• Crossroads
At Crossroads Elementary School, children begin their educational journey developing a life-long love of learning, self-discovery, and sense of responsibility for the world in which they live. The foundation of their learning rests within the strong relationships and partnerships we develop with students and with families. Students feel seen and heard, and children are kind, compassionate, and supportive of their peers.

Our school is a vibrant learning environment, buzzing with curiosity, exploration and discovery!

Applying to Kindergarten

Kindergarten Admission mirrors the relationship-based nature of our school. We want to fully understand your family and we hope 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

    • While the Kindergarten program can accommodate a reasonable range of students cognitively, the children should be socially/emotionally mature, 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 comprise 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 and the philosophical fit of the family and school.
    • Each child that completes the process receives full and thorough consideration.
    • In creating a class, we adhere to one of the principles of our mission statement: to create a diverse community, racially, ethnically, geographically, socio-economically, with varying family structures, religious beliefs, etc.
    • While we give preference to sibling, employee and legacy families, we can make no guarantees and the average numbers of new families are consistently 40% of the class.
  • Getting to Know Us

    • Through an immersive tour during the school day, learn from students, teachers and administrators about curriculum and programs, witness students in action, and receive first-hand perspectives from current parents and experience the spirit of the school.
    • Through an in-depth parent/guardian interview to learn about you with space for delving deeper into questions and thoughts that arose during your search and/or the tour.
    • Through other coffees, information nights, arts and athletic events, 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 to 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”;  and share 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, and 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; feel welcome to contact us at 310-582-4109 or via email. In the meanwhile, 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.

Events & Deadlines

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  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Spring Independent School Fair, hosted by Los Angeles Independent Schools (LAIS). Explore 60+ independent schools. 

    Download flyer here.
    Download postcard here.

    Location: Wise School
    Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Contact Us

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Middle School (6-8) Admission
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Upper School (9-12) Admission
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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.