- When was the school founded?
- What grades does Cornerstone offer?
- How many students attend Cornerstone full-time?
- What is an "on-campus day" vs. an "off-campus day"?
- What does an off-campus day look like?
- How long is an off-campus day?
- Is Cornerstone a homeschooling co-op?
- How do we apply to Cornerstone?
- Where do most of your students live? Is it possible to carpool to school?
- Does Cornerstone Prep follow the Cobb County School schedule?
- Are uniforms required?
- Does Cornerstone participate in SB10?
- Does Cornerstone have an after school program?
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.
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. As students enter secondary (grades 7-12), the parent moves more into the role of encourager and accountability partner, helping prepare their student for college.
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.
No! We are a fully accredited school. We are accredited by Cognia (formerly known as 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.
Our schedule closely follows the Cobb County calendar, with a week off in the fall, a week at Thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas, a week in February, a week for spring break, and then we end one week earlier than Cobb County. You can view our full calendar here.
Cornerstone does require uniforms for its students. Because of our unique University-Model®, students can get away with a very limited amount of uniforms. Many families report they purchase one or two bottoms and tops, and that suffices. Lands' End is the official uniform provider for Cornerstone Prep. Secondary students have additional approved vendor options for specific uniform items.
- Where does Cornerstone Prep stand in regards to the Common Core Standards?
- Why does Cornerstone leave 6th grade with the elementary school instead of having them move up to a true middle school?
- How do students receive assignments?
- What colleges have your graduates attended?
- What are Cornerstone's average SAT/ACT scores?
- What type of Standardized Testing does Cornerstone require of its students?
- What is Cornerstone Virtual Academy?
- Does Cornerstone offer AP classes?
- What curriculum does Cornerstone use?
- Which Language Arts program is used in Kindergarten through second grade?
- What about student internships?
- Does Cornerstone require cursive writing?
- Is it possible for my child to move up or down a grade level in certain subjects?
- Do I have to register to homeschool if my child does not take a full load at Cornerstone?
We administer the CTP5 Online test every spring to our 3rd- through 8th-graders. This test measures student achievement and ability. We also administer the PSAT to our 9th- through 11th-graders each fall. Cornerstone students score well above average on all of these tests.
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.
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. Cornerstone offers placement testing as part of the admissions process to help the admissions committee with grade level placement, which is discussed during the family interview.
A full load at Cornerstone is considered to be six classes (including core subjects, but not including lunch or study hall).
If your child does NOT take a full load at Cornerstone, you will need to register to Homeschool using the Home Study Program Declaration of Intent. This should be filed with the state school superintendent by September 1 or within 30 days of starting homeschooling.
- Does Cornerstone have a lunch program?
- What is IMPACT?
- What is Cornerstone Cares?
- Does Cornerstone allow school dances?
- What type of sports programs does Cornerstone offer?
- What other activities does Cornerstone offer students?
Student life is extremely active at Cornerstone Prep. Director of Student Ministries and Campus Pastor Brandon Nolan keeps the elementary and secondary student life calendars interesting and full. Elementary students have chapel twice a month, and secondary students meet weekly for the Gathering, which includes chapel. Visit the student life tab on our website for all clubs and activities. Additionally, Cornerstone offers a myriad of electives during the school day for both elementary and secondary students.