Accreditation—this is the year that our school is engaging in our accreditation “self-study.” What does this mean, and why is accreditation an important process for our school? We know that year after year, our median scores on our standardized testing as measured through the ERBs demonstrate that our students outperform students in other public, suburban, and independent schools. We know that our students place very well in high school. Feedback from our graduates on their preparation for high school and college in both pillars of our mission (knowledge and virtue) is strong. But as an independent elementary school in a rural area, how do we know that we are doing all that we can do in every possible way to provide our students with the best possible education through our own unique mission? This is where NEASC comes in.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our Head of School Search Committee, it is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Brad Choyt as Crossroads Academy’s next Head of School. The Board was unanimous in its support of the Search Committee’s enthusiastic recommendation of Brad based on an extensive and highly competitive eight-month search process. His term will begin on July 1, 2015.
When my family and I began the search for a school we could embrace and support in the coming years, we created a list of ideal qualities: a warm and nurturing environment, a place that knew its values and embraced high standards, a school that had a strong programmatic foundation but remained open to mission-appropriate innovation, a location that attracted a vibrant, diverse community where a wide variety of perspectives were valued, and a school that fostered meaningful intellectual and moral pursuits that helped children reach their full potential. But our eight-year-old daughter, Thea, put it most succinctly. She wanted to find a school, she said, “Where people are really nice, there’s a lot of learning and we can make amazing friends.” Without knowing it then, she quite aptly captured the essence of Crossroads.
Crossroads Academy is an independent, coeducational day school committed to academic excellence and moral integrity. We inspire our students to love learning, act honorably, and contribute actively to intellectual, cultural, and civic life.