Welcome to Cornerstone Academy (CA). CA is a learning community which values high expectations for both academics and behavior. Cornerstone Academy staff embraces students, families, and communities to build and develop well-rounded individuals who are independent critical thinkers and intrinsically motivated to be life-long learners. We believe that all children can learn as we seek to make a difference in the lives of our students.
The teachers and staff at CA are committed to providing a quality education for all students in a safe, secure, and nurturing learning environment. We are committed to ensuring that each child reaches his/her full potential.
Currently, Cornerstone has a student population of approximately 720 students in grades K-8. CA is staffed with 49 certified members of the teaching staff and 17 classified/support staff. In addition to core academic subjects, students have the benefit of art, music, physical education, and computer science classes. Special services available to students include: intervention services and counseling, literacy and mathematics support, and the G.O.A.L. program for advanced learners. School hours are 7:55 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
We encourage all parents/guardians to maintain regular communications with their child’s teachers and be actively involved in the school community. Checking the school calendar, website, and our Facebook page for events and activities will help keep you informed. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the office by calling (614) 775-0615. We look forward to meeting your child and helping foster a love of learning.
Natalee M. Long
Head of School
Community schools offer an alternative to the local public school. They are tuition-free and open to all students. Community schools are among the top-performing schools in the nation.
Our educational approach has five principles at its core. These principles provide a strong foundation for learning and include:
1) Individualized Learning Plan for all scholars, 2) High expectations for student achievement, 3) Safe and secure learning environment, 4) Integrated technology to advance achievement, 5) Collaborative relationships with parents and community members.
Individualized InstructionWe care about every student and are committed to preparing children for lifelong success. Individualized instruction starts with a baseline for each student and performance data at regular, short intervals. Teachers and staff tailor lessons and provide support accordingly. Academic progress is regularly monitored by teachers, parents, and guardians.
Academic ExcellenceAs part of the ACCEL Schools network, we strategically apply best practices to our curriculum design, teacher training, and integrated technology to drive continuous gains in academic performance.
Safe and CaringWe care about the well-being and development of each child. We insist on a secure and orderly school. We address every aspect of security, from controlled entry, safety procedures, and codes of conduct. Cornerstone Academy has a state of the art camera system, closed circuit television monitoring available to parents and guardians, and trained staff to ensure the safest learning environment for all students..
Accessible to AllWe foster a culture that is reflective of community values and interests, and we are open to all students.
Community PartnershipWe are not just located in your community – we are part of it. We partner with local businesses such as KEMBA Financial Credit Union, ACE Hardware, and Giant Eagle.
Cornerstone Academy is authorized by Charter School Specialists, which provides oversight and enforces academic, fiscal, and legal accountability for our sponsor, St. Aloysius Orphanage. Learn more about our authorizer here or our sponsor here.
Our smaller class size and dedication to a well-rounded education with a specialized focus on core academics and technology make Cornerstone Academy a great educational environment.
Our school is part of ACCEL Schools, an established network of more than 40 charter and community schools located throughout the U.S. We serve more than 12,000 students nationwide.