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Welcome to Crossroads

Our school is a vibrant learning environment, buzzing with curiosity, exploration and discovery!
At Crossroads Elementary School, children begin their educational journey developing a lifelong love of learning, self-discovery and a sense of responsibility for the world around them. The foundation of their learning is built upon the strong relationships and partnerships we develop with students and with families. Students feel seen and heard, and in turn, are kind, compassionate and supportive of their peers.

To be age-eligible to apply, kindergarten applicants must turn five years old by July 1, 2020, and not have had their sixth birthday before May 1, 2019.

Elementary School Admission

Core Values

List of 5 items.

  • A Humane Process

    We want this process to be as enjoyable, easy and accessible as possible. Our team is dedicated to helping you complete the process and we are here to support you along the way.
  • Experiential and Authentic

    Through an immersive admission program, families can experience firsthand our philosophy, curriculum and community. The intention of our program is to help families envision themselves in this special place.
  • Parenting Is a Journey

    We hope our admission process is a journey for your family to reflect and discover your own family's values and educational philosophy.
  • Parents & Guardians Know Their Child Best

    You are the experts on your child. Throughout this process, you give us specific, invaluable insights into what makes your child “tick," sharing who this multifaceted, special human being is and how they maneuver through life.
  • Transparency

    The admission process should not be mysterious or opaque. Our entire process is oriented to understanding your child and family. We also openly share how the applicant review and selection processes work at Crossroads.

Elementary School Admission

Applying

Applying to Kindergarten

Kindergarten Admission mirrors the relationship-based nature of our School. We want to fully understand your family and aim to achieve a philosophical fit, so that what happens at school is an extension of what happens at home. Please read on to understand the key components of our admission process.

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  • Creating a Kindergarten Class

    • 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.
    • While the kindergarten program can accommodate a reasonable range of students cognitively, the children should be socially/emotionally mature and ready to thrive in a big, busy program with lots of transitions and personalities beyond the classroom teachers.
    • Admission professionals, Elementary School administrators and faculty members make up the Admission committee that closely reads and reviews each child’s file to fully understand that child’s strengths, challenges and readiness for our program, as well as the philosophical fit of the family and School.
    • Each child who completes the process receives full and thorough consideration.
    • In creating a class, we adhere to one of the core commitments in Crossroads' Statement of Philosophy, striving  to create a community that is racially, ethnically, geographically and socio-economically diverse, with varying family structures, religious beliefs, etc.
    • While we give preference to sibling, employee and legacy families, we can make no guarantees. The average numbers of new families are consistently 40% of the class.
  • Getting to Know Us

    • Through an immersive tour during the school day, where you'll learn from students, teachers and administrators about curriculum and programs. Witness students in action, receive firsthand perspectives from current parents and experience the spirit of the School.
    • Through an in-depth parent/guardian interview to learn about you, with time to delve deeper into questions and thoughts that arose during your search and/or the tour.
    • Through coffees, arts and athletic events, information nights and our Kindergarten Family Fun Day.
  • Getting to Know You

    • Through sharing a photo of your family so we can recognize you immediately and connect with you in a meaningful way.
    • Through your Parent/Guardian Statement, which gives us insight into the uniqueness of your family and your child.
    • Through the parent/guardian interview where you, as the experts on your child, give us specific, invaluable insights into what makes your child “tick," sharing who this multifaceted, special human being is and how they maneuver through life.
    • Through a comprehensive Common Preschool Evaluation Form and Crossroads Addendum, filled out by your child’s teachers, who are experts on their day-to-day development in a learning environment.
  • Our Philosophy on Formal Assessments or Visits

    • Our developmental philosophy, backed by the most current educational research, tells us that assessing a child for readiness in October to enter kindergarten the following September does not accurately capture the child’s development in the intervening months. The Preschool Evaluation Form provides the most current and comprehensive assessment of a child’s development and readiness.
    • The essential and invaluable information and insights we receive from you, as the experts on your child’s day-to-day life and behavior, as well as your child’s teachers, the other experts over time on your child’s cognitive and social/emotional development and readiness, provides more specific and timely insights regarding your child.

Applying to Grades 1-5

We welcome applications to Grades 1-5 and are excited to meet you and your child! The process is slightly different than for our kindergarten applicants. Please take a look at the application steps and checklists. Our team is happy to answer any questions you have regarding our School program or the admission process; you are welcome to contact us at 310-582-4109 or via email. In the meantime, please peruse our website and learn a bit more about Crossroads School. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!

Application Steps

We have devised a set of checklists to help guide you through the steps of our application process. And, should you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact us by email at esadmission@xrds.org or call us at 310- 582-4451. We are here to help!

Our application is available beginning August 1, 2019 for the 2020-21 school year.

Elementary School Admission

Important Dates & Deadlines