Robin Hom, Rising Above the Path of Least Resistance

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Today, we’re speaking with Robin Hom, Superintendent of California Crosspoint Academy. College is a foregone conclusion at Crosspoint, as every one of its graduates since the school’s inception has gone on to attend college. However, he discusses his student body’s struggles with forging their own college and career paths as a result of cultural and familial pressures within the Asian-American community. Listen in as he describes the difference between intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation and how that difference impacts the college and career paths of his students.

About Robin Hom

Robin Hom was born, raised, and educated in the San Francisco Bay Area as the youngest of three sons. Education played an important part in his upbringing, as evidence by the fact that his father was a community college administrator for almost 40 years, his mother a elementary school teacher’s assistant, his oldest brother a physician and clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and his older brother a tenured Mathematics professor at the College of San Mateo.

Robin earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Juris Doctor at the University of the Pacific. He passed the bar exams in California and Ohio and practiced with the Christian Law Association representing churches and schools nationwide. In 1988, he was asked by his home church to serve as the lead administrator at Chinese Christian Schools, where he led the K-12 church school through 25 years of growth and progress, becoming one of the largest private schools in the San Francisco East Bay Area and one of the top schools in the nation academically. During that time, he also earned his MA.Ed. degree from Biola University.

In 2013, the high school continued on as an independent school and Robin has led the movement to have the school become an international leader by bringing together the educational cultures of East and West. Now called California Crosspoint Academy, the 6th — 12th grade school currently has several school programs inside China and a large international student program that was featured in the Wall Street Journal. The school recently purchased and moved to a former college campus and was awarded the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award by the U.S. Department of Education for the second time. Through the years, Robin has served in numerous educational leadership positions and he still sets time aside to help provide legal and leadership counsel to schools and educators throughout the world.

About California Crosspoint Academy

California Crosspoint Academy (CCA) is a fully accredited middle school and high school with an excellent academic track record making us one of the top schools in the nation. Contact us today to learn more about this award winning private school!

Established in 1979 as Chinese Christian Schools, CCA began as an educational ministry of Bay Area Chinese Bible Church. Operating out of 2 small apartments in Oakland, CCA has grown and emerged today as an award winning, top private school in the Bay Area.

The school welcomes students of any faith tradition, race or ethnicity who value learning and are ready for a challenging middle school and high school experience. Students come from Fremont, Hayward, Oakland and the surrounding cities to become part of this award winning school community.

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