Q: What grade levels are offered at Cornerstone Academy?
Cornerstone Academy offers a full academic program for Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth grades.
Q: Do you have a preschool?
In 2015, Cornerstone Academy started a Pre-Kindergarten program.
Q: How does Cornerstone Academy view parental involvement?
It is viewed as necessary and welcome! Cornerstone Academy’s mission to partner with parents can only be fulfilled through the ongoing involvement of the parents. Much of what is done on a daily basis is accomplished through the efforts of the volunteer staff. Parents as well as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and even friends are encouraged to invest their time and talents in the classrooms and for special events.
Q: Is Cornerstone Academy associated with a denomination or area church?
Cornerstone Academy is not associated with a particular denomination or local church. It is a Christian school that welcomes students and families from a variety of Christian church affiliations.
Q: Is Cornerstone Academy accredited by any agency or organization?
Cornerstone Academy is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and by AdvancEd through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Cornerstone Academy is also a member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS).
Q: Are Cornerstone Academy's teachers certified to teach in the state of Tennessee?
State certification is not a requirement to teach at Cornerstone Academy. Teachers must, however, possess a four year bachelor’s degree and go through a very thorough interview process. They must be active and faithful Christians, demonstrate a love for teaching and children, be committed to the classical model of education, and have a passion for the subjects they teach. Once hired, all teachers are required to be certified through the school’s accrediting agency, ACSI, whose standards require continued education in biblical and educational studies. Many of the teachers at Cornerstone have graduate degrees and all are specifically trained in classical and Christian education methods.
Q: Do you offer tuition discounts or financial aid?
Cornerstone Academy uses a program called FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) by Independent School Management (ISM). The FAST program is used by private schools throughout the United States to process and award tuition assistance based on a thorough and professional needs assessment of all applicants. To apply, please click here.
Q: What about academic standards? How rigorous is your program?
Achieving academic excellence is part of Cornerstone Academy’s mission. A variety of teaching and learning methods are adopted to enable students to meet their full intellectual and spiritual potential.
Q: Do students at Cornerstone Academy graduate with a diploma?
Yes, all Twelfth grade graduating students at Cornerstone Academy are awarded a high school diploma and are fully equipped to apply to any college or university.
Q: What about new students transferring into your program from other schools?
It has been Cornerstone Academy’s experience that students transferring from other schools have adjusted readily to the new approach to learning as well as to the different types of curricula. Reasonable allowances are made for transfer students in the areas of study that they may not have been previously exposed to. One example would be Latin.
Q: Do your students participate in standardized testing programs?
The Terra Nova 3 is administered to grades K-9 each year in the spring. Tenth grade students are given pre-College Board testing. Eleventh and Twelfth graders test independently through ACT and SAT.
Q: Do you have aftercare arrangements for working parents?
Cornerstone’s after-school program, is available Monday through Friday from 3:20-5:30 p.m.
Q: Do you serve hot lunch?
Freshly prepared meals, which include hot entrees, salad bar, dessert, and milk, are served every week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Pizza or Chick-fil-A is served on Wednesdays. A staff of volunteers help with preparation, transporting the food from a nearby restaurant where it is prepared, serving the students and staff, and clean up. The Cornerstone Cafe is a great place to connect with the students and staff, and parents and grandparents are invited to join their children for lunch.