Educating for Academic Excellence and Spiritual Maturity
Cornerstone's roots lie in the compassion and dedication of Christians throughout the Philadelphia region. In response to the 1980 Philadelphia teachers strike and subsequent distress in Philadelphia schools, attorney James Sweet and evangelist Tony Campolo began investing themselves in the lives of children in Southwest Philadelphia. By 1988 Cornerstone Christian Academy was born with 40 children, Kindergarten to third grade. Located in the heart of southwest Philadelphia at 58th Street and Kingsessing Avenue, Cornerstone has since grown to over 200 Kindergarten to eighth grade students, 18 teachers and an annual operating budget of $2.9 million. Cornerstone is a co-educational, independent Christian school offering a full academic program for its students.
Our Mission and Vision
The mission of Cornerstone Christian Academy is to educate children, including those from at-risk neighborhoods in an environment that provides the highest standards for academic achievement and spiritual development. It is our vision to be a model urban Christian school where students are grounded in faith, shaped with Christ-like character, and equipped with knowledge and skills to excel in high school, college, and throughout life.
Our Statement of Faith
We believe that the Bible, comprised of the Old and New Testaments, is inspired by God and is the supreme and final authority in faith and life. We believe in one God existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the vicarious death of the Lord Jesus Christ for our sins, the resurrection of His body, His ascension into Heaven, and His future return to the earth. We believe salvation is available through one’s acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We believe that a New Testament Church is a body of baptized believers associated for worship, learning, service, and the spread of the gospel for the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth.