Crosstown High School is one step closer to becoming a reality. The proposed public high school's board of directors has been notified that Crosstown High was selected as a finalist in the XQ Super School Project, which will award five winning schools with $10 million prizes. The school would be located inside the Crosstown Concourse building.
The initial field of applicants included 700 schools, and now in the final round, Crosstown High is one of 50 schools left. The school, which would have an independent board but still fall under the purview of Shelby County Schools, would differ from more traditional public schools in that each student would have a personalized learning plan and students would interact with employees of the other businesses within the Concourse building as part of their education.
"Crosstown High will be a new type of school unique to Memphis," said Crosstown High board member Justin Jamerson. "It will be a place where young people are empowered and encouraged to learn in an environment that is collaborative, conscientious, and supported. There are many great schools in Memphis, but the vision of the XQ team was to bring a unique learning environment to the city; as of today, we are one huge step closer to making that vision a reality. The school is being designed as nothing less than a model for the future of education, so our investment will pay dividends not only for Crosstown Concourse, but the entire Memphis region."