Unique Environment: Crosstown High is located inside Crosstown Concourse, a landmark adaptive reuse development project in the city center. Students are integrated into the life of the Concourse through internships, job shadowing and projects with businesses and non-profits.
Project-Based: Learners engage at a deep level in real-world challenges with our partners in Crosstown Concourse and beyond. Students' authentic work is driven by their interests and passions and the needs of our community. Through project-based learning, students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.
Relationship-Driven: We believe that students can only learn when they feel safe and supported. All XTH students spend significant time each week with their Advisory -- a small group of students paired with one staff member. Advisory is designed to support students social-emotional development, enhance leadership and advocacy skills, as well as provide academic support. Crosstown High use restorative practices to promote and strengthen positive school culture.
Diverse by Design: In order to prepare for an increasingly globalized society, we believe that young people from diverse backgrounds must learn with and from each other. Therefore, we work each year to recruit a student body that represents the full richness of our community. We have no entry requirements, meaning that any student zoned to a Shelby County School has an equal chance of being selected in our annual enrollment lottery.
Competency-Based: Learning at Crosstown High is designed to allow students to demonstrate their progress toward proficiency in the twelve competencies necessary for success in life after high school. These competencies include not only the traditional standards of the courses that are required by the state of Tennessee for students to graduate, but also the knowledge, skills and dispositions that complete our well-rounded vision for an XTH graduate.
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