Arts-Based Middle School Recommendations?

Hello all! We are looking for an arts-based middle school for our son, ideally Oakland-adjacent. He is currently in a very small elementary school with a strong arts component, which has been wonderful for him.

We’re hoping to find something similar for middle school in terms of small size and a focus on the arts and creativity. 
Oakland School for the Arts is an option, but it is quite large, and he thrives in smaller settings. Any middle school recommendations or experiences would be wonderful. Thank you!

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If your son is has any interest at all in music (piano/bass/cello/viola/violin) than The Crowden School in Berkeley is a wonderful small school with kind supportive kids and excellent teachers. My son's sixth grade class has only 6 students in it. Other grades are larger but I don't think any currently exceed 12 students..

My wife and I can highly recommend The Crowden School on Rose & Sacramento in Berkeley. They have a great music & arts program, combined with rigorous academics. We have two children there and they are very happy.

Our son is at The Crowden School, which goes from grades 3-8 and it's been a fantastic experience for our son. It's a music-focused school and I've been astounded at the creativity our son has shown since starting there. He's composed his own music pieces that were performed by other students and in the visual arts, they've explored everything from collage and painting to sculpture. This year's art project is to have him pick a portrait piece in a museum and create some art based on that.

In addition, the class sizes have all been small with about a dozen kids in the largest class. All the kids seem to know each other and new kids coming in always seem to make fast friends and grow prodigiously in musical skill even if they've hadn't had much experience with the instrument before. I would strongly recommend checking it out.

Just to join the chorus (no pun intended!): Crowden is a wonderful school for creative kids. Our son is really happy there.