• Crossroads
Brave and bold.

These simple but powerful words speak volumes about Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences. Since 1971, we have empowered students to ask difficult questions, to embrace ambiguity and to stretch and challenge themselves intellectually, physically, artistically and emotionally. Crossroads classes are lively and always thought-provoking. With the guidance of our outstanding teachers, students learn to think critically about local, national and global issues and to recognize their role in making the world a more just and equitable place.

Our brave and bold students are explorers, self-starters and risk-takers. You see it in their work: the fourth-grade project to learn about Islam in the wake of widespread Islamophobia; the Middle School’s introspective 3-D art exhibit “Animated Adjectives”; the real-time water meter developed by a team of Upper Schoolers to combat California’s devastating drought, for which they were awarded an MIT-Lemelson InvenTeams grant. Whether in the classroom, on the athletic field, in the theater, on an Environmental and Outdoor Education trip or anywhere else, Crossroads students have the courage to voice their ideas, make bold choices and revel in the excitement of learning something new and growing in ways they had never imagined.

As a result, what most characterizes a Crossroads student is joy: contagious, wild, genuine, playful, uninhibited joy. On any given day, it may lead to an inspired musical performance, a breakthrough during a robotics lesson, a new personal best on the basketball court. This joy is coupled with a deep sense of compassion and empathy that is nurtured throughout each student’s time at Crossroads. In particular, our K-12 Human Development curricula is designed to support students in their emotional, physical and social development. Students learn to express themselves, to listen deeply and to forge lifelong connections with their peers.

For over 30 years, I have witnessed the extraordinary educational and personal journeys of our students. And I could not be more proud of our alumni, who carry our values into the world as highly respected leaders and change-makers across all industries and professions. I am honored to be a part of this remarkable place of learning, and invite you to come see for yourself the countless ways students thrive at this brave and bold school.

Bob Riddle
Head of School
    • Bob Riddle, Head of School

      Bob Riddle, Head of School

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.