Crossroads has blossomed since our founding in 1991 as a result of the generous support of our community. In 1994, after our early years in the basement of the St. Denis Church in Hanover, we moved to a lovely five-acre site adjacent to the Hewes Brook at 95 Dartmouth College Highway in Lyme. In 1998, we acquired 135 acres of woodland property next door.
Our campus stretches across these two tracts of land. On the original five acres the Klee Building, named after our founding Head Mary Beth Klee, can be found. It is a warm three-story brick and clapboard building with beautiful natural light emanating from large windows, many of which overlook our pristine brook. Homeroom classes in grades K-5 are held in this building. A state of the art science laboratory is located on the lower floor.
Middle School classes are held across the basketball court in three adjoining classrooms. A quaint, roomy barn, decorated with student murals rounds out our Middle School needs. It serves as a lunchroom and offers our Middle School students large, quiet spaces in which to learn French and Spanish.
In 2006, through the generosity of our community, we constructed our 16,000 square foot Bancroft Campus Center. A quick walk down the path adjoining our soccer fields and by our natural playground takes our students to Bancroft. There they hear stories and check out books from our 10,000-volume Lora Robins Library. A quick trip downstairs takes them to our spacious and well-equipped gymnasium, theater space, art room and music room. As performing arts are one of the hallmarks of our program, we are delighted to join together frequently in Bancroft for concerts, plays, recitations, and assemblies.
Located in picturesque, rural New Hampshire just ten minutes from Hanover, our campus is situated on an idyllic spot for education and recreation. Our campus is designated as an American Tree Farm, and an audit by the Audubon Society identified more than four hundred species of plants on our property. Our students explore this land on snowshoes in the winter and by wading into the brook in the spring and fall for water samples and to eliminate any non-native invasive plants. With joy we donated sixty acres of this land for conservation through the Upper Valley Land Trust.