Cornerstone's commitment to the educational and spiritual success of our students is foundational to our curriculum objectives. Please use the links in the sidebar for summary descriptions of curriculum at each stage of learning. You will see an emphasis at every stage on the development of knowledge and skills as well as character. The learning process is further enhanced through courses in art, music, computers, library science, and physical education.
God’s Word in Scripture is the foundation upon which all subjects at Cornerstone Christian Academy are established and the school is governed. We believe that the Bible, comprised of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God and is the final authority in all matters of faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Matthew 4:4-10). As the living Word of God, the Bible informs and illuminates the past, present and future of the world as well as our individual lives.
The reading and study of Scripture at Cornerstone is not separate from but integrated into all subject matters and school affairs. Students learn in their classrooms and in their extra-curricular activities how to think biblically, act critically, and behave responsibly as disciples of Jesus Christ. As they engage in their academic studies, students are taught to apply biblical principles and truths to their learning, with the hope that not only will their minds be filled with knowledge but their hearts also will be enlightened with faith, hope, love, and wisdom (Ephesians 1:17-19). Our ultimate goal is to cultivate our students into establishing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to disciple others. To that end, we instruct and impart to our students the established, uncompromising Word of God that enriches and prepares them to stand and apply biblical truths in all life situations with confidence and integrity.
Scripture reveals there is power in spoken and written words, especially God’s Word (Genesis 1; John 1). Reading is the instrument used to study and interpret God’s inspired Word in the Bible, as well as the written words of men and women, past and present, who have been inspired by the wonders and ways of the world and of all God’s creation. Reading is the foundational discipline of education and the absolute essential skill every child needs for academic success. Cornerstone Christian Academy is committed to reading instruction at all grade levels that includes: Phonemic awareness (the ability to manipulate sounds in words), Phonics (the knowledge of relationships between written letters and sounds), Vocabulary (understanding the meaning of words in reading and in written and spoken language), Fluency (the ability to read rapidly), Comprehension (the ability to gain meaning while reading), and Biblical Integration (the ability to apply Biblical Truths and Christian principles while reading).
Students at Cornerstone are introduced to reading various types of literature, fiction and non-fiction, including novels, drama, poetry, biography, short stories, essays, and history, as well as Scripture. This variety challenges and inspires their imaginations, allowing them to form ideas, build intellect, enhance their vocabulary and writing skills, and apply their faith and biblical understanding. Through the instruction of phonemic awareness, decoding skills and fluency, students are taught to comprehend literature in terms of plot, setting, point of view, characters, sequence, and vocabulary development. Subsequently, students will have the ability to summarize, analyze and compare what is read to what they see in everyday life. Our goal is that by becoming proficient in reading and filtering what they read through the lens of Biblical Truth and Christian faith, students will develop a deeper level of comprehension and perception of complex literature that will enlighten them academically and help them grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:15).
In a variety of languages and forms, God speaks to us through written and spoken words. The gift of language is a precious gift from God to be used for the purpose of praising Him and communicating effectively with others. At Cornerstone Christian Academy the study of Language Arts improves students’ understanding and use of Standard English. Focus includes grammar, reading, vocabulary, writing and oral presentation. Student work reflects the proper use of grammar and vocabulary through a diversity of assignments and projects. As students progress from grade to grade the emphasis, objectives, and difficulty of the assignments and projects increases. Earlier grades require more focus on basic grammar and writing skills. In upper grades more advanced research and critical thinking assignments are necessary to provide students with the necessary writing and speaking tools to succeed in a high school setting. Teachers work with colleagues in other disciplines to provide support for their Language Arts assignments and to further encourage the use of Standard English by their students.
Mathematics produces awe and imagination, empowering students to grow in their understanding and appreciation of God and his creation. The Bible teaches that God created and maintains the universe in an orderly manner (Genesis 1 and 2). This exactness is exemplified in the study of mathematics. Knowledge of fundamental concepts and theorems enables students to discover God’s truths, and as image bearers made in God’s likeness to develop their own orderly nature and character (Genesis 1:26; Luke 14:28-30). As students become actively engaged in practicing mathematics, their problem solving, critical thinking, and logical thinking skills are enhanced, thereby encouraging holistic integration of order and wonder in their surrounding communities.
We believe empirical evidence proves that God created all things (Colossians 1:16-17), therefore science is a means by which we examine God’s Creation and our role within His universe. God’s divinity is revealed in the seen and unseen facets of the universe (Romans 1:20). His glory and character are revealed through exploration, observation, and scientific study. At Cornerstone Christian Academy students are given the building blocks they need to explore, discover, and classify the wonders of God’s Creation. We encourage students to be filled with awe and wonder, as well as to honor God by being wise stewards and caretakers of the resources in His Creation.
God is the Author, Sustainer, and Redeemer of all things, all people, and all societies past, present and future (Psalm 24:1-2). Social studies is the study of the historical relationship between God and the diverse cultures, governments, geography, and social systems of God’s people. Study of the social sciences enables students at Cornerstone Christian Academy to understand how God establishes individuals, families, communities, and nations as part of His divine plan; seeing all of history as the unfolding of the mighty acts of God. In addition to helping students become knowledgeable and appreciative of historically diverse peoples and cultures, it is our goal to prepare students to be responsible Christ-centered citizens who function productively and collaboratively in a multi-cultural and increasingly interdependent world.