CCA used to be a great school. It appears that ego has been it's primary source of downfall. The administration is either unapproachable or speaks down to both parents and staff. Their attitude is certainly not Christian like, which used to be our primary reason for attending here. The academics are satisfactory, but the class sizes have become so large that even that is sliding. They push reading early, but then slack off on it by 2nd grade. Math doesn't seem to be a priority. They expect a tremendous amount of volunteerism from families, but then are unappreciative and judgemental about the efforts made. Yet keep expecting more and more. 2 years ago I would have (and did) give CCA 5 stars. But they have become much too full of themselves now and we have found a much better place for quality education in a Christian atmosphere. If nothing else, the class sizes (especially in the lower grades) have grown so large that there would be no reason to pay tuition to attend here when they are the same size as the neighborhood public schools. It's been sad to see CCA's fall.
I know too many families that have left this school due to poor leadership, overcrowded classrooms and un-Christianlike personalities amongst the teachers and administrators. The MS Dean is especially rude to students. The ES Principal does not show any kind of leadership. There are a few great teachers, but most are clearly just going through the motions. The tuition goes up every year yet nothing extra is added to justify the increases. The few things that do get added are paid for by the massive amounts of volunteering done by the APT and other parents; so should still not be a need for such large annual tuition increases. The huge classes are unacceptable at a private school! Yes, Kinder has an aide in each room, but they are NOT teachers. Still only one teacher. Plus, public kinder has an aide in each room too, so there's no difference. The lunch room was added to provide HEALTHY lunches, yet what comes from there is anything but. My kids wouldn't even eat much of it. The expectations on volunteering of parents is extremely high, not appreciated, and those that give the most are expected to keep elevating their efforts. There are MUCH BETTER choices! Try FLA
I just want to add a point to those who are concerned about teacher- student ratio at this school. I am a parent n my son attended 2 & a half year in preschool and he is in kindergarten class now. Someone mentioned that it's over crowded in kindergarten classes but did u notice that each class has its own T.A.? So if there are 24 kids with 2 teachers, its ratio becomes 12 kids per 1 teacher. There are also other T.A.s in each grade level as well. We can't find this kind of service for the tuition price we are paying.
We KNOW Cornerstone Pre Tykes school is the very best education, love, teaching and caring environment our children could have. I have put three of my children through the Pre School from 3ys old on into the Academy. They were so well prepared for the Kinder classes and they run out of the car everyday to get into school. Walking down the hallways they run to get a hug from Ms. Debbie who always squats down to their level and give them love and a hug. Its FAMILY in this school. No one is ever left out of love and understanding. Just this year due to the long hours given freely by Ms. Debbie and her staff of wonderful dedicated teachers Cornerstone Pre K became the FIRST CHRISTIAN PRE-SCHOOL in the state of Nevada to achieve the NAEYC Accreditation, The highest possible honor in Nevada. Just walking down the halls every staff member says Hi, or Can I help you? from the janitorial staff to the office staff. Everyone treats you like family. This environment for children starting out for the first time away from parents is crucial and love and hugs abound here. God leads every life there. CorneStone is where you should consider sending your angels. It ROCKS with love.
We ABSOLUTELY love Cornerstone! This is the 4th year we have had our 3 children enrolled and I simply cannot say enough about the supreme quality of the principal, director, staff, educators, and curriculum. Much is expected but much is also given. We have found the children rise to meet the levels of expectations placed on them and delight in their successes. Cornerstone is a solid choice for preschool through 8th grade and a rare find indeed.
We love this school! Our child has been here since 1st grade and will be here all the way through till High School. It is a safe, secure and very teacher/parent involved partnership in making sure our children get the best education we can possibly get to them.
Teachers and Director of preschool seem to not want to help or teach a child that does not fit into their "mold". Continually wanted to have meetings to find out what we as parents had to suggest on how to manage / teach our child. Isn't that what we are paying tuition for? Severe entitlement and superiority complex, teachers and directors do not appreciate a parent who is willing to help but also expects them to do their job and what they are being paid to do. Continually wanted to send my child to the public school for "help" while we were still paying tuition. Then when we withdrew our child from the school, acted completely shocked and concerned as apparently it was going to hurt their bottom line. Unless your child is a catatonic robot, they won't fit in at this school and would be better off elsewhere.
Pros: -The children attending this school are generally well-behaved, polite and nice. -Emphasis on Christian principals. -Teaches children personal responsibility. -Parental involvement is encouraged. Cons: -If this were a free public school, it would get more stars. -Large class sizes, especially in the lower grades. Public schools in the neighborhood have smaller class sizes. -Engage in fee increases every year, while making cuts elsewhere. -Too much emphasis on reading and spelling to the detriment of math. -The curriculum seems disjointed and illogical. It makes learning a struggle when it does not have to be. The curriculum introduces advanced concepts (like exceptions to rules) concurrently with the basic rules. As a result, the students have difficulty mastering any of the concepts. -There is so much homework, that the parents are essentially homeschooling. Yet, this education is not free, so this should not be the case. -Some of the teachers and adminstrators tend to have an attitude of superiority, as if they are beyond reproach because they are "educatiors". -Some of the teachers and administrators have "entitlement" attitude and take the parents for granted.
I am very pleased with CCA. I have had my two boys in the school for 3 years. We are returning next year. The education is excellent and the staff is wonderful!!! We also have been attending the church for 2+yrs and LOVE IT! CornerStone offers so many family activities, giving the small town feeling to a Vegas life style because you are around the same people every day. You know who your children are with which makes me feel more comfortable and confident in my decision to attend CornerStone Academy & Fellowship. :)
My daughter has been at CornerStone for 4 years, and will be returning for the 2012/2013 school year as an 8th grader. Coming from public school, she struggled a bit but eventually caught up thanks to great teachers. Love the teacher to student ratio, the personalized attention each student receives, fantastic administrators, and staff. Easy for parents and grandparents to get involved. Principal, Dean and teachers ALWAYS make time to hear parent concerns and are very fair. High expectations, strict dress code, little tolerance for poor behavior, which I greatly appreciate. Warms my heart to see the children singing and doing hand motions in chapel. Growing and well respected sports programs (and coaches!), new performing arts program AND the Principal knows every child's name! Really!!
TOP QUALITY SCHOOL AND EDUCATION. Cornerstone Academy is a diamond in the rough with excellent teachers and facilities. Some of the many advantages are the Christian influence, low student-teacher ratio, sports programs and lots of elective programs such as Spanish, computers, art and many others. Don't judge a school by the price of tuition, you more than get your money's worth at Cornerstone. Students are challenged and well prepared for the next grade level. Most of all, students are taught to be respectful and kind to others and good manners are held to a high standard. My daughter is finishing up her third year at CCA (K-2) and I couldn't be more pleased.
One more thing, I LOVE THE FOOD. I'm in there cooking class and they make food fresh everyday. The chefs are very fun to hang around also. :)
I absolutely love this school. Teachers are awesome, the principal is really nice and caring and the office personnel are also very helpful. My six year old has advanced so much both academically and spiritually in the two years he has been attending this school. Best school in the area!
CORNERSTONE IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! My name is Tiffany Gomez and i used to go to Faith academy, but the education was poor and all A JOKE!!! So then i moved to cornerstone where my little twin sisters go, and its amazing the academic level is high and outstanding! In cornerstone there actually serious about school, and education, but also there very nice also. IF YOU WANT A MIDDLE SCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COME TO CORNERSTONE YOU WONT WASTE YOUR MONEY AT ALL, YOU WILL BE HAPPY OF THE RESULTS!!
Frustrating and unpleasant experiences with leadership especially the Dean. Took us a while to repair self esteem for both my children who attended from 6th through 7th grade.
My son is in preschool this year, and will be attending Kindergarten next year at Cornerstone. We are very impressed with his teachers. They work one on with each child at their level. He has already started the kindergarten curriculum since they noticed he was advanced. They are caring, loving people as well. The school is a blessing.
Excellent school in Las Vegas. My children have progressed successfully through the school. The curriculum is Christian based and thought provoking. Quality education and Christian Morals, this is an excellent combination.
Great Christian Preschool at a great price-- come for the price, stay for the experience! Loving, dedicated and well-directed staff make this preschool like none other (and I had tried a few!!). The Academy experience has been great as well for our Kindergartener! Looking forward to more years at Cornerstone Christian Academy.
My children attended Cornerstone for a number of years but ultimately left and are happier elsewhere. The school seems to push a message of superiority over other religions. The students also appear to be ahead of other schools but unfortunately are being 'pushed' academically so quickly that they aren't mastering everything they should.
My daughter started Kindergarden there and I can say I am very impressed so far with the teachers and Principal. The parents can be very hands on and the curriculum is challenging enough. What I like about the school also is the discipline and guidance the kids receive. I would highly recommend it!
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