About Crosstown High

Crosstown High first opened for the 2018-19 school year with a class of 9th graders. We will add one grade each year, eventually serving students in grades 9-12.

Crosstown High is...

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. Read more about high-quality project-based learning.


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. Students at all levels can find success as they receive timely, differentiated support to progress toward proficiency in all of the competencies. Read more on competency-based learning.


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 group of about 14 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 and enhance social relationships within the school community and among our community partners.

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. We work with partners like Facing History and Ourselves, and BRIDGES to support our diverse by design model.

About XQ

In 2017, Crosstown High was named one of 19 XQ Super Schools in the U.S., having earlier submitted an application for the XQ Super School Challenge -- an open call to the nation to rethink and redesign the American high school. In the fall of 2015, a team of more than 70 Memphis parents, educators, students, business people and other community leaders volunteered their time to envision an innovative new high school for Memphis students that would take full advantage of the unique location of Crosstown Concourse. Many of the original XQ team members are still involved today as XTH staff, board members and parents of current students. Crosstown High benefits from the resources, training, and connections to other innovative schools and institutions that XQ offers.