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Elementary School FAQs

Elementary School

Admission FAQs

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the age eligibility for kindergarten applicants?

    Our kindergarten program is large, stimulating and fast-moving, with many transitions and multiple specialists for children to get to know. Upon review, and after much thought, research and experience, we have instituted an Age Cap and Cutoff policy. This means a child has to turn five years old by July 1, 2020 and not have had their sixth birthday before May 1, 2019 to apply.
  • What is the difference between submitting my kindergarten core application by the October 18 Priority Deadline versus by the November 15 Final Deadline?

    Families who submit by October 18 will have greater choice and flexibility in scheduling a school tour and Family Conversation. Applications submitted by the November 15 Final Deadline will not be marked late and will be given thorough consideration for admission.
  • How many students are accepted to the Crossroads Elementary School?

    Each year we enroll 52 new students into our kindergarten class, representing a broad range of zip codes and preschools. We welcome applications for grades 1-5, but please keep in mind that our openings in these grades are based upon attrition. It is always possible that no openings will be available in those grades. We invite highly qualified applicants 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 to admit?

    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 through January as part of the application process. Please visit the Applying to Crossroads page for more specific information. Please note that the processes for kindergarten and grades 1-5 are slightly different, so make sure that you select the right choice from the drop-down menu to access your specific application steps.
  • Are students tested as part of the admission 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, preschool heads and teachers. The information we receive from these conversations allows 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.
  • Does knowing a current parent or Trustee at Crossroads help an applicant’s chance of admission?

    No. Crossroads prides itself on a deep, mission-driven evaluation process that supports our philosophy and core commitments. Current parents and Trustees are not involved with the admission process whatsoever; an applicant’s relationship with them has no influence on admission decisions. Additionally, the Office of Admission and Financial Aid does not accept letters of recommendation from family friends or professional colleagues.
  • Is priority given to alumni children/siblings (legacy), the siblings of current students or employee children?

    While we give preference to sibling, alumni and employee families, we do not guarantee admission. Ideally, we would 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 believe 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 admission season (or 36% of the incoming kindergarten class).
  • Which students qualify as legacy applicants?

    Legacy applicants are defined as either 1) the adopted or biological children of a parent who attended Crossroads School, or 2) the biological or adopted siblings of Crossroads graduates. Step-children, foster children or other children living in the home will not automatically qualify for legacy status, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The depth of each legacy applicant’s connection with the School (whether the parent graduated, how long they attended Crossroads, how active the parent has been as an alumnus/alumna, etc.) will be taken into account in the applicant review process.
  • Does Crossroads offer scholarships?

    While there are no scholarships at Crossroads, financial aid is granted based upon financial need. Please see the Financial Aid page for more detailed information. Socio-economic diversity is one of the School’s founding commitments. Crossroads dedicates over $9 million in aid to families from a wide range of income brackets, benefitting one in four students.
  • 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 new application through Ravenna HUB.

    For parents reapplying for kindergarten, we ask that you sit down for an interview with our Admission team 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 Financial Aid.
     
    For grades K-12, there is an application fee of $175. (Families may request a fee reduction. Contact the appropriate Admission Office for details).

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

Elementary School

Program and Philosophy FAQs

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 specialized classes throughout the week in groups of 13. Specializations include library, STEAM Lab, science, art, music, drama/dance, Spanish and physical education (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 founding 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. Within our community of learners, 47% identify as students of color and 32% 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% 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 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.

    Learn more about the School's commitment to diversity and inclusion here.
  • 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, participating in the Crossroads Fund Phon-a-Thon 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 five.

    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.