“Our business is to give [a student] mind-stuff, and both quality and quantity are essential. Naturally, each of us possesses this mind-stuff only in limited measure, but we know where to procure it; for the best thought the world possesses is stored in books; we must open books to children, the best books; our own concern is abundant provision and orderly serving.”
—Charlotte Mason, “A Philosophy of Education” p. 26
Cornerstone’s purpose is to instill in children a love for God, a true desire for knowledge, and a heart for serving others in light of Christ and His truth.
With its Christ-centered focus, Cornerstone provides the tools necessary to develop strong character. We believe that this is the ultimate goal of education and we accomplish this goal using an approach based on the work of Charlotte Mason, a 19th century educator and educational philosopher, and later a classical approach focused on the great books. By presenting our students with a broad array of literature and experiences that reflect the truth, goodness, and beauty of creation, we give them the opportunity to find what captures their imagination and pursue it. This not only fosters a love of learning in our students, but puts before them examples of virtue from which they can learn. No example is greater than that of Christ in the Bible.
The Cornerstone Distinctives
Character and Spiritual Development
Learning through Great Books, Good Books and Living Books
Engaged and Purposeful Learner
We strive to create a culture of success because we believe that school culture is what enables and drives academic success.
At Cornerstone, we want to stress that regular school attendance is critical for academic success.
Our goal is to ensure that every student attends school regularly and arrives on time. Daily presence in school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success, starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Research shows that:
children that are chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade
by 6th grade, chronic absence is a warning sign for students at risk of dropping out of school.
by 9th grade, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.
We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances, but we also know that students who miss too much school — excused or unexcused — can fall behind academically, socially, and emotionally. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent, which means missing 10 or more days of school in a school year.
Even as children grow older and more independent, families continue to play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and reminding students that attendance is important for success in school and in life. We thank all of our families for their partnership with us as we set up students for success in this way.