We have a 6th grade daughter who has just not really found her spot in school-- she is bright, but just unmotivated. We have tried a private school, homeschooling, virtual/ online schooling, and just were not satisfied that she was achieving all she could. As she entered middle school, we were afraid of putting her into a large public school-- let's be honest: middle school kids can be mean!!
So in our search we tripped across Crosswinds. We were attracted by the arts focus-- our daughter is quite an impassioned artist and is fairly musical besides. We were impressed with the IB (international baccalaureate) program and the beautiful facility. The year-round curriculum makes sense to us. We like the idea of a diverse student body-- and in the Woodbury area socioeconomic diversity in particular is in short order! So we enrolled. And we hoped.
We could NOT be happier with the year our daughter had in 6th grade! She has gone from a reluctant student to enthusiastic to go to school each day! (She actually has been dreading her month-long summer break!) Although she still is not a DRIVEN student, she had a great year academically and even has developed a PASSION for orchestra. We love that she has made friends of a variety of races and socioeconomic positions. Observe the kids at lunch and you see something remarkable-- not just diversity-- true integration!! These kids are learning to respect other kids despite differences-- in middle school where kids are generally at their very nastiest! Bullying is simply not tolerated. Ever. No more so by the kids than the teachers and staff. And even more-- the kids are realizing that they can actually LIKE kids who are different from themselves!
This is a remarkable program that is accomplishing things that other schools should be learning from!!
- Posted by Parent, 08/02/13
I am heading into 8th grade after this break, and I have loved it since the start of 6th! The teachers are great, you have the free will to be yourslef and have a great learing commuinity to do it in :) 10/10 stars
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 08/20/12
The absolute best blend of cultures and ideas out there. Supportive staff, hands-on curriculum and adequate support for the future of the students. A++.
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 01/10/11
I have a 6th grader attending this school, and I would highly recommend it.
The math classes in 6th grade are very small, with about 10-13 people in each class, and accelerated math is available. The class sizes overall are small as well--roughly 23 per class in 6th grade.
The teachers I've met are enthusiastic & respectful, and they keep in contact through newsletters, emails, phone calls, & progress reports.
They have a great band & orchestra, visual art, drama, Spanish, gym, and also many after-school opportunities (including sports teams).
This is a year-round school. During school breaks, intersession classes are available. This coming intersession, they are offering classes in Russian, winter survival, teen psychology, & more.
The principal, Anne Andersen, has returned to the school after being away on a 2 year leave of absence at an international school in Trondheim, Norway. She is a strong supporter of Crosswind's International Baccalaureate program.
- Posted by Parent, 01/27/09
Crosswinds does have lot's of extra activities that allow students to go above and beyond. The academic resources are over all ok. They do not aparently, deal to much with bully's. At the age of middle school, bullying can be quite harsh, with the name calling and fitting in or not. I have had a situation with bullies and it was not delt with to good. All that happened was they made me sit down and tell the bully how I felt with what happened. Thats it! It didnt stop the bullying, the bully didn't get in trouble, nothing happened. Well the bullying continued, so I told my mother, she called the school, and we had a sit down with the bully, her parent, a my mother , the vice principal, a social worker, and me. We talked and told each side of the story, and told how we felt. Notes were taken, comments were made, and the bully was told to stop what she was doing. Again, thats it!, nothing was resolved. The school doesn't handle bullies too well. I recommed the school for the education, but not for safety from bullies!
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 02/02/07