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Paul Cummins, Founder

Paul Cummins has devoted his life to creating opportunities for children from all backgrounds to have access to quality education that engages them, respects them, and inspires them to develop a lifelong passion for learning.

In 1971, he co-founded Crossroads School in Santa Monica and built it into one of the most successful educational institutions in Los Angeles and a national model for innovative, independent schools.

The Crossroads curriculum is based upon Paul’s philosophy that students need arts, personal development, community service/action, physical education, and outdoor/environmental education alongside the traditional subjects of math, science, foreign language, history, and English. Crossroads demonstrates that students educated in this manner could not only achieve results comparable to any prep school students, they could also enjoy the process and cultivate creativity, self-awareness, well-being, and social conscience.

During his tenure at Crossroads, Cummins visited many of the public schools in Los Angeles. In the overcrowded classrooms, the overworked teachers, the frustrated children, and the lack of arts education, he saw a dire need for schools where all children, regardless of background or economic status, could create the very fabric of their lives by awakening their imaginations, passions, and curiosities through art, music, dance, and sculpture. His observations deepened his conviction that education should be a joyful process of discovery.