North Cross School is pleased to announce its partnership with North Cross International and the Wuxi New District government to develop an American school for 1,300 students in the city of Wuxi, China. This school, which will be called “North Cross American School” will enroll both international students (non-Chinese passport holders) as well as Chinese nationals, and it will open its doors to the first 200 students beginning the 2017-18 academic year. North Cross is one of a select few schools in the United States engaged in a similar partnership agreement in China.
Education is now the fifth largest export in America, and North Cross is on the cutting edge of international education. North Cross is currently partnering with a school in Shanghai to operate North Cross–Xinhe School, which is expected to quadruple in size by the 2016-17 school year. That growth, coupled with the opening of the school in Wuxi, will serve as a significant source of revenue for North Cross’ Roanoke campus.
Following the Great Recession, North Cross and independent schools across the nation faced common challenges of incurred debt, flat enrollment numbers, and stifled programs. Since then, North Cross has reduced its debt, grown its enrollment, and taken steps to increase classroom rigor. North Cross’ new sources of funding will allow the school to more quickly upgrade facilities, increase visibility, attract and retain excellent faculty, increase program offerings, strengthen co-curriculars, and develop graduates best prepared to thrive in a global economy.
“The future of the Roanoke Valley is bright and North Cross has an important role to play in the coming decades. With the growth of employers like Carilion, Meridium, Luna, and Virginia Tech, Roanoke is in the midst of an economic transition. Our community is a vibrant tertiary city capable of offering the advantages of an intellectual center, but also providing a comfortable lifestyle more consistent with what the millennial generation desires. To distinguish Roanoke from other tertiary cities, Roanoke requires a top-tier independent school capable of introducing its students to the world. Having an industry leading independent school in Roanoke means that people can live here, work here, and educate their children here, while remaining connected to the global marketplace“ said Dr. Christian Proctor, Head of School.
"North Cross School's partnership in Wuxi, China, as well as the growing campus in Shanghai, benefit our region by providing a new level of financial stability for the school. From an economic development standpoint, North Cross' international operations mirror the growth and expansion we are seeing across the Roanoke Region, and I applaud the school for being on the forefront of international education,” said Beth Doughty, Executive Director of the Roanoke Regional Partnership.
For media inquiries, please contact Rebekah Bradley via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Rebekah to schedule a time to interview Dr. Proctor on Wednesday, May 25.