Frequently asked questions
What kind of families are you looking for?
We are looking for like-minded families that share our passion for a quality education that equips our children to embrace goodness, beauty and truth.
We welcome families that value education, and understand that our children will encounter challenges in life which require a strong foundation.
We welcome families that take their job as parents seriously and want to partner with others that share their core values.
We are looking for families that understand and appreciate an engaging, nurturing, and vibrant learning environment.
What kind of student succeeds at Cornerstone?
The classical Christian approach appeals to every student and any exposure to the classical Christian model will change their perspective forever.
Once the passion for learning has been re-ignited, when the student begins to see the ‘big picture,’ and when the child understands that there is purpose and meaning in what they are learning, then they begin to understand how the ‘jigsaw puzzle’ fits together.
The classical Christian approach appeals primarily to the curious and the students whom wish to be challenged, both academically and spiritually.
Is there homework?
Yes, there is an appropriate amount of homework provided in all grades.
Homework is where the ‘rubber meets the road’ as students grapple with challenging concepts that great thinkers before them have also wrestled with over the years. It’s through homework that students truly engage with these concepts and recognize what they do and do not understand.
Homework also provides a ‘window’ for parents to see what is happening at school and engage with their child in an active and informed way.
What is Silver Bells?
Silver Bells is our annual school-wide fundraiser. It takes place at the beginning of each holiday season, usually in late November or early December.
Cornerstone uses the money raised from Silver Bells to bridge the gap between the the rate of tuition and the actual cost of educating a student.
We encourage parents to volunteer by helping at the table or booth we host.
Do students at Cornerstone take a standardized test?
Yes they do, it is called the CTP-4 (Comprehensive Testing Program edition 4) issued by the Educational Research Bureau (ERB). You can read more about it here.
The 2018-19 school year is the third year Cornerstone will administer the CTP-4 test which is used by all members of ACCS (Association of Classical Christian Schools).
In the first two years of administering the test, Cornerstone has significantly raised its test scores to be competitive with many other classical Christian schools around the country.
Do you have to be a Christian to attend Cornerstone?
While it isn’t required that a student is a Christian to attend Cornerstone Classical School, it is a requirement that at least one parent is a believer.
Are you accredited?
Yes, we are accredited with the National Association of Private Schools (NAPS).
We are also members of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS).
I heard that you were a Homeschool Co-op. Is that true?
No, we are not a Homeschool Co-op. Although we highly value the importance of homeschools and of parents being intimately and actively involved in the education of their children, we are a 5 days a week classical Christian school.
When Cornerstone Classical was founded, we approached education through the University Model (a couple of days at school and the others days at home). However, it soon became clear that there was a need to offer a traditional 5-day-a-week program offering excellent academics, and a vibrant spiritual context, while equipping our students to be the leaders that our country needs — similar to the education and character of our Founding Fathers.
Are you 5 days a week?
Yes. In 2016 we began a 5 day a week program for Preschool through Middle School.
Schools who are members of the Association of Christian and Classical Schools (ACCS) consistently score 70-90 percent higher on national tests. We believe Latin has much to do with the higher scores, not to mention the general educational benefits. Click here to read more...
What is the National Latin Exam?
The National Latin Exam is held each year and tests the skill, knowledge and verbal dexterity of students that study Latin.
Latin, far from being a ‘dead language,’ actually nurtures many life long skills while also boosting SAT and ACT scores (for every Latin word that you know, you know 10 English words).
Last year was our first year to sit the National Latin Exam and of the 8 students that took this national test, 7 were nationally recognized and we brought home two gold and two silver medals. You can read more about Cornerstone Classical’s approach to Latin here.
Do you have uniforms?
Yes, our students wear uniforms. They provide students with a unified feel to our culture.
Do you have sports programs?
We do not currently offer any official sports programs at Cornerstone. However, we do provide fencing and archery lessons in P.E. You can read more about our athletics here.
Cornerstone enjoys a healthy relationship with surrounding public schools and students that wish to play on a competitive team are encouraged to do so.
Are parents welcome at the school?
Parents of Cornerstone students are always welcome on campus. More often than not, there is usually at least one parent volunteering on campus at any given time. We truly believe in and encourage a partnership between parents and the school.
Does the school have a particular denominational preference?
Although Cornerstone Classical School is a ministry of Christ Community Church, it operates within a non-denominational environment.
We have families and faculty from many different denominations. We teach and abide by primary doctrines, and the truths that unite us.
What do you mean by Christian?
All knowledge is made complete only when seen and understood in relation to the eternal glory and purposes of the triune God. Each aspect of our educational endeavor is founded upon and informed by a thoroughly biblical worldview. All subjects are taught as part of a unified, integrated whole that demonstrates God's character and glory as revealed through creation, providence and Scripture.
Education is inherently value-laden. A classical Christian education is essentially a Christian liberal education - an education for Christians that prepares them to be free men and women advancing God's kingdom. Therefore, we seek to offer an education that:
1) is rich and challenging for all students, regardless of academic ability;
2) recognizes that all truth, goodness, and beauty consists in and proceeds from the holiness and eternal majesty of God, and are divine absolutes. We reject any subjective relativism that the world may assign to these;
3) is designed to develop Biblical wisdom and Christian virtue by equipping students to know, love and practice that which is true, good, and beautiful.
How May Parents Be Involved With The School?
We highly value parental authority and involvement. Depending on your background, you might be surprised how 'open' Cornerstone Classical School is to inviting parents to be part of the school's daily routine. Through helping with reading groups, assisting at the reception desk, recess supervision, and chaperoning field trips, there are numerous practical ways to be a volunteer at your child's school.
Will Students Really Get an Education if All They Study is Literature?
Many assume that 'classics' means literature, however, this isn’t the case. There are classics in every field, even in the most modern or technical. Literature is the easy one; we tend to equate the two because this is one field where schools still use classics like Shakespeare, Dickens and Austen. However, there are also History Classics (Plutarch, Gibbon, Toynbee), Science Classics (Copernicus, Galileo, Newton), Math Classics (The Chosen, Gulliver's Travels, On Numbers), and so on. Cornerstone Classical utilizes the classics of each field we teach.