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Cornerstone Schools

Private | PK-8 | 400 students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $244,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,010.

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Posted June 2, 2014

My son has been attending this school for a few years now and they work so very closely with his educational needs it has been a blessing. I would love all children to get that quality of education. The only two things I would care to see change is their lunch menu. My son won't eat the school lunch. And there is no school nurse on the premises. I would like to see the school get their own soccer team or something like that instead of having to find something outside of the school for such activities as I believe it instills confidence in children. Overall, I am very pleased with the school as a whole.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2014

Cornerstone Schools connects with the local community. Each month middle school students meet with a local senior services group. The group arranges for guest speakers from the community, engage in hands on activities, and share stories of their life experiences. Cornerstone students raised and donated several hundreds of dollars for CURE Childhood Cancer. Students also raised donations for the local Humane Society and Toys for Tots.


Posted May 31, 2014

Cornerstone is a wonderful school that has caring teachers with small classes who work with students at their academic level. The campus is beautiful, the atmosphere is peaceful and the students and staff are smiling. Teachers use a variety of methods to reach all students including technology in the classroom. Very good school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

I like everything about this School(Teachers,teaching, Principal, students etc), My son's 1st yr, he's in 2nd grade.Cornerstone is a very quiet school which focuses only on things that are important to students like Academics, Music, competitions etc. They have a good music teacher and program.I heard they won state level technology competition as well last year.I don't see any activities that waste's students time or parents time. My son attended McGinnis Woods Elementary in Alpharetta for 2 years, I see a big difference the way Prinicipal runs the School at Cornerstone. At Cornerstone, Management is not money minded, no fund raising and unnecessary activities/events that require parents attendance, PA board members/parents doesn't hang out in the school creating a noisy environment, parents don't have to give gifts to teachers or influence them in any way,they have sports fields,GYM, they conduct Spelling Bee competition openly on stage just like the real spelling bee and all parents can attend, they have Math League & Oratorical from 2nd grade onwards etc. I didn't see any of the above good things at McGinnis Woods. Mr. Aaron 2nd grade teacher is the best. Cornerstone's the best
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2013

If you care about your education, this is the school for you. They may be lacking a few of the extracurricular items that other schools have like football, but their education is second to none. They focus on helping each child reach their full potential and will customize the curriculum as necessary to insure it. Don't take my word for it. Go check out the school and ask them how they do on standardize tests. My son has been there since he was 2 months old. He is now in 5 years old and is no doing 2nd grade math curriculum and 1st grade reading.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

Readers please beware! The recent positive reviews are probably being solicited by the owner/principal. The last review is full of untruths. When my children attended school the owner/principal didn't even know their names. She didn't even know parents or students who had been attending the school for four year or more. Please, please talk to former parents. Check with Sylvan and Huntington's while they may not be able to give you names or specipifics they are familiar with the Cornerstone name since they have had to tutor many former students. This truly has nothing to do with the current owner/principal or former principal since I am not friends with either. Both are responsible for this schools failures. Do your research. This is not personal I just don't want others to have to go through what my family has had to go through after my chrildrens time at cornerstone. Trust me the county schools have been incredible with my children! Look at the negative reveiws these parents have taken the time because they fill passionate and have had horrible experiences. Teacher/Student turn over is high! Look at the negative reviews they are very detailed! Red flag this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

My children have been attending Cornerstone Schools for many years and we have been happy with the success of our children. We chose Cornerstone because of the owners philosophy of education. They always had the children's best interest at heart and strived to try to help ALL students. The owner new that all children did not learn equally and encouraged her staff to find the best way for each child to succeed. The principal she hired and trusted assured the owner her philsophy's were the same, but it was becoming more apparent that this was not the truth and upon the owners realizing this, the principal than proceeded to undermine the schools reputation and manipulated families to try intimidate and threaten the schools credentials to force her to keep the principal (who actually threatened to quit 3 times & take families with her). I know this because I was one of the families that was told many untruth's and pressured to spread untruths and send emails to everyone we knew about the owner and the school. We stayed and will continue to speak highly of the schools achievements and our children's success! Make the right choice and check Cornerstone out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

I think it is absurd that people judge a school on how well they like (or dislike) the owner on a personal basis. I personally have no problem in that area, but regardless, I am just looking for a solid education for my child. I care about the teachers that my child has day to day exposure with. I have no idea how a child coming out of Cornerstone would be behind. I can personal guarantee that my young child is well above her public school peers in all areas. Also, hard to ignore national test results. I like the small class sizes and the fact that every adult on campus knows my child by name. Frankly, I also like the other kids and their parents. I like the fact that I know the other parents are as vested in their child as I am. All of the students I know are exceptionally bright, outgoing, and well behaved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2012

Accreditation is questionable. Ask other schools if they have had any students transfer from Cornerstone. Not all credits will transfer. Teacher certification is also questionable. On the surface the school seems nice but do your research.


Posted November 9, 2012

Wow, am very surprised to see the one star ratings made below. Our family has enjoyed Cornerstone tremendously, and as working professionals, we can only state that our children have performed exceedingly well at this school. Our children are atleast one whole year ahead of the local public school students. I almost enrolled them in local public, but found out that they would be academically ahead of the level that they would be placed in. Nope, kept them at Cornerstone, where we knew for sure they would succeed. Test scores are based on IOWA Testing, and our children's scores are consistently well above the national average. I doubt public shools can match that. Cornerstone is awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2012

Beware. We were warned but unfortunately didn't listen. Our daughter attended as a 9th grader to help get here study habits ready for high school. We were told that credit would transfer - most did not and she was behind after 1 semester. We transferred out mid year but they tried to charge us for a full semester. After agreeing on a resolution, they went ahead and accessed our account with a judgement and pulled out almost $5000 without our knowledge. It is a shame some of the teachers are great but it is not well run. We have heard about finance issues from others as well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2012

Dear parents: A new school year has begun at Cornerstone, and with it a new, fresh beginning. I think prospective parents who read the comments below may be concerned, and, unfortunately, overlook this gem of a school named Cornerstone. The coments made below are quite denigrating towards the owner, and quite favorable to a principal who resigned and is no longer part of this school. But aside the negative rhetoric, the question to ask is, "How well do the kids perform?" THAT is the real test. So far I have seen my kids excel year after year in their reading and math skills. THAT is what I, as a parent, am interested in. Also, be wise and keep in mind that one person does not run a school. The teachers at this school are wonderful (and most did not leave), and THEY also contribute to the success of the school/children, as does the owner who has been positive through this change. Remember the wise observation by Gestalt stating, "THE WHOLE IS GREATER THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS." Very true, indeed. This school's best, important parts are still intact. Visit the school, speak to the parents, and watch the children who attend. It won't be long before one sees the BIG PICTURE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2012

Regarding the 'Our children have attended Cornerstone since 2003' - there has only been 1 headmistress (the owner) and then 1 principal (Ms. Francel) since the start of the elementary school! Parents, only time will tell but if the last 3 months of the school year were any indication... this owner is in WAY over her head! We are, also, a family that has been at Cornerstone since 2003. The school (K-8) under the owner's direction was chaos. We stayed because of the introduction of the principal and continued to stay because of her extraordinary work to raise the standards and organize the school! We have left because the owner seems oblivious to the evolution of the school and the need for an appropriate leader that will continue the vision and direction of our past principal. We are not all moving our children because the principal has moved on...we are leaving because we don't trust the ownership; based on their words and actions they do not seem to understand what it takes to provide a high quality education in 2012.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2012

Our children have attended Cornerstone since 2003 and they have been through 3 different principals in this time period. Regardless of the principal, the owner has had the vision and direction to seek the highest level of education for the students.Class size are small 15 max. Students are challenged and pushed to excel in the CORE areas of education to prepare them for college. Sure we'll miss the principal but we'll not sacrifice our children's education by moving them to another school because she's no longer there. The owners track record has been consistent to provide the highest quality education for our children. We expect our children to continue to be challenged and pushed to meet the rigors of attending college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2012

This school is unfortunately in a sad state of affairs at the moment. They lost their principal who had a clear direction for the school and the commitment to making it happen. Unfortunately the owner is only interested in profit (taking in special needs kids to fill enrollment without proper resources or staffing). With the principal and many of the staff leaving and the owner truly not knowing what she is doing, we and many others (who have a choice) are not returning to this school. Very tragic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2012

We had our daughter in this school a few years back and it was a horrible experience for us and many others we know who have since left. The bottom line is they expect you to drop off your kid and ask no questions. In many cases they don't tell you what is going on and if you challenge or question anything they suggest you aren't in the right place. Our daughter was being given a math book and sent to the back of the class to teach herself every day because she was advanced in a subject. When I realized this and asked her some questions she couldn't answer them because she didn't really understand the concepts. When we suggested that their handbook stated "individual instruction", they said they couldn't meet our needs. This is just one of the many problems. They have a great sales pitch, great facility, but in the end the owner is the most unprofessional person I have ever dealt with. I would recommend everyone check for references before enrolling and make sure you find them yourself rather than using the ones they give you. Do not by any means pay your tuition up front and make sure you document every thing, I did and keep them until this day for anyone who wants to see it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2012

My son has attended Cornerstone School since 2003. We have been very pleased with the education he has received. He has never attended public school, so I can not compare and contrast with our local public school. For my son, a small class size is critical and Cornerstone offers it. The largest class was 14 children. Like all business environments, there are conflicts and an occasional "bad apple" . I don't believe that can be avoided. In my experience, leadership at Cornerstone has always been responsive to our concerns and swiftly responded. If you have decided to look for a secular private school in Forsyth County, Cornerstone is definitly worth a visit. I believe it is unfair to post broad statements stating that any child would receive a better education in Forsyth public schools. How can a poster possibly know what each individual child needs to be successful?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2012

I am a sophomore high school student at this school, and to be honest it was a big change from the atmosphere I was used to. I came from Virginia in a large, fancy, top of the scale public schools in Virginia. In fact, I went to school in one of the top counties in all of America. But nothing at that school compared to Cornerstone. Here I have been challenged (and i can say from experience that the public schools in this area of Georgia are below par) and I have been pushed harder with all honor and AP classes than I ever thought possible. Today i went to take a test at the local college and scored into college level algebra, and scored exceptionally high in English, and will also be taking college level English in the upcoming year. Had I been in public school, I never would have been able to jump this far ahead. A sophomore getting into college classes (that aren't AP), doubt you commonly hear about that! Thank you Cornerstone Schools for such a good establishment and high expectations in academics! (I'll also mention that the owner does have 30+ years of experience in education)


Posted October 15, 2011

If you are serious about a college prep education this is your school! The teachers are authentic educators; they are passionate about their students' potential and achievements. The principal is a leader with a clear vision of academic excellence...she is tough but very fair in making sure expectations for all students are high. Communication is good and parent involvement is dependent on effort...everyone talks a good game but it seems it's the same group of us that show up to volunteer. As for the one post about being behind...if your child goes into a school behind and leaves behind you've got take a look in the mirror. You can hire the best trainer but if you don't follow the workout...they can't build the muscle for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2011

A bad experience. My daughter cried everyday to go back to her old school! We thought it might just be new school jitters, but her teacher was in her words "very moody" and from one day to the next she was afraid of what the day would hold based on the teacher's mood swings. Although the staff were both professional and courteous, the environment lacks the nuturing needed in the lower elementary classes.
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 98% 44%
Black 1% 37%
Hispanic 1% 12%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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4888 Browns Bridge Road
Cumming, GA 30041
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