I've attended Cornerstone several years and every year it's become more and more apparent to me that I made a big mistake attending. Its the education and student life that lack completely. The English and History departments are ran by great teachers and I have really enjoyed their classes. They've challenged me to become a better writer and literature scholar. The Math department, however, lacks greatly and is apparently 'a year ahead of the other public/private schools'. There are hardly any extracurriculars. No clubs, no student ministry, nothing. Basketball is God at this school and if you play any other sport or activity, you take a back seat. The school doesn't even own it's own facilities, yet they have enough money to fund basketball tournaments across the country and plenty of CCA basketball t-shirt sales. Students aren't living their faith, many are very clicky and unChrist-like. The majority of the students have a commute mentality, they get their classes done at CCA and then move on with their lives. No hanging out after school, no study groups, nothing. I wish I could have my freshmen and sophomore years back and had spent them at a real school instead.
Our son has attended CCA for the past four years, having transferred in from a public school. Although struggling with English for the first part of his freshman year (CCA was greatly ahead of the public school), he was able to catch up (with a lot of hard work!). The teachers are Christ-centered, committed, caring, and go to great lengths to engage and challenge the students. CCA requires its students to work hard and emphasizes development of their critical thinking skills, applying this approach to the "four cores": reading, writing, math, and science. This approach helped our son to score a 30 ACT. He also greatly enjoyed the ability to serve on a missions trip to Nicaragua, as well as other outreach/missions projects sponsored by the school. CCA offers varsity basketball, baseball, and soccer for boys. The coaches for these sports are outstanding, providing an example to the boys in leadership, humility, and a "Christ-first" mentality. The teams in each sport have all had legitimate runs at the state championship. Last, CCA has produced musicals or dramas for each year that our son has attended. And they were fun! As a parent, I highly recommend this school.
Cornerstone Christian Academy in Willoughby. This school is for the underpriveleged children in the area. If you are an average parent wanting to put your child in a great private school stick to the Catholic schools. Even if you aren't Catholic your child can go to the school. This school is very pricey and they like to add mysterious fees to tuition. I would not recommend this school.
I don't think I would send my children to CCA if I had to do it again. The school says it is rooted in Christian values, but many of the students and the administration do not adhere to those values. They all know the right things to say, but their actions don't match up to true Biblical principles.
Some really good teachers, some very average teachers, minimal technology in the classroom and almost non-existent library resources, limited music and arts programs, limited athletic program and facilities, very weak leadership with no accountability
This school is firmly founded on the Word of God. The principal is a hard working, understanding, and wise individual who invests time in the students on a whole and individually as well. The school staff is made up of teachers and coaches who fear the Lord and are honest and real. CCA is not perfect, true, but God has blessed it greatly. There are many opportunities to serve the community and abroad, including the CCA Missions program that takes older students to Central America. As far as academics go, there is a varied range of teaching styles, which is very useful for preparing students for the kinds of teachers they will meet in college. The writing department is absolutely superb and trains students to be top-notch writers, as college professors have attested. The drama department is also offers fabulous productions for students to participate in. Some of the sports programs make the best out of what they have, but some of the teams are made up of championship winning athletes. On a final note, even families who aren't well off have been blessed with the opportunity to attend, and God will provide if it's His will for your student to attend.
I love the school!!! I love the staff!!! The staff are very caring. The principal has a relationship with the kids. My child loves the school and gets upset when school is closed. She has made friends at school. I have a sense of family at the school. Academically, I feel as though my child is excelling. The environment is very different than public school. Children actually have moral standards and this reinforced at school. They actually reinforce Christian principles.
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