The XQ Super Schools Project is a national contest to design the high school of the future. The XQ Project urges applicants to design an educational experience that will create “XQ Learners,” — agile and flexible learners who are prepared for a more connected world, a rapidly changing future, and a lifetime of learning. Winning school design teams will receive $10 million to execute their visions.
In the fall of 2015, a diverse group of more than fifty parents, students, educators and other community stakeholders organized a team in Memphis to take part in the XQ design process and create an ambitious vision for Crosstown High School. To date, the team has interviewed or surveyed almost 200 local students, dozens of parents, educators from thirteen local public and private schools, representatives from Crosstown Concourse’s future tenants, and other stakeholders. They gave crucial insights about what’s working in local education, where things can be improved, and what skills young people need to be ready for college, career, and life. The Memphis XQ team’s school design emerged directly from this extensive community input process. The team was excited to learn in April 2016 that it had advanced on to the semifinal round of the XQ competition and in July was named a finalist.
Success in the XQ contest would of course be hugely positive for the school, but regardless of the outcome, the XTH board is committed to raising the funds necessary to ensure a world-class high school education.