This school has a rigorous academic program with a family oriented appeal. My daughter is in 1st grade and is working on fractions, knows multiplication, is reading at third grade level and know about Mesopotamia and the gods and goddess'. The director here is amazing and is very dedicated and involved. He stands outside every morning to greet students and help his staff direct traffic as well as send out multiple weekly emails to keep parents up to date. This school conducts "character education" (for a month they focus on compassion or respect, etc.) and these kids say the pledge of allegiance. The teachers at this school are of a high caliber and sought after. This school will also run all the way through 12th grade. The word on the street is Cornerstone is the best school on GSO and parents who have their children in private schools are trying to get in here. Can't say enough good things!
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!!
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!
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.
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%.
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!