At the core of our mission is academic excellence.  The strength of our curriculum and teaching method is readily apparent in our students' many academic achievements, including national standardized test scores.  Cross Schools students traditionally place two to three grades above their current level on standardized tests. Our advanced curriculum and low student to teacher ratio (10:1) allow students to progress through units of study with more success and at a faster pace. Cross students consistently place in the top levels in local, state and national academic challenges, and over 60% of our 4th through 7th grade students are Duke TIP scholars.

Students in 8th grade enroll in high school level courses in math, language arts, science and foreign language, allowing them to begin high school with up to four credits already secured.

Cross Schools graduates typically enroll in honors or AP level high school courses and enjoy acceptance at college of first choice, often entering college with credits qualifying them as sophomore status.

Recent student academic achievements

  • In 2017, 55% of Cross Schools students scored 95% or better on five subtests of the Stanford Achievement Test, received a score of 125 on the OLSAT, or achieved qualifying scores on the ACT Aspire.  These scores enable them to participate in the Duke TIP program.  
  • Cross Students in grades K through 2, on average, test 2 to 3 grades levels above current grade level on the Stanford Achievement Test, and well above average on the ACT Aspire in English, Science, and Math. 
  • Cross Schools 8th grade students are consistently named SC Junior Scholars for high academic performance on the PSAT.  In 2016, 6 out of 17 students qualified.
  • 2017 SCISA Literary Meet- Ist Place Monologue
  • 2017 Lion's Club Peace Poster:  School, Local, and District Winner
  • 2017 DAR Essay Winners in the 5th, 6th, and 8th Grades
  • 2017 Robotics Team placed in the Regional Competition and competed at the State level
  • 2017 SCISA Regional Spelling Bee - 1st place in 4th grade and 3rd place in the 3rd grade
  • 2016 Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) essays winners in the 5th, 6th, and 8th grades
  • 2016 SCISA Art Competition - 2nd place in the 6th grade, and winners in the 4th, 6th, and 8th grades 
  • 2016 Robotics Team placed in the Regional Competition and competed at the state level.
  • 2015 SCISA State Drama Competition - 1st place
  • 2015 SCISA Yearbook Layout - Honorable Mention
  • 2015 SCISA State Art Competition - 2nd place for 1st/2nd grade
  • 2015 Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest - 7th grade winner
  • 2015 Sea Island Regional Science Fair- 3rd place in the Physics category
  • 2015 SCISA State Chess Tournament - 3rd place