Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much homework is given?
On average, middle school students should expect 20-30 minutes of homework per class each night. Upper schoolers should expect 45 minutes of homework per class each night. For older students who elect to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses, they should expect even more of a homework load. Classes do not meet every day therefore some nights there will be more homework than others. Longer reading assignments are sometimes assigned on nights when classes will not meet the following day to give students more time to complete assignments.
2. What is the academic program like?
Our upper school program is taught in a traditional college preparatory manner. We encourage hands-on, student-centered learning and our teachers are dynamic and innovative. Most students complete six years of science, math, English, and social studies, as well as five years of foreign language. Art electives are offered as well as activity periods which have included in the past things like journalism, yearbook, and social justice. Activities change as the interests of students and faculty change so there are a variety of activities offered each semester.
3. Do you have a counseling department?
We have two school counselors who, together, have been working with students at Crossroads College Prep in the capacities of social, emotional, personal, and academic support as well as with regard to college counseling. 100% of Crossroads College Prep students go on to attend some of the finest colleges and universities in the nation and beyond. The class of 2014 (34 students) received more than $5.1 million in merit-based scholarships to college.The school counselor works with students in grades 7-10 and helps students, in particular, with the transition into the school as well as into high school. The college counselor works with students beginning junior year. At Crossroads College Prep, teachers and administrators are extremely familiar with each of the students. The school counselor and college counselor know each student’s strengths and weaknesses and possess a wealth of knowledge about the different colleges and universities, and do an outstanding job matching students with the programs that are most suitable for them. Our students find the college process less stressful knowing that there are people in “their corner” who they can trust and who know them well to counsel them through times of transition.
4. What are the faculty members like?
Our faculty members are dedicated individuals who possess a love not only for teaching, but also for learning. Our teachers are constantly attending workshops and conferences in their fields for enrichment and enjoy diversifying their teaching styles. They are interesting, diverse, and seek to educate the whole child. More than two-thirds of our faculty members hold advanced degrees or are working towards it. All have come from strong undergraduate programs.
5. How long is the school day?
The school building is open from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day. There is no extra fee associated with before or after school hours. School begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. There is a late start every Thursday at 8:45 a.m. to allow for faculty/staff meetings. For students in seventh and eighth grade who stay at school beyond 4 p.m., there is a mandatory, supervised study hall in the library.
6. Is there a dress code at Crossroads College Prep?
Our emphasis is on academics, yet we are also a community. Part of being in a community is respecting all constituents of that community while maintaining individuality. Students are expected to dress appropriately and comfortably. Clothing that is offensive (including, but not limited to, material encouraging racism, sexism, homophobia, drugs and alcohol) will not be tolerated.
7. What is expected of me as a parent?
Parents are welcomed and encouraged to become a part of the community through involvement in various activities. There is a Parent Ambassador Program that has an Executive Committee and Class Representatives. Please inquire about this once your child enrolls for more information. Throughout the year, there are opportunities for parents to participate in various parent coffees, Open Houses, potlucks, sports competitions and other school-related events hosted by different groups. Parents are also expected to contribute financially to our Annual Giving Campaign. Tuition alone does not cover the cost per child to attend Crossroads College Prep thus contributing in this manner is vitally important to the health and well being of the school.
8. What about students with learning disabilities?
Crossroads College Prep admits students from a range of different schools and educational backgrounds. While we do not have a learning support department, we have a School Counselor and teachers who are dedicated and prepared to work with certain modifications if a student has a diagnosed learning difference. An evaluation must be updated and on file at the school (every 3 years) in order for a student to receive accommodations.
9. What if my child gets sick?
While we do not have a school nurse, we do our best to assist students who are not feeling well. If a student becomes ill during the school day, he or she should report to the administrative assistant who will take the student’s temperature. If the student is running a fever, parents will be contacted to pick up the child. We request that you keep your child home if he or she is sick. For over-the-counter medications, we ask that you indicate permission on your child’s Emergency Form which will be available to you once your child enrolls each year.
10. What athletics are offered and when are practices/games?
Middle School (grades 7 & 8)
In the fall, Boys Soccer and Girls’ Volleyball are offered. In the winter, we offer Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball. In the spring, we offer Boys’ Baseball and Girls’ Soccer. Middle school sports practices occur during the school day 3-4 times per week at designated P.E. periods. Some competitions occur during the week, but most are on the weekend.
Upper School (grades 9 – 12)
In the fall, we offer Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ Tennis, and Girls’ Volleyball. In the winter, we offer Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball at the ninth grade, junior varsity, and varsity level. In the spring, we offer Girls’ Soccer and Boys’ Baseball. High school sports practices and games typically occur immediately after school daily and sometimes on weekends.
11. I am not great at sports. Can I still play on a team?
At Crossroads College Prep, we have a no-cut policy, meaning there are no try-outs for teams. Our teams are very competitive and a commitment on the part of the student is expected at all games and practices, regardless of playing time. On average, about 80% of our student body participates in at least one interscholastic sport. Our teams have earned numerous conference and district titles, and more than 30 athletes were recognized as All-Conference, All-District, and All-State players, including two that were named Player of the Year in the SCAA.
12. Did You Know?
- Our students come from 45 different zip codes and more than 55 elementary schools including public, parochial and private. 6% of our students come from foreign countries.
- 100% of the class of 2015 received merit-based college scholarships.
- More than 50% of our families receive financial assistance.