Cross Factor Academy is an urban, STEM-based coeducational Preschool through Grade 12 day school located in Boston. We are fully integrated culturally and socio-economically and seek to unleash students to reach their high places —spiritually, academically, and in service to others.
Our vision for CFA is to be a supportive, urban, interdependent, educational community that unleashes Students, Parents and Teachers to reach their high places- Spiritually, Academically and in Service to others.
These high places include:
Cross Factor Academy strives to provide opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, for students to acquire a strong, positive self-image and to develop appropriate social, academic, and decision-making skills. Treated as individuals, students of varying levels of achievement are accepted and encouraged to develop according to their potential. Each student is taught the value of learning from one another as well as with one another. CFA provides a stimulating educational environment designed to nurture and enhance the experience of learning together.
Along with a complete academic, physical, and social program, CFA preserves a spiritual influence. This influence allows opportunity for student exposure to a personal understanding of faith in God. While CFA preserves a spiritual influence, it is not parochial in nature. Students from all backgrounds and beliefs are encouraged to attend.
Through our balanced educational program, children will learn to respect and care for themselves. This is accomplished through a physical fitness program, science, health, and other curriculum supplements. Sportsmanship and personal integrity are an important part of the total curriculum and are fostered through the physical education program, which stresses life principles such as cooperation, fair play, and the ability to handle success and failure in addition to physical fitness.
For a child to function as a balanced, productive member in society, he/she must first have a healthy self-concept. CFA strives to develop the child’s ability to interact with peers and adults in both a structured and unstructured setting. CFA believes that reinforcing positive behavior, attitude, and accomplishment are essential to a child’s social development.
Our difference is not in what we teach, but how we teach it. We accelerate learning by starting early and challenging students at the highest level.
CFA seeks to accomplish its vision by creating a Christian urban school environment where Extraordinary achievement is seen as Ordinary. That environment is achieved by our founding “X- Factors”.
CFA utilizes a form of accelerated learning called X Factor developed by Rev. Dr. Michael Dixon, CFA’s current Head of School. Rev. Dr. Michael Dixon was able to do this type of acceleration at the Advanced Placement level in Math and Science at a Boston Public District High School, for which he received a Seimens/College Board AP Teacher of the Year award, and which contributed to the school receiving an Inspiration Award from the College Board. Following are the X Factors that characterize our students and the learning environment that makes them uniquely prepared to positively impact the world around them.
Michael was born in Chicago, IL and graduated from Morgan Park HS. He received his PhD in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College in 2002. He is a 1988 Physics graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Christian Education from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
He taught AP Physics and Calculus full-time at the Jeremiah E. Burke HS from 1999-2003, and was one of 18 teachers throughout the US selected to receive the 2002 Siemens Award for Excellence in AP Teaching, sponsored by Siemens and the College Board. He served as an assistant professor at Gordon College from 2003-2005, a private liberal arts college in Wenham, Massachusetts. He has also worked as an instructor for the MITE2s (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Entrepreneurship) at MIT and the College Bound Program at Boston College.
He currently implements his accelerated math and science curriculum at Cross Factor Academy, With over 27 years of teaching experience in math and science, he specializes in high academic achievement for minorities and inner-city youth in math and science, research he has presented at the American Educational Research Association national conference. He loves science fiction, especially Dr. Who and Star Trek, and spending time with his wife and 6 boys.