One hundred percent of North Cross students graduate and all attend a college or university prepared to succeed. Our students are fully engaged in a variety of enriching academic, athletic, and artistic endeavors and they achieve because they have been challenged, encouraged, and instructed throughout their time with our experienced faculty and staff. After they receive their diploma, every North Cross graduate goes to a college or university prepared to succeed.
We offer 16 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 39 of our students this past year were honored as AP Scholars. AP courses include: English Literature and composition; English Literature; Calculus AB; Calculus BC; Statistics; Latin; Spanish Language and Culture; Spanish Literature and Culture; French; Chemistry; Physics; Comparative Government and Politics; Human Geography; US History; World History; and Studio Art 2-D Design.
Many of our students are enrolled in and will earn a Global Studies Scholar designation on their diploma from the Horace G. Fralin Program for Global Studies. In this exceptional program, students take required courses, attend seminars and lectures, write papers and reflections, experience foreign travel, and meet with faculty regularly to discuss global issues.
With a student body of approximately 500 (from age 3 through 12th grade) and a campus with strong athletic, theater, and art facilities, our students know one another and are known personally by our faculty and staff. Our average class size is 14 students, and our student to teacher ratio is 8:1. In other words, our environment stresses the value of close relationships—with teachers and with other students.
We believe in and provide every student a well-rounded student experience. While we stress academic rigor, we encourage every student to take full advantage of our variety of interscholastic sports, ongoing fine and performing arts, clubs, and community service opportunities, which are both school-sponsored and student led. Students who engage beyond the classroom have a richer and more rewarding education; and they develop lifelong bonds with their fellow classmates.
You want your child to be in an environment that is comfortable, gives them a place to study and rest, and one that introduces them to the American lifestyle so they may be ready for an college in the United States if that is your and their goal.
North Cross is affiliated with the Wilson Boarding Program which provides an exceptional boarding experience to international and regional domestic students, as well. Living in a historic downtown dormitory, students have the advantage of being close to school, and the excitement of living in an active and vibrant downtown location, close to restaurants, museums, and other features such as the farmers’ market and shopping.
As with any learner, occasionally, our international students may need additional support. When students have questions about classwork, or need extra help, our faculty are accessible to students during, before, and after class. In addition, for longer periods of help, our on-campus Learning Center is available if tutoring, e.g. for English proficiency or subject-specific instruction, is requested. We also have a full-time guidance counselor who is available to all students.
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North Cross School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school founded in 1944 and governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.
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North Cross School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or any other legally protected status in the administration of its educational, admission, financial aid or employment policies, or any other programs administered by the School.
North Cross is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. North Cross School's ECP-1 and 2 are accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools who is recognized by the Board of Education pursuant to §22.1-19 of the Code of Virginia authorizes the Virginia Council for Private Education to accredit private nursery, preschool, elementary and secondary schools in Virginia.
North Cross is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, National Association for College Admission Counseling, and Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling, The Cum Laude Society and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.