Crossroads is the only year-round school in the district, with a 45-days-on, 15-days-off schedule. Maria Montessori pioneered “personalized learning” more than 100 years ago in Italy, and her methods still work today at Crossroads. Students learn through their own natural curiosity about the world, and teachers provide an environment to encourage and guide each child’s natural drive to learn. Teamwork is an important value in the Montessori method of teaching, which also features multi-grade classrooms with a cooperative, family-like atmosphere and teachers who stay with the student for two to three years. Students learn from each other by demonstrating self-direction, self-discipline, peacemaking and a sense of world citizenship.
Crossroads Elementary Science Magnet is also a year-round program with a 45-days-on, 15-days-off schedule. We are really excited about science here! Science is integrated into all core subjects and is the foundation for reading, writing and math. At the heart of our school is a one-of-a-kind Inquiry Zone – a fully-equipped science lab, staffed in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History, where students can build machines and design and conduct hands-on investigations. A bright and beautiful library/media center offers even more resources. Extended day and learning activity programs include outdoor club and robotics.
Crossroads School Mission Statement
Crossroads School Community facilitates lifelong learning and individuality by providing a child-centered, safe, supportive community in which all learners can reach their full potential.
Our vision is a school community where:
Crossroads Elementary School Offers:
Crossroads Elementary School first opened its doors in the fall of 1999. It houses two distinct, but collaborative, programs - Science and Montessori. The Science Program utilizes a well-balanced curriculum including foundational programs of reading, writing, and math. We also place a high value on the integration of science as central to instruction and work to integrate the ideas and concepts covered in science classes with other areas of the curriculum. Montessori education begins with the belief that children are motivated to learn and that learning involves inquiry, investigation, construction and collaboration. The Montessori method includes specially designed materials and proven educational strategies which support children at each stage of their growth. It has been proven successful in thousands of schools worldwide.
Both programs at Crossroads operate on a year round calendar incorporating shorter, more frequent breaks. Research has shown year round school to be effective at increasing motivation and student performance, particularly with targeted at-risk and limited English Proficient students. The most notable element within a year round calendar is the opportunity to target additional instruction through an Intersession program.
All Montessori staff have completed or are working towards completion of additional Montessori training. All Science Program staff have been hired because of their interest in science education reform and ability to incorporate inquiry-based instruction in the classroom. All staff are listed in the Crossroads Directory.