About Crosswinds

Crosswinds Arts & Science School is a free, public school open to all 6th – 10th graders, managed by Perpich Center for Arts Education. Crosswinds fosters equity and achievement by teaching in and through the arts, enhanced by a rich 37-acre natural environment.

Crosswinds was created in 1997 by the now dismantled East Metro Integration District (EMID) in response to racial segregation in the Twin Cities eastern metro region. For years, Crosswinds thrived at bringing students from all backgrounds together in a successful learning environment. Since taking over the management of the school in 2013, Perpich has been working to rebuild the former success of Crosswinds through specialized programs centered around arts education and arts integration with the goal of creating a model arts and equity school for the state of Minnesota.

Learn about the benefits of arts education and arts integration here.

Perpich Vision

Perpich Center for Arts Education is a recognized national leader uniquely positioned to fuse artistic passion and academic excellence, producing creative thinkers who contribute valued perspectives in society.

Perpich Mission

To provide all Minnesota students the opportunity to develop and integrate their artistic and academic abilities to their highest potential.

Crosswinds Purpose

Engage every student by creating an equitable culture in and through the arts.

Crosswinds Vision

To foster resilient global citizens through data driven practices, purposeful integration, and innovative arts education as a model school for the state of Minnesota.

Crosswinds has room to grow, and we would love for you to be part of our story. Visit our enrollment page for more details!

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