Thanks for your interest in applying to Crosstown High! Please read this full page for everything you need to know about applying. The link to apply is below.
2023-2024 APPLICATION PERIOD FOR STUDENT ENROLLMENT IS NOW CLOSED
Thanks for your interest in applying to Crosstown High! At this time, the student application for the 2023-2024 year is closed. We have received an unprecedented number of applications, and our waitlists have grown to the point that families completing applications now cannot reasonably expect an offer of enrollment.
Our application period for the 2023-2024 school year ran from October 17, 2022, to January 2, 2023. All applications received during that time were entered into a lottery that was conducted on Monday, January 9, by a contracted third party, SchoolMint. At that time, offers of enrollment and waitlist letters were sent to all families whose applications were received and validated during our application period. Any post-lottery applications received until January 23, 2023, were added to the wait list in order of submission date.
Families who completed an application and received confirmation of submission can access their SchoolMint Enrollment account by visiting https://crosstownhigh.schoolmint.net. The Student Dashboard will provide quick access to registration and re-enrollment forms, as well as the location to check your child's waitlist number.
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DIVERSE BY DESIGN
In our location at Crosstown Concourse, we are at the center of a diverse range of neighborhoods which, together, reflect the unique diversity of Memphis as a whole. Crosstown High is committed to being a “diverse by design” school, which means that we will work to ensure that our application pool reflects the diversity of our surrounding communities.
We highly recommend that you take the opportunity to learn more about our unique school model before applying. Our project-based learning curriculum is different from traditional schools and it is important that you feel certain Crosstown High will be a good fit for your child. We will be sharing resources here on the website and via our mailing list over the next few months, so we encourage you to fully explore those.
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WHO CAN APPLY TO CROSSTOWN HIGH?
Application to Crosstown High is open to entering 9th, 10th and 11th-grade students only. We will not be accepting applicants to the 12th grade. Students must live in within the boundaries of the Memphis Shelby County School district to be considered in the lottery. Other applicants will be considered after the lottery is conducted, if there is space available. Siblings of XTH students will receive priority in the lottery, but still must go through the full application process in order to be guaranteed a seat.
WHEN CAN I APPLY?
The priority application period for the 2024-2025 school year will open on October 16, 2023, and will likely run through December 31, 2023. The application period will be at least 30 days long. However, we reserve the right to adjust the length of the priority application period, so we encourage you to apply early. To be notified about all updates to our application calendar, please sign up for our mailing list.
WHAT DO I NEED TO APPLY?
The application will ask for basic information that you should have readily available, including one proof of address. It is very important that the email address you provide be one that is checked regularly, as we will communicate almost exclusively by email. Parents or guardians should fill out the application. A student may fill out the application, but only with the permission of the parent/guardian. (Please, we ask that no school representatives or counselors complete the application for a student without his/her parent/guardian's knowledge.) The 50-100 word essay that we ask for is for our information only — it will not be used as selection criteria.
HOW ARE ADMISSION OFFERS MADE?
Admission to Crosstown High is through a lottery. We contract with a third party, SchoolMint, to run a lottery in the instance that it becomes necessary. At the time of the lottery (about a week after the priority application period ends), all applicants are randomly assigned a number by the SchoolMint system. SchoolMint will immediately notify the families of rising 9th grade applicants about their status via email. Rising 10th and 11th-grade offers will be made later in the spring when we know how much space we will have. Those who are not granted an offer of admission immediately will be assigned a waitlist number. If a family declines their offer or withdraws their application, the student at the top of the waitlist will be offered the open seat.
Admission is not first-come, first-served. Eligible students who apply on the last day of our priority application period will have the same chance as those who apply early in the application period. Preference in the lottery is given to siblings of current students and graduates, as well as to children of staff and board members.
WILL I BE NOTIFIED IF OUR WAITLIST NUMBER CHANGES?
We are unable to notify each family on the waitlist every time they move up on the list. You can easily check your waitlist status by logging in to SchoolMint at https://crosstownhigh.schoolmint.net.
HOW CAN A STUDENT SIGN UP FOR A SHADOW DAY?
Once a student is offered a seat at Crosstown, they will be offered the opportunity to sign up for a shadow date. Due to the numbers of students requesting shadows, we unfortunately are unable to offer shadow experiences before a student is accepted.
HOW DO I ENROLL ONCE I HAVE RECEIVED AN OFFER OF ADMISSION?
Once a student has been accepted to Crosstown High, the student's guardian will be asked to complete their registration online, which will include additional proofs of residence, transcripts, etc. Failure to complete this registration process by stated deadlines will result in the offer of admission being revoked.