Crosstown High Joins XQ Super School Cohort

A press release from the XQ Institute:

Memphis, TN – Today, XQ Institute announced Crosstown High as the newest addition to the cohort of XQ schools, as part of the organization’s mission to rethink and redesign high school. The high school will be awarded $2.5 million over the next 5 years. Boasting an innovative and visionary proposal, the local Memphis school will join the XQ Super Schools as being key drivers for change, making high school more relevant, engaging and effective for every student, everywhere.

Crosstown High’s curriculum uses personalized learning plans that allows every student to have a customized education to learn not only foundational concepts in math, science and English, but to also develop the life skills that will help ensure success in whatever path they choose to take in life.

The school will be a key piece of the dynamic, community-driven redevelopment of a historically significant landmark building, Crosstown Concourse, that houses businesses and nonprofits in the arts, community health, education, philanthropy and city development. The school’s ideal location will allow Crosstown students to prepare for college, career and life through immersion in the diverse community and by leveraging critical relationships with community partners. Additionally, the school plans to develop an in-house “education learning lab” that will give educators and students from across the city a venue to “rethink high school” together.

“We are ecstatic that XQ has chosen to partner with Crosstown High,” said Chris Terrill, Executive Director at Crosstown High. “The XQ grant will serve as a catalyst for exponential growth in our community and beyond and provide us with the support we need to reimagine what a high school can, and should be.”

For additional information about XQ Institute or Crosstown High School, contact Sara Lueders at or (818) 665-9197 and Ginger Spickler at


About XQ Institute:

XQ inspires communities to help reshape high school so it prepares every student for success in college, career and life. XQ was co-founded by CEO Rosslyn Ali, former Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights under President Barack Obama, and board chair Laurence Powell Jobs, president of Emerson Collective. Board members include Yo-Yo Ma, Marc Eco, Geoffrey Canada, Michael Klein and Leon Wiesel tier.

XQ: The Super School Project launched in September 2015 as an open call to rethink and design the next American high school. Thousands of school builders, and tens of thousands of supporters from towns and cities across all 50 states united to take on this important work. Nearly 4,000 communities representing nearly 10,000 school builders, students, teachers, parents, community leaders and many more came together to conceptualize innovative models for 21st century learning. To date, XQ has pledged $115m to a growing number of the most promising ideas, actively supporting these teams on their journeys to become Super Schools. For more information visit

About Crosstown High

Crosstown High (CXH) is a public charter school, opening in August 2018 with approximately 125 9th graders, and ultimately serving 500 students in grades 9-12. It will be located inside Crosstown Concourse, a landmark adaptive reuse development project in the city center.

Crosstown High students will prepare for college, career, and life through personalized learning plans and project-based learning; exposure to a diverse community; and critical relationships with the community partners in Crosstown Concourse and beyond.

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