Cornerstone isn't a perfect school, but not many are. While the administration does care a lot about what students are wearing (sometimes more than they should) it's overall a good school. The sports are getting better every year and so are the academics. Most of the teachers are good teachers and really there aren't a lot of big issues with the school. It's good school. Some people just expect everything to be perfect (see reviews below) and that's just not possible.
Let's get real people - the school is four years young and received an A grade from the state. It has had 6 principals. Want to blame someone look at the "Board" specifically the Mayor of Belle Isle, Bill Brooks who is also the Chairman of the governing board. If the administration does not "bow" to his every command - he gets rid of them or threatens them. He doesn't care that EDUCATORS (at the Department of Education and with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) see the school as being an educationally sound facility. I guess having been a student he thinks he knows all about running a school - WRONG. I wonder how much he is profiting from the school being overseen by the for profit school organization Academica. Is my child learning - absolutely. Is my child being challenged - absolutely. Is the school perfect - no but name one school in Central Florida that is. I am proud of what the school is doing for their students. I am embarrashed that the City of Belle Isle's mayor wants to run the school like a prison with no concern about the students or staff.
This school is horrible for how they treat students with disabilities. And what is even more amazing the principal has a degree is ESE Studies...so sad of her to do this to children she has taught...only concerned with how they look of standardized testing...do NOT care about those who need additional help...charter school receiving public funds but only want selected students...this school was created for rich, stuck up parents who do not want their chidlren to go to Oak Ridge...so they have to select students who will make them look better...if they want to be a true community school then accept everyone as you should.
They do care more about the gifted learners than those who need time to grow and learn. They are quick to hand out suspensions without ever giving the child a chance to make it right. They offer no opportunities to help a child who may need counseling. They are just labeled as the bad kid. They should put more energy into getting the resources to help these children than kicking them out of the school.
I don't think it is a good school. We looked into it and the staff was very uppity and rude. Academic standards are based on FCAT. That is all they care about. The kids are all walking around with blank looks on their faces. It looks like a farm for morons.
Cornerstone Charter Academy is not a good school. The teaching and learning programs are horrible, my student never learns anything. Most of the students dislike the school yet are forced to be there due to their parents' wishes. Bullying is everywhere and the teachers don't care about the students. The teachers care more about being 'cool' and 'in the crowd' than actually teaching.
I have loved this school since it opened. I have two boys attending and I have never had an issue with administration or teachers. This is a wonderful school with involved parents, nice students and caring teachers. Love it!
This school has alright teachers but terribly poor administration.The offers it has are decent, as far as drama and sports go..It really needs work on it's administration policies.
Great school my Grandson is a member and there doing great for him. One of the best schools in Orlando
So sad to see negative parental attitudes, each family can have a positive influence on a school...BE PART OF THE SOLUTION NOT THE PROBLEM our kids need great examples!
Wonderful educational environment for students and families looking for a private school feeling, is tuition free, offers small classes, devoted teachers, and dedicated staff at all levels. Parental involvement is a plus as it serves as an example to our students and enriches their overall experience at CCA, so many talented and caring families here. We now have HS students that started day one at CCA and have been a part of the exciting growth and development of this student focused school. What a blessing to have an alternative school that not only encourages academic excellence but personal integrity, accountability and respect for self and others. Opportunities to excel academically, as well as foster personal development through athletics, the arts and social events! Love the family and community centered events and genuine caring all involved families share! Positive parenting encourages positive students who in turn develop into positive citizens(: Thank you to all who make our K-12 school uniquely special. We should all strive to teach our children by example...Education like life is a gift, we get out of it what we put into it !! GO FIGHTING DUCKS !!
My son came in this year 2012/13 to cornerstone as a 4th grader. The school is still working out a few kinks. That said it has been a positive experience over all. The teachers are held to a high standard. The lower grade booster club is working toward year round school sports for elementry and the PTSA works hard on fundraising and the parents actually know what the money goes toward! The schools web site is always up to date. My son does class work on a laptop for his use during the lesson, rooms have permethium boards and work can be submitted through email. The teachers are accessable as well as the principle whom twice this year invited the parents for a "coffee with the principle" to talk about concerns and let the parents ask questions. My eamils are always answered promptly. Along with the OCPS regulations Cornerstone adds a few of their own including a no tolerance of "bullying" they uphold Which is a plus! They do require each family to "volunteer" hours during the school year which I don't like. My son is safe, happy and learning a lot! Judging from the previous comments Cornerstone has come along way. My kindergardner will start next fall.
Our family has given this school 3 years to get it together. I have with drew my child from Cornerstone this year! I have seen and heard things that just are crazy. This school just cares about the "apparence of the students" then education! Many children are struggling this year and th new "IEP Director" isnt helping much. The teachers are so over worked and most wish they can find a job in another school! With that being said just think how that effects the students. Believe me I have seen them in action and I only pray they get it together soon or it will fall apart by the seams!
at least that phony supposed doctor as a principle is gone. he was just there to watch his own kids until they graduated. his apathetic approach and lackluster performance left a lot to be desired. it was a floundering flounder. now it is just a fish out of water. still a struggling school trying to get a decent score. lets see what this new principle can do though so far seeing the school get out even earlier is not a good sign. seems to me they dont know what to do. What would you expect from a school with the mascot being "the Ducks". It is run by quacks or at least it was. Our child doesn't like it and there is very little control over the students. Mayhem and noisy. We are out at the first opportunity.
I have 3 children in Cornerstone. Two are high learners and one is bright, but struggles with ADHD. I have been very happy with the new way they handle "intervention" time at the school. This is time dedicated to helping kids who need more help in reading, writing or math. For those who do not need more help, they break them into an "enrichment" group, which is essentially a gifted program. I love this flexibility and true interest in the education of specific children. I would like to see the classrooms divided by learning ability, but the administration won't do it. I have found the administration to be more arm's length than I would prefer, but the teachers we have had have been AMAZING! I have plenty of contact with them and they have always been responsive to me. More importantly, my children are learning and progressing, and doing so in an environment which is fun and engaging, yet intolerant of misbehavior. I am very happy at CCA. It is not for every family - you have to complete your volunteer hours and your children need to understand discipline and acceptable behavior. But if that works for you, it is a fantastic alternative to the regular public schools.
its OK but not great. a fairly apathetic administration with a just get by mentality. I think they are mostly worried about their FCAT score than the actual "teaching" of the students. Likely that there is some sort of financial benefit to them so it is a priority. The principal seems to just be "winging it". He really doesn't have a clue. Teachers are as well OK. Of course there are likely some good ones but we haven't really seen it. They're nice but we want educational results. Our child is languishing there. We are looking to put our child in a different school at the first possible opportunity. I think most of the parents want a good school so bad that they have convinced themselves that this is it. Well it isn't.
We have been very happy with the middle school program, especially this year. The first year was chaotic, which we expected. The principal and teachers (with a couple of exceptions), are always quick to respond to concerns and are very involved. Academics are very good, as is the growing number of after school activities. Our children now want to stay at Cornerstone for high school and we are delighted.
Amazing. My child completed Kindergarten here the year they opened and is now enrolled in his 2nd year. They're hard on the parents with the goal of keeping us involved. I truly appreciate this. It's so easy to become complacent and get caught up in life without realizing the impact us parents can have by being involved with our child's school. I've seen my child grow tremendously academically, socially, and as a responsible human being. I couldn't have done it alone.
We switched from a great public school to Cornerstone for the inaugural year and it has been a great experience for our family. We have been very pleased with the excellence of the teachers as well as the administrative leadership of the school. And parent involvement is exceptional!
We kept our child in this school for seven months, believing that this school needed time to grow and develop. Unfortunately, he got behind in his learning while being inundated with constant testing every two to three weeks. They gave tons of work but never taught them how to do any of it. They didn't seem to understand children from an elementary school age and made good kids feel like they were "bad'. They had limited resources and I saw my son go from being a really hard worker to hating school. I pulled him out and he started to flourish once again. A complete transformation. This school is NOT for everyone, and it really does depend on the teacher and the luck of the draw, as there is not consistancy or standardization from the administration .
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