The Lower School is comprised of grades K-4. Our Kindergarten builds on previously learned skills. Admission is based on a readiness inventory where social and academic skills are observed. The curriculum stresses reading readiness through a phonics-based approach to word recognition and patterns. Units in science, mathematics, and social studies round out our curriculum. Enrichment opportunities in Faith Formation, technology, Environmental Learning, music, art, library, and Physical Education complement the program. Grades 1-4 are comprised of self-contained classrooms using a traditional approach to language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Enrichment classes include Faith Formation, art, music, Spanish, technology, Environmental Learning, library, Lego Lab, and physical education. The courses are rigorous and administer a highly challenging academic program exclusively designed for college preparatory standards. Terminal skills in the sciences and humanities range from writing assignments in cursive to the application of the scientific method.
The Middle School (grades 5-8) expands on the foundations of the Lower School division, sequentially moving from a skills-based approach to the application of learning. A notable point is that all students in the 8th grade take High School credit courses in Honors Spanish, Honors Physical Science, Honors English I, and Honors Algebra. In grades 4-8, Cross Schools has implemented a one-to-one device program where each middle school student has their own Chrome Book. Using this model will allow for the collaboration and productivity we are seeing in high schools and colleges around the country.
The High School (grades 9 and 10) further expands on the foundations set by our Middle School division and maintains a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. The curriculum in High School includes college preparatory, Honors, and Advanced Placement courses. Cross Schools continues to further technological instruction with a one-to-one device program where each High School student has their own MacBook, allowing for further collaboration and productivity on a state of the art device. Students have the opportunity to take English 1 Honors, English 2 Honors, Algebra 1 Honors, Geometry Honors, Biology Honors, Physical Science Honors, Modern World History Honors, Spanish 1 Honors, Spanish 2 Honors, and AP Human Geography. Students have one-on-one access to College and Academic Advisement by Alison Ross, M.Ed. For detailed information about Cross High School, please click here.