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The University Model and Cornerstone

Our Mission

Partnering with parents to build within their children a firm foundation of academic excellence and Christian discipleship.

Cornerstone Preparatory Academy is a University-Model® school, a private, parent-based Christian school whose purpose is to provide its students with a comprehensive, college-preparatory education from a Christian perspective. This holistic approach is accomplished through an education format that makes provision for both trained classroom instruction and individualized parent mentoring.


Our Guiding Principals

  • To love and glorify God in all that we do. (1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 Peter 4:11)
  • To do everything, including academic teaching, in a way that helps fulfill the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • To affirm and encourage parents in their God-given roles and responsibilities. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Proverbs 22:6)
  • To educate with excellence in a Christ-centered environment. (Luke 2:52, Proverbs 1:2-7, 3:13-20, 9:9, and 10:14)
  • To integrate home and school in age appropriate ways through the curriculum design and student activities.




University-Model® schooling was developed as a result of two guiding concerns: to offer students the opportunity to acquire a high degree of academic achievement and to preserve and strengthen the God-ordained family relationships in which the Christian faith is most effectively fostered. The structure in which these two concerns are brought together, the UMS model, provides an academically challenging education while integrating the home and school in the common goal of discipling students.

The key to success for the UM school is the integration of a biblically based, parentally guided, Christian faith and a sound, teacher-facilitated, academic environment. The Bible gives parents authority and responsibility for raising their children with the goal of becoming disciples of Jesus Christ.
In matters of education, that parental authority and responsibility, although not surrendered, may be shared with an educational institution when the parents consider it desirable or necessary. In such cases, a UM school will assist, and not supplant, parents in their work of training and educating their children.

Parents maintain and mentor the oversight of their children's educational progress and determine the manner and extent to which they will be involved at Cornerstone Prep either by taking a full load of classes or a la carte classes. Upon completion of placement testing, Cornerstone will help parents in placing each child in the correct stage of their academic progress.

Parents will also be involved in the off campus instructional responsibilities of their children's courses based on each child's age and stage of academic development. As important, parents will continue to build into their children those character qualities that reflect their own understanding of the Christian faith.

The UM school, on the other hand, will operate under the umbrella of parental authority by offering a challenging academic track in the context of Christian values. Cornerstone will unapologetically speak and teach in a manner consistent with the school's statement of faith, emphasizing the necessity of a personal relationship with Christ and growth in Christ-like character. The school will also help parents properly place each of their children at an appropriate stage of academic development.

Also, Cornerstone Prep will develop and implement academically challenging, college-preparatory courses that integrate an appropriate level of parental involvement into each student's out-of-class study. The school will encourage and expect the student to learn the material assigned and will provide regular feedback to both the student and parents concerning the student's progress in each class enrolled.
Finally, Cornerstone will integrate the Christian faith and a biblical worldview into the context of the various subject areas offered, to the end that Christian character-building will receive support and enhancement outside the home.

University-Model® schooling is designed for those families in which parents take a mentoring role in the oversight and implementation of their children's education. As the level of parental involvement progresses from being a co-teacher in the elementary years to a guide for dependent study in middle school to more of a course monitor in the high school courses, parents are expected to continue exercising loving and active responsibility for their children all the way through graduation.

In partnership with these committed parents, Cornerstone Prep is then able to integrate the home and school effectively toward the common goal of Christian character development and solid academic preparation for college.