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Cornerstone Schools of Alabama

Private | PK-12 | 440 students

Our school is best known for providing students with quality education.

 
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Posted September 23, 2014

My son started school at Cornerstone in kindergarten through 4th grade.He had problems in math.The principal did not allow him to attend remedial course nor was I notified there was a problem with his enrollment form.I was told the form was misplaced.They put him on a waiting list and did not allow him to attend the school.I end up sending him to another school.My son wanted to enroll to Cornerstone again .I enrolled him again at Cornerstone and was told I owed money and I paid the school.They put my son back on a waiting list .I am disappointed and this is not the way Christians behave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2013

If you are looking for a quality Christian environment for your children, please look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

When I originally moved to Alabama I was looking for a great Christian school to enroll my son in, thats when I ran across Cornerstone. Let me just say that for a Christian school they judge and they judge hard. My child was in Kindergaten and he knew how to read better than most 2nd graders. My child was very bored at this school. He has the hyper tendencies of the average 5 year old and it was a major problem for them because he did not walk in a straight line or sit up straigt. They treat these kids as if they are in the military. Sometimes you have to let kids explore and this is not accepting of that at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

I have two young children at Cornerstone and have been impressed by the great teachers and curriculum. My children are excited to go to school, love learning, and are making great progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

My parent works at this school. You can see the positive impact the teachers have on the children. They are really making a difference in the world.


Posted April 24, 2010

I have a friend who teaches there; I have visted the school and classes, met the Principal (fine woman) and was most impressed with the work with the most needy students in the area. With this recession upon us, Cornestone school provides ethical, intellectual and moral guidance many of the children do not get at home. It is a most worthy cause; the prize money would mean the world to children in learning materials. My fingers are crossed that Cornerstone wins!


Posted July 27, 2009

Great Christian School the children learn about the bible
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

Cornerstone is a great school i love to go there the teachers are great & so is the administration. You go on field trips & if you dont get the work the teachers will be sure to help you. Now we have after school activities also this year we are moving to a new school which is way bigger and I love that. We will also have some new teachers more sports & more extra curilium classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2009

Cornerstone is a great school i love to go there the teachers are great & so is the administration. You go on field trips & if you dont get the work the teachers will be sure to help you. Now we have after school activities also this year we are moving to a new school which is way bigger and I love that. We will also have some new teachers more sports & more extra curricular classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2009

Cornerstone is a nice and wonder school. The only thing is that they all need to be on the same page. They need to be consist with teacher and principal. Other than that I love the school. My child has had the A B Honor Roll since she started in the K3 program. Now she is in the 3rd grade. Overall I feel they are doing a wonder job with my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2008

Cornrstone was a good school at one time, but now they have went downhill finance wise and also socially wise. The school does not have many extra curricular activities for us to get involved in besides student government association. The school has also a lot of other problems that i dont want to specify.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2008

I am a parent at cornerstone school, and my daughter thoroughly enjoy and look forward to going everyday. The teachers are very good with the students, and they make sure that every student recieves quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2008

This is my daughter's first year at Cornerstone and I love her teacher, Mrs. Ryan and the principal, Mrs. Fields. I have found that a school is what you make it. My daughter is in kindergarten and can read, count by 5's and 10's, tell time, and do a lot of things that are above her grade level. If you think that this school is anywhere near the same level as Birmingham Public Schools you are kidding yourself. I am confident that when I drop her off at school she will be safe and have a eventful day. I think a lot of parents do not realize the quality of education that this school provides along with learning about christian beliefs at an affordable price. The school provides students the chance of not only learning christian values but living them through community service projects. Proud parent, Denise Randall
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2007

My child has attended CSA since kindergarten and I must say these last few years they have went downhill dramatically. They started making progress with the new principal last year but not only did they get rid of her, they got rid of many, many good teachers. I have never seen that much of a turnover with teachers and principals anywhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2007

My daughter had a great teacher and the first year principal had great vision, but the school needs much improvement; academically and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2007

This school at one time was great, however today its a waste, your child may as well go to public school. The afterschool program is a babysitting service, the principal talks too much, the teachers have no clue of wha to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2004

I have two daughters that have been in attendnance at Cornerstone Schools of Alabama for 8 years. Words can not simply express how much of a blessing to have a school that is biblical based. It is truly an 'in-thing' to speak about the glorious works of God. The staff is a great example of excellence and order. Cornerstone Schools of Alabama has a genuine concern for the spiritual welfare of the students and their academic education. Once your child is in the CSA family, they will never want to leave!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 98% 34%
White 1% 58%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 5%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Junior League Impact in Education Award (2012)
  • Women's Committee of 100 Award (2013)
  • International Baccalaureate Primary School (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Veronica Wiggins
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (205) 591-7656

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
165
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
600

What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Scholarship for Kids

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Alabama
Aurburn University
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118 55th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35232
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Phone: (205) 591-7600

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