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The Crossroads School is a public, tuition-free charter middle school operated by Living Classrooms Foundation through a contract with the Baltimore City Public School System. The school is located within the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center that sits on Living Classrooms’ East Harbor Campus adjacent to Harbor East and Harbor Point. Crossroads School opened its doors in September 2002, draws students from a citywide lottery and currently serves 162 students in grades 6-8.
Crossroads 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.
The Crossroads School is a tight knit community, where the faculty are dedicated to helping each student realize his/her potential in middle school and beyond. The school’s small teacher to student ratio and individualized attention encourage successful academic intervention for students who may enter the school considerably behind grade level. The faculty works to raise student achievement by combining college-preparatory academic standards with hands-on, project-based learning experiences and additional targeted support.
The Crossroads School has become one of Baltimore City’s top performing public middle schools and has been rated “Highly Effective” in 12 primary categories by Baltimore City Public Schools. Crossroads’ vision and most important long-term goal is for all students to go on to continue their education at the best Maryland public and private college-preparatory high schools, and to help our students become strong scholars, leaders, and citizens.
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 (TCAP) at The Crossroads School is a comprehensive program that complements middle school curricula through after school academic enrichment programming, mentoring, and family services to help students overcome challenges, succeed in school, and prepare for admission to top Maryland public and private high schools. As part of TCAP, Leaders Go Places provides students with guidance and support in the areas of academic achievement, effort, and positive behavior throughout the school year. Students receive regular updates on their progress and most importantly, recognition for their accomplishments.
Percentage of Crossroads’ student population come from economically disadvantaged families.
Percentile – Crossroads 7th and 8th grade student ranking on the 2018 PARCC Math Assessment.
The Crossroads School Advisory Board
Contact: Meg Ward
Phone: (410) 276 4924
802 S. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
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