Academic Programs

Preschool and Kindergarten

We expect for the Glory of God to be revealed magnanimously through your “Precious Gem!”  We have many wonderful opportunities during our Teacher Activity Time to explain, explore, and expound upon many wonderful genres of literature and various subjects in regards to Bible stories, the alphabet, the shapes, the numbers and the colors.  Moreover, each week the preschoolers will explore a letter, number, color and shape, along with a myriad of topics during the course of the school year.  


Homework is utilized for students to get practice time at home with parents.  At this level, the expectation is for your child to be “introduced” to the basic concepts that will prayerfully serve as a firm foundation for future study.  The homework assignments should be enlightening and pleasurable.  We want to make these delightful deposits in the lives of our Precious Gems at an early age, so that as they continue to grow spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, cognitively, and psychologically, that learning will be a way of life for them. 


Students also have co-curricular activities in art and physical education, and begin the day with circle time and worship.  Every student has the opportunity lead, including being the line leader, class help or reciting the school pledges and motto.

Elementary and Middle School

HUMANITIES

The vision for Humanities (English and Social Studies) is to grow avid readers, accomplished writers, and is conducted using a combination of whole class instruction, read alouds, guided reading groups, book clubs, learning centers, independent reading assignments, and projects. Throughout the year, students will explore genres such as fiction, nonfiction, historical fiction, and poetry, and make a habit of employing the strategies that effective readers use. Additionally, students will participate regularly in word study for phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction. Writing  instruction for the year will begin with students rediscovering what it  means to live the life of a writer, a review of the writing process  (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing), and working to raise the level of personal narrative writing. Throughout the year, their skills will be refined as students continue to employ their knowledge of the writing process and acquired understandings of the traits of effective writing to complete different writing projects. Students will write in and explore many genres of writing (realistic fiction writing, persuasive essays, informational writing, literary essays, etc.), write in response to their reading, and for periodic writing prompts. Students will use BJU Press’ Writing and Grammar to solidify concepts in writing and grammar.  


STEM

The  purpose of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is for there to be greater inquiry, experimentation and design in the  classroom. Through the integration of these different subjects, students develop of a range of skills, habits of mind and content area knowledge in math and science. These disciplines are intertwined and related in many ways, enabling students to master concepts ranging from the basic mathematical operations to the instruments that scientists use to the application of technology. Through the use of the science texts published by Purposeful Design, students will focus on developing inquiry skills such as asking appropriate questions, making predictions that can be tested, determining the appropriate technology for the experiment in order to conduct a thorough observation, collecting, recording, communicating and recognizing patterns in data. Using the Singapore Math curriculum, student learning spirals. This means that students will study a concept in at one point in the  year, but they will return to it later in the year and again the next  year with greater depth.  This provides students with multiple  opportunities to solidify their understanding of the concepts and to make better connections across the STEM disciplines.  Students will also hone literacy skills through the use of nonfiction text. Regular, applicable homework will be given as well as journals maintained to allow students to practice, reinforce and apply what we learn inside the classroom to our everyday life.  


ART

Students are exposed to an array of creative art forms.  We are all made in the image of God who created the heavens and the earth we live in, therefore we can all confess, "I am creative!" By the end of the year, we hope that our students will connect with the creator inside of them as they experience art that they can identify with and enjoy as they become more skilled in the Visual Arts. Through the arts, students will explore many cultures using many different media such as books, videos and up close interviews with guests who will come to visit and share with them. By taking a closer look at their own native cultures, students will embrace their identities even more and learn with depth and clarity about who they are, which is vital in helping them get to where they are going. Students will learn new methods of producing artwork such as printmaking and become more skillful at drawing, painting, sculpting, and making crafts. They will also be able to talk about artwork articulately and exhibit their creations for all to see and enjoy. CFA Students have entered and placed in the top 3 awards in the city-wide Fire Safety Art Competition. 

High School

ELA

In English Language Arts, students will read from a wide variety of texts, including poetry, short  stories, plays, and non-fiction.  Students will  focus on the identification of major themes throughout the year, and  develop skills as is required in close reading and textual analysis.  Composition in this course focuses primarily on expository writing, though there will be creative writing opportunities.  Furthermore,  throughout the year students will study grammar, mechanics, and  vocabulary to enhance their reading and writing skills. Students will be  expected to participate regularly in class discussions, and will be  regularly assessed using a combination of quizzes, tests, projects, and essays. Courses Offered: ELA 1 and 2, World Literature, US Literature, AP Literature, AP Composition and Language


HISTORY

In History, students study, discuss, and write about various topics in our nation's and world's history. They will acquire a cumulative working knowledge of culture, trends, and world changing events.  The structure of the classes include interactive discussions of the topics for the week, and to tie the lesson into any past or future topics; in class activities such as use of the interactive student notebook (ISN), open ended response writings, games, review activities, and the use of technology for reading, researching, and sharing learning.  Students are given time in class to read and opportunities to interact with the information.  An assessment at the end of each chapter in various forms, such as
multiple choice, short answer or essay tests, individual, partner or small group projects.  Students also complete historical research projects/papers in conjunction with English Language Arts. Courses: World History, American History, AP World History, AP American History    
     

MATH

Courses: Algebra 1 and 2, Trigonometry, Geometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus, Statistics


SCIENCE

Courses: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, AP Physics


ART

Art is viewed as lessons in communicating without words. Students are exposed to an array of creative art forms.  We are all made in the image of God who created the heavens and the earth we live in, therefore we can all confess, "I am creative!" By the end of the year, we hope that our students will connect with the creator inside of them as they experience art that they can identify with and enjoy as they become more skilled in the Visual Arts. Through the arts, students will explore many cultures using many different media such as books, videos and up close interviews with guests who will come to visit and share with them. By taking a closer look at their own native cultures, students will embrace their identities even more and learn with depth and clarity about who they are, which is vital in helping them get to where they are going. Students will learn new methods of producing artwork such as printmaking and become more skillful at drawing, painting, sculpting, and making crafts. They will also be able to talk about artwork articulately and exhibit their creations for all to see and enjoy. Courses: General Art, Studio Art, AP Studio Art


COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

The computer technology program at CFA prepares each student to not only be good citizens in this digital age but also be equipped to solve problems and get paid to do so by leveraging all that computer technology has to offer. Topics learned include:Computer basics, Internet Basics, Software applications such as WORD, EXCEL and POWERPOINT, HTML, CSS, Computer Internal components, JavaScript and Web Development. Course: AP Computer


COLLEGE PREP

The goal of this class is to lay the foundations for college success. Students receive one-on-one help to determine their individual college lists and help them with the college application process.  In  addition to completing their college applications, students will learn  about financial aid, financial literacy, and also gain exposure to  different kinds of professions. During the spring term, all students are  required to secure an internship, which will allow for them to apply  the skills, tangible and intangible, they have acquired over time. 


Since our first graduating class in 2013, 100% of graduating seniors have been accepted to college. CFA alums have attended or been accepted to the following schools:   

  • Anna Maria College 
  • Bentley College
  • Boston College
  • Clark University
  • Curry College
  • Emerson College
  • Framingham State University
  • Lasell College
  • Mount Ida College
  • Newbury College
  • Northeastern University
  • Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Techonology 
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell  


WOMEN OF VIRTUE/MEN OF POWER

MOPWOV focuses on three main topics: Spirit, Mind and Body. The first term covers spiritual literacy, development and formation.  There will be an assessment tool that we will use to do a spiritual/ heart inventory. Students will take what they discover and apply it to their everyday lives. The students will learn how to dwell together 

in unity, through team building exercises and applying their faith by using biblical principles. Our hope is that they will understand what it means to have a spiritual and positive impact on their peers. The second topic deals with media literacy, financial literacy, and personality assessments. Students will be able to uncover their strengths and weaknesses.  The last topic deals with the body. It entails sexuality, (courtship vs. dating, choosing a mate), modesty, manners, body language, and healthy interactions with the opposite sex. It includes various fun activities to apply what they have learned.  This class is taught by guest lecturers from the community.

Co-Curricular Activities

SPORTS

All students from PS to Middle School will have physical education classes. HIgh School students will have intramural sports in soccer, tennis and cross country.


SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

Students in 4th grade and up may participate in the national Science Olympiad competition.

STEMtastic Afterschool and Summer Program

Cross Factor Academy’s after-school and summer program, STEMtastic Academy is open to all youth in the Greater Boston area from any school. Stemtastic Academy provides a strong foundation in academics for all youth ages 3 years to 18 years. Our youth will have high quality academic coaching in science, technology, engineering and math, along with fun-fulled, hands-on opportunities such as swimming, robotics, karate, theatre and dance that builds all-around high achieving and purposeful students.


Afterschool Program

  • Hours: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday
  • Schedule: late September to May. 
  • Snacks are served.  

Summer Program

  • Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday
  • Schedule: 7-8 weeks (June, July and August)
  • Lunch and Snacks are served.  

Community Life

Chapel

School Meeting

Community Service

Title I @ Cross Factor Academy

Title I Overview

How do schools receive Title I funds?  

  • First, the federal government provides funding to each state based on census data.
  • Then, each State Educational Agency (SEA) awards money to its school districts. Districts determine schools eligible for Title I funding by following ESEA Title I rules.
  • Finally, each district determines which of their schools will receive Title I program services based on the school’s poverty rate and student needs. Note: The Boston Public School District allocates Title I funding to Cross Factor Academy to provide supplemental support to students and targeted professional development for staff. Then the school will: 
    1. Identify the students who need the additional educational assistance based upon the required criteria. Students do NOT have to be from low-income families to receive Title I services.
    2. Set goals for improving the skills of educationally disadvantaged students at their school.
    3. Develop school-wide programs with individual student in mind, to support/supplement regular classroom instruction.
    4. Measure student progress to determine the success of the Title I program for each student.

How can parents help? 

  • Communicate: Staying informed and responding promptly to all communications from the school or the school district.
  • Be an example: Showing your child that education is important by reading, attending parent/teacher conferences and attending open houses.
  • Volunteer: Volunteering at your child’s school and helping with extra-curricular activities.
  • Learn: Finding out how to help your child with classwork, homework and future education plans.
  • Get involved: Joining school/parent organizations, school improvement teams, advisory councils and other parent committees. 

For more information, please contact Michael Dixon, 617.522.1841 or mdixon@crossfactor.org.

School-wide Plan

Title I funds are used to provide small group or one-on-one assistance in reading, math and science to students primarily during our bootcamp and afterschool sessions. Contact the main office for more information on how to register your child.