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we inspire the next generation of leaders

“Teaching, not education, should be our focus because great teaching inspires students to educate themselves.”

- A Thomas Jefferson Education

 

Our Mission

Cornerstone Classical School is a private school located mid-valley in the Roaring Fork and Crystal River Valleys in Basalt, Colorado. Our approach is to implement Christ-centered, classical curricula for pre-school through senior high students. The small, supportive, warm school environment draws students seeking a distinctive and exceptional educational experience.

The foundation for critical thinking is forged in the intentional relationship between the classical model for learning, individual focus, and mentoring. Our classes are intentionally capped at 15 students, allowing every student to be actively engaged and intimately responsible for their education.

The classical Christian format is taught by passionately trained educators who challenge students both academically and spiritually to excellence. Low student to teacher ratios ensure individual attention and mentoring. The atmosphere is one of firmness with freedom.

Research from the Association of Classical and Christian Schools clearly shows students who have journeyed through and completed a classical Christ-centered education are better equipped to thrive under the rigors and demands of higher education. They prove to be resilient and prepared for success.


To glorify God by equipping students with the tools necessary to pursue a lifetime of learning so that they may discern, reason, and defend truth in service to our Lord, Jesus Christ
— Cornerstone Classical Mission Statement

Original Source

Our passionate commitment to excellence and Socratic collaborative inquiry allows us to place original source texts in front of our students, equipping study under some of the greatest thinkers who have helped shape Western civilization. Homer, Plato, Euclid, Nietzsche, Chaucer, Einstein, Eusebius, Shakespeare, Aquinas, Milton, Pascal, Bonhoeffer, Churchill, Tolkien, and Lewis are a few of the teachers students encounter in the classical curriculum.

Students grapple with fundamental questions that confront us as humans made in the image of God. Students enthusiastically translate, write, conduct experiments, and analyze, enabling each to participate in the ‘Great Conversation.’ In its finest form, wisdom is a “catalogue of moral qualities: it is pure, it is gentle, it is full of mercy, it is full of good fruits, it is easy to be intreated… it recognizes the true greatness of man, capable of universal application” of experience, knowledge, and good judgement — the depth of character that endures a lifetime.