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Program and Philosophy FAQs

List of six frequently asked questions.

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • What does progressive education look like at Crossroads?

    At the heart of all of our educational programs is the nurturing of the social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of each child. Springing from our roots in progressive education, we know that learning should be experiential, child-centered and socially mindful. The beginning years (K-2) of our program allow for the many variations that are a natural function of child development. Accordingly, little homework is given through second grade. From third to fifth grades, students are given increased homework responsibilities, long range projects, and problem-solving opportunities in a non-competitive atmosphere.

    Please visit our Elementary School Program page for more detailed information.
  • How many students are in a class?

    In Elementary School, grades K-5, there are 26 children per class and two classes per grade.  Each class is staffed with two full time teachers.  Students attend nine specialists throughout the week in groups of 13.  Specialists include library, STEAM lab, science, art, music, drama/dance, Spanish and PE.  Students attend PE daily in kindergarten through third grades and four times per week in fourth and fifth grades. When half of the class is with a specialist, the other half is in the classroom, engaged in small group work and one-on-one activities.  Each child receives personalized attention in the half groups and an opportunity for collaboration and socialization in the full group setting.
  • How does Crossroads support diversity and inclusion?

    One of the five key commitments in the Crossroads philosophy is to the development of a student population of social, economic and racial diversity. Our community is a blend of cultures, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses, religions and family types. Forty-seven percent of our students identify as students of color, and 32 percent of our K-12 faculty members identify as people of color. Our families come from 86 different zip codes, and one in four students receives financial aid. In our current kindergarten class, 51 percent of students identify as students of color, the families come from 31 preschools and 20 different zip codes and there are 49 different parent professions.
    In the Elementary School, an all-school Social Justice Week that was launched in 2015 has strengthened our commitment to equity and inclusion. Developmentally appropriate and thought-provoking activities at each grade level produce deep discussions, compelling student presentations and awareness of the need for more equity and fairness in our world and compassion for our classmates and neighbors. Social Justice Week continues to be a critically important aspect of the curriculum.
    Crossroads recently launched our groundbreaking Equity & Justice Institute to deepen and extend our work and find meaningful solutions to the challenges our students will inherit, including racism, sexism, poverty, war, environmental degradation, educational inequities, religious persecution and genocide.
  • What kind of parental involvement is expected at Crossroads?

    Crossroads is a true community and every parent/guardian automatically becomes a part of the Parent Association. The parent/guardian/school partnership is essential and we welcome involvement through a range of opportunities, such as joining the hospitality committee, working in the library, serving school lunch, calling for annual giving or being a classroom parent. Because we know many parent/guardians have significant work commitments, we make sure there are opportunities for participation in a variety of ways.
  • Do you offer extended care programs?

    Yes. Our before and after school program is called Hang Out. The program includes early morning care (at no additional fee), daily and "drop in" after school care and enrichment classes, such as jazz band and strings. After school athletics are offered beginning in grade 5.

    Please visit our Before & After Care Program page for more detailed information.
  • What kind of transportation options are available?

    We offer four bus lines in the morning and afternoon for an additional fee (financial assistance is available). All four of the buses have a return trip that picks up from both campuses and leaves school by 3:30 p.m. We also offer zip code lists and maps in order to encourage carpooling.

    Please visit our Transportation page for more detailed information.

Admission FAQs

List of nine frequently asked questions.

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • How many students are accepted to the Crossroads Elementary School?

    Each year we enroll 52 new students into our Kindergarten class from a broad range of zip codes and preschools. We welcome applications for grades 1-5 but please keep in mind that our openings are based upon attrition. It is always possible that no openings will occur in those grades. Highly qualified applicants are invited to be part of our unranked wait-pool. This group of students is then considered if a spot unexpectedly opens between April and September.
  • Once enrolled, do students have to reapply for each division level?

    No. Once students enroll at Crossroads we expect them to attend through graduation.  That is why Kindergarten entrants are referred to as “lifers”!
  • What kind of elementary school student does Crossroads seek?

    A wide variety of students excel in our developmental program. We look for a broad range of students who reflect the social, economic and racial diversity of Los Angeles.  Gender balance is also important at each grade level. We look for curious children who are eager to learn and have different emerging interests and talents. Because our kindergarten program is lively and engaging, with many transitions, we look for children with the emotional maturity to thrive in that environment. 
  • When may I come visit the school?

    We offer Elementary School tours from September-January as part of the application process. Please visit the Applying to Crossroads page under the Admissions tab for more specific information. Please note that the process for Kindergarten and grades 1-5 is slightly different, so make sure that you select the appropriate division from the drop-down menu in order to access your specific application steps.
  • Are students tested as part of the admissions process?

    As a developmental school, we feel that a test given almost a full year prior to the start of Kindergarten does not always accurately predict a child’s level of readiness. Instead, we rely upon in depth discussions with parent/guardians and preschool heads and teachers. The information we receive from these conversations is what enables us to determine if a child is a match for Crossroads.

    Applicants to grades 1-5 must participate in a Visit Morning in mid-February. The morning includes assessment based activities in the areas of reading, writing and math.
  • Do siblings receive priority? 

    While we give preference to sibling, legacy and faculty families, we do not guarantee admission.  We would, ideally, like all members of a family to attend Crossroads, but we know that what is right for one child might not necessarily be right for another. We look at each child individually and thoughtfully with an eye to their various needs, strengths and learning styles. Our goal is to ensure that each child feels secure and successful in our learning environment. We are aware that it is important for Crossroads to maintain a healthy balance between new and sibling families. For this reason, we try to offer spaces to roughly twenty new families each admissions season (or 36% of the incoming Kindergarten class).
  • Does Crossroads offer scholarships?

    While there are no scholarships at Crossroads, tuition reduction (financial aid) is granted based upon financial need. Please see the Tuition Reduction Fund page for more detailed information. Socioeconomic diversity is one of the school’s fundamental commitments. Last year Crossroads dedicated over $8 million dollars to families from a wide range of income brackets.
  • Is it necessary to reapply to Crossroads if my child is not admitted for the upcoming academic year?

    Yes. The application does not “roll over.” We have found that it is crucial to have the most current and complete information possible when considering an applicant for admission. Therefore, students wishing to reapply for the following year must submit an application through Ravenna HUB.

    For parents reapplying for Kindergarten, we ask that you sit down for an interview to review your child’s progress. For parents reapplying to grades 1-5, we ask that your child attend, once again, the grades 1-5 Visit Day. While parents may attend another tour, there are no grades 1-5 parent interviews.
  • What are the K-12 tuition and fees?

    Tuition for the Elementary School, grades K-5, is $36,458 for the 2019-20 school year.
    Tuition for the Secondary School, grades 6-12, is $42,911 for the 2019-20 school year.
    For grades K-12, there is a new student enrollment fee of $2,800. There is also a $2,800 deposit due with your signed contract (in addition to the new student enrollment fee) that is credited toward tuition. These amounts are often reduced for families receiving assistance from the Tuition Reduction Fund.
    For grades K-12, there is an application fee of $175 (families may request a fee reduction—contact the appropriate admissions office for details).

    For more information on tuition, fees and affordability, click here


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Middle and Upper School: 21st Street Campus | 1714 21st St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 829-7391
Elementary School: Norton Campus | 1715 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 828-1196
Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences provides a unique K-12 program built on a progressive, developmental model of education.