At this point, all applications for the 2021-22 school year will be added to our waitlist. It is not yet possible to apply for 2022-23.
Our application period for the 2022-23 school year will open on October 25, 2021, and the priority application period will run through Friday, January 21, 2022. A lottery will be held for rising 9th grade students shortly after this window closes for all students who have applied by January 21, 2022. 9th grade applicants after January 21 will be added to the waiting list in order of application date. Applicants to 10th grade will be notified about their status later in the spring when we know if we will have any open seats.
Please see below for details about the application process and how to proceed. To be notified about updates to our application calendar, please sign up for our mailing list. Thanks!
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.
Admission to Crosstown High is through a lottery. It 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. Once you have read the FAQs below, click the link to apply to Crosstown High through SchoolMint, our application platform. You will need to create an account in order to apply.
WHO CAN APPLY TO CROSSTOWN HIGH?
Application to Crosstown High is open to entering 9th and 10th grade students only. We will not be accepting applicants to the 11th grade. Students must live in within the boundaries of the 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.
WHEN CAN I APPLY?
The priority application period for the 2022-2023 school year will be Monday, October 25, 2021, through Friday, January 21, 2022, at 5:00 pm. All applications received during this window will be entered into the admission lottery that will happen before the end of January.
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 guardian. (Please, we ask that no school representatives or counselors complete the application for a student without his/her parent's knowledge.) The 50-100 word essay that we ask for is for our information only — it will not be used as selection criteria.
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.
HOW DOES THE LOTTERY PROCESS WORK?
We contract with a third party, SchoolMint, to run a lottery in the instance that it becomes necessary. At the time of the lottery, all applicants are randomly assigned a number by the SchoolMint system. Those drawn in the lottery are sent an email with an Offer of Admission, while the other applicants are 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.
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.