Crossroads is a year-long alternative to the traditional sixth grade curriculum.
The program combines the study of language arts, social studies, and science to explore issues related to cultures of family, community, nation, and world. Students in Crossroads do not have defined times for science, social studies, or language arts each day. Instead, they work on assignments and projects that integrate the topics and skills learned in those classes around the theme of culture.
To learn more about the Integrated Programs at RMS, including the selection and lottery process, visit the Integrated Programs webpage. To learn more about the courses available for 6th-grade students, view the RMS Program of Studies.
If your questions about Crossroads have not been answered in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below, please contact the Crossroads teachers. For questions about your individual child, consider speaking with your child’s fifth grade teacher. He or she may be able to help you determine if Crossroads is a good fit for your child.
- What and how do Crossroads students learn?
- Q: How much time do students spend in Crossroads each day?
- Do students receive grades for Crossroads?
- Is math taught differently to Crossroads students?
- How are language arts levels (accelerated, co-taught, etc.) addressed within Crossroads?
- How much class time is devoted to group work and cooperative learning experiences, and how are students assessed on group projects?
- How do teachers manage group projects?
- Should students who do not enjoy group work still consider Crossroads?
- How does the homework load in Crossroads compare with the regular sixth grade classes?
- How does the amount of writing in Crossroads compare with the regular curriculum?
- How much public speaking do students do?
- How do students who participate in Crossroads transition back to the regular programming in seventh grade?
- What does the Crossroads classroom look like?
- Do students in Crossroads have lockers?
- Do Crossroads students change classes?
- Will Crossroads students have opportunities to see friends who are not in Crossroads?
- How many field trips do Crossroads students experience each year?
- If a student is in Crossroads, can he or she also be in Watershed, Soundings, or Gateways?
- If a student is selected into Crossroads via the lottery, can he or she opt out of the program?
- Can students get out of Crossroads if they decide they do not like it?
- How can one determine if Crossroads is a good fit for his/her learning style and interests?