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Cornerstone Christian Schools

Private | PK-12 | 950 students

CCS offers a full-spectrum curriculum with STEAM emphasis, fine arts & athletics
 
 

 

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Posted June 19, 2014

I have seen such a dramatic change for the better we removed my daughter for bullying from an affluent public school and placed her at CCS school. She has so many friends she is excited to learn the word of God and she doing well in a changeling academic environment. I can tell you how many of these teachers in the 3rd grade who work tirelessly to help some very difficult students. We received free tutoring from her teacher, a passion to learn from our daughter and a wonderful administration. This school exceeded my expectations. God has truly blessed our experience and we will return to CCS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2014

Both of my daughter attended Cornerstone. My oldest went there from 3rd grade to 9th and then back for her senior year. My youngest daughter went there from kinder through third grade. MY oldest daughter, a social butterfly, enjoyed the school a lot. And I found that the academics were very good for her. My youngest daughter struggled, partly because of her adhd, but also in part to the other students bullying her. Out of all the teachers my youngest had only one was worth her weight in gold. The other teacher were not very supportive, they really did not want to deal with our daughter. The art teacher was just flat out mean, and one teacher was so old school she tried to get a left handed boy to write with his right hand. Overall I liked Cornerstone, but obviously it is not geared for any kind of special needs. I think many of the teachers are not very good and some should not be teaching at all. The administration is just like public school and will side with their own. And will show favoritism to the families that donate $$ tot he school. There is definitely a bullying issue there. I saw with my youngest, and I have seen other incidents with other children as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2014

My children have been attending Cornerstone Christian Schools since the 2004-2005 school year and I agree that they have lost focus on the students as the school grows. I find that now the teachers have little ability to stray from a very strict learning plan, whether or not the children are actually learning the concepts. While the school teaches bible classes, they do not teach them to apply Christian values to their lives, because of this I do find bullying to be a problem at the school. My children have also had teachers who have shamed them in front of other students due to medical conditions. The administration has flippantly dismissed concerns that I have brought to them regarding these issues. They now care more about test scores and how they look on paper as opposed to true learning. I have seen these changes over several years and I have been trying to wait out these "growing pains" but find that my children are the ones that are suffering so they will not be going back to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

Looks like the negative comments are coming from the disgruntled parents of the children that were kicked out. Notice how the parents that claim to have found a better school but never say WHAT school. The academics are excellent and we are very blessed and happy to be a part of the CCS community. You get what you pay for and we couldn't be happier with the great education our children are getting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

I am sad to say as this school grows, they have lost focus on the students. There are the preferred students and everyone else is just living in their world. They do have some nice choices for electives, however if your child is in any AP classes, chances are they will get stuck in some of the less desirable options. It seems that some of the children get away with everything- while others are written up for touching the lockers as they walk or for wearing the wrong socks. Not many of the new teachers seem to care about the growth of the students. My kids went here most of their lives and it has been hard to watch as the changes may have gained more students for the school but have lost it's original mission. Bullies are a problem as well as theft. Many of the kids have learned they can just lie to get out of trouble and are more likely to get in punished if you tell the truth. Glad to have found a much better school for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

My daughter is on-line at this school and it is fabulous. We will remain here in her complete education. The staff, resources, and academics are exceptional. The Word of God is exemplified in their school and ministry. I always recommend it to all interested in an on-line education. An anonymous parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2013

I was a little concerned about transferring my son to Corner Stone Christian, I was afraid it would not challenge him and offer him what the honors programs in public school could. I was so wrong. He is so well rounded now. He did very well in college and has an awesome out look on life thanks to the biblical principles he learned in high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

We love CCS! Smallest classroom size in San Antonio. Especially, when you look around and find some schools are cramming 20 kids in one kindergarten classroom. Teachers are great and there is a lot of parental involvement. Public schools can't deny children an education and private schools can turn those bad apples away. I'd rather pay for tuition than have to deal with that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

Money well spent sending my daughter to Cornerstone Christian School (CCS). My daughter has been attending CCS for two years now and she loves every moment of it. CCS has biblical foundation incorporated into their school curriculum. Their rigorous academic programs are balanced with their excellent athletic programs. They excel in reading, writing, math, science, and art but importantly, they teach students leadership/followership using biblical principles. The CSS management is bar-none from top to bottom and always objective but sensitive to the parents concern. The teachers are highly qualified and are eager to work with parents. Just like everything else in life, communication is paramount in a successful relationship. Parents and CSS teachers continue to talk with each other throughout the year, emphasizing on the child s spiritual, academic, physical and social progress. Their increase in enrollment over 20% in the past year is a testimony of their academic strength. Although there are many private schools in the area, I chose CCS because of their commitment to use Christ-Centered teaching principles. Truly, CCS is money well spent for my daughter s education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2012

CCS is awesome. My son has enjoyed so much of what the school has to offer. The teachers have been great, the office staff is always friendly and the principal is wonderful. We regret not having sent our son earlier. If we had, we might have been able to trade adequate, or mediocre school years for something special. Our son enjoys getting to school early and likes to stay late as well. Often the campus is filled with kids that seem just happy to be there. When your 16-year old jumps out of the car each morning happy to be there, you know it's right! We have seen so many kids smiling and embracing each other. My husband and I always laugh and say that it is the 'huggiest' campus we have ever been on. My son claims that the kids treat each other well and with a level of respect not common among teenagers. This is the first year in all his years of school he has made friends in multiple activities. In other words, kids still form groups around their favored activies, but their consideration and kindness for eachother makes them all feel accepted by all. A great administration, a kind and thoughtful student body and awesome coaches...who needs more than that?!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2012

My chidren have been at Cornerstone Christian Schools for the last three years. Overall, we have been pleased. While they already have a good academic program, they are continually striving to improve. Both of my children have to work hard to continue to do well in their studies. Two of the things that my family truly appreciates are the caring teachers/staff and the way the school holistically incorporates Biblical principles throughout all areas. While no place is perfect, we definitely have had a good experience here at Cornerstone Christian Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2012

My son has only been there 2 years, and we are not members of the big Cornerstone church. I have never seen or heard of bullying incidents. He was accepted as if he had always gone there. I had some concerns at first about the grading and had a great parent teacher conference to resolve issues. The teachers really care about these kids. Alot of work in the honor classes but that is to be expected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

A lot of the ratings on this site are either 1-2 stars or 5 stars. As an employee and parent of the school, I would say the best way to find the truth would be to look at their retention rate and growth rate. For the school year of 2010-11, our school grew across all grade levels by 20 percent. This year we have already surpassed that growth for the re-enrollment numbers for next fall. If the school were as bad as some comment on here, we wouldn't be increasing so fast in numbers for 2 years in a row.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2011

CCS looks enticing from the outside facade.However,the green grass,trees,and freshly painted interiors are not the major factors that prepare a student for their future.The school would appear to be attempting to up their curriculum value (they were attempting to bring an AP program),but without a focused administration (on current students-not new ones),the academic growth will not occur.Elementary is okay;the secondary level where many foundations are being laid (especially math) posed some lasting issues for us.Without middle school pre-advance placement classes and advance placement classes in high school (with test scores that can be moved forward),your student will leave CCS with a deficit in comparison to public and some other private schools.Athletics are fine-the best athletic facilities-they just seem to have constant league issues-however the major focus of an education should be on the academics.A family can raise a child to love,know and rely on the Lord Jesus Christ;not all are able to deliver the knowledge and experiences in the various academic areas.We spent many years at CCS-not a bad experience-probably not the best academic choice for my children.Proverbs24:3-6
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2011

I was a student at CCS for 9 years, and I truly regret it. This is NOT a God-based school at all. The administration are hypocritical, judgemental and completely self-righteous. They do not care about your personal life, only as long as you are following THEIR way of life. This school is extremely denominational, since the staff and students almost shun every other religion & lifestyle. The academics are terrible since there is no challenge. The rules are very strict (especially the dress code: you'll get written up for wearing a hair-tie on your wrist). Also, you'll get in trouble for wearing a peace sign, because they believe it's a "broken-cross" when it is most certainly not! When I think back on the students & teachers there, only one word pops into my head: ARROGANCE.


Posted November 12, 2010

I unfortunately would have to say that if you are looking for a great private scholl for your child CCS is not the one. My child was enrolled there for almost 2 years before we had to pull her out due to constant bullying. After many times bringing this issue to the Principle nothnig was ever done because the students involved parent's were memmbers of the church and huge financial supporters of the school. The education was lacking as well. After moving our child to another school we found that they were way behind. So again if you are looking for a great private school for your child please reconsider CCS if you considering it. Unless you want to have you child's self esteem diminished, and have them under educated. On top of that all you have to pay for that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

i have been going to this school for almost a year now...it is wonderful school and i suggest that if you need a school to go to then this is the one!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2010

My son went to CCS for about 4 years. His spirit was broken. We pulled him out . He is now excelling in his new school. It was very sad to see other children been treated bad. The outside looks great. The inside is not god driven.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

I love this school. My child has gone there for 5 years now and although the curriculum has been challenging, the teachers have been very supportive and helpful. My child went in a shy child and she has truly blossomed. There is new administration and there is great communication between parents and staff. I have two more kids I'll be sending there and I know the school will do everything possible to help me financially to put them there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2010

CCS is an amazing school.If you are lookinf for a school where Christ and Education are key than attend CCS


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Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 42% 51%
White 25% 31%
Two or more races 23% 2%
Black 9% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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  • Differentiated learning programs
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  • Special education coordinator

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  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
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  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
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  • Computer programming

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  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
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  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Flag girls
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

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  • Arabic languages
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  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese
  • multiple others
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

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  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

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  • Gifted / high performing
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  • College Fair
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Jerry Eshleman
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Website
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (210) 979-0310

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  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
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  • Internships
  • STEM
  • Virtual school
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  • Arts (all)
  • Engineering
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese
  • multiple others
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  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Industrial / graphic design

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College Fair
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Summer college prep programs
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  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
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  • Photography
  • Sculpture
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  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

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  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Flag girls
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Marching band
  • Missions
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Teen Advisory
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
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  • Chaperone school trips
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  • We invite you to discover the Cornerstone difference! Students are invited to shadow current students in order to truly understand the life of a Warrior. CCS is a safe, loving environment that also provides the finest in Christian education the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math. We are excited to offer a Kinder Campus in the Stone Oak area, located at 18755 Stone Oak Parkway.
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9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
875
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
1000

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Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$5000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
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4802 Vance Jackson Rd
San Antonio, TX 78230
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Phone: (210) 979-9203

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