We here at Schochor, Federico and Staton may be a little biased, but we think the Crossroads School (part of the Living Classrooms Foundation) may just be one of the most exceptional schools in the Baltimore area.
Run by Dan Schochor—son of Senior Managing Partner Jonathan Schochor—Crossroads is a middle school that offers all Baltimore students the opportunity to receive an academically rigorous education on par with the best private schools much more affordably.
The majority of Crossroads students start at the school two to three grade levels behind in reading or math. Yet with their strong interdisciplinary curriculum, extended school day and dedicated staff, the school has been able to achieve nearly perfect graduation rates, with nearly 70% of their students receiving financial aid or scholarships to private high schools.
“We ask our students to make five specific commitments when they enter the school: commitment to quality, honor and integrity, no excuses, perseverance and contribution. Their dedication to these promises prepares them to excel,” said Headmaster Schochor.
But as much success as Crossroads has had academically, it continues to face financial uncertainty. Because of the tough economy and budget cuts, raising outside funds has become critical to the long-term sustainability of the school and all the good work it does.
“With substantial budget cuts, it’s difficult for The Crossroads School to operate at the same high level without outside financial support. It’s so important for the Baltimore community to support the work that we do,” Schochor said.
To bolster these fundraising efforts, The Crossroads School will be hosting a fundraising dinner on May 24th, 2012. “It’s an opportunity to celebrate all the wonderful things we’ve been able to accomplish,” Schochor said of the event, which will give students, teachers and community members a chance to share their experiences attending or working with the school.
Schochor, Federico and Staton is proud to be a sponsor of the dinner, as well as a long-time supporter of both the school and the Living Classrooms Foundation.
“As a law firm, we feel that it’s important to give back to the community which we serve, and know how important education is for the city of Baltimore,” said Founding Partner Phil Federico. “We support Crossroads not just because Jon’s son is the headmaster, but because we all believe deeply in what the school has been able to accomplish”
“This school does exceptional work,” Federico said. “I’ve met these kids as they’ve enrolled and as they’ve graduated. I’ve seen the difference the school has made in their lives.”
Dan Schochor said he is appreciative of how much the firm has done for the school. “A lot of times, people like to point out what’s wrong with their city. But one thing I’ve learned is the value of civic pride; of being proud of where you came from and what that represents. Schochor, Federico & Staton understand what it is to support the community around you, particularly early-on and particularly through education.”
“We hope that this fundraiser gives the community a chance to interact with many of our students and build civic pride of their own.”
To learn more about The Crossroads School, click here.
Inaugural Crossroads Fundraising Banquet
Thursday, May 24th, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Frederick Douglass–Isaac Myers Maritime Park
1417 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
Call 410-276-4924 to RSVP.