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K-7
Public charter
Greensboro, NC
Students enrolled: 542
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2535 New Garden Road East
Greensboro, NC 27455

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Teacher effectiveness: Effective
August 26, 2015
The students look up to them and love them! They are very knowledgeable about the subjects they teach

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Amount of homework: Just right
August 26, 2015
For the most part, it is fine. Sometimes there is way too much given in upper grades but it's done in preparation of high school.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
August 26, 2015
They have to have persistence and determination to keep up with the rigor of the curriculum. Most students strive to do their best academically.

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Develops respect: Agree
August 26, 2015
You develop respect by showing respect and there has only been one issue with that in our 3 years of being at CCA

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Develops empathy: Agree
August 26, 2015
Yes. They have a Cornerstone Cares program that they involve the students in each month to raise money for a local agency supporting that month's character trait.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
August 26, 2015
They strive hard to teach character values and uphold the students and staff to those values.

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August 26, 2015
Cornerstone Charter Academy is a fabulous school. The teachers and staff conduct themselves professionally. There are less behavior problems than the elementary we were previously at. The curriculum is very good and of a high standard. Character values are taught and upheld. There are high expectations for the students to do their best and help is provided for those that need it. The sports programs have been great as well. We have been well pleased the past 3 years and are excited about starting the high school this year. There is a sense of community at Cornerstone and we all work together. Parents are welcome at anytime and encouraged to come in and volunteer! Hands down...best school we've attended!!

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2015
This is our 2nd year and we loved Cornerstone, ilast year…. This year? Well, not so much. They have some great teachers and we’ve been unfortunate in not getting those. Our teachers stuck to the curriculum that we understand as directed by the board. (More about those wonderful people later!) So, the word you will hear at this school is “Rigorous”. You’ll also hear that “Cornerstone has a Rigorous STEM program". Get the wrong teacher and "if your child can’t keep up, well, then, we’re sorry but you and your child suck” Really happened… There is no correlation between teachers, grades, and teaching styles. Next, these guys have yet to figure out that the Rigorous coursework they've chosen cannot be covered in the number of school days. Sign up for this school and plan on a package at Huntington! Ironically, it’s close to the school which may well have been an astute business move on their part. The 3 standardized tests they gave this year is 2 short for the 5 we can expect next year! Your kids will do well on those. The bad news is that those results have little correlation to their actual grades. There's also no correlation between the standardized test themselves. It's crazy. The great news is the art teacher, principle and several board members were absolutely awesome. “Were” because all mentioned had to leave at the request of a board with little to no experience in starting a school, much less running one! The good news is that they have a bunch of money in the bank after just 3 years! Hopefully this war chest will help them develop something innovative! At this rate though, and the dynamics of a less than professional board, it’s more likely AOL dial-up will overtake Apple's Iwatch as something really cutting edge… Doubtful with this leadership. I’m investing in Huntington before these guys start a High School!

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May 04, 2014
We feel so blessed to have the opportunity to attend Cornerstone. We have been at Cornerstone since it's first year. We have three kids at the school. The school is amazingly organized for being less than 2 years old. The administration is willing to listen to ideas. For instance, there was a large group of 2nd graders in advanced math but did not pass a "Move up Math" test. Parents expressed their concern about the kids not being challenged enough by the 2nd grade math program. The administration decided to group the advanced learners during math time to challenge them more. They have since moved through the 2nd grade curriculum and are into 3rd grade lessons. The administration/office staff are helpful and truly care about the students. My kids love the morning assembly. It encourages the students to be involved in school activities, promotes character education values and teaches them about being part of something bigger than just their class. Our teachers have been a huge blessing to our family. Parents are encouraged to be very involved for classroom and lunchtime help. It is a great way to get to know the teachers and my kids friends better.

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February 26, 2014
2nd yr @ CCA. Good: 1) morning assembly. Advocated camaraderie/patriotism, 2) art/music/great teachers, 3) character ed, CCA is not just academics. Bad: 1) testing. Public schools have required state tests (EOGs). CCA has elected to also use NWEA's. The 1st yr NWEAs were 2x a year. The 2nd yr it was 3. This caused 5 standardized tests in 1 yr. NC added Read to Achieve for 3rd. Tho Charterss could opt out, CCA decided to require it. This made 6 standardized exams. The RtA requirements was a weekly component for the 2nd half of the year. A burden on the faculty, students & parents. 2) administration is not very approachable & the Director in yr 1 was very self absorbed. 3) Students:teachers. CCA needs more assistants or need to work with the local universities to have graduate & seniors to intern @ CCA to assist teachers & give small focus group instruction. Right now, we are sticking with it. I don't want to put my children through another change; otherwise, I would be moving them to St. Pius. Significant parent involvement. Not every parent is significantly involved. There is a band of parents who are hugely involved & volunteer regularly. 10% do 90%.

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January 26, 2014
Our family loves Cornerstone! This is our second year and my boys love going to school. The academic program and curriculum encourage my boys to do their best. Even in kindergarten they are bringing home homework. My son has improved leaps and bounds since starting last year. I tell everyone about how great this school is from teachers to the front office. We are very thankful we found them!

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September 06, 2013
We got the call that there was a space open for my daughter literally minutes after we dropped her off for her first day of kindergarten at a public school. We immediately accepted and even though it was hectic getting uniforms and more school supplies, we are so thankful we changed. From our first visit onward, everyone from the administration to the secretarys have been nothing but personable, friendly and caring. This is my daughter's 2nd week of kindergarten and she has had homework every night and has actually askd if she could do more math questions than were on the assignment! I also appreciate the level of parental involvement that is not only encouraged but expected. We look forward to many fulfulling years at CCA!

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August 22, 2013
Cornerstone Charter Academy is academically superior to most if not all elementary and middle schools in Guilford County. My older child attended a nearby traditional Guilford County public elementary school as well as a magnet school program for gifted students. No question...Cornerstone's academic program and curriculum are hands-down the best in the area. Even better than the education it provides is the atmosphere for learning Cornerstone students experience. Staff and teachers are friendly, enthusiastic and energetic. There are high expectations for student behavior and a strong commitment to character education. Parents and students are also very warm so that Cornerstone feels more like family than any other school I've been part of. The future addition of a high school program is a great advantage to Cornerstone because local traditional high schools are declining academically and severely lacking in character education along with lower expectations for behavior. Cornerstone will have the only charter high school program in Greensboro and it promises to be academically superior as well.

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August 17, 2013
I appreciate the education Cornerstone is giving my children. It is refreshing to stop in during the morning assembly (yes like schools once had) when I am dropping my sons off and watch the excitement each child has to come to school. My boys had been attending a good private school when we had the blessing of getting into Cornerstone and I must say they are now getting a better education academically.

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July 21, 2013
Love Cornerstone academic-wise, as does my son. However, some of the teachers are a little standoffish. Also, everytime I go into the office, little to no attention is paid to me because of the personal converations going on amongst office staff and parent volunteers. I don't get the warm fuzzy feeling I'd like when I come to the school, but my son doesn't complain so I'll just keep my mouth closed for the time being. I don't want to throw out the race card but that does appear to be an issue that I've observed. I would love to see more diversity in the teaching staff as well. Again, academic-wise CCA is a wonderful schoo that could stand a few changes maybe even diversity training.

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July 11, 2013
When we decided to start at Cornerstone, we had high expectations. Cornerstone's director, administration, teachers, staff, etc. have gone beyond our expectations! We couldn't be more pleased with the environment and education.

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July 10, 2013
This is a wonderful school with caring staff, supportive and involved parents, and an environment that fosters a love of learning for all children. The curriculum is fantastic and students are learning! I always saw teachers treating students fairly and equally. There is a zero tolerance bully policy that is for all grades. Parents are made aware of all the behavioral expectations for students before entering. Parents involvement is paramount. It is a great place for you if you want to be a part of your child's education rather than sitting on the sidelines. There is a sense of pride and community in the whole school. The director is ultimately directed by the board as the school was their vision. He had a very full year this year and made decisions based on the whole of the school and not individuals. The board's director was seen there daily and handled the best and worst situations with class. Truly an awesome school!

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June 05, 2013
I am a parent. The good things I like about this school are that lots of parents are involved and the curriculum. However, this school needs a lot of help. Here are some issues the school should address: (1) Students below 3rd grade are getitng suspended. (2) Classroom management is an issue. (3) Some teachers favor certain students and parents. Some teachers also favor girls over boys. (4) Some teachers need to learn how to teach and talk to boys, especially boys of color. (5) Some teachers need more education in child development. (6) The director/principal is unapproachable and lacks consideration for the concerns of parents and students. The director/principal has taken as hands off approach in regards to building relationships with parents and students and maintaining high levels of expectations for staff. This school fell well below my expectations.

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May 20, 2013
As a parent of 2 kids at this school I could not be more pleased with Cornerstone and the entire staff.

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April 07, 2013
The best school ever !!!!!!! I love it the teachers are the nicest kindest sweetest and smartest you could ask for

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Cornerstone Charter Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy
2535 New Garden Road East, Greensboro, NC  27455
(336) 482-3855
Last modified Cornerstone Charter Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-7. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cornerstone Charter Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top