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Secondary Student Life

Friday Gatherings

Students gather on Fridays to learn, grow, and build their faith in the Lord. Here are the different ways we gather:
  • Chapel - students have applicable Bible lessons, worship, and prayer.
  • House and Team Challenge Gatherings - students enjoy healthy competitions.
  • Special Gatherings - students have guest speakers, guest musical groups, and student assemblies.
  • IMPACT Gatherings (high school only) - students plan and team build in preparation for IMPACT teams in the spring.

High School House System

All of our high school students are inducted into a House. Our eight Houses are designed to foster camaraderie among students through fun competitions. Houses are led by selected staff and student council members. Our Houses compete with each other to earn points throughout the year.


At the beginning of each school year, secondary students attend a retreat, where they build strong friendships and focus their hearts and minds on growing their relationship with the Lord.
Middle school students and high school students participate in separate off-campus retreats. Close bonds are formed during activities in which students must depend on one another. Common activities include canoeing, swimming, navigating high ropes courses and soaring on zip lines. Students also engage in chapel services, team-building activities, and large-group games.
The cost of the retreat is included in the student activity fee so every student can participate. Retreats are chaperoned by Cornerstone faculty members and school administrators. 

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