The History of Crestmont School
In 1969, a group of concerned parents came together to find an alternative to what they had observed to be poor quality education and a lack of attention to the social and emotional development of children in the public schools. These parents joined together in a collective endeavor that mirrored the spirit of local activism of the times.
The early years were tumultuous as parents struggled to find teachers and to work out their ideas about what their alternative to traditional education would be. The average life of alternative schools in the 1970’s was only two years, so it is a tribute to those parents and teachers that Crestmont flourishes to this day.
After extensive research, open classroom concepts and ideas from British Infant Schools were instrumental in forming Crestmont’s developmental, multi-age, and hands-on approach to education. These foundational elements remain the backbone of our educational philosophy today. In 1973 the Bus School program for the upper grades was added with the idea of holding classes “on location” in an old converted school bus. Over time the Bus School was retired and replaced with traditional field trips for all grade levels.
Opportunities for creativity were enhanced with the addition of an art room and kiln. In the 1980’s many of Crestmont’s beloved traditions were formed, through the collaborations of children, teachers, and parents. They include Stone Soup, our annual Thanksgiving celebration; the flea markets, which raise money for charity; and the talent show, one of Crestmont’s most creative and exciting annual events.
Over the years, hundreds of parents and dozens of staff have worked cooperatively to keep the school fully functional and fiscally sound. After 50 years, Crestmont’s educational philosophy and traditions continue to be lovingly upheld. History shows that Crestmont is a place where involvement and initiative make a profound and lasting difference.