I have two children at Crosswinds, my daughter in particular could not function in a regular district mainstream classroom, but for the first time, she has friends. I'm really pleased with the school, the students, and the administration. My kids thought they would hate the year round aspect, but they love it, my daughter is very excited to spend more time with her friends. They both do well academically.
This USED to be an amazing school. The switch in administration and most of the staff in September 2013 has resulted in dramatic changes - and not for the better. There are very serious core issues, especially involving bullying. Administration is not welcoming to parent or student input either. Sad.
Crosswinds Arts & Science has it all! First the focus on the arts and on environmental-related sciences. The integration of disciplines. The integration of many different kinds of kids--and it's a real integration that doesn't break down at the lunch tables or after school. It's an integration that enfolds kids with different learning abilities, different races and ethnicities and different economic classes. The middle-school IB program is well-established and provides the foundation for everything else. The orchestra is nationally recognized. The school works with community collaborators such as Master Gardeners and many others to enrich the curriculum and provide extensive opportunities for the students. The teachers and the staff are totally dedicated to this school's mission and vision. The architecture of the building was specifically designed to meet the needs of the school's innovative programming. Crosswinds has worked hard and successfully to raise achievement levels for all of its students. No one has been left behind. Now that the school is being managed by Perpich Center for Arts Education, I believe it will have an even more amazing future.
My two sons were fortunate to attend Crosswinds from grades 6-10. Each of them excelled academically, artistically, and socially. The IB curriculum and the arts and science magnet program helped them develop effective critical-thinking skills and an ability to work effectively in team environments with a diversity of students. The teachers at Crosswinds are skilled in working with students with different abilities and learning styles ensuring they reach their academic goals. The integrated learning environment provides the opportunity students to develop friendships with students from a variety of backgrounds. Attending Crosswinds has prepared my sons to be effective in a global world. As they enter their college years I know they are doing so with a strong foundation and are prepared for future success.