Crossroads has blossomed since its founding in 1991 mainly as a result of a series of very generous gifts from enthusiastic members of its community of parents, grandparents, and friends. After its initial housing in the St. Denis Church basement in downtown Hanover, the school in 1994 moved to a lovely five-acre site adjacent to Hewes Brook in Lyme, New Hampshire. The new campus provided a quiet woodland setting to the rapidly growing school. Between 1991 and 1996, Crossroads grew from fifteen students to ninety and from grades K-3 to K-6. In 1998 the school acquired an adjacent wooded property of 140 acres.
The main building, named for founder Dr. Mary Beth Klee, houses the Lower School classes. It is a warm clapboard and brick two-story meeting house style building featuring many twelve over twelve paned windows. There are six large classrooms, a well-equipped science lab, and administrative offices. Each classroom is spacious, sunny, and quiet, and beginning in first grade, includes a desk for each child, large tables for group work, and a comfortable reading area to encourage children to snuggle up with a good book.
Klee Building, Lower School
Across the basketball court is our Middle School building and “Barn.” The Middle School building contains a room dedicated solely to the study of history and two large, bright adjoining rooms where Middle School classes are held. The “Barn” houses our computer lab, French room, and Middle School lunchroom. The “Barn” predates all other construction on campus and has been the social hub and heart of the campus from the beginning. The interior walls of its main floor have been painted with colorful and fanciful murals by our Middle School students. It serves as a lunchroom, meeting space, Friday night coffee house, and alumni center.
Outdoor activities take place during our two daily recesses. Snow sculptures and sledding are popular in the winter. During the spring and fall, students convene for spontaneous basketball, soccer, foursquare, and jump roping.
At the center of our campus is the Bancroft Campus Center. It is located just beyond our playing fields and opened in 2006. Made possible by the kindness and generosity of individual donors and grant funding, our beautiful 16,000-square-foot brick and wood building features a spacious 7,000-volume library, a gymnasium/auditorium, art and music rooms, a gallery, a kitchen, and a conference room. The building hosts the many performing arts assemblies and ceremonies held throughout the school year.
Paula Tsai Reading Room, Lora Robins Library
Located in picturesque, rural New Hampshire, our campus is situated on an idyllic spot for education and recreation. Our campus is classified as an American Tree Farm. A recent audit completed by the Audubon Society identified more than four hundred species of plants on our property. Crossroads has donated more than sixty acres to the Upper Valley Land Trust.
Covering several ecosystems, a series of nature trails are used for recreational and educational purposes. Winding along the pristine Hewes Brook and into the surrounding woodlands, the “Hoopes’ Loop,” a two-mile trail, is available for snowshoeing and hiking. The “Wakely Bridge,” dedicated in 2006, is the gateway to our conserved land. Our physical education and science programs prepare many special activities designed to take full advantage of our tremendous resources.
Crossroads has completed two segments of a three-phase campus expansion master plan. The first phase concluded with the acquisition of 140 acres of land in 1998. The second phase, the construction of our new campus and the Bancroft Campus Center, was completed in the fall of 2006. This project included the site preparation and design of two new classroom buildings. With the successful conclusion of its first capital campaign in September of 2008, Crossroads is poised to begin work on the third and final stage of the expansion master plan.