• Crossroads
The graduation requirements of Crossroads School meet or exceed the University of California admission requirements in each subject area.

To graduate from Crossroads School, all students must maintain a minimum of 5.5 credits each year and enroll in a minimum of four academic classes each semester. Students may take a maximum of 8 credits per year.    Seniors must pass at least four academic classes in residence at Crossroads each semester of the Senior Year in order to graduate.

Majors are available in Music, Drama, and Visual Arts. In order to graduate with a major, students must meet all graduation requirements above, plus the departmental requirements for the major. The Chair of the department will review applications for majors.

No classes taken at other institutions fulfill graduation requirements at Crossroads, without prior approval. Such classes are recorded on our transcript but grades are not calculated in the Crossroads GPA. Classes taken in summer sessions do not reduce the minimum number of academic courses required each semester (4 academic courses).

It is recommended that students who plan to apply for highly competitive colleges take five academic classes per year even though Crossroads requires a minimum of four. In addition to academic classes, students may choose any electives for which they are qualified. Additionally, students must meet the departmental graduation requirements below:

List of 12 items.

  • Community Service

    9th grade Community Awareness class; 5 Community Awareness hours completed inside of class during that semester
    9th OR 10th grade A 20-hour project, done either year; must be completed by the end of 10th grade school year
    11th grade Life Skills/Service Leadership; Service project completed during class over the course of the year
    12th grade Senior Mysteries classes
  • English

    Graduation requirement: Four years
    • Levels 1-4
    • CAS English 4
    • Creative Writing
    • Newspaper Production
  • Life Skills

    Graduation requirement: Four years
    9th Grade Connections
    Mysteries/Peer Mediation
    10th Grade Mysteries
    11th Grade Life Skills/Service Leadership
    Senior Mysteries
  • Physical Education

    Graduation requirement: Two years
    Human Performance and Wellness
    Boom-Fitness Class
    Fitness for Life (PE2)
  • History

    Graduation requirement: Three years
    (including 1 year of U.S. History, and 1 year of History, Society & Ethics) (HSE)
    • World Civilizations 1
    • World Civilizations 2
    • US History
    • Honors US History
    • HSE Modern Gender Studies
    • HSE Ethics
    • HSE 21st Century American Social Movements
    • HSE Contemporary Global Geopolitics
    • HSE History of International Film
    • CAS HSE: The Other Side of History
     
  • Mathematics

    Graduation requirement: Three years
    (through second year Algebra)
    • Algebra 1
    • Intermediate Algebra
    • Geometry and Accelerated Geometry
    • Algebra 2 and Honors Algebra 2
    • Trigonometry/Precalculus
    • Trigonometry/Differential Calculus Honors
    • Calculus
    • Probability & Statistics
    • CAS Integral Calculus and Topics in Advanced Math
    • Multivariable Calculus Honors
  • Computer Science

    Academic elective; not required
    • Computer Science
    • CAS Computer Science - Mobile Application Development
  • Science

    Graduation requirement: Two years of laboratory science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry and Honors Chemistry
    • Physics
    • CAS Biology
    • CAS Physics
    • CAS Chemistry
    • Earth and Space Science + Honors
    • Marine Biology + Honors
    • Environmental Science + Honors
    • Field Biology + Honors
    • Global Health
    • Design & Engineering
    • KMSI Independent Study
  • World Languages

    Graduation requirement: Two years of the same language
    • Latin 2-5
    • Honors Latin 3 & 4
    • CAS Latin 5
    • French 1-4
    • Honors French 3
    • CAS French 4
    • Studies in French Literature and Culture
    • Chinese/Mandarin 1-4
    • Honors Chinese/Mandarin 3
    • CAS Chinese/Mandarin
    • Spanish 1-4
    • Honors Spanish 3
    • CAS Spanish Language
    • Studies in Hispanic Literature & Culture + Honors
  • Arts

    Graduation requirement: Two years
    Drama
    • Theater 1 & 2
    • Technical Theater 1-2
    • Theater Production
    • Drama Conservatory
    Dance  
    • Dance 1-5
    • The Dance Company
    Film  
    • Film Studies
    • Critical Studies in Film
    • History of American Film
    • History of International Film
    • Filmmaking 1 - 4
    • CAS Filmmaking
    Music 
    • Music Theory 1-4
    • Jazz Theory
    • Chamber Orchestra
    • Chamber Music  
    • Applied Vocal Techniques
    • 21st Street Singers
    • Jazz Workshop (C Band)
    • Jazz Ensembles (A & B Bands)
    • Modern Music Creation and Recording
    • SoulRoads
    Visual Arts
    • Studio Art 1-3
    • CAS Studio Art 4
    • Figure Drawing 1 & 2
    • Topics in Art History
    • Photography 1 - 3
    • CAS Photography
    • Ceramics 1 - 3
    • CAS Ceramics
    • Sculpture 1 - 3
    • CAS Sculpture
    • Graphic Design and Animation 1 - 3
    • CAS Graphic Design and Animation
    Publications
    • Creative Writing 1 & 2
    • Journalism/Newspaper Production
    • Yearbook
     
  • Human Development

    • Life Skills Required each year. Peer Mediation may be chosen in place of Life Skills in certain grades
    • Community Service 45 hours of independent community service. Ninth and Eleventh grade classes plus a senior Mysteries / Community Service Outreach course are required.  
    • School Service 15 hours completed by the end of 10th grade
    • Physical Education Two years required (including P.E. 1)
    • Interscholastic Varsity and Junior Varsity Athletic Program

      Fall
      • Girls’ Volleyball
      • Girls’ Cross Country
      • Boys’ Cross Country
      • Girls’ Tennis
      • Co-ed Flag Football
      Winter
      • Girls’ Basketball
      • Girls’ Soccer
      • Boys’ Basketball
      • Boys’ Soccer
      Spring
      • Girls’ Softball
      • Boys’ Baseball
      • Boys’ Tennis
      • Boys’ Volleyball
      • Girls’ and Boys’ Track
      • Co-ed Golf
      • Girls' and Boys Swimming
    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.