The Crossroads program was created in 2001 in response to the interest of the Marin Academy community to become active in addressing the economic and educational divide in San Rafael. In researching this issue, the program's founding team witnessed the challenges that many San Rafael children face. They found that whether due to socio-economic status, limited access to information, immigrant status, large class sizes, and/or language barriers, many students attending San Rafael public schools were in need of individual attention and supplemental learning experiences that could help them fully realize their potential. In an effort to develop a local program based on closing the education gap, the Marin Academy program focused on the creation of Crossroads academic enrichment based programming for San Rafael youth.
Crossroads identifies ambitious and motivated seventh and eighth graders attending San Rafael public schools to work with over the course of three years (two academic years and three summers). During this time, the program aims to reinforce academic skills, build self-confidence, facilitate success in high school and college, as well as promote responsibility, integrity, and leadership. Crossroads offers an academic school year programming in the form of homework support, individual tutoring and leadership development classes. Crossroads students are also invited to participate in a dynamic full service 5-week summer program that is offered on the Marin Academy campus in partnership with Aim High