHande Erdem

School Notes

  • For grades 3 8: transformative academic program with music at its heart
  • Intellectually engaging, project-based curriculum that develops critical thinking, teamwork, and creativity
  • Academic subjects: Art, English, French, History, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science
  • Music subjects: Instrumental Studies, Small Ensembles, Orchestra, Chorus, Musicianship and Composition, Music History
  • For students with a general interest in music as well as gifted young musicians
  • Beginners on string instruments welcome to apply for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades
  • Small class settings (average class size 12)
  • Passionate, dedicated, and expert faculty
  • Excellent high school placement
  • School hours (8am - 3:30pm) include two hours of music daily
  • After-school program available
  • Payment plans and financial aid available

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