Cornerstone Academy opened in 2000 as the result of its founders’ search for innovative solutions that would meet the academic needs of today’s families. We explored the natural connection between church, school, and home, and discovered a way to weave these ancient pillars of community together. Our combination of home study and classroom study comprises an educational model that allows parents a high level of responsibility for their children’s education through partnership with seasoned professionals. Thus, each child’s individual needs are met, and parents enjoy greater support and accountability in the process.
At Cornerstone Academy, we are . . .
A Community of Faith —Education from a Biblical Worldview
The first priority among our families is the unity we share as followers of Christ. We represent many different churches and denominations but we agree on the essentials of the historic Christian faith and the supremacy of Jesus Christ. At Cornerstone we believe that education cannot be separated from our Christian faith and seek to incorporate a Biblical worldview into all aspects of the education process. In addition to studying the Bible and memorizing Scripture as part of the curriculum, students are taught to evaluate their experiences and learning in light of the Scriptures. Cornerstone faculty and staff also strive to reflect a biblical worldview by providing a clear model of Christian life and love in their relationships with students.
A Community of Family
Each of the families at Cornerstone Academy has made a commitment to building and preserving a strong family unit. We encourage each other toward a strong sense of family identity and share common convictions on standards and methods for the moral training of children. We understand and appreciate the vital role that community plays in the deepening and grounding of that moral training in the hearts of children.
A Community of Academics
Cornerstone Academy offers a full range of academic offerings including art, music, and languages, and emphasizes college preparatory studies in the Logic and Rhetoric schools. For Grammar students (K4-5th grade), traditional classroom study and instruction takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Parents are given the option to enroll their students for Monday and Thursday school or to oversee home study with teacher-directed lesson plans on those days. Logic and Rhetoric students (grades 6-12) are on campus Tuesday through Friday and study at home on Mondays, overseen by parents following teacher-directed lesson plans. Monday school is available for secondary students needing a 5-day schedule. State scholarship students in all grades attend Monday and Friday school.
A Community of Athletics & Activities
And finally, Cornerstone Academy offers a broad range of extracurricular athletics and activities sure to challenge, inspire, and equip your child to impact his or her world as a passionate disciple of Christ. Activities and athletics provide opportunities for students to discover and cultivate gifts and talents that support their relationships with God, family, and academics.
At Cornerstone Academy, we strive to live out our . . .
Cornerstone Academy Mission
* To assist parents in providing an excellent classical education and in building godly character founded on a biblical worldview resulting in passionate disciples of Jesus Christ.
Cornerstone Academy Vision
* To further impact this community and the world with young Christian leaders who think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding; who reason and articulate precisely; who are capable of evaluating their range of experience in the light of the Scriptures; and who do so with eagerness in joyful submission to God.
At Cornerstone Academy, we believe . . .
Statement of Faith
The statement of faith adopted by the Cornerstone Academy Association is limited to primary Christian doctrine, which is considered to be central to all Christian denominations, and which sets Protestant Christianity apart from other faiths. The following statement of faith is taken directly from the Cornerstone Academy Association By-laws:
- We believe the Bible alone to be the word of God, the ultimate and infallible authority for faith and practice.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that, for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary.
- We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith.
- We believe that faith without works is dead.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of damnation.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Educational Philosophy and Purpose
Cornerstone Academy is a private education ministry operated by Cornerstone Academy and Ministries, Inc. and is managed by the Board of Directors and the appointed administration.
Cornerstone Academy was established in 2000 as a private, Christian school committed to providing a classical and biblically-based education to young people in grammar and secondary grade levels. Education at Cornerstone Academy is intended to be inherently different in philosophy and content than that offered in the public schools. Cornerstone Academy strives to operate as a servant to the family under the assumption that the education of young people is the responsibility of parents and the immediate family rather than the responsibility of the state. Cornerstone Academy provides a biblically-based curriculum and teaches all subjects as parts of an integrated whole with the Scriptures at the center.
Although most Christian schools would agree on certain fundamentals, it is imperative that parents scrutinize the foundational beliefs of any school in which they may enroll their child/ren. Therefore, below are the most important philosophical elements that we at Cornerstone Academy believe distinguish our approach to education.
- We believe that the Bible clearly instructs parents, not the Church or State, to “bring children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” The Church’s commission is essentially to spread the Gospel and train believers (Matthew 28:18-20). The State has been directed to enforce God’s laws and protect the innocent (Romans 13). The Church trains parents and the State protects families. The Family raises and educates children (Ephesians 6:1-4). Therefore, we seek to teach and discipline in a manner consistent with the Bible and a godly home environment.
- We believe that God’s character is revealed not only in His Word, but also in every facet of the creation. Therefore, we teach that all knowledge is interrelated and can instruct us about God Himself.
- God wants us to love Him with our minds, as well as with our hearts, souls, and strength (Matthew 22:37 ). Therefore we seek to individually challenge children at all levels and teach them how to learn, by using the centuries-old, proven classical method, incorporating instruction in Latin and logic.
- We want to help parents teach their children that all they do should be done “heartily, as unto the Lord.” Therefore, we seek to encourage quality academic work and maintain high standards of conduct. This includes biblical principles of discipline.
- We have a full range of grades because we believe that as long as a child is under his/her parents’ authority and undergoing formal education, he should be trained biblically (Deuteronomy 6:6,7; Proverbs 22:6).
Above all, parents can be confident that their student, at every stage of his/her development in school, will be loved with Christ’s love at Cornerstone Academy.
Objectives & Standards
In the classroom as well as through extracurricular activities and examples set by faculty and staff, Cornerstone Academy strives to:
- Teach all subjects in the curriculum as parts of an integrated whole with the Scripture at the center (II Timothy 3:16-17).
- Provide a clear model of biblical Christian life through the school staff and board (Matthew 22:37-40).
- Encourage every student to begin to develop a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20).
- Emphasize grammar, logic, and rhetoric as applicable in all subjects. (Grammar is to be understood as the fundamental rules and data of each subject. Logic is to be understood as the ordered relationship of particulars in each subject. Rhetoric is to be understood as the means by which the grammar and logic of each subject may be expressed clearly.)
- Encourage every student to develop a love for learning and to achieve maximum academic potential.
- Provide an orderly and secure atmosphere conducive to maintaining these standards.
Authority and Character
To maintain the testimony of Cornerstone Academy as a Christian school, all teachers, staff members, and representatives of Cornerstone Academy are expected to conform to biblical standards of behavior at all times. Wherever possible Matthew 18 shall govern dealing with issues of moral character. The Board shall act as the church body in these circumstances.
In Locō Parentis Policy
To ensure that parental authority over the education of our students is respected, in locō parentis, which means “in place of a parent,” is our policy at Cornerstone Academy. At all levels, the Cornerstone Academy Board, administration, teachers, and staff acknowledge that the school does not function above parental authority, but rather with delegated authority (in locō parentis) from the parents. The Cornerstone Academy goals and vision statement represent the desired results which we believe will come from our educational support of godly homes. We intend to fulfill these established goals through supporting parents who are already dedicated to such goals in their respective households.The school’s implementation of our goals and vision statement is not intended to supplant the responsibility of parents before God for the nurture and education of their children.
The school will seek to fulfill the obligations we have with regard to this policy, as well as our goals and vision statement, primarily through careful admission procedures, faithfulness to our stated educational mission, and biblical discipline.
Doctrinal issues which are not addressed in the Cornerstone Academy Statement of Faith should be discussed on an informative, nonpartisan level. Teachers must be careful not to speak to the students in a manner that would cause offense to the parents. Presentation of all sides of an issue is encouraged. The teacher should encourage the students to follow up any questions they have with their parents and pastor.
At Cornerstone Academy, we strive for excellence in all things . . .
At Cornerstone, our highest goal is to graduate young men and women who think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding; who reason persuasively and articulate precisely; who are capable of evaluating their entire range of experience in the light of Scripture and who do so with eagerness, in joyful submission to God. We also aspire to graduate students who recognize cultural influences as distinct from biblical and who are well-prepared in all situations, possessing both information and the knowledge of how to use it for God’s glory and kingdom. We desire that they be socially graceful and spiritually gracious, strive for excellence in all things, and be equipped with and understand the tools of life-long learning.
Cornerstone Academy Students:
- Rank in the top 5% nationwide on the IOWA Test of Basic Skills
- Score 24% higher than the state average on the ACT
- Score 14% higher than the state average on the SAT
- Earn Bright Futures Scholarships
- Have placed 1st in National and International Robotics Competitions
- Compete in various competitive sports, having won multiple national championships
- Hold 16 trophies for 1st Place and conference championship in Speech & Debate
- Able to defend what they believe
- Prepared for college and life
- Familiar with an array of worldviews
- Able to articulate and communicate effectively
- Leaders who make a difference in society