North Cross School

4254 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24018
(540) 989-6641

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Private Grades PK-12 481 students 10 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

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About this school

North Cross School is a private high school in Roanoke. 481 children attend North Cross School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The student to teacher ratio at North Cross School is 10:1. Cave Spring High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 76% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% %
Multiracial 5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% %
Hispanic 2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (12 months ago)

    North Cross is a very good school in terms of academics. However there is a big drug culture at this school and the administration sweeps it under the carpet. We moved to Roanoke from the east coast and decided to not send our daughter after one year.

  • (2 years ago)

    North Cross is an outstanding independent school that develops the entire child (mind and body). Students are taught to think critically and not just what to memorize on standardized tests. At a very early age students are taught a second langauge so that they can be fully immersed at the high school level. Their Global Studies Program is cutting edge and makes us realize the competition for the very best schools and jobs is not sitting next to you in the class room but is perhaps and ocean away.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a graduate and my three sons also attended. North Cross gave them like me a great education challenged them allowed them to participate in a wide variety of sports and the Arts and provided them with some great friends.The teachers were caring supportive and helped them build their confidence so that when they attended three highly selective schools they performed at a high level.

  • (2 years ago)

    I really like the vision of the school and the programs it has been developing to challenge students and build character. The foreign language emphasis in the lower school the introduction of writing code planned for 2013-14 in the middle school and the global studies curriculum in the upper school are all well-run and challenging programs. I love the fact that our children have constant adult (faculty and staff) interactions because of the low student teacher ratio. They are interactive in class and familiar enough with their teachers to ask questions and seek (and be given) extra help when needed. It pushes our children. Add to that a commitment to the arts and athletics and I think that this is worth every penny of tuition paid. Great school!

  • (3 years ago)

    We have been very pleased with North Cross over the past 5 years. The teachers really care about their students and challenge them to do their best. The new headmaster has made a huge difference in terms of discipline with the students and communication with parents. He listens to what the parents have to say but is not afraid to disagree with them if he has a different opinion. He is a strong leader whose main focus is on the students and the quality of education. There are many parents involved in this school and they are welcoming to all new families. An Ambassador Program for new students helps the entire family adjust to North Cross not just the child. I highly encourage anyone who is willing to work hard to apply for acceptance to this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    North Cross is a great school! It is challenging and brings out the best in a student. All students can join any sports team and really bond with their team mates. I highly reccomend it to anyone.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our daughter attended North Cross from junior kindergarten through sixth grade and our overall experience was excellent. My perception is that most schools in Roanoke have a few good teachers maybe an excellent teacher or two and quite a few mediocre ones. North Cross' elementary school teachers start at very good and finish with what have to be the two best fifth grade teachers in the valley. For the most part the teachers actively engage differentiated learning strategies challenge each student and provide a nurturing environment where students participate in the learning process. There are certainly drawbacks at the school including cliquey students and a high cost of tuition but the positives far outweigh the drawbacks. Looking back we would certainly make the same choice again.

  • (5 years ago)

    this was the best decision for our son we've made in our lifetime not only did he improve academically he excelled athletically.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is quite amazing. My daughters went to this school for there elementary years. Then we unfortunatly moved not to complete middle and high school there as well. In a higher grade you are given the oppurtunity to go to either France or Spain to have further learning on that langauge. You start learning Spanish in first grade and start French in fourth. When you get to sixth grade you may pick which langauge you wish to contine learning. This school is overall very productive and organized. I have only named a few of its outstanding features.

  • (6 years ago)

    My child entered North Cross in tenth grade after being in public schools up to this point. The new headmaster is well-respected by students and parents. The attention provided by the teachers is exceptional. There is a wide range of degree of difficulty of classes in the upper school so you can chose classes accordingly. The school and parent community is very welcoming to newcomers.

  • (6 years ago)

    My child entered North Cross in tenth grade after being in public schools up to this point. The new headmaster is well-respected by students and parents. The attention provided by the teachers is exceptional. There is a wide range of degree of difficulty of classes in the upper school so you can chose classes accordingly. The school and parent community is very welcoming to newcomers.

  • (7 years ago)

    I absolutely love North Cross School. It has great opportunities involving sports and extra curricular. It is just the perfect size so that you feel that your child is getting enough attention yet not being zeroed in on 24/7. It is an excellent school and I hope you send your child here!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    Best decision my wife and I have ever made regarding our childs education.

  • (7 years ago)

    We were excited to put our child in North Cross for PreK and were assured that she was not among the youngest in her class. We felt preesured by the admissions staff to secure her spot in the early Spring because they could not gurarantee her one unless we gave them a deposit and signed a contract immediately which we did. (only to learn that there were 21 spaces left at the time). When we learned that our child was among the youngest we withdrew her (in June) and were told by the Headmaster that we would be held accountable for the FULL tuition for the year in which she would not attend. This is predatory and corrupt. Be warned....

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter was in public schools before we moved her here and it made a tremendous difference. She has come out of her shell and is able to engage in any activity/sport that she wishes. If the student is not doing the work you should expect a call. The advisors meet with the student to get progress reports and report back to parent by email or phone. We are kept abreast of good as well as areas that might need help. There is a lot of parent involvement which I find encouraging compared to our previous county school. We are starting the college application process next yr and have already had meetings with the counselor and had recommendations on the process and what help she may be. Much more help when only 20-30 students involved than a class of 400 in the public sector.

  • (8 years ago)

    It's a small school and the attention given to the students is great. The honor code is not taken seriously by students but is strictly enforced by an Honor Council a group of students who's job is to enforce the Honor Code. The headmaster's of old had great reputations the one in place now has almost single handidly brought the school to lower standards of expectation. The small atmosphere again is great with close realationships between the lower-classmen and upper-classmen. Overall it's a good school.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is meant to be a college-prep school but it is nothing of the sort. There is an honor code in place that the students do not abide by and my child had almost no homework the entire year and still maintained an A-B average. I would not recommend sending any children to this school.

  • (10 years ago)

    It's a great school because the teachers really know the student and there are small class sizes. They have an honor code that the stick to and accountability. They try and build character and have a high standard.

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