The Crossnore School
New Employee Orientation
The mission of the Crossnore School &
Children’s Home is to grow healthy futures
for children and families by providing a
Christian sanctuary of hope and healing.
The History of The Crossnore
by Dr. Eustace and Dr. Mary
The Sloop arrived in Crossnore in 1911 as
Dr. Mary Martin Sloop noticed the lack of
education, girls marrying at twelve and
thirteen, families eking out a living
farming, and the devastating effects of
making and selling moonshine.
Mary Martin Sloop had a strong and
elegant belief – she could make a
difference in the lives of the rural, isolated
mountain people. Her words reflect her
work – “A chance at a fine education is
the best way to help children rise above
The Sloops founded and opened The
Crossnore School in 1913.
Bad roads and bad weather meant
children missed a lot of school. The Sloops
raised money to build dormitories so
children could stay on campus and
attend school during the week.
children did not have appropriate
clothes Dr. Mary Martin Sloop wrote
friends and family to send donated
clothes and other items. When the
donations were not appropriate for the
children she sold them to local residents
for funds to support the school. This is the
origin of the Sales Store.
Dr. Mary Martin Sloop wanted to teach
mountain women a craft, a skill so she
started the weaving program. This is the
origin of The Weaving Room.
Mary Martin Sloop reached out to The
Daughters of the American Revolution for
financial support. She advocated to the
President General to have The Crossnore
School become an approved school in
Over the decades The Crossnore School
gained the reputation as a sanctuary for
children. Traditions began in the Sloop
years continue to present.
2016, The Crossnore School announced
an affiliation with The Children’s Home to
provide a full continuum of services for
children in western North Carolina.
In January 2017, the merger was
completed and the organization became
Crossnore School & Children’s Home. One
organization with two campuses to serve
Crossnore School & Children’s
Home Philosophy of Care
At Crossnore School & Children’s Home, we:
Recognize the family as the ideal setting
for the child to grow and develop. The
child and his or her family are clients and
they are involved in admissions, care and
planning for their child and family unit.
Children have access to their families and
receive assistance from staff in
developing and maintaining family
relationships as appropriate to their
permanency planning. We value
the child’s right to the best alternative
permanent living environment when the
family cannot be reunited.
as our founder, that education is
the best way for a child to capitalize on
his or her potential. We seek to develop
an appreciation for education in each
child. We strive to provide opportunities
for children to be successful
academically, physically, emotionally and
spiritually according to each child’s
individual interests and abilities.
the physical health of the
children we serve. Provide special
programs and facilities, including an onsite clinic staffed by a Family Nurse
Practitioner, and state-of the art fitness
center, emphasize our commitment to the
children’s health. We focus on physical
activity and a well-balanced diet as keys
to developing good health habits in the
children we serve.
emotional well-being for the
children we serve. Individual, sibling,
family and group psychotherapy is
available to all children to support and
nurture their individual and special needs.
Case Management services are offered
to coordinate, facilitate and advocate for
the children’s needs.
above all, to create a home-like,
stable environment. Children live in
cottages with four Cottage Parents,
where they enjoy activities and evening
meals in a family atmosphere. At
Crossnore School & Children’s Home,
children receive opportunities for
numerous enrichment experiences.
Cottages have pet dogs which enables
the children to learn responsibility and
love in caring for it and their home while
they are here.
problems and crises as
opportunities for growth; we use
constructive problem-solving and conflict
resolution toward the development of
effective communication skills.
Utilize a team approach to deliver quality
care and services to the children and
families we serve. Staff teams plan,
implement and evaluate a Plan of Care
(POC) for each child; team members
share responsibilities within their individual
that spiritual development is part
of an overall healthy life. As a Christian
organization we offer weekly Christian
chapel services and we encourage each
cottage to develop a long-term
relationship with a local church. We
believe in free will and respect every
child’s right to choose his/her own spiritual
path. We accept children from all faith
backgrounds and make reasonable
accommodations for children to develop
the faith of their choice.
all people regardless of race,
ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or
The negative effects of complex trauma are
diminished and managed in the lives of the
Children build and maintain healthy
relationships with siblings, families and
Children learn and practice age appropriate
life skills and independent living skills.
Teams are well informed and high functioning
to meet the needs of the individual child.
are prepared for future
academics and closing achievement
Crossnore School & Children’s Home is a
trauma informed Sanctuary community.
Children have opportunities to explore
their own talents and have enriching
Children have opportunities for physical
health and spiritual development.
show progress in meeting their
Keep children together in the living
environment when appropriate.
Implement and monitor a rigorous
All information on children gathered and
disseminated to all team members. All
team members are engaged. Implement
team fidelity survey reports to measure
information and engagement.
increase academic growth by
12% annually, 3% quarterly.
Staff are trained in the Sanctuary Model
of Care (Trauma Informed Care)
Children have opportunities to participate
in the arts, sports, and travel.
Children eat healthy foods, exercise
regularly and are encouraged to grow
are assessed and linked with
appropriate therapeutic interventions.
Treatment plans are reviewed and
Cottage parents implement a research
based parenting model with fidelity.
Adopt a life skills and independent living
skills curriculum. Assess children’s skill level.
Use of documentation tool increased to
progress is monitored monthly.
Revise the Circle of Hope Program
Guidelines. Revise the Student
Handbook. Revise The Stepping Stones
Continue to employee full time art and
music teachers. Provide music lessons.
Revise work program guideline.
Children eat a well-balanced diet.
Children exercise regularly.
Children have access to medical facilities.
Children are nurtured spiritually.
& Children’s Home
Theory of Change
Holistic HEALTH CARE &
ENRICHMENT Life Skills,
Work Experience, Travel,
Public Charter School in Crossnore NC
Day Treatment Program in WSFC Schools
in Winston-Salem, NC
Mental Health Services
Case Management Services
Sanctuary Model of Care
The students served in our residential group
home are aged 1 to 21. The majority of the
children served are in the custody of the
Department of Social Services (DSS) and
have been determined to have been
abused, neglected or dependent. The
students come mainly from the Western
North Carolina counties.
Many of the children we serve come from
low-income families. All children we serve
comes to us the a trauma history.
Another population of children we serve
are involved in with the Department
Juvenile Justice (DJJ)and need out-ofhome placement to address the issues that
led them to DJJ involvement.
The other population of children we serve is
Private Placement. The children are placed
here by their legal custodian for a number
These reasons may be families are in need
of assistance to manage a child’s
behaviors, a family is struggling to care for
the child for social emotional incapacity,
the child is struggling to go to school or the
local school system can not provide an
educationally appropriate setting.
Percent of our children:
Substance Abuse – Parent
Substance Abuse – Child
Death of a Parent
Mental Illness – Parent
Placements 5 or More
Crossnore School & Children’s Home is a
private, non-profit children’s home and
school. Crossnore School & Children’s Home
is licensed through the North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services
to care for children ages 1-21.
Crossnore School & Children’s Home is
accredited by the Council on Accreditation
(COA). It is a member of the Coalition for
Residential Education (CORE).
It is certified by The Sanctuary Model of
Our special niche is the ability to keep large
sibling groups together.
Crossnore School & Children’s Home plays a
vital role in Crossnore, NC and WinstonSalem, NC. Its purpose, caring for and
educating children, has never changed.