The Crossroads School
The Crossroads School is a public, tuition-free charter middle school operated by Living Classrooms Foundation on its East Harbor Campus through a contract with the Baltimore City Public School System. The school, which opened its doors in September 2002, draws students from five East Baltimore elementary schools, and currently serves 150 students in 6th through 8th grades. These students come from poverty stricken neighborhoods, where each of the surrounding middle schools is on the "reconstitution eligible" list for schools that are in danger of being reorganized by the Maryland State Department of Education. Of our current student population, more than 90% are Title I students, and are therefore eligible for free or reduced lunches.
The Crossroads School prides itself on being a "school of choice" whereby students, families, and teachers choose to be a part of the Crossroads educational community. The curriculum focuses on the fundamentals of reading, writing, and math with a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach. Technology, cooperative learning, critical thinking, and real-world application of knowledge are also considered to be fundamental to the core curriculum.
With continued community support, this effective school can continue to benefit the lives of our students and provide a meaningful, enriching alternative to low-performing area schools.
The Turning the Corner Achievement Program (T-CAP) serves sixth and seventh grade students at The Crossroads School. The program provides students with academic intervention in the areas of reading, writing, and math while addressing the needs of the whole child with academic and enrichment projects and wrap-around support for families.
The T-CAP staff provides student services during school hours as well as after school. Program components include: Targeted Assistance, Integrated Academic Support, Acceleration, Extended School Day programming, and Family Services. The program also includes an enriching summer component designed to increase retention of academic skills that are often lost during the summer.
All 50 sixth grade students from The Crossroads School, a Baltimore City public charter school operated by Living Classrooms, participate in the Integrated Curriculum of Math, Engineering, Technology, and Science (iCOMETS), a Maryland 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program funded by the Maryland State Department of Education. Each day in their academic classes and during the after school program, the students are challenged to take their knowledge and apply it to create innovative solutions to improve the health of the Baltimore Harbor as part of the Healthy Harbor 2020 Initiative. Supported by City government, civic organizations, business leaders, scientists, community activists, and schools, this major initiative seeks to clean up the harbor's waterways and make these areas "swimmable and fishable" by the year 2020. Throughout the school year, Crossroads students research the history of the harbor and the Patapsco River to gain an
understanding of the environmental challenges it faces.
By using their knowledge and skills in reading, writing, math, and science, the Crossroads students are making a difference and playing a significant role in helping to impact the water quality of the Inner Harbor through their work with the floating wetlands, Algal Turf Scrubber, water quality testing, the Lancaster Street Canal Trash Free Zone, and the production of televised Public Service Announcements. The Crossroads sixth grade class is setting an example of how students and teachers can use their knowledge and skills to become leaders working with the community to have a positive impact on the environment.