Learn more about Crosstown High on your own schedule, and then make plans to join us for a Virtual Open House or In-Person (socially distanced) School Tour! (Details on how to do that coming to this space soon.)
"Diverse by Design" Video Series by 180 Studio
How do you reimagine something that has looked the same for generations? And what does a diverse society require -- and need -- in order to support a shared commitment to the common good? In this four-part series from the first year of Crosstown High, documentarians chronicle one community's efforts to answer both questions. In the city of Memphis, in a formerly abandoned Sears warehouse, a new school is aspiring to model something that hasn't been seen before -- a version of school that looks nothing like the schools most of us attended or experienced, and an explicit commitment to weave together a community of young people who embody the full range of Memphis's social, economic, and ethnic diversity.
Students Engage in Project-Based Learning. The Results Surprised Them.
Crosstown High teachers asked ninth graders to investigate problems with life on Earth and consider moving to Mars. Instead of traditional courses, students built prototype environments, debated space ethics, tested plants for oxygen production, and more. Sounds fun, right? Well, a lot of the students weren’t sure what to make of it. Were they actually learning? Then came the test...
Watch "The Test"
11th grader Harmony Sheftall reflects on a meaningful project-based learning experience.
The Future of School Will Not Look LIke "School." (It Will Look Like This.) by Sam Chaltain
We don’t just want to sit and listen, the students explained. We want to do stuff.
Contribution: Schools Alive With Possibility by Tom Vander Ark
What if young people had the opportunity to investigate the world they will inherit and begin to make their contribution?
Crosstown High: Innovative Memphis School in a Vertical Urban Village by Tom Vander Ark
One of the most innovative schools in the country is located in one of the most innovative buildings in the country.
ANF Architects Wins National Design Award for Crosstown High
Our physical space was carefully designed to support our interdisciplinary, project-based learning model. Check out the photos!
Shift Your Paradigm Podcast Episode 46: Crosstown High
As a learner here, I've had so many experiences I've gotten to really learn from instead of just memorizing information.