Dear Community,

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 890 students in grades K-7 at our Walnut Street (Main) campus and grades 8-10 at our Central College Road (Annex) campus. CA is staffed with 65 certified members of the teaching staff and 16 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, support for English Language Learners, literacy and mathematics support, and the G.O.A.L. program for advanced learners. School hours are 7:55 am – 3:30 pm for Grades K-7 and 7:45 am – 3:00 pm for Grades 8-10, 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 Main location office by calling (614) 775-0615 or the Annex location by calling (614) 948-0560. We look forward to meeting your child and helping foster a love of learning.


Luis E. Leon                                                       Brian P. Carlton
Head of School – Main, grades K-7               Head of School – Annex, grades 8-10

Community School

Community schools offer an alternative to the local public school.We are tuition-free and open to all students. Community schools are among the top-performing schools in the nation.

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Educational Approach

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 Instruction

Individualized Instruction

We 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 Excellence

Academic Excellence

As 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 Caring

Safe and Caring

We 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 All

Accessible to All

We foster a culture that is reflective of community values and interests, and we are open to all students.
Community Partnership

Community Partnership

We 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.


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.


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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 11,500 students nationwide.

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