North Cross School is committed to creating an environment that draws upon the strength of the diversity of our entire school community. It is the school's belief, and the belief of all independent schools, that the best schools fully represent the communities they are in and that exposure to a diverse student body has a positive impact on all students.
NCS strives to increase diversity in its program and partnerships, faculty, and student body. This three-pronged effort includes community outreach and financial assistance to bring a wider variety of families to the school, administrative searches for a more diverse faculty and staff, and a school-wide curriculum that helps to build cross-cultural understanding.
School officials, led by Headmaster Christian J. Proctor, Ph.D and the Board of Trustees, strive to build a community representative of this diversity. Diversity at North Cross School means more than just those multicultural differences of race, ethnicity, and national origin; it also includes socio-economic diversity, gender, and differences in learning style.
To increase diversity to the NCS campus, NCS pursues the following:
Financial assistance at NCS is need-based and is allotted based upon a family’s ability to pay tuition and other school-related expenses. In order to qualify for financial assistance, a family must apply through School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS, a non-profit company that reviews such requests and makes recommendations to its member schools. Although the school makes every effort to fund all requests for financial assistance, those requests far exceed its ability to do so. Further, NCS believes each family should have a financial stake in a child’s education; therefore, every family receiving financial assistance must contribute to its child’s education. As is the case in the admission of students, the School’s financial assistance policy is guided by NAIS Principles of Good Practice.
All NCS families pay tuition (no one receives a "free" ride) and none of our families pay the full cost of educating a child. Even at the full tuition rate, which varies in the lower, middle, and upper schools, all of our families pay about 80 percent of the actual cost to receive a NCS education. Approximately 25 percent of all NCS families receive some form of financial assistance, which is used to make the School as affordable as possible for as wide a range of families as possible.
Students Attend Leadership Conference in Maryland
On December 4-5, 2013, four upper school students attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Isaiah Harris ’15, Shermeen Imam ’16, Shamani Jackson ’17, Jordan Lowery ’16 accompanied Alex Hash, Community Outreach Coordinator, and Spanish teacher Mariana Hermosilla.
Hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Student Diversity Leadership Conference is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of student leaders in grades 9–12 from around the country. Participants examine issues of social justice, develop effective cross-cultural communication skills, practice expression through the arts, and learn networking principles and strategies.