Crosstown Elementary is a new urban school in downtown Vancouver. Enrolling Kindergarten to Grade 7 students for the first time in September 2017, Crosstown Elementary is located in a growing urban area of Vancouver, BC. Intersecting the communities of Gastown, Chinatown, and Yaletown, Crosstown Elementary currently serves a diverse student population of approximately 320 in-catchment students (30% ELL, 10% Ministry identified). With a school capacity for approximately 500 students, Crosstown is a four-storey facility built into a Residential Tower. Each floor is comprised of learning studios (classrooms), common learning areas, and communal educator offices. Larger gathering spaces in the school include: a Library Learning Commons, a Gymnasium, two Multipurpose Rooms, two ‘Outdoor Teaching Green spaces’ accessible from the third and fourth floors, and a ‘Servery’ (fully-equipped teaching kitchen). Crosstown elementary is also home to an on-site Daycare (Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres). Crosstown’s playground is shared with the community and is maintained by the Vancouver Parks Board. The playground is a City of Vancouver public space where Park Rangers (employees of the City of Vancouver) are on-site at specific times from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm daily to support safety and security in the neighbourhood.
Specific to Crosstown’s story are the growing relationships with community partners: the Vancouver Police Department (VPD School Liaison Officer), Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres (VSOCC), the City of Vancouver (Park Rangers). These community partners have been instrumental in helping to support safety and security in the school community.
Crosstown’s story also includes adding an Indigenous Name to the Crosstown name. Supporting District policy, processes are underway among students, staff, and parents to identify an Indigenous name to be added to the Crosstown name. Working closely with our District Team, that supports Indigenous work in our District, the Crosstown Community is looking forward to completing this process to celebrating the inclusion of an Indigenous name.