Cornerstone Christian Academy is a great school! Our child has attended here for two years and we couldn't be happier. It is a nurturing environment with challenging academics. If you look at the "Common Core Standards" it will tell you what skills the child should have mastered my the end of each grade. At CCA, the students are mastering these skills a year in advance. We are looking forward to both of our children attending here for many years!
We are currently enrolled in first grade. Last year kindergarten was okay. Academily, these kids were superior, but just like the others said they were very pushed on reading and spelling test. Now, this year we were very upset with their class size! They only have two classes for first grade. They use to have three last year. Each of the class has 25 kids!! A way too overcrowded!! Even with tuition raising every year, this school still trying to squze as much kids in one class as possible. I was regret to send our kids to this school.
The preschool is fantastic. The elementary and middle schools are not. Both the elementary and middle schools do not follow the State of Nevada standards. They teach below the grade level requirements, but tell the parents otherwise. If you are choosing a school based on academics, this not the school for your children. Too many students leave this school below grade level. There is a lack of leadership, lack of quality curriculum and lack of monitoring of teachers.
We are the parents of an 8th grade student and could not be happier with everything Cornerstone has provided our daughter. Cornerstone teaches the "whole child"; providing a strong, solid education; a caring, loving environment, and good Christian values. We have had maybe 2 or 3 minor issues come up in the 6 years our daughter has attended Cornerstone, each time they were addressed with her best interests in mind. Throughout the years our daughter has participated on the sports teams and cheerleading - these activities have helped to build her character and confidence. I read comments from others about rising tuition, the dean, and the administration... what I can say is as parents we make sacrifices everyday so our daughter can flourish, the dean's high standards are not out-of-line - not a day goes by when Cornerstone students don't meet and exceed her expectations; the administration is outstanding, they have a great rapport with their students, and the Principal is an outstanding leader. Our only disappointment is that Cornerstone does not go thru to high school, we will have to find another school to trust with our daughter. It has been a great ride! We will miss Cornerstone!
PK-4 is outstanding! Wonderful teachers, strong academics, AR reading program and best of all... each day starts with a uplifting song and a loving prayer. This school teaches far more than most, your child will learn compassion, values, and how to be a person of character. What a bonus! Small school with a HUGE HEART
We have 3 kids at CornerStone and have had experience with preschool through middle school. CornerStone has been fantastic on all levels. The teachers and staff are really care, the education is excellent, and the community of parents is amazing. CornerStone is not a school, it's a family. So if your looking for a place to belong, make friendships and have your children flourish in a Christian environment, then this is the place for you!
CornerStone Christian Academy This is a great school. The academics are exceptional and there are also a lot of after school activities, from sports to performing arts. The teachers and staff are warm and caring and have the best interest of my children at heart. There are enough students there to allow for many friendships yet it has a family feel.
Cornerstone is truly one of the best kept secrets in Southern Nevada. With top notch NAEYC accreditation, the pinnacle of distinctions bestowed on only the best preschools, a deeply caring staff, creative and interactive programming, and a beautiful campus, we could not ask for more. CCA is one of, if not the best preschool in the Valley.
Cornerstone has adequate academics, but not as good as they used to be. Stellar academics used to be the primary reason we chose CCA for our kids. Now reading is pushed earlier and earlier, to the detriment of other subjects. We live in the neighborhood and found our neighbors' children were at exactly the same level our kids are in the same grades, even attending public school. I do like having bible teachings and weekly chapel, but I can do that on my own and save $2280 a month by sending my kids to the neighborhood school instead. We will not be returning next year. The cost keeps going up but the service keeps going down. They continually require more and more materials be brought from home, which should be provided via the high cost of tuition. And the constant fund-raisers and requests for additional funds for various activities has just become ridiculous. Again comparing it to the neighborhood school, that school doesn't ask for as much 'giving' as CCA does, even though it already costs a tremendous amount to attend. ** Also, investigate teachers' credentials - it has recently come to light that some don't have degrees or teaching credentials.
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 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. :)
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