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Cornerstone Christian Academy

Private | K-6 | 180 students

Our school has a Christ-centered, classical focus where children love to learn.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $342,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $900.

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Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014

Our family has been part of CCA for 8 years and we are more than pleased with this community. The teachers teach not only the excellerated academics but they also teach to the heart of the child! A love of learning is fostered here in a genuine way and it can be seen in all four of my children's educational pursuit. We chose this school because we believed they would care for our children most similarly to the way we do in our home! The partnership we, as parents, have with the staff and principal of the school is unprecedented! We love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2014

We loved Cornerstone. We loved the teachers. We loved the community. The culture can be a pretentious and money driven, but underneath, the families were wonderful. We were terribly disappointed in the school's leadership however, and chose to pull our children after it was clear that Biblical principals of leadership would not be followed. We chose a school that would foster Christian character, and that just isn't possible when the administration doesn't display it in their own actions. We sought reconciliation with the administration per Matthew 18:5-20 and our meetings were cancelled with an email telling us to go talk to the new head of schools if we had concerns. We were very disappointed with Mr. Jones's lack of character and willingness to speak to us in addressing our concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2014

My children have been at Cornerstone for 7 years now and we have loved every bit of it! This is not the kind of school where you pay your money, drop off your kids, expect the school to do it all & then complain when they don't. Cornerstone is very much about partnering with parents to raise children. If you are looking for the kind of school where you are welcome in your child's classroom, can call/text the teacher with questions, & take comfort in knowing that not only are they praying for your child, but for you, than this is the school for you. Classes are small and the teachers are an amazing group of godly men & women who are just as concerned about what s happening in my son s heart as they are with the info going into his head. As for the academics, my oldest is extremely smart (reading at age 3) and he was challenged all the way through Cornerstone. They use a classical approach - which means that they will learn how to write (even in cursive!) and how to think logically and critically. When my kids go out into the world, I want them to know how to think for themselves and defend their beliefs. That's the education they re getting at Cornerstone & Pusch Ridge!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2014

Both my children have gone through this excellent school. My son is currently a sophomore at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy and my daughter attends the honor college at American University in D.C. The grounding in the classical ideals of truth, beauty and goodness has impacted their lives and ours. CCA spread a banquet before my children of excellence in their curricula, methodology and leadership. Thankfully the leadership represented today carries on the rich traditions of the founders and their ideals for glorifying God in all areas of education and partnering with the home in their God given responsibility in raising their children to be Disciples of Christ.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

Regarding the negative comments posted: The negative comments are are not edifying & are stumbling blocks to those who read them. Let us learn hence how hateful falsehood is to the God of truth, and not only shun a direct lie, but all advantages from the use of doubtful expressions, and double meaning in our speech. Cornerstone Christian Academy truly is an excellent school, but you shouldn't need an online school review to convince you! Prayerfully consider & see for yourself how the fingerprint of God is all over the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

We believe that a great school is only as great as its leaders. The administration and pastors that lead this school have failed this school community in how they make decisions and hide truth from the community they are to serve. They do not act in accordance with Biblical principles. They merely preach words but do not act on His Word when push comes to shove. The events that took place in the 2013-2014 school year and the rumors that came directly from the mouths of school board members and Pastors from the church is the reason we are pulling our kid from this school. This is not what we are paying over 8K a year for. This is not the Godly example we seek for our child. Our child's teacher began treating us very differently once she learned we were not returning. This too is wrong! This school is loaded with problem that start with the head pastor at the church and go straight down! This school will not be great under his "leadership"!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

This school has exceeded every one of our expectations. As a military family we have had experience with several schools in different States and knew how important it was to choose a school both for it's academic achievement and its focus on the hearts of its students. From the first day it was evident that the teachers and staff genuinely care about who the students are and not simply about what they can learn. The family feel of the community at CCA and the intimate involvement of the teachers make it truly unique. It is not uncommon to have a teacher text or call me after school to comment on an achievement my child made that day or an area of confusion that we could help our child with in homework that night. Its truly a team effort to raise Godly intelligent, mature people in an encouraging, loving and grace filled environment. I wish my children had an education option like Cornerstone near every base we were stationed and I highly encourage anyone considering this school to take a closer look. We truly believe that this school is in a league of its own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

Cornerstone is simply amazing! The school's philosophy/approach is second to none, combining biblical truths with academic excellence. The professional teachers are loving and nurturing and care deeply for students' success and growth. Although high emphasis placed on academics, the school's commitment to growing the child as a whole person (academically, spiritually, emotionally, socially, and physically) is what sets them apart. The principal has been a tremendous blessing to our family (and he knows classical education extremely well, contrary to another reviewer's comment). We have built many friendships through the school and the covenantal community has welcomed and supported us in a number of ways. There is no other school we would rather be a part of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

CCA is not challenging or meeting our expectations. The teacher my child has is not providing any additional materials to challenge her and she is completely bored! For the price we pay in tuition, teachers should notice when the child needs more advanced work and should go out of their way to meet the needs of each child in the class. After all, there are very small class sizes, but yet they do not individual ANY instruction for your child! I am now having to pay a tutor, on top of my tuition, to challenge my child, when this should be done in school. The principal has not been helpful in solving this matter (I don't think he has any educational background to even know how to!). This has been a bad school year and we are moving on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

We LOVE Cornerstone Christian Academy. Transferred our son at the end of first grade from a public charter school. We're so pleased with the classical education CCA offers, the nurturing and well-qualified teachers, administration, school environment, campus security, and Christian values. Definitely worth checking out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

All of my children have gone or are currently going through Cornerstone Christian Academy. We've been at the school for the last 13 years. We are very impressed by its quality academic as well as grace-filled spiritual environment for our kids. The school's commitment to time-tested classical education from a biblical perspective is priceless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2013

This is an amazing school! The principal and teachers are wonderful, the staff is great, very friendly and helpful in every way. The curriculum is challenging, the academic programs are advanced and the children are above their grade level. The kids love to learn in the fun and exciting environment provided by the school. Cornerstone provides a solid Christian environment with a strong biblical foundation. Our son loves Cornerstone, he feels happy, loved and safe at all times when he is at school. We are delighted with all that the school has to offer. It is a blessing to be part of the school family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2013

Cornerstone is an amazing school! The principal and teachers are wonderful as well as the staff and administrative team. The facilities are great, size classes are small, the curriculum is challenging and advanced and the kids are above their grade level. The children love to learn and explore in the environment provided at this school. Our son loves Cornerstone, he is very happy and feels loved and safe at all times while he is at school. We are delighted with all that the school has to offer. We feel very blessed to be part of the Cornerstone family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

We love the small class size, facility, and academic curriculum. The curriculum is consistent, example( Saxon math is used from K-6) Elementary teaching is a stepping process and children need to learn each step to go to the next . This school understand this basic elementary teaching philosophy. The admissions director, is professional, well- read, and informative on all accounts of the admit process. Students are polite, friendly and interact well with one another. This is a school worth checking out for discerning parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2009

I could not disagree more with the last two comments!! My family has been at CCA for 9 YRS. It's the most spiritually nurturing and academically challenging private Christian school in Tucson! The curriculum is written in such as way as to remove itself from 'cookie cutter' models of public school education. It's focus is specifically on the individual & their learning level & abilities..challenging them where they are. Class sizes are small (12-15), so individualized attention can be given. RE: financial aid. Fact: OVER 73% of CCA students received financial assitance last year. The administration regularly emails & sends out notices (plus parent meetings) regarding tuition assistance. The covenant families at CCA are well informed of their options! CCA truly partners with the home to bring a love of learning to the students, while unfolding to them a Biblical world & life view. I would have my no where else!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

Our experience is strikingly similar to those described from the June 2008 posting (i.e. cookie cutter, etc.). We are not bitter, and no... our child was not expelled or suspended! Although the academic program was fantastic, there was not much room for individual creativity and just letting kids be kids. Furthermore, we could not justify the way we were treated by the Administration. Getting some straight answers about tuition assistance was near impossible. Status appears to be a big deal, and either you have money or... oh well, poor you. On the surface the school tries to demonstrate some decent Christian values, and they succeed at several venues. We have been Christians for nearly 40 years and feel that the actions/attitude of most of the Administration team and some community members/teachers did not compliment the ideal humble and helpful spirit that should be associated with being a true Christian.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2008

If you want a cookie-cutter kid, this is the place! Unique, quirky, gifted, or individualistic children should not attend this school. Tolerance is nil. Very snotty and closed-minded... and, yes, I've been a Christian for nearly 30 years. I found CCA incredibly box-like in their view of children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2008

My daughter has now attended for 5 years. Her reading and oratory skills far surpass any of her peers from Tucson's top public schools. Her math skills and abilities are challenged in interschool competitions and a school standard to stay at least one grade level ahead. In the third grade she began Latin and now is unlocking the key to romantic languages and is able to discern medical terms she reads in novels or hears on tv! Our only fear is that by the 6th grade she may surpass us educationally. Beyond the stellar academics is the continuos character development she receives. Her maturity and compassion encourage us to be better because of her example. Extra perks unrivaled by any school in the region include the annual Shakespeare festival in which every student studies and experiences the joy of Shakespeare. Art is not only appreciated but encouraged-they have their own kiln!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2006

Cornerstone has an outstanding curriculum, carefully built on a well-thought through philosophy about the nature of the learner, the purposes of education, etc. My children went through all the grades there, and they were introduced to the great classics of literature at the elementary school level, including works like 'The Odyssey' and 'Beowulf.' Because of Cornerstone, they love Shakespeare, and each delighted in performing plays and sonnets. Most importantly, they love to learn, and Cornerstone has encouraged a thirst for knowledge and given them the tools to teach themselves. Math is accelerated and individualized - no dumbing down! Small classes, great atmosphere of grace and encouragement! Parents are very involved - you would be, too - it's fun to be on campus. Great value, too, compared to private schools elsewhere. This school is the education you wish you had had!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2005

Recently we moved out of state and discovered just how amazing Cornerstone truly was. Our daughter is light years ahead of her classmates and this is at a 'blue ribbon' honored school! Not enough can be said of the educators at Cornerstone-they are truly amazing and the proof is in the students-phenomenal.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 42%
Hispanic 2% 39%
Asian 1% N/A
Black 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 11%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
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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)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Jeff Jones
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Presbyterian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (520) 529-7140

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • 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)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Latin Club
  • Science club
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
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  • Attend parent nights
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  • Cornerstone Christian Academy, a ministry of Catalina Foothills Church, has fast become a much valued resource for Tucson's Christian community. As a covenantal school, we enroll children from families with a clear commitment to rearing their children in the Christian faith. As a classical school we have a strong emphasis on academic rigor (reflected in our high test scores) and exposing our children to the best in music, art, and literature in the tradition of Western culture and civilization.
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Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$3000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Pusch Ridge Christian Academy
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6450 N Camino Miraval
Tucson, AZ 85718
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Phone: (520) 529-7080

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