Cornerstone has good teachers and innovative ideas including combining the social studies and L.A. curriculum. However, they are not good in working with individual student differences. They attribute individual student academic issues to individual student deficits versus legitimate learning problems such as add/adhd or dyslexia. There is a marked lack of diferentiation. Very frustrating!
I am a parent of two children at Cornerstone. I can't say enough about this school. The staff, the students and especially the teachers are truly amazing. The teachers actually CARE about their students. I've seen teachers go "far and above" to make sure each student understands the concepts. Those teachers have taken my kids and given them the knowledge and confidence to succeed in middle school. Can a parent ask for anything more? I've spoken with parents who have had kids go through CSA in the past and the parents STILL credit that school with their children's successes! What does that say about the teachers?? They are wonderful. EVERY one of them is wonderful. My family is truly blessed to be a part of Cornerstone. I can't express that enough.
My daughter is in her second year at Cornerstone and I feel she is receiving an exemplary education. The co-teaching that happens at this school is a great benefit to students. I believe this school does alot to give students many avenues to learn what is expected of them with lots of ways to learn and always a positive attitude towards the child. The school is a great bridge between elementary school and high school. Each student is treated like the important individual that they are and given a great opportunity to thrive. I could not be happier with Cornerstone Academy!
We have just completed the worst year at Cornerstone. The 7th grade Math/Science teachers were horrible! Our teachers completely disregarded SBISD grading policy by failing to have the minimum amount of grades required by the District. Our teachers also had other SBISD policy infractions that were brought before the Director. The teachers were pretty new to teaching, did not enjoy it, could not differentiate their teaching methods to accommodate kids learning styles, and bullied the kids. About 1/4 of the class failed the year and attended summer school. The Director knew of the problems in the class and failed to react to the situation. She was unwilling to accept that there was a problem in the class and more unwilling to do her job to remedy the situation. The Director has checked out on the education process and is resting on her past successes. What should have been a great year was a very disappointing year. Cornerstone has developed a reputation in the greater SBISD community as having a flawed grading system, assigning group projects that don't work, having teachers who play favorites, and most importantly, matriculating kids who are not ready to transition to High School.
Cornerstone is an amazing school. I've been here all three years and I can strongly say these 3 years have been the best. It's so sad having to leave such a warm and close knit environment. The teachers are helpful and the students are kind. There's not very much bullying, and there are many opportunities given to report it. I strongly advise everyone to apply, it provides so much more than my zoned school would have. There are so many field trips and fun activities. The principal is amazing. By the end of 3 years, she knows everyone by name. Cornerstone Academy is the best middle school in the district.
Cornerstone is a great middle school, coming from an eighth grader that's been attending it since 6th grade. The teachers are very interactive and come up with creative ways to teach students. Personally, I feel that as a CSA student, I was introduced to more opportunities and advantages than I would have been if I went to the middle school I was zoned to. I'm very grateful for Cornerstone, its teachers, staff, and even the students. There is rarely a case of bullying, resulting in a positive learning environment. We often work in groups on projects, rather than individually, giving students a chance to learn with their friends, instead of just being in the same class. Overall, I'm so glad I got accepted into Cornerstone, and if you're considering Cornerstone for a middle school, I would highly recommend applying. (:
I currently attend school here and I must say it is an amazing school. You work at your own pace and if you don't understand something the teachers will help you through it. The teachers? Wow they are some good teachers they believe that the learning we do inside the classroom is the most important part. Not the tests but what we spend 7 hours learning. I think this is the best school I could get my education at. Our principle
This is a wonderful middle school. It is small, caring, and has a wonderful approach to adolescents. No hysteria about scoring high on the standardized tests--they understand that you don't need to teach to the tests. They focus on the basics here and yet allow for creativity through the CESITs. This school is much better than Memorial Middle School. My son was fortunate to win the lottery to go here. Great teachers, fantastic principal, only preap classes, you really can't go wrong. Totally relaxed atmosphere but very professional. All classes are preAP so don't bother to apply if your kid is not expected to make good grades. Those that don't perform have to exit.
I once was a student of Cornerstone Academy and I have to admit, it's a great school! The teachers and staff are trustworthy, caring and intelligent, and have good morals. They are always at-hand and would even stay after school to tutor students one-on-one! The student population is very diverse ethnically, philosophically, and intellectually, with students from all backgrounds and walks of life. They are also diverse in their religious beliefs and tastes in things (e.g. music, literature, food, etc.). There is virtually no fighting anywhere in the school, since the students are very accepting of one another. Illegal drug activity is very low in the community (<5%; trust me, that' low!). Parental involvement is prominant and there are many unique opportunities given, ranging from electives, such as glass fusion and "Ultimate Frisbee," to field trips, such a "Beach Day." Along with all of this, Cornerstone Academy has AP courses on all subjects, has a special education mentor on-campus, and they currently teach two foreign languages: French and Spanish! What's not to love?
My daughter has managed her entire school career here independently of her parents, and was an A-B student. She scored in the commended zone for all TAKS tests this year, and based on further tests was placed in Honors Geometry, Honors English and Honors Biology at St. Agnes Academy. The school teachers ARE above average and there is excellent communication via the teacher's web sites. I think the all AP designation needs to be tempered with the grades and test results, before jumping past Algebra in HS. The goal to study BC Calculus in high school is what drives the AP Algebra designation. The first Calculus course at university is a shock compared to high school math class, so if your child misses the high school BC Calculus, send them to summer school to rework Calculus before entering their college class.
I'm a former student here! The former home of the Cornerstone Cougars! Teachers are wonderful and are ready to inspire you in education! This school has recieved the exemplary nominations from the excellent students we have here at CSA. Our principal is AMAZING! she takes us to a fun filled field trips as well as carnivals before the TAKS! She takes us on to Stewart beach which i think is the best idea anyone could ever have! Come to CSA and experince the thrilling, fun year you could get from this school rather than any other SBISD schools!
I was a student at Cornerstone. This school is so unique. The teachers, students, and staff are one small community. My 6th and 7th grade teachers were wonderful, except 8th grade (Mrs. Becker). The language programs are wonderful and the CESIT one. The students are closely knit. At the end of the year CSA has an alumni dance called the Luau. All former students have a blast seeing each other. The main thing that I want to rave about is the comfortableness a student at CSA will experience. Nobody or nothing scary, just a bunch of helpful and happy people.
My daughter previously went to Cornerstone Academy. She loved it in Cornerstone. All the students were so nice to her and the teachers were fantastic. The CESIT classes were very fun. They had a lot of fun choices there (unlike her new school). She and I highly recommends this school. It's laid back, laid back, cool staff, less homework, freedom, fun (except when it comes to TAKS days of course), and just plain fantastic. I regret me, my daughter, and my husband moved to Katy. We'll never forget this school. For the families that are moving to SBISD sign up for Cornerstone Academy! You won't regret it!
Cornerstone has been an excellent educational environment for my daughter. She has thrived academically and socially. The teachers are all first rate, especially in math. All courses are AP, and they have done an excellent job preparing my daughter for high school. Highly recommended!
Academics are pretty good - math seems to be lacking a little. CESIT is a great program. Say all teachers are Gifted & Talented Certified - check on this now. No sports - it's a charter school. They do have 'intramural' type sports - play in the private school 'league'. Parent involvement medium - diverse student body.
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