At the core of our mission is academic excellence.  

Our students’ academic achievements and standardized test scores provide evidence of the strength of both our curricula and teaching methods. Cross students typically score above grade level on standardized tests and consistently place in the top levels in local, state, and national academic challenges. Over half of our students in grades 4 through 7 were recently recognized as Duke TIP Scholars.

Our low teacher to student ratio (10:1) allows us to differentiate and individualize instruction in a way that deepens understanding, encourages individual growth, and recognizes achievement for all students. Cross students in the 8th grade have the opportunity to enroll in advanced courses in math, language arts, science, and foreign language that are eligible for high school credit. Upon entering high school, Cross students are well-prepared for the rigors of Honors or AP level courses.

Recent Student Achievements


  • 2020, 2019, and 2018 Best of Bluffton winner for Best Private School and Best Preschool

  • 2020 winner of the W. Keller Kissam School of Honor Award by the South Carolina Independent School Association to recognize the member school who has demonstrated extraordinary academic service to their school community and to the association as a whole.  Cross Schools was recognized for the school’s cutting edge interactive academic programs as well as the school’s commitment to STEM education initiatives.  Additionally, Cross Schools was recognized for their overall commitment to parental involvement and
    community-centered outreach education.

  • Over half 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 Schools 8th grade students have consistently earned distinction as SC Junior Scholars for high academic performance on the PSAT.

  • 2020 Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) essay winners - 6th and 7th grades

  • 2020 SCISA State Spelling Bee - 3rd place in 3rd grade

  • 2020 Lions Club Peace Poster:  School, Local, & District Winner - 6th grade

  • 2020 USC Shah Foundation's William P. Lauder Junior Leadership Internship Winner  -  7th grade

  • 2019 Hilton Head Monthly Readers Choice Award Winner for "Best School K-12"

  • 2019 Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) essay winners - 5th and 7th grades

  • 2019 SC Young Minds Dreaming Competition Winners - 5th and 7th grades

  • 2019 Lions Club Peace Poster - School, Local, District, and State Winner - 6th grade

  • 2018 Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) essay winners - 5th, 6th, and 8th grades

  • 2018 3rd Place in the State Library Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest - 6th grade

  • 2018 SCISA Regional Spelling Bee - 3rd place, 3rd grade and 1st place, 4th grade