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FAQ'S

What grades does Cornerstone offer?

  • We are a K-12 school. Elementary students, grades K-6, have their on-campus days on Tuesdays-Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m.- 3:45 p.m. Because of our unique University-Model®, students can choose to take one course, a full load or anywhere in between. However, kindergarten is an all inclusive and costs $1,750 per semester ($3,500 a year). Kindergarten students, while here for a full day on Tuesdays-Thursdays, will have a rest time, two recess times, and can buy a hot lunch.
  • Our secondary students, grades 7-12, have their on-campus days on Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays, from 8:30 a.m.- 3:45 p.m. Juniors attend on Tuesday mornings and seniors attend both Tuesdays-Thursdays mornings for science labs. For those families who choose to use Cornerstone as a resource in the secondary grades, the flexibility remains to take one or two courses. For those students who plan to graduate from Cornerstone, our director of school counseling will develop a graduation plan for each student.

What is an "on campus day" vs. an "off campus day"?

  • Days that a student is at Cornerstone are referred to as on campus days. Off campus days are what we call the days when the students do their work at home. It is important that the student understands that ALL days are school days; it is just that the school work is being done at a different location.

What does an off campus day look like?

  • It depends on the age of your student, the classes they take, and your family. Obviously, the younger the student, the more involved the parent will be on off campus days. As your student grows older, we expect to see a more independent learner. The parent moves more into the role of encourager and accountability partner, helping prepare their student for college.

How long is an off campus day?

  • As a general rule, an hour of work at home is assigned for each hour of class at school. However, variables such as student ability, work ethic, variety of assignments, and honors vs. standard courses will impact this standard. Elementary students can expect to spend about one hour of work at home for each hour of class at school for all academic subjects. Beginning in middle school, students may have weekend math homework. Beginning in high school, students may have weekend math and English homework. Beginning their junior year, students may have weekend homework in all subjects.

Where does Cornerstone Prep stand in regards to the Common Core Standards?

  • Our goal at Cornerstone Prep is to provide the best possible foundation for our students in order to equip them for higher education and life beyond. We want our students to have a broad and in-depth base of knowledge. We teach so that our students also gain understanding, which leads to wisdom in applying their knowledge.
  • From our inception, we have looked closely at Georgia standards to be sure we are meeting or exceeding those standards. With the Common Core Standards, we are doing the same, and when we find benchmarks that would enhance what we are doing we strive to make adjustments that will benefit our students and better prepare them. We will never compromise content or what we think is important for our students to know. As a private school, we are not obligated to any particular state standards nor their ties to federal funding.

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Why does Cornerstone leave 6th grade with the elementary school instead of having them move up to a true middle school?

  • From the inception of the school, the decision was made to keep 6th grade as part of elementary. This was done from years of experience, especially with boys, who do not yet have the skills needed to navigate all the different teachers and organization needed for entering middle school.
  • Having 6th graders with our elementary students also allows them to feel like leaders rather than the youngest in middle school. It gives our students the time to mature so that 7th and 8th grade and the new pressures that come with that are more manageable. Looking back at the success rate of not only our 6th graders, but also seeing how well our 7th and 8th graders do, this was certainly the right decision!

How do students receive assignments?

  • Assignment sheets, grades K-4, will be posted on ParentsWeb each week for parents and students to view and print from home. Students in grades 5-12 will access assignments through Google Classroom.
  • Lesson Plans for elementary, grades K-6, students are available to print each Friday morning for the upcoming week. Lesson Plans for secondary, grades 7-12, students are available to view and print each Saturday morning for the upcoming week. Lesson Plans for juniors are available on a monthly basis. Lesson Plans for seniors are available on a semester basis.

Does Cornerstone have a lunch program?

  • Yes! Students can order a hot lunch every day from Eastside Catering or bring lunch from home. Lunches rotate through different menus. Please see our menus for detailed information on our lunch offerings. Lunches must be pre-ordered and paid for one month in advance. On Fridays, secondary students have a special treat with "Fast Food Fridays".

What colleges have your graduates attended?

  • We have had seven graduating classes, 2010-17. Of those seven classes, 100% have been accepted to the top college of their choice. Since 2014, our graduates have earned a combined total of over $5 million in scholarships! And that amount does not include the HOPE Scholarship and Zell Miller Scholarship. On average, our graduates earn $93,000 in scholarships each.
  • We are proud to say that 86% of our graduates have been HOPE/Zell Miller qualified. For a full list of the colleges where our graduates have been accepted and where they attend, please click here.

What are Cornerstone's average SAT/ACT scores?

  • SAT: 1175
  • ACT: 25

To view Cornerstone Prep's scores in comparison to local, state, and national scores, please click here.

Where do most of your students live? Is it possible to carpool to school?

  • Many of our families do carpool, and we do have a school directory available via ParentsWeb. Click here to view a map showing a breakdown by zip codes of where our families live.

Is Cornerstone a homeschooling co-op?

  • No! We are a fully accredited school. We are accredited by AdvancED and certified by NAUMS. Our model is a unique, college simulated program integrating professional instruction of highly qualified instructors and independent study. Cornerstone is also an ACSI member. Because of our alternative education model and university schedule, many homeschooling families do use us as a resource, and we are happy they are able to do so.

How many students attend Cornerstone full-time?

  • Overall, 81 percent of our students are full-time.

What type of Standardized Testing does Cornerstone require of its students?

  • We administer the CTP4 Online test every spring to our 3rd-8th graders. This test measures student achievement and ability. We also administer the PSAT to our 9th-11th graders each fall. Cornerstone students score well above average on all these tests.

Does Cornerstone Prep follow the Cobb County School schedule?

  • Our schedule closely follows the Cobb County calendar, with week off in the fall, at Thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas, a week in February, a week after spring break, and then we end one week earlier than Cobb County. You can view our full calendar here.

What is Cornerstone Virtual Academy?

  • Cornerstone Prep has a variety of virtual/online classes available to our enrolled students. The availability of taking virtual classes allows us to offer a broader option of classes and add additional AP classes. It also allows us to offer classes that meet at a time that works for the student if our regular classes aren’t available to them because of a schedule conflict.
  • Cornerstone Virtual Academy is open to current Cornerstone Prep high school students with classes available for the following purposes: Scheduling conflicts, credit recovery, AP classes, and electives not offered on campus. A student may take a maximum of two online classes per semester. Enrollment in CVA classes is subject to the director of school counseling's approval and requires a CVA advisement meeting with both student and parent.

What is IMPACT?

  • Each year, during the week before spring break, high school students at Cornerstone Prep experience school outside their classroom walls. For six months leading up to IMPACT week, students meet monthly during lunch sessions in teams, preparing for their chosen mission. During this required week, students make real life connections between their faith and classroom learning by participating in their chosen IMPACT team.
  • Students are encouraged to lead, serve, and learn through IMPACT. When teams return, written reflections are due, providing an additional opportunity for students to cultivate and improve their communication skills, enhance their college resumes and allow this week to impact their lives.
  • Teams have traveled to Guatemala, Colorado, New York City, rebuilt homes locally and in Tuscaloosa, AL, studied Forensics and aviation, spent a week at a local homeless center, and much more. Teams and trips change annually to allow students numerous mission opportunities before they graduate. IMPACT strengthens our students and school by leaving our classroom walls to impact our community and the world for Christ.

What is Cornerstone Cares?

  • Cornerstone Cares is an opportunity for our middle school, elementary students, and families to walk beside those in our community to lend a helping hand and offer the tangible love of Jesus. As we reach out to those who have needs that we can meet in some way, our prayer is they will see the light of Jesus and give Him the glory.
  • This no assignment day is a required service day for our middle school students and optional for elementary students. We strongly encourage all Cornerstone families to participate.

Does Cornerstone offer AP classes?

  • Currently, we offer AP World History, AP US History, and AP Literature. Students can also take various AP classes via CVA

Does Cornerstone offer Dual Enrollment?

  • Dual Enrollment is available to qualified juniors and seniors. Qualified students can take classes at Kennesaw State University. We also now offer a Dual Enrollment course on-site from Truett-McConnell College, taught by Cornerstone Prep faculty members, which maintains the Christian classroom environment students are familiar with. Both of these programs meet the same high academic standards as Cornerstone Prep.

What curriculum does Cornerstone use?

  • The easiest way to look at our curriculum is to look at our current book list. Each year our administrative staff reviews our curriculum to see if it is meeting our students' needs. Click here to view. To truly understand our school model and philosophy, attend an Information Meeting.

Which Language Arts program is used in Kindergarten through second grade?

  • We have adopted the Superkids program for grades K-2. Authored by former teacher and founder of American Girl dolls, Pleasant Rowland, Superkids encompasses all of the necessary elements for a balanced literacy program: Phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, guided reading and guided writing. With its emphasis on positive character traits and quality literature, Superkids is a great fit for our program here at Cornerstone.

Does Cornerstone allow school dances?

  • Cornerstone does have school sponsored dances for our secondary, grades 7-12, students. There is a middle school no-date dance and a high school Paw Ball dance and a Paw Ball Court. Also, each spring, there is a Junior-Senior Prom.

What about Student Internships?

Qualified juniors and seniors can participate in our Internship Program. This program allows students real life experience under the supervision of our director of school counseling.

Are uniforms required?

  • Cornerstone does require uniforms for its students. Because of our unique University-Model®, students can get away with a very limited amount of uniforms if you will wash them on off campus days. Many families report they purchase one or two bottoms and tops and that suffices. Uniforms must be purchased from Land's End.

How does Cornerstone choose its curriculum?

  • We have a traditional curriculum that meets or exceeds both state standards and core curriculum. We have brought in some elements of classical education, but are primarily a traditional school. Our curriculum is overseen by our two principals who strive to choose the best curriculum for use in both the central classroom and the satellite classroom. All curriculum is chosen with two over-riding principles: College-prep and as hands-on/cross curricular as possible, depending on the grade level. Click here to view our book list.

Does Cornerstone require cursive writing?

  • Cornerstone requires cursive writing in grades 4-6. We believe this is an important skill for all our students to master.

Does Cornerstone participate in SB10?

  • We do, but we take each case on an individual basis. Please contact our Admissions Director Cindy Gurniewicz, to discuss your individual needs.

Is is possible for my child to move up or down a grade level in certain subjects?

  • One of the wonderful things about our University-Model® system is it allows us the flexibility of meeting the students needs individually, not taking a cookie-cutter approach to education. It is possible to move students up or down one grade level in elementary or two grade levels in secondary. For students who need to move up or down a grade level, Cornerstone offers placement tests to help our principals and parents know best where to place students. This can be worked out during the family interview.

What type of sports programs does Cornerstone offer?

  • We offer a full range of activities and our sports program is growing each year. Our teams have won numerous GICAA district, regional and state championships. See the athletics tab on our website for a full listing of our sport offerings. If there is enough interest in starting a sport, our athletic director is willing to support that team!

What other activities does Cornerstone offer students?

  • Student Life is extremely active here at Cornerstone Prep. Student Life Pastor Brandon Nolan keeps the elementary and secondary student life calendars interesting and full. Elementary students have monthly chapel and secondary students meet weekly for the gathering, which includes chapel. Visit the student life tab on our website or school calendar for all activities. Additionally, Cornerstone offers a myriad of electives during the school day for both elementary and secondary students.
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