Our school serves students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade and offers a unique and comprehensive approach to education. Our students receive group occupational therapy, group physical therapy, and group speech therapy, all integrated into their curriculum. This allows students to receive the therapy they need while also receiving a high-quality education. Our team of highly trained therapists work closely with our teachers to ensure that each student's therapy goals are being met within the context of their academic work. Our 10,000 sqft facility is equipped with the latest therapy tools and equipment, and our therapy sessions are tailored to each individual student's needs. We also offer a wide range of extracurricular activities to ensure that our students have a well-rounded educational experience. Give your child the gift of reaching their full potential and schedule a tour of our school today!
Our Group Therapies
Each week, Crossway students participate in several group therapy sessions. In addition to our typical Occupational, Speech, and Physical Therapies, we also are visited by certified Art and Music therapists, enhancing our educational experiences!
OT can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
Physical therapists use a variety of treatments to help build strength, improve movement, and strengthen skills needed to complete daily activities.
SLPs assess speech, language, cognitive-communication, and oral/feeding/swallowing skills to identify types of communication problems and the best way to treat them.
Crossway Academy Parent Ambassador
Laura is a mom of a student at Crossway Academy. She compassionately supports parents about raising children with special needs. She is excellent in helping parents facilitate the schools, camp, special programs and social support for our Charlotte Crossway Academy community. If you have questions for Laura, or would like to join her in our Parent Support Organization, you can reach her at PSO@crosswayacademy.com, they will be delighted to hear from you.
In 2004, I was working for a private therapy company in Charlotte, NC. I was the only therapist that would see the same client across all his or her environments to ensure accurate assessment and carry over of goals. This was effective for 70% of my clients. They were able to be integrated into their preschools and schools and My Gym/YMCA or Gymboree classes as well as transition to going out to dinner, stores such as Target and Walmart and grocery stores. But, for some clients, the barriers for integrating into the school was too large and resulted in stressful times of the families being told that X school could not meet the child’s needs and they would need to find another school.
Some of the families that are seated here today are familiar with this story. I would be the OT who worked collaboratively to make modifications and like I mentioned, several schools were receptive to learning about sensory processing disorder or cerebral palsy or autism spectrum disorder. On the other hand, on what point is it a disservice to serve children in an environment that is not the right fit?
Hence, February 2005, I officially started a clinic that was adjunctive to a wonderful language stimulation preschool school. This is where the foundation for Crossway Academy began. I worked side by side with special education teachers as well as speech language pathologists. Each child had access to an individualized curriculum as well as private and school based therapies. This relationship was so beneficial for the children, that the question became where are they going to go after preschool?
In 2011, Dorian Ladue, M Ed and I team up again and create the first classroom of Crossway Academy. We invited Rebecca Dillard to join us with a second class one year later, then Sloane Williams. And, today, we continue to meet the needs of a growing school population by adding grades each year to now serve Kindergarten through eighth grade. Our director today is Alanna Staton, PhD who was crowned by our late Dorian and our assistant director is Ja’Net Brown, special education teacher. We opened a 4th classroom this year and welcome Donna Tennyson.
Crossway Academy has made it possible for some children who could not perform in a classroom of 19-26 others, to meet grade level. For some children this meant that they transitioned back to mainstream schools. And, for others, that means they stayed are ready to graduate the 8th grade. Our school is unique because we offer individualized curriculum within a small classroom ratio.
On the horizon, we will continue to add life skills such as gardening and after school specials such as martial arts or Zumba or art classes.
And, the big news is that Crossway has a vision maintain a high quality clinic based day school while growing to 40 students as we prepare for a beautiful new 8000 square foot home.
We are blessed for the NCSEEA scholarships and for all the parental support and we continue to seek your help and assistance as we create the best school for your child and family!