The test scores that Cross uses to purport it's academics as superior to the public schools are an entirely different set of standards. The administrators are manipulating unknowing parents into believing their children are performing at a higher level when in fact they are using a different set of tests to reach the conclusion.
To be fair, I did only tour Cross in my search to find the best education for my kids but that was enough. It was a disastrous experience. Kids sleeping in class, science class was a joke and teachers who I asked couldn't even explain what their instructional plan was for science, computer lab had kids passing notes and goofing off, overflowing trash cans, a tiny library, high schoolers pushing and calling names in the stairwell before they realized a tour was coming.
Friends whose kids go there love the school and I get it---it's an insulated universe and has a great community. I've heard fantastic things about its preschool. But, it's elementary, middle, and high school strength is its small size NOT the academics.
Cross Schools Parent Advisory Committee held a parent night to help the parents with the topic of integrity! As Christians we are called to live public lives of integrity. However, we find ourselves in a
culture that is becoming increasingly hostile to all matters of faith. How do we live a life of Public Faith that impacts our community and honors God? How do we teach our children that? This message was shared with our parents. The students participate in character education working on integrity and many other character traits.
We have had a wonderful experience at Cross Schools for both of our children. Our son began at Cross as a two year old and is now in the second grade our daughter began as an 18 month old and is now in Pre-k. Both the Preschool and the Lower/Middle School prepare spiritually and academically for whatever life will through at them. The teachers are caring and the classes are smaller giving students more attention. Teachers have an assistant to help in the classroom as well! There are many sports and clubs to be a part of for students and many ways for parents to volunteer and participate in their child's schooling like family chapel and Flag Pole Friday. Cross Schools feels like an extended family we look forward to many more years at Cross for our children.
We love Cross Schools! Choosing the best school for your children is one of the most important decisions parents will ever make. We are thrilled with our choice! The teachers and staff are wonderful, and our children have grown spiritually and academically. We highly recommend it!
My family's experience with Cross schools, was both good and bad. The students seem to be well behaved and overall good kids. However, some of the teachers come off as insensitive at times, especially in the lower grades. Also, this school is not very accommodating for students who struggle academically. Ultimately, we decided to go with another school that offered more individual support.
My pre-k students (twins) love going to this school. This is a great environment to kickstart my children's passion for learning. They will be prepared for kindergarten and seem to know how to function properly in a school setting. Let's hope this continues into their teen years!
This school is fantastic. My daughter has attended since she was 18 months old and we could not be more pleased. The staff is caring and they are have a great ratio of students to teachers. We love that the preschool program has actual academic value and is not just a babysitting service. We are so glad we found Cross.