| Crosstown High (XTH) is an innovative and brand new public charter high school opening in August 2018 in Memphis’ city center. XTH is strategically and intentionally located in Crosstown Concourse, a $200M, 1.1M square foot vibrant, “vertical urban village” that houses retail, restaurants and residential apartments. XTH students will leverage the assets of this redevelopment effort through hands-on partnerships and academic projects with participating Crosstown Concourse nonprofit and for-profit organizations that span health care, education, and the arts, to name a few. |
The design for XTH emerged from an application to the XQ Super School Challenge submitted by a cross section of Memphis volunteers (young people, parents, educators and community members). The Challenge invited teams to reimagine how high schools can better prepare students for college, the workplace and life. XTH was a finalist in the contest.
XTH’s approach to education is unique in a number of ways:
-Location: The school’s location in Crosstown Concourse will provide students with the opportunity to build rich and ongoing relationships with each other and the Crosstown Concourse community.
-Curriculum: XTH’s curriculum is project-based, which will provide students with real-world connections to what they are learning in school. Students will also have the autonomy to direct their course of study, allowing them to pursue academic work and projects that inspire them.
-Diverse by design - Last but not least, XTH will recruit its students from a diverse cross-section of the community to ensure that a broad range of students can take advantage of all of the opportunities this school will offer.
The Founding Principal and Executive Director will have an entire school year, beginning in summer 2017, to help prepare for the school’s launch. During this planning period, the Founding Principal will work closely with the Executive Director to help build the infrastructure for the success of the school, which includes creating the curriculum, developing school policies and recruiting a diverse student body and highly qualified teaching staff, among other important activities. In fall 2018, the school will open with 125 students and will add 125 students per year for a total student population of 500 in 2021.
XTH’s Founding Principal has the following responsibilities:
- Build and lead a dynamic team of teachers. We seek a master teacher and an inspirational instructional leader and coach with a servant’s heart and enthusiastic spirit who people want to learn from. Our Founding Principal will recruit teachers in and outside of Memphis who are prepared to lead and are passionate about XTH’s ambitious plans to reimagine high school. - Help develop a ground-breaking curriculum: We are promising our students a rigorous, personalized education that allows them to do project-based work that is relevant to their lives and communities, allows them to pursue their unique passions, and nurtures their strengths. We are also promising that they will be prepared for successful college and professional careers. It’s a tall order. Our Founding Principal will work with our Executive Director and community stakeholders to make it happen. - Foster a healthy school culture: Great schools make learning fun, help students grow, and foster deeper understanding and connections. Our Founding Principal will build a culture of transformational teaching and learning that extends beyond the traditional school walls. - Believe in the potential and promise of every kid. XTH will be a uniquely diverse learning environment in Memphis, which means that students will come to us with different strengths and challenges. They will learn best in different ways and not at a lock step pace. They will have wildly varying interests and passions. Our Founding Principal will pull out all the stops to provide our students with the personalized instruction and support they need to thrive as individuals. - Never stop learning. We have learned a lot in the process of rethinking what high school should be like. But we know that our model is not future-proof. We are committed to continuous improvement and our Founding Principal will set an example for our students as a constant learner.