Adopt A School


In 2012 ΩIZ partnered with our chapter Soror Tysie McDowell-Ray, to adopt the Crossroads Academy Charter School.  Crossroads Academy of Kansas City is a tuition-free elementary charter school located at 1015 Central in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Our mission is to prepare students to excel in high school by providing an academically rigorous K-8 education. It is our vision to be the premier urban school serving Kansas City’s youth and a destination for other educators seeking inspiration and best practices. Crossroads opened September 4, 2012 with 170 students in grades K-5 and has grown to serve more than 300 students though 5th grade, with plans to expand to the 8th grade.  


Immersed in the civic, artistic, financial and historic heart of Kansas City, Crossroads Academy embraces the exceptional learning opportunities of our urban setting. Our curriculum is aligned with the Missouri State and Common Core Standards and grounded in the Framework for 21st Century Learning. Our highly-qualified teachers establish the expectations, structure, accountability and creative environment necessary for truly exceptional learning.  Graduates of Crossroads Academy will be scholarly, culturally literate and service oriented individuals who will pursue their dreams relentlessly and have a positive impact on their family, their community, and the world.


The partnership between Crossroad’s Academy and ΩIZ is uniquely designed to bring about positive outcomes for students, faculty, staff, administration, parents, and the chapter.  Our activities encourage students and enrich their educational experiences. ΩIZ strives to be fully engaged with Crossroads and our goals include a variety of projects in some of the following categories:


◦Academic Enrichment/Career Awareness: Provide readers for classes; host job shadowing opportunities; conduct interview skills workshops; participate in career days; provide newspapers for classroom instruction; serve as resource speakers or tutors


◦ Student Incentives/Motivation: sponsor awards for bringing up grades, most improved student, perfect attendance; sponsor academic awards banquet, citizenship projects, students of the month; be a mentor for a student


◦ Cultural Enrichment: develop or sponsor arts festivals; sponsor visits by performing artists; provide scholarships to local cultural events


◦ Improving School Environment: donate equipment; assist with landscaping; participate in clean up days or beautification projects at school


◦Faculty Support and Recognition: assist with classes in cafeteria during lunch; host a Welcome Back reception for teachers; award mini-grants for teachers or departments; recognize teachers during American Education Week or Teacher Appreciation Week


◦ Community Involvement: recycle phone books, newspaper, cans, soup labels; provide assistance for school in transporting recycled products; assist families in need; supplement clothes closet for school; furnish school supplies


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