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Around Cornerstone: News

Calling Cornerstone Home Since 2004

Cornerstone Director of Admissions Amy Freiler

How did God orchestrate your path to Cornerstone? 

During the school year of 2003-04, our oldest son, Luke, attended kindergarten at Summit Baptist. As the school year drew to a close, my husband Chris and I toured many schools in the area, hoping to find a private Christian school that would be a good fit for our family. After many visits, we were no closer to finding Luke’s educational home than when we first started. Over the summer, I happened to run into a friend while shopping who told me about a new school that would be opening that fall. The site hadn’t been determined, but it was to be named Cornerstone, and we were invited to an Information Meeting on their University-Model School®. We were intrigued. I loved the idea of sharing in our children’s education, not sending them to school all day, five days a week.  

Chris went to the first Information Meeting while I stayed home with Luke (6) and Matt (3). He called me from the parking lot to tell me, “This is what we’re doing!” He told me in detail how impressed he was with the model of the school and especially with its founding head of school, Jeanne Borders. Luke became one of the first first-graders in the fall of 2004 when Cornerstone opened in the Church of God of Prophecy in downtown Acworth. Matt joined Cornerstone as a kindergarten student in 2006. Jake joined Cornerstone in 2010 when he was in first grade.

What were the early years like having three boys attend school at Cornerstone?

Those early days (years!) of Cornerstone were so rewarding but HARD! I remember sitting at our dining room table with my two oldest and watching the bus drive down the street to pick up our neighbor’s children. Many afternoons and evenings, we would still be at the same dining room table as the bus drove back down the street to drop them off. I would often wonder if we were going to get through the schoolwork assigned. I also wondered if it was worth it! I was working on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Cornerstone as a second-grade teacher, and I was stretched thin.  

Thankfully, we had become part of a wonderful community of Cornerstone families who have become lifelong family friends. Finding those families to “do life” with was so important as we navigated the early to mid-years of hybrid schooling. We were there to encourage and support each other and continue to do so as our children have become adults. The home days were challenging, but it was so worth it! We persevered, and I’m so glad we did. The work ethic instilled in all three of my children from an early age has paid off many times over.

What different roles have you worked in here at Cornerstone?

Over the years, I’ve worked in teacher’s assistant positions in addition to teaching second grade. In 2018, I began working as an assistant to Cindy Gurniewicz in the admissions office. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Cindy and having the opportunity to talk with prospective families about the school that was such a huge part of my family’s life. When Cindy decided to retire at the end of the 2018-19 school year, I was thrilled to accept the position as the Director of Admissions.  

How are your boys flourishing now?

Luke graduated from Kennesaw State University (KSU) with a bachelor’s in Geographical Information Science and is working full-time. Matt also graduated from KSU with a bachelor’s in Biology. He is currently a full-time student and research assistant at the University of Alabama where is working on his master’s in marine science. Both Luke and Matt feel that Cornerstone was the foundation for their success in college. Jake is a senior at Cornerstone and loving every minute of it while he isn’t working at Chick-fil-A. He plans to attend KSU in the fall of 2023 as an honors student. As for myself, I have no plans to graduate from Cornerstone any time soon!

Pictured from left to right- Luke, Jake, and Matt Freiler

What is the admissions process like at Cornerstone?  

The first step in the admissions process is to attend one of our monthly Information Meetings. All dates and times can be found on our website under the Admissions tab. A link to our online application will be emailed to you after you have attended one of our tours. We ask that you talk with your family and pray over your decision to apply to Cornerstone.  

Once we have received an application, your child will be scheduled for one of our admissions screening sessions. 

  • Our rising kindergarten through 2nd-grade students complete an admissions screening individually with our elementary principal, Mrs. Daniel. A family interview immediately follows the testing.
  • For grades 3-12 is a nationally normed standardized test and takes about an hour and a half to complete. After the tests have been scored, we will contact you to set up a family interview.

The final step is receiving a decision letter which is typically received within a week of the family interview.


What tips would you give our prospective families to navigate the admissions process? 

If you are considering submitting an application to Cornerstone Prep, it is very important to follow these helpful tips.

  • Secure a copy of your students' last two years of report cards along with any testing that has been completed prior to the end of the school year. Schools have limited office hours over the summer, and it’s often difficult for families to gain access to this information.
  • You will also want to get a copy of your child’s current immunization form.
  • We require email addresses for a personal, spiritual, and educational reference for each applicant. As soon as you submit your application, those email reference requests will be automatically sent. It would be helpful for your references to know to expect that request!


Prospective Families 
Come discover the Cornerstone difference! It is our privilege to have you visit our campus and learn more about our school. We host monthly Information Meetings for prospective families to meet with our head of school, learn about the typical day of a Cornerstone student, and take a comprehensive tour of our school. Our first Information Meeting of the year is Thursday, January 26, at 9 a.m.  Questions? Feel free to contact Mrs. Freiler at admissions@cornerstoneprep.org or 770-529-7077.
 
Current Families 
Share this article with friends and family and introduce them to the Cornerstone Difference and Mrs. Freiler! We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Parent Meeting & Re-enrollment Kick-off on Tuesday, January 24, at 7 p.m. in the gym.        

We pray for God’s wisdom as you seek His will in this significant decision for your family. 
 

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