• Crossroads

Program and Philosophy FAQs

List of six frequently asked questions.

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • 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, socioeconomic statuses, religions and family types. Forty-seven percent of our students identify as students of color, and 31.5 percent of our faculty identify as people of color. Our families come from 86 different zip codes, and one in four students receives financial aid.
    Beyond our demographics, Crossroads has, since its inception, been at the forefront of equity and inclusion. Our classrooms are filled with rich and challenging conversations, our students learn how to activate their voices and our community understands our role in making the world a more inclusive place for all.
    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.
  • How many students are in a class?

    In sixth grade, the beginning of middle school, there are approximately 95 students. In seventh and eighth grades there are approximately 120 students. Middle school class sizes range from 5–20. In ninth through twelfth grades there are approximately 125-130 students. Class sizes average 19 students, yet there can be as few as 5 and as many as 25 depending on the subject.
  • Is Crossroads a school for the arts?

    While we are not an arts school, our commitment to the arts is equal to our commitment to traditional subjects. We view the arts curriculum as a disciplined and integral part of our inspired program. The arts at Crossroads emphasize problem solving, risk taking, and critical analysis. Crossroads is a strong, college preparatory school whose students are particularly attractive to colleges and universities because of the balance we provide between academics and the arts.
  • Why has Crossroads eliminated the Advanced Placement (AP) program?

    In 2007, after comprehensive study and community dialogue, Crossroads School decided that the Advanced Placement (AP) program did not best serve our students as an advanced level curriculum and compromised our ability to fulfill commitments made in our school philosophy. We, therefore, decided to replace AP courses with our own internally designed Crossroads Advanced Studies (CAS) courses. We believe that this change, one that many nationally recognized independent schools are making, assures a more stimulating, challenging and relevant academic program for all our students.
  • What is Crossroads athletics program like?

    Crossroads offers a comprehensive and competitive athletics program for grades 6-12 as well as developmental athletics teams for fifth graders. Crossroads athletics program inspires students to pursue competitive team sports, which further friendships, build character on and off the field, and promote school and individual pride. For those who participate in interscholastic athletics, the experience is as much a part of their education as any other subject in school. Please visit the Athletics area of our website for further information.
  • How does college counseling work at Crossroads?

    Please visit our College Counseling web pages for an in-depth explanation of this important process.

Admission FAQs

List of thirteen frequently asked questions.

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • What kind of student does Crossroads seek to admit?

    Crossroads seeks to admit students with a broad range of talents and interests in academic as well as non-academic areas. The Crossroads community is a blend of cultures, ethnicities, socioeconomic levels and religions.
  • How may I obtain an application and register for a tour, Discover Crossroads! Family Event, interview, and other admissions events?

    Crossroads uses an online admissions system called Ravenna HUB. You can access and complete an application by visiting the Admissions area of our website. Once you have completed a student profile, you can register for admissions events through your online application. Ravenna HUB is also how you will submit all of your application materials.
  • What are the primary entry points and how many new students do you add to the class?

    Sixth, seventh and ninth grades are our largest entry points. We admit approximately 45-50 students to sixth grade, 20-25 to seventh grade and 15-25 to ninth grade. In other grade levels, spaces become available through attrition.
  • When may I come see the school?

    We offer middle school tours and upper school tours from late September through mid January. Parents/guardians may register for a tour and/or open house once they have completed a student profile using our online application, Ravenna HUB.
  • Are students tested as part of the admissions process?

    Applicants to sixth through twelfth grades are required to take the SSAT or ISEE exam. The standardized test scores add to the information we gather in determining if an applicant is a good match for Crossroads. You can register for the SSAT at ssat.org and register for the ISEE at erblearn.org.
  • Can we visit the school again after decision letters are mailed?

    Absolutely! We understand the process of choosing a school can be overwhelming and anxiety-filled. We aim to make the process as easy and accessible for you. Please contact our admissions office as soon as possible if you would like to schedule a re-visit.
  • 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, the waitlist is closed in the middle of September. Students wishing to be considered for the subsequent year must reapply. Although it is not required, families may repeat the tour if desired. Check with the Admissions Office to see if your child is required to repeat the ISEE exam.
  • 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 by contacting the appropriate admissions office for details.
  • Does Crossroads offer scholarships?

    While there are no scholarships at Crossroads, tuition reduction is granted based on need. Please see the Tuition Reduction Fund section of our website for more detailed information. Socio-economic diversity is one of the fundamental commitments of Crossroads, and last year, over $8 million was dedicated to this important priority.
  • Do siblings and children of faculty, employees, and alumni receive priority?

    While we give preference to sibling, faculty, employee, and legacy 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 particular needs, strengths and learning styles. Our goal is to ensure that each child feels secure and successful in our learning environment. 
  • Does Crossroads allow families to apply after the admission deadlines have passed?

    We do not accept late applications. During the admissions season, we receive applications from more talented, highly qualified students than we can admit. We, therefore, select students for our wait pool from the pool of applicants who applied on time, but were not accepted.
  • Where do Crossroads students go to school when they graduate?

    Students are advised to find the school most suited to their talents, interests and aspirations. This is the strength of our college guidance program, which results in high acceptance rates. Please view our most recent college attendance list 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.