Crossroads School (Santa Monica, California)

Crossroads School (Santa Monica, California)
Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences
1714 21st Street
Santa Monica, California
Opened 1971
Founder Paul Cummins
Head of school Bob Riddle
Grades K-12
Number of students 1,139
School Color(s) Red, White, and Blue
Newspaper 'Crossfire'
Yearbook Crossroads Yearbook

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences is a K-12 independent, college preparatory school in Santa Monica, California, United States. The school is a member of the G20 Schools Group.



The school was founded in 1971 by Paul Cummins (an educator) as an effort in progressive private education.[citation needed] Dr. Cummins went on to found New Roads School in Santa Monica, California. Although the founders, and many of the school's original students, came from the former St. Augustine By-the-Sea Episcopal Day School in Santa Monica, Crossroads School has always been a secular institution. Crossroads started with three rooms in a Baptist church offering grades seven and eight, and an initial enrollment of just over 30 students.[1] The name Crossroads was suggested by Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken,” in which Frost writes:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.[2]

In the media

The 2004 book Hollywood Interrupted, by Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner (ISBN 0-471-45051-0), dedicated a large section to Crossroads; it depicted the school (and the celebrities who send their children there) in a negative light. The article focused mainly on a handful of high-profile parents and "drug problems" stemming from the 1980s.[1] The school was also featured in a May 2005 issue of Vanity Fair; like Breitbart's book, it also focused on the school's celebrity clientele.[1]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k DiGiacomo, Frank (2005-03-01). "School for Cool". Vanity Fair. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b The Nerdist Podcast #97, 16 minutes
  4. ^ a b Lindhome, Riki. "Making It #1: Jason Ritter". Nerdist. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Ebner, Mark. "Hollyweird High". Screenmancer. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ Guthrie, Marisa (28 June 2011). [ "Jessica
    • Ezra Levy Class of 1989
    Yellin Named CNN Chief White House Correspondent"]. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 

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