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February 02, 2014
My school was Cornerstone Academy was great during preschool to 5th grade. The teachers spoke Chinese so my Chinese expanded greatly. I also learned a lot because the teachers were experienced and acknowledged every individual student's needs and talents. Middle school was totally different though. My locker was rusting, had dents, and if pulled hard enough my lock would unlock. The teachers gave us zero freedom. While my friends in other schools had no uniform, a privilege to go home by themselves, and free time I had none of that. My teachers would always tell us that they wanted to treat us like adults but two minutes after that they would treat us as if we were preschoolers. I had my locker on the third floor when most of my classes were on the second floor. The other kids had their lockers on the ground floor when their classes were on the third floor. One of my teachers was a complete control freak. When there was free dress she would forbid us from wearing sweatpants, shorts, and for girls she would forbid tank tops, leggings, and and anything that wasn't "kid-friendly." I remember that to go to my first class in the morning i had to walk up six flight of stairs.

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December 04, 2013
I enjoyed my time here at Cornerstone Academy during my elementary school years. However, middle school was a different story. The textbooks they provided us with were worn out and outdated (I remember some were printed in the 1980s). The desks and chairs were deteriorating. The lockers were rusting. I remember the carpets and some rooms smelled. Many of the classrooms didn't have heaters that worked well. When I was there, there was not a variety of sports teams to join (only volleyball and basketball). I also noted how incredibly small the high school classes were (I clearly remember that there is roughly 20 students each grade). I thought I was fine, but once I left for high school, I was amazed. Cornerstone had nothing, but my new public school had everything. New pool, new outdoor basketball courts, a baseball field, a soccer field, a track field, sturdy desks, and up to date textbooks. Not to mention, the teachers at my high school were much better than my middle school ones. The school even called families if the student was absent or for announcements.

- submitted by a community member
April 17, 2013
NO counselors or Social Workers on-site. Disheartens me to keep my child here any longer.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2012
My daughter attended Junior Preschool(JPS) and Senior Preschool(SPS) from 2009 to 2012. Let's say I am impressed with how much she has learned thus far. JPS - She learned how to be independent & built a strong foundation of learning both Chinese and English. SPS- By the June 2012, she is able to recite all phonetic sounds, writes in lower & upper case A-Z, counts and write to 100 both in Chinese and English, knows rhyming sounds, opposites concepts, understands directional words, months of the yr, days of the week, four seasons, body parts, shapes (draw & recognize), colors, practice good health, hygiene, & manners, draws human figures, perform weekly show and tell, catches/throws ball, observes rules/follows directions, etc. An added bonus is tuition includes two hot meals and two snacks/day. It's peace of mind to know that she is well fed each day. As a parent, what more could you ask for from a school?

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2012
I attended cornerstone from Kindergarten to the 8th grade. K - 4th grade was great all around. Once I hit 5th grade, my social life went up and my academics went way down. You start to form a little community with the friends and people you meet at this school. If you saw someone outside of school, you'd be able to pick up a conversation with them easily. I had a lot of fun 5th to 8th grade but I didn't learn ANYTHING about ANYTHING. Middle school here is so strict. You MUST have your parents come pick you up/sign out of the useless "sign out" sheet before you can leave. C'mon they are in middle school. They can take care of themselves. We weren't even allowed to leave after school unless we had permission from our parents. My friends and I would plot forever just to sneak out to get an after school snack. Don't get me wrong, I had a lot of fun with my friends here but once I attended a public high school, everything changed. Everyone is so independent whereas I was just a lost sheep. Cornerstone didn't prepare me for the real world at all whatsoever.

- submitted by a community member
January 02, 2012
Horrible, worst times of my life. The school offered zero freedom and was strict on the most petty things, a very close-minded school. It's excuse for its strictness and close-mindedness is religion. You won't survive in the real world if you come here.

- submitted by a community member
January 02, 2012
Worst times of my life. The school was very strict and close-minded because of its "religion." Very strict on the most petty things when it should have focused on other areas, such as teaching their kids to behave rather than sending them home for an untucked shirt. You won't survive in the real world if you send your child here.

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2011
This is a great school for my child. We enrolled her to this school because the school teaches Chinese, and the teachers are caring and disciplined. We are so glad that she is there. Within three months of pre-school enrollment, my daughter could translate Chinese / English back-and-forth. She is also learning a lot academically and socially. More importantly, the teachers give her individual attention, encourage her to continued to do things she enjoys, and provide consistent feedback to us about her performance in school. We live by West Portal Elementary School District, and we had a chance to discuss its chinese immersion program with the teachers during a Open enrollment discussion night at the West Portal School. We were extremely disappointed about the communication skills of the teachers. We plan to keep our daughter at Cornerstone as long as we live in SF.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2010
We came from South East Asia and the Schools over there are known to be focusing very much on academic rather than sports and character-building. Due to my husband's work committment, we have to leave our country and settled in San Francisco. We enrolled our kids in Cornerstone Academy. We are so glad that we did that. Cornerstone Academy is a very good private Christian school. They are both good in academics and sports. Most importantly, they teach students moral, responsibilities and discipline.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2010
I am an alumnus of Cornerstone Academy and am very proud to be able to say so. Cornerstone was did an amazing job of putting me ahead of my peers by thousands of miles. The curriculum was far more advance than the local public school system, and the teachers and faculty sincerely cared for us, their students, and all took extra steps of love to motivate us and keep us on track. Some nitpick about diversity and segregation. My class had a couple Latino students, both of whom I am still friends with, and they will both tell you that they never felt like outsiders at Cornerstone. Cornerstone provides an excellent education and instills the morals required of outstanding students and citizens during the younger, more vulnerable years of the students.

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- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
We loved this school along with the teachers when our daughter was in preschool. There are still some things we like such as the security and the school itself but overall the school lacks diversity and the non asian children begin to feel like outsiders after first grade. Also, to me it seems like the loving and nuturing environment displayed in the preschool program changed immediately in first grade. I do not feel it is good for the children to be pushed so hard in the lower grades and also think that Chinese should be optional and not mandatory in the academics program. This school really needs more diversity overall and the children outside of preschool should not be treated like they are at a military academy. It is not always productive to force too much academics on children too quickly as it inhibits their growth and creativity.

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February 03, 2009
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January 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2008
My daughter attended the Preschool program at Lawton site. She has learnt so much not only in acadmic values but also her acknowledement of morale and being a quality individual. The teachers are well trained and sincerely care for the children. I have no worries and have peace of mind seeing her steady progress. With no Chinese language background, she managed to speak fluently, more advance in reading, writing, math than other kids at the same age. It would be my number one choice if I have more kids. Highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2008
The prior principle, brought in to reform and diversify the school, has left. With him, left the innovations, stability and new breath needed in the school. There is lack of school programs and a need for injection of new ideas. There is a question of financial dedication by the school management for their lack of financial committment to put forth moneys for qualify trainers for their teachers and assistants. Though the committment is their, the infrastructure and the knowledge base needs serious improvements.

- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2008
I have three children and two are currently attending Jr. Pre-school and Sr. Pre-school at the Lawton campus. I'm very satisfied with the school program and curriculum because both of my kids have learnt a lot. He is at a different level as compared to someone at the same age in daycare and public school. Besides learning how to count, read, write in Chinese and English, they are taught how to make creative art and crafts. Besides, they are able to learn their own heritage and the chinese culture through events like the moon festival and chinese new yr. I would recommend all Chinese parents to enroll their kids into their pre-school program because it serves as a strong foundation for academic learning and their mother language acquisition which will definitely help them in their future.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2007
Each year more and more students are leaving the school and going to other schools. This should tell you something about Cornerstone Academy. The teachers in middle school and high school lack teaching skills. No creativity.

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October 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2007
As a parent of a former student, I can strongly say that Cornerstone Academy has a great academic program where teachers are dedicated on the success of their students. In addition, there is a great amount of parent involvement in the success of their children's education. The students learn Cantonese in elementary school, but have the chance to also learn either Spanish or Mandarin in middle and high school. At Cornerstone, there is a wide variety of sports and music available, but the school lacks in the amount of extracurricular activity. Overall, Cornerstone Academy is a good school for training your child toward a better education and strong work ethic.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2007
My kids are excited about going to school everyday. I have three enrolled. They sometimes complain about the amount of homework they receive, but I think it helps them to be responsible for their study habits. They enjoy the dance and sports program they are in. I feel that they are learning and growing as individuals. I'm happy that as parent I don't have to worry about sending them to an outside after school program. They have a before and after school program that is all included in the monthly tuition. I am extremely happy that I do not have to volunteer for fund raisers!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2006
Middle school not that great. Language option needs to improve. The school instead of improving is going down. Their Elementary programs are great a recomend parents to place them only for the elementary section.Specially the new principal Mr. Wilkings is making the school more enjoyable for students and parents.

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June 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2006
Standards are high. Environment enables kids to focus on learning. However, no real accommodations if your child has learning difficulties or needs tutoring.

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March 09, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
February 08, 2006
The teacher quality is not too impressive. Their discipline method can be a little harsh sometimes.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2006
I am pleased with the education our son recieves. I would however prefer that the children were allowed more time for creative activities.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2006
Academic programs are poor, and lack good teachers. Music, art, and sport programs were previously well-funded and hence common, but has now been diminished to a measly 'orchestra', 'choir', and 'sports teams'. The sports teams are poor and lack good leadership. Parent involvement is common, and quite good, however. Looks like the parents are more motivated than the staff itself.

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- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2005
I have two kids that goes to this school, and I see improvements they have made to the school, but I feel that more funding needs to be put back into improving the environment of the school and to offer a better school environment for the students. The parents do not have a voice and no PTA.

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August 14, 2005
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- submitted by a administrator
July 31, 2005
I've sent two of my three children here. (I would also send my third but we are moving to So. CA). I love the immersion portion of this school. In preschool, they are taught half of the day in English and half the day in Chinese. We do not speak Chinese at home but our children still learned and benefited. It made learning French a breeze for our oldest who is now a Freshman in high school. The teachers really love the kids and are very supportive. We will really miss this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2005
My parents still believe that Cornerstone was a great school to go to, mainly because it's Chinese. The environment is not realistic of the real world situation your children will encounter. The only redeeming quality about it, for Chinese parents, is that the student population is mostly Chinese. Even though there is this belief amoung Asian parents that it's better to put their child in an environment full of children who share the same ethnic heritage, academics still depend on each child's work ethic and not on whether the school is private, exclusive, and strict. I recommend you to save your money for your child's college fund.

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- submitted by a student
April 01, 2005
Cornerstone is a school on the rise. It has been an excellent middle school for a couple of decades. Now the high school is in the fifth year and it's improving rapidly.

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March 29, 2005
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February 24, 2005
Good private Christian school. Good in academics and teaching students moral and discipline.

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October 15, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
Cornerstone is a great school. The children are not only encouraged to do well in school but are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports and church. Overall, teachers are great although some seem a little to0 young. The curriculum is solid. My child really enjoys being at school.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2004
It is a great school. My kid has developed her own pride and self confidence in the course of study and participation in the extracurricular activities. The students feel to be loved and cared by the teachers and teaching staffs and that mean most to them.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2004
Cornerstone is a great academic school to go to, but that isn't the reason why it is great. The reason why it is great is that the teachers and students there don't care if you are smart or not. Everyone there helps make you feel at home and brings you closer and closer to Christ!

- submitted by a former student
December 04, 2003
I'm a graduate of Cornerstone's Middle School, and I loved my time there. The teachers weren't hard to talk to. The teachers could relate to us, and we were able to communicate better than students and teachers usually do.

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November 22, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2003
Cornerstone Academy has been expanding over the years a little too fast; therefore, the teaching quality of the teachers has gone down.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
My daughter was a valedictorian of the first commencement of Cornerstone Academy High School College Preparatory and she will attend UC Davis this fall. I believe that great school creates great students. The teachers are very kind and supportive and I truly appreciate them from the bottom of my heart.

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Cornerstone Academy-Silver Campus
801 Silver Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94134
(415) 587-7256
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Cornerstone Academy-Silver Campus Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 55 reviews.