Why Crosstown Concourse?
Actually, there are three reasons:
- The demand for great schools is strong — and only getting stronger. While the city of Memphis has declined in population over the last decade, our Downtown and Midtown ZIP codes are growing — a trend that is projected to continue for the foreseeable future. We think the time has come for Shelby County Schools to offer another high-quality public high school for families in our city center. The immediate success of Midtown’s Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, a small student-centered school, has proven that both parents and students are hungry for more of these types of intimate education opportunities and their willingness to invest in newly created Shelby County Schools.
- The context of the Concourse. Crosstown Concourse is a vertical village anchored in arts, education, and healthcare. Tenants include world-class organizations like Methodist Healthcare, Christian Brothers University, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis Teacher Residency, Church Health Center, and Crosstown Arts. XTH will offer young people an incredible opportunity to learn alongside professionals from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds, in an environment unlike any other in the country. That learning will be a two-way street — we expect our students’ fresh ideas and youthful perspectives to illuminate the work going on in Crosstown Concourse every day.
- Classrooms without limits. This one of a kind learning environment includes the physical space of the school itself. Instead of trying to fit an innovative high school concept into an existing school building, Crosstown Concourse offers a blank slate. Together, we can design a one-of-a-kind place for students that gives them limitless possibilities for collaboration, skills development, and learning.