Cornerstone Classical Christian
Table of Contents
Educational Philosophy ...............................................................................................................2
Organizational Philosophy ...........................................................................................................2
Statement of Faith .......................................................................................................................3
Code of Student Citizenship........................................................................................................4
Communications and Grievances Guidelines ............................................................................5
Discipline Guidelines ...................................................................................................................5
Student and Staff Relations Guidelines .....................................................................................6
Holiday Observance Policy ..........................................................................................................6
Controversial Subjects Policy ......................................................................................................7
Trivium Application Chart ............................................................................................................8
Latin Instruction ...........................................................................................................................11
Grading Scale Guidelines ............................................................................................................12
Grade Reporting Guidelines ........................................................................................................12
Promotion Policy ..........................................................................................................................12
Standardized Test Administration...............................................................................................12
Honors and Awards Program ......................................................................................................13
Learning Disability Policy.............................................................................................................13
Uniform and Dress Code Policy...................................................................................................14
Inclement Weather Policy............................................................................................................15
Student Health and Medication Policy .......................................................................................16
Prepaid Tuition Policy ..................................................................................................................16
Tuition and Fee Collection Policy ................................................................................................17
Tuition Assistance Policy .............................................................................................................17
Admissions Procedures and Guidelines.....................................................................................17
Organizational Chart for Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy.........................................18
Association of Classical and Christian Schools .........................................................................19
Suggested Readings in Classical and Christian Education.......................................................19
Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy Student/Parent Handbook 1
VISION EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
We aim to graduate young men and women who Excellent education is founded upon disciplined,
think clearly and listen carefully with discernment eager attention to learning. This discipline rests
and understanding; who reason persuasively and upon a student’s moral character, and that this
articulate precisely; who are capable of evaluating moral character is developed through a personal
their entire range of experience in the light of the relationship with God through Jesus Christ. In
Scriptures; and who do so with eagerness in joyful support of parents’ God-given responsibility for
submission to God. We desire them to recognize educating their children, the Corporation will:
cultural influences as distinct from biblical, and to
1. Provide a clear model of Christian life through
be unswayed towards evil by the former. We aim to
its staff and Board members. (Matthew
find them well-prepared in all situations, possessing
both information and the knowledge of how to use it.
We desire they be socially graceful and spiritually 2. Encourage every student to begin and to
gracious; equipped with and understanding the tools continue to develop a relationship with God the
of learning; desiring to grow in understanding, yet Father through Jesus Christ. (Matthew
fully realizing the limitations and foolishness of the 28:18-20.)
wisdom of this world. We desire they have a heart for
the lost and the courage to seek to dissuade those 3. Teach all subjects from a biblical worldview as
who are stumbling towards destruction; that they parts of an integrated whole with the Scripture
distinguish real religion from religion in form only; at the center. (2 Timothy 3:16-17.)
and that they possess the former, knowing and 4. Provide students with a classical education,
loving the Lord Jesus Christ. And all these we desire in which grammar (the fundamental facts and
them to possess with humility and gratitude to God. rules of each subject), logic (the ordered
We likewise aim to cultivate these same qualities in relationship of particulars in each subject), and
our staff and to see them well paid so that they may rhetoric (the expression in speech and writing
make a career at Cornerstone. We desire them to be of the ideas of a subject) are emphasized in all
professional and diligent in their work, gifted in subject areas.
teaching, loving their students and their subjects. 5. Encourage all students to develop wisdom,
We desire they clearly understand classical discernment, and a love for learning. Children
education, how it works in their classroom and how will be taught how to learn for themselves and
their work fits into the whole; that they possess a how to express what they have learned; how to
lifelong hunger to learn and grow; and that they have think rather than simply what to think.
opportunity to be refreshed and renewed. We desire
to see them coach and nurture new staff and to
serve as academic mentors to students. We look to ORGANIZATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
see them mature in Christ, growing in the knowledge
of God, their own children walking with the Lord. To carry out its mission of academic excellence
within a biblical worldview, Cornerstone Classical
We aim to cultivate in our parents a sense of Christian Academy shall:
responsibility for the school; to see them well
informed about the goals of our classical and 1. Operate with efficiency and excellence.
Christ-centered approach. We desire them to grow
2. Maintain respect for the individual and insists
with the school, involved in and excited about the
upon gracious interactions at every level of the
journey. We aim to help them to follow biblical organization.
principles in addressing concerns, to be inclined to
hearing both sides of a story before rendering a 3. Encourage a decentralized form of
verdict, and to embrace the Scripture's injunctions administration where decisions are made and
to encourage and stir up one another to love and responsibility is taken for those decisions at the
good works. lowest possible level of the organization. This
organizational principle of delegation is
Finally, in our relationship with our community, we
intended to reduce administrative overhead and
aim to be above reproach in our business dealings
empower the individuals involved in a particular
and supportive of the local business community. We process to have the primary input to improve it.
further seek to exemplify the unity of the body of (Exodus 18:13-27.)
Christ, to develop greater fellowship and
understanding with the churches, and to bring honor 4. Regard parents as customers of Cornerstone
to our Lord in all our endeavors. Classical Christian Academy and teachers as
having Board delegated authority in the
5. Encourage parents to be active supporters of
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the educational process. PARENT INVOLVEMENT
6. Commit to resolve disputes that arise out of or As a support and extension of the family unit,
relate to its organizational documents by Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy considers
biblically based mediation. (Matthew18:15-20; the family to be of first importance to a child. God,
1 Corinthians 6:1-8.) through His Word, the Bible, indicates that the family
is the most important human institution He designed,
since He compares it to the relationship believers
STATEMENT OF FAITH have with Christ and the Father. We strive to
support the family and respect parental authority
Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy, its staff, and responsibility in all we do. Cornerstone believes
and its board members embrace the historic tenets in the concept of “in loco parentis” - in the place of
of Christianity as presented in this Statement of the parent. At the core of our philosophy of
Faith. Beyond the primary doctrines articulated in education is the conviction that parents are
the Statement of Faith below, we respect and ultimately responsible for the education of their
acknowledge the primacy of the family and local children. We see ourselves as “subcontractors” of
churches and refer any secondary doctrinal the parents. The parents are the “contractors” –the
questions to parents and local churches for ones who are responsible for getting the job done.
clarification and authority. Our authority and our task are delegated to us from
1. The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments the parents. Therefore, we strongly encourage
are the perfect, inspired, infallible, inerrant, and parental involvement in the education of their
authoritative Word of God, and as such, rightly children and are continually seeking ways to actively
interpreted, are the final authority in faith and involve the parents, siblings, and grandparents of
practice. (2 Timothy 3:16.) our students in the programs of the school.
2. There is one true God, creator of all things, who Below are just a few of the more common ways we
is eternally existent in three persons: the Father, do this. Please feel free to ask if you would like to try
the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; additional ideas.
Genesis 1:1; 1 John 5:7.) 1. Visit the school/class at any time. (Simply call
3. Jesus of Nazareth is Lord, is Christ, and is God; ahead to schedule the visit out of courtesy to
He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, the staff.)
performed miracles, shed his blood and died a 2. Assist in the classroom, regularly or infrequently.
vicarious and atoning death, rose bodily from Arrangements should be made with the teacher
the dead, ascended to the right hand of God the concerned.
Father, and will personally return in power and
in glory. (John 10:30; Matthew 1:18; Hebrews 3. Act as chaperone on field trips or as a host for
4:15; John 10:32; Romans 3:25; Matthew 28:6; class parties.
Romans 8:34; Luke 21:27.)
4. Share your expertise, experience, and travels as
4. For the salvation of lost and sinful men, they may relate to an area of study in a class.
regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely
5. Attend all Parent-Teacher Conferences.
necessary. (John 3:3-8.)
Informal conferences may be scheduled
5. Salvation is by grace through faith alone, in anytime at the parent’s request.
Christ alone, and for the glory of God alone.
6. Closely monitor and praise your child’s progress
by reading all teacher notes and papers sent
6. True saving faith in a person will result in the home.
performance of good works by that person, for
7. Communicate your ideas for school
faith without works is dead. (Ephesians 2:10;
improvement and comments regarding the
school program to the administration. We want
7. The present ministry of the Holy Spirit enables to hear from you.
the Christian to live a godly life. (Galatians
8. Serve on one of the school committees
(Facilities, Curriculum, Development, etc.)
8. God will raise all people from the dead, the
saved to the resurrection of eternal life, and the
lost to the resurrection of eternal condemnation.
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians
9. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our
Lord Jesus Christ. (John 17:20-23.)
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CODE OF STUDENT CITIZENSHIP educational pursuits, such as personal
electronic musical devices, games, toys, roller
Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy has skates, skateboards, and the like are not
developed a Code of Student Citizenship based on a permitted on school grounds.
practical mixture of 1) the ethical and moral
principles of Scripture, 2) institutional preferences 6. Since working with others involves
which foster an environment conducive to achieving self-discipline and gratitude, students will be
the school’s goals, and 3) expectations for a climate prompt in their arrival to class and school
of mutual respect, love and encouragement among activities. Students will refrain from actions that
students, faculty, and staff. All students are distract others from their academic pursuits and
expected to abide by the Code of Student Citizenship. refrain from harmful and rough physical contact
Upper school students will be required to sign the with other students such as hitting, punching,
code at the beginning of each school year. Each tripping, wrestling, and the like.
teacher will use a system of classroom management 7. Since Cornerstone cares about the health and
to encourage compliance with the school code. well-being of its students and staff, the
Students who do not follow the code will be subject possession and use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco
to disciplinary action. or weapons of any sort is strictly forbidden on
1. Since God is holy and since His name is to be school grounds.
revered, students are expected to treat worship, 8. Since words have a power and integrity of their
prayer and class discussion with proper own and since God expects man to be stewards
reverence. Jokes, songs, conversation or of thoughts and expressions, students will
behavior that treat the Lord’s name, character, refrain from language and actions which are
or institutions with triviality are not permitted. vulgar, inappropriate and demeaning to either
2. Since appropriate response to authority is God or mankind. Teasing, criticizing, put-downs,
biblically mandated and critical to the shaping insults and name-calling are not permitted.
of a child’s life, students must obey their 9. Since our physical facilities and school
parents, school policy and all instructions from materials exist as God’s provision and since
the Cornerstone staff and its supporting adults, some activities are inconsistent with
promptly, willingly, completely and cheerfully. responsible stewardship, students are expected
Talking back, arguing and undue familiarity with to treat all school materials (e.g. textbooks) and
Cornerstone staff will not be tolerated. An facilities with respect and care. Students are
atmosphere of mutual respect and courtesy will expected to be aware of and avoid the off-limits
be maintained between students and staff. areas of the building and grounds. Students are
3. Since fidelity to the truth is commanded by God expected to keep the school’s campus neat and
and is the core of all meaningful relationships, clean. Chewing gum is prohibited on school
students will demonstrate honesty in all their grounds.
dealings with one another and the staff. 10. Since students are to conduct themselves in a
Students will respect the property and manner consistent with biblical principles of
belongings of others. purity and holiness, students shall refrain from
4. Since God created male and female in His all forms of inappropriate sexual behavior. All
image, equal in personhood, yet distinct in their immoral sexual activity, including fornication,
manhood and womanhood and complementary viewing of pornography, immodest dress, and
in their roles, male students will show honor for homosexuality, is forbidden among Cornerstone
female staff and students by demonstrating students. Public displays of affection in the
gentlemanly etiquette at all times (e.g. Boys context of boy-girl relationships (e.g. holding
shall hold doors open for female staff and hands, kissing, etc.) are not permitted on school
students.) and female students will show grounds.
respect for male staff and students by exhibiting 11. Since spiritual disciplines (e.g. prayer, worship,
ladylike etiquette at all times. Romantic Bible study, and fellowship) are essential to
attachments between male and female Christian growth and discipleship, all students
students will not be encouraged at Cornerstone. will strive to maintain a faithful daily walk with
Co-educational competitive sports involving Christ and be active in a local evangelical
significant physical contact between players will church.
be prohibited at the school.
12. Since our students serve as ambassadors for
5. Since whatever we do, we are to do it heartily, as Christ and representatives of the school, it is
to the Lord, and not unto men, students will expected that students will conduct themselves
work diligently on all of their school work, accordingly at all times, whether they are at
striving to do their best at all times. Items and school or away from school.
devices that distract students from their
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COMMUNICATION AND GRIEVANCES individual Board member may speak on behalf of
GUIDELINES the Board unless specifically authorized by the
Board to do so on a specific issue.
We consider it a great privilege to serve families in
educating their children from a classical and
Christian perspective. We are committed to DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES
upholding and supporting each family’s authority in
the lives of their children. This kind of relationship General
requires clear communication. We recognize that in All discipline will be based on biblical principles (e.g.
this relationship there lies a great temptation to talk confession, repentance, reconciliation, restitution,
to others (gossip) about a specific issue or person forgiveness, etc.). Misbehavior shall be viewed from
rather than take direct action to resolve conflicts in a a spiritual and Scriptural perspective with the goal of
manner consistent with Scripture. We have outlined shepherding the child’s heart toward a God-pleasing
the proper lines of communication and dealing with life. It is also understood that parents are ultimately
grievances according to the biblical principles found responsible for their child’s behavior even while the
in Matthew 18 and James 3. We believe Scripture child is at school. These discipline procedures shall
teaches that conflicts should be handled discreetly have the function of placing the responsibility of
and carefully, while believing and speaking the best discipline on the parent. The parents shall be
about each individual involved. Cornerstone staff responsible for administering all forms of corrective
and administration will abide by these same punishment.
principles in communicating with parents and
students. Practically, the vast majority of real and potential
discipline problems will be dealt with at the
Parents to Teacher: If an issue should arise classroom level. The kind and amount of discipline
regarding an individual teacher’s behavior, rules or (within these stated guidelines) will be determined
procedures, the parents should speak directly to the by the teachers and headmaster. The specifics and
teacher. If the issue is not satisfactorily resolved, nature of each discipline incident and the individual
the parent may bring the concern to the personality of the student involved will be
Headmaster. considered in the administration of discipline.
Parents to Headmaster: If an issue should arise It is vital for parents and students to realize that
regarding school rules, procedures or curriculum or maintaining an orderly atmosphere in the school
the Headmaster’s behavior, the parents should and the classroom is critical to the learning process;
speak directly to the Headmaster. Parents may also therefore, these policies must be adhered to.
present concerns about individual teacher’s Students will not be subject to corporal punishment
behavior, rules or procedures directly to the at Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy. As in
Headmaster, if the matter was not resolved with the all other areas of the education at Cornerstone, love,
specific teacher. If the issue is not satisfactorily grace and forgiveness will be an integral part of the
resolved, the matter may be taken before the school discipline of a child. It is because we love that we
Parents to Board: If an issue regarding any policy, Misconduct and Discipline:
curriculum, program, or staff member has not been
satisfactorily resolved with the administration, the There are five basic behaviors that will automatically
parents may present their concerns to the Board at necessitate discipline from the school Headmaster.
the regularly scheduled board meetings. Parents Those behaviors are:
should communicate with a Board member to
1. Disrespect shown to any staff member. The
schedule such a hearing.
staff member will be the judge of whether or not
While clear communications between the school disrespect has been shown.
and families can break down with negative issues,
2. Dishonesty in any situation while at school;
they can break down with positive issues as well.
including lying, cheating, stealing.
Often parents will have an idea on how to improve
the school, but are not sure how to share it. In this 3. Rebellion e.g., outright disobedience in
case the same principles should be applied. If a response to instructions.
parent has an idea about how to improve a
4. Fighting e.g., striking in anger with the
classroom, he or she should talk to the teacher. If a
intention to harm another student.
parent has an idea about how to improve the school
in general, he or she should talk to the 5. Unkind, obscene or profane language,
administration. It is always best to communicate including taking the Lord’s name in vain.
directly with the person primarily in authority over
the issue at hand. The Board will not serve as the If for any of the above behaviors, or other reasons, a
teacher deems it necessary for a student to receive
initial contact on school related issues. No
discipline from the Headmaster, the following
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accounting will be observed. Within the entire or when school is not in session.
1. The first two times a student is sent to the
Should the expelled student desire to be readmitted
Headmaster for discipline the student’s parents
to Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy at a
will be contacted and given the details of the
later date, the school board will make a decision
visit. The parents’ assistance and support in
based on the student’s attitude and circumstances
averting further problems will be expected.
at the time of reapplication.
2. The third incident will be followed by a meeting
with the student, student’s parents,
Headmaster, and teacher if necessary. STUDENT AND STAFF RELATIONS
3. Should a fourth incident arise, a two-day GUIDELINES
suspension may be imposed on the student.
To facilitate professional, friendly, and biblical
The student will be required to make-up all
relationships between staff members and students,
classroom assignments and tests missed during
the following guidelines shall be observed.
the suspension period.
A. Staff members are to remember that they serve
4. Should a fifth incident arise, the student may
as professional, adult role-models before the
be subject to expulsion from the school.
students (Titus 2:7, 8). Relationships between
5. The headmaster may, at his discretion, bypass staff members and staff members and students
the above office-visit process and impose an are to be friendly and courteous, not familial or
immediate suspension or expulsion on a intimate.
student who is not making progress in
B. Staff members are to be careful that any
correcting serious misbehavior.
physical contacts and verbal interchanges with
Expulsion: each other and with students avoid even the
appearance of impropriety (I Peter 2:12).
The Cornerstone school board realizes that expelling
a student from school is a very serious matter and C. Flirtation, sexual innuendoes, casual disrespect
should always be carefully dealt with on a toward authority, excessive familiarity, etc. are
case-by-case basis. Forgiveness and restitution are examples of the kind of unprofessional and
fundamental to our total discipline policy. However, inappropriate behavior that will not be tolerated.
should a student and his parents not be able to Necessary and cautionary measures required to
eliminate the behavioral problems the student is limit these kinds of behaviors should be
having, the Headmaster is empowered to expel the corporately and individually taken.
student. The procedure will be as follows:
D. If it is necessary for a male staff member to
1. Parents will be notified immediately after the spend time alone with a female student or staff
decision for expulsion. member, it should be arranged that they are
easily visible to the public (e.g. an open door,
2. The student will turn in all school windowed room, etc.)
texts/materials, clear out his/her desk and
locker, and be picked up by his/her parents the E. Staff members shall not travel alone in a car
same day. with one student.
3. Transfer of school records will be arranged
within a week following expulsion.
HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE POLICY
4. Appeals may be made first to the Headmaster
and then to the Cornerstone Board. Observances of holidays at Cornerstone Classical
Christian Academy shall be conducted according to
Serious Misconduct: the following guidelines:
If a student should commit an act with such serious A. Cornerstone recognizes the necessity of joy and
consequences that the school deems it necessary, thankfulness in the Christian life. The school
the office-visit process may be bypassed and will seek to provide students with opportunities
suspension or expulsion imposed immediately. for joyous celebration and thankful recognition
Examples of such serious misconduct could include: of God’s providence and blessing in their
acts endangering the lives of other students or staff individual lives (e.g. birthdays and personal
members, gross violence/vandalism to the school accomplishments) and in history (Columbus Day
facilities, violations of civil law, or any flagrant act in and Memorial Day).
clear contradiction of scriptural commands.
Students may be subject to school discipline for B. The school will emphasize the scriptural and
serious misconduct which occurs after school hours spiritual elements of holidays such as Easter
(the cross and resurrection) and Christmas (the
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incarnation of Christ), rather than the secular B. If a subject arises which the teacher has reason
elements (Santa and the Easter Bunny). to believe is controversial and/or of a sensitive
nature, and the discussion of that topic will help
C. The school is not “against” secular images and
achieve the goals set out in the curriculum
symbols. These are matters of personal
guide for that subject, then the teacher will do
conscience and Christian freedom for each
family. The school simply chooses, as a
Christian school, to de-emphasize secular 1. As necessary, instruct the class on the
elements in its recognition of holidays. responsibility of Christians to be charitable
D. Many believers view “Easter Week” as an
especially holy season –a season for sober 2. Instruct the class on their responsibility to
contemplation on the significance of Christ’s honor the teaching they have received from
death and resurrection. The school will observe their parents on this subject.
the deep significance of the season in
3. As appropriate (i.e. pertinent to the stated
classroom devotions, assembly services, and
objectives of the class), direct the students'
classroom discussions, but will not conduct
attention to original writings, historical
parties and celebrations.
source documents, and other informed
E. Halloween will be ignored at Cornerstone. Other sources on each side of the subject
holidays (President’s Day, Valentines Day, etc.) concerned. This may done in a variety of
shall be observed when their recognition is forms, such as, a research paper, guest
deemed spiritually and/or academically speakers, reading differing authors, etc.
beneficial to the students and consistent with Strongly encourage the students to become
the Cornerstone philosophy of education. knowledgeable of the most widely held
views on the topic.
F. Interpretation and application these holiday
observance guidelines shall be the 4. Refrain from pursuing tangents or other
responsibility of the Headmaster. unplanned subject matter that will lead to a
possible mishandling/poor teaching of
CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECTS POLICY C. Due to the sensitive and intimate nature of
The purpose of this guideline is to help Cornerstone human sexual relations, discussion and
to respect the convictions of parents and teachers in instruction on this topic generally will be limited
various academic and/or sensitive subject areas, to human reproduction in biology, and biblical
while at the same time maintaining our goal of principles and references, as they arise in
teaching all subjects in the light of a comprehensive appropriate class contexts. Teachers will
Christian worldview. A controversial subject is a always defer to parental authority and
subject which Christian families and churches responsibility when such matters arise.
commonly consider divisive or very sensitive, D. The teacher is to remember that according to
whether or not the introduction of the topic was Scripture and the goals of Cornerstone, he is
planned by the teacher or brought up by a student. serving as a role model of a mature Christian
A. If in the course of teaching a class, a teacher adult to the students. As such, teachers are
sees that a subject has arisen which he has never to enter into an adversarial debate with
good reason to believe is controversial or students on controversial subjects within a
obviously of a sensitive nature, and discussion classroom setting. Even though the teacher may
of that subject will not help him achieve the hold strong personal convictions regarding the
goals set for that class in the curriculum guide, subject, in light of this policy, and sound
then the teacher will not allow class time for the teaching practices, he is to encourage a
discussion of the topic at all. When appropriate, gracious and scholarly attitude in the students.
as it benefits the students, the teacher may
explain to the students the reasons for not
discussing the topic.
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TRIVIUM APPLICATION CHART
The following material is drawn from the essay The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers. It illustrates the
application of the classical Trivium at Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy.
Beginning Grammar GRAMMAR LOGIC RHETORIC
(Pre-Polly) (Poll-Parrot) (Pert) (Poetic)
Grades K-2 Grades 3-6 Grades 7-9 Grades 10-12
Approx. ages 4-8 Approx. ages 9-11 Approx. ages 12-14 Approx. ages 15-18
Student Characteristics Student Characteristics Student Characteristics Student Characteristics
1. Obviously excited about 1. Excited about new, 1. Still excitable, but needs 1. Concerned with present
learning interesting facts challenges events, especially in own
2. Enjoys games, stories, 2. Likes to explain, figure 2. Judges, critiques,
songs, projects out, talk debates, critical 2. Interested in justice,
3. Short attention span 3. Wants to relate own 3. Likes to organize items,
experiences to topic, or others 3. Moving toward special
4. Wants to touch, taste,
just to tell a story interests, topics
feel, smell, see 4. Shows off knowledge
4. Likes collections, 4. Can take on
5. Imaginative, creative 5. Wants to know "behind
organizing items responsibility,
the scenes" facts
5. Likes chants, clever,
6. Curious about Why? for
repetitious word sounds 5. Can do synthesis
6. Easily memorizes 6. Desires to express
7. Thinks, acts as though
feelings, own ideas
7. Can assimilate another more knowledgeable
language well than adults 7. Generally idealistic
Teaching Methods Teaching Methods Teaching Methods Teaching Methods
1. Guide discovering 1. Lots of hands-on work, 1. Time lines, charts, maps 1. Drama, oral presentations
projects (visual materials)
2. Explore, find things 2. Guide research in major
2. Field trips, drama 2. Debates, persuasive areas with goal of
3. Use lots of tactile items to
reports synthesis of ideas
illustrate point 3. Make collections,
displays, models 3. Drama, reenactments, 3. Many papers, speeches,
4. Sing, play games, chant,
recite, color, draw, paint, 4. Integrate subjects
build through above means 4. Evaluate, critique (with 4. Give responsibilities, e.g.
guidelines) working with younger
5. Use body movements 5. Teach and assign
research project 5. Formal logic
6. Short, creative projects activities
6. Recitations, 6. Research projects
7. Show and Tell, drama, 5. In-depth field trips, even
hear/read/tell stories 7. Oral/written overnight
7. Drills, games presentations
8. Field trips 6. World view
8. Oral/written 8. Guest speakers, trips discussion/written
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CURRICULUM passively. Students are encouraged to develop a
passion for reading and life-long learning.
Based on the Trivium
Centrality of History
Classical Education is an approach to education that
is rooted in the ancient medieval concept of the History is the organizing framework for the classical
Trivium, articulated by Dorothy Sayers in her essay, curriculum. It ties together the subjects of literature,
The Lost Tools of Learning. Sayers, a contemporary art, music, and science in a chronological manner.
of C. S. Lewis, noted that children grow naturally At Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy,
through three stages, each one corresponding to the students are taught traditional history, the formal
three elements of the Trivium: Grammar, Logic study events, nations, and individuals in the flow of
and Rhetoric. Each element of the Trivium is God’s providence (as opposed to “social studies”).
viewed as a tool of learning, and children equipped History is taught chronologically and integrated with
with each tool will know how to think and learn for other disciplines whenever possible (e.g. medieval
themselves and thus be able to master any subject literature, art and music are taught while students
they approach. study medieval history.).
The elementary years correspond to the Grammar Although students study the history, literature, and
stage of the Trivium. In the Grammar stage, cultures of many civilizations, particular attention is
students take in the core knowledge of each subject given to the culture and heritage of the West. As C. S.
by memorizing the basic facts and fundamental Lewis has written, “The educated man habitually,
rules related to that subject. In the middle school almost without noticing it, sees the present as
years, children grow into the Logic stage. At this something that grows out of a long perspective of
age they are beginning to think abstractly and are centuries.” By teaching students the history and
able to relate and understand all the facts they have literature of the Western civilization that has shaped
previously accumulated. They are therefore taught them, they will be able to see and understand
sound reasoning and critical thinking skills. The themselves and their own culture more clearly.
third stage of the Trivium is the Rhetoric stage, Curriculum Goals
which corresponds to high school. This is the age
when young people become more concerned about This section summarizes the Cornerstone Classical
their appearance and how they express themselves. Christian Academy curriculum goals for various
So, correspondingly, students in this stage are subject areas. Please note that not all of these
taught how to express themselves and goals are specifically related to the grammar stage,
communicate their ideas in an effective and and that this section is intended to characterize the
eloquent manner, learning to be articulate, K-12 goals that will be pursued as the school grows.
persuasive and creative in their written and oral I. Bible: We seek to:
A. Teach the students to understand the Bible
Language-focused as God’s Word.
A classical education focuses on the mastery of B. Have the students read the complete actual
language skills: reading, writing, and speaking well. text of Scripture for themselves versus only
We promote the historically-proven method of prescribed verses.
reading instruction, namely phonics. Heavy
emphasis is placed on formal spelling and grammar C. Teach the events of Scripture in the context
instruction, good penmanship, proper writing form, of overall Redemption History.
and intensive reading with the goal of making
D. Encourage the students to understand
students masters of language. The study of Latin is
Scripture verses in their context, using good
an integral part of the student’s development of
E. Let the Scriptures speak for themselves,
Students read extensive amounts of quality
utilizing the “analogy of faith”, having
literature. As soon as children can read they are
scripture interpret scripture, with
immersed in the “Great Books.” At the Logic and
clarification only as needed.
Rhetoric stages they read and analyze these books
from a Christian perspective and learn to engage the F. Encourage each student to come to the
marketplace of ideas with a critically-thinking Father, through the Son, by the power of the
Christian mind. Holy Spirit, and grow by faith in his
knowledge and love of God.
The written and spoken word is emphasized as
opposed to images (pictures, television, and video). G. Teach the concepts of Creation, Fall, and
While image-based methods may be employed as Redemption, which are essential
they are necessary, language-learning is our focus, components of a Christian worldview.
requiring the mind to work actively instead of
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II. English: We seek to: C. Enable the students to see God’s hand in the
history specifically by illustrating the effect
A. Equip every student with the skills necessary
that God’s people have had on history.
for good writing and speaking, including
spelling, grammar, style, clarity, D. Broaden the students’ understanding of
proofreading, presentation, articulation, history and geography by gradually
etc. deepening their level of exposure and
research as the students mature from
B. Put a major emphasis on good writing and
kindergarten through elementary school into
speaking by requiring the students to write
and give oral presentations often and
correctly in each subject area. E. Encourage the study of history through
exposure to original texts and source
C. Encourage clear thinking by the students by
material rather than foster dependency on
requiring clear, focused writing.
third party commentary in textbooks.
D. Introduce the students to many styles of Promote honest debate of historical issues.
writing using the Bible and other classics.
F. Make history and geography “come alive” for
III. Reading: We seek to: the students through the use of many forms
of information and research, e.g.
A. Teach students to read correctly beginning in biographies, illustrations, field trips, guest
Kindergarten using phonics as the primary speakers, music, art, food, architecture, etc.
building -blocks for instruction.
VI. Mathematics: We seek to:
B. Introduce the students to high quality
children’s literature and Great Books A. Ensure that the students have a thorough
beginning in first grade. Have students read mastery of basic mathematical functions
a wide variety of secular and Christian and tables.
B. Emphasize a conceptual as well as practical
C. Carefully monitor the students' reading understanding of math through the frequent
abilities to ensure a reasonable level of use of word problems.
proficiency, adequate comprehension, and
C. Illustrate God’s unchanging character
fluency in oral and silent reading. This
through the timeless, logical mathematical
includes the proper use of word-attack skills
systems He gave to man through His gift of
(the skills to pronounce and read a new word
encountered while reading).
VII. Science: We seek to:
IV. Latin: We seek to:
A. Teach that God created the Heavens and the
A. Instruct students in the vocabulary, grammar
Earth ex nihilo (out of nothing) in six 24-hour
and syntax of the Latin language, equipping
days, allowing that Christians may
them to read Latin texts extemporaneously
reasonably differ on their understanding of
by the twelfth grade.
Genesis chapter one.
B. Reinforce the student’s understanding and
B. Teach that God created man specially in His
application of the principles of proper
image and that Darwinian evolutionary
grammar being taught in our traditional
theory is false.
English grammar classes.
C. Teach the students that because God made
C. Cultivate learning skills and logical thinking
the universe, it has inherent order, which in
skills inherent in the study of Latin.
turn makes it possible to hypothesize and
D. Enhance the student’s understanding of the experiment (scientific method). Guided
history and writings of the early church and inquiry will reveal to the student the intrinsic
Western Civilization through the reading of laws, systems, and truths God put into
Latin texts. Creation.
V. History/Geography: We seek to: D. Teach that the worldviews of scientism and
naturalism are inconsistent with a Biblical
A. Teach the students that God is in control of worldview.
history and its ultimate outcome.
E. Treat the study of science as a "means to an
B. Ensure that the students have a mastery of end", not an end in itself. That is, curiosity,
the grammar of world, United States, and experimentation, demonstration, and
Kentucky history. research, etc. should be emphasized as the
process and way of using science, as
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opposed to the study of facts. Scientific data LATIN INSTRUCTION
and concepts should be attained primarily
as the result of research and discovery, Our goal is to provide Latin instruction in the third
versus lecture. By the time the students through twelfth grade at Cornerstone Classical
enter secondary-level science, they should Christian Academy. We believe there are at least
be extremely familiar with the scientific five reasons for classical language study in our
method, through repeated practice. school.
F. Ensure that the students have a mastery of A. Latin trains the student in the essentials of
the grammar and concepts of both Natural analytical and critical thinking. Students of
and Physical Science. Latin are equipped in the mental disciplines of
memorization, logical analysis, and synthesis.
G. Use many forms of instruction to teach Latin trains minds to encounter unfamiliar
scientific concepts and methods, e.g. a large material in other disciplines.
variety of experiments, demonstrations,
research projects, field trips, guest speakers, B. Latin reveals a great deal about English and
etc. greatly enhances the student’s powers of
expression in his native language. About 80% of
VIII. Art: We seek to: English vocabulary comes from Latin and Greek.
A. Teach all students the basic fundamentals of English vocabulary tests reveal that students of
drawing to enable them to create adequate Latin score higher.
renderings. C. Latin develops and deepens the student’s
B. Encourage the students to appreciate and understanding of and appreciation for literature.
imitate the objective beauty of the Creation A doorway is opened to great classical literature
in their own creative works. – Virgil, for example. The student’s appreciation
for English literature grows because great
C. Introduce the students to the works of the English literature is filled with classical
creative masters in Western culture. allusions.
D. Equip the students to knowledgeably use a D. Latin provides an understanding of the classical
variety of art media. impact on our modern culture. This is evident in
IX. Music: We seek to: wedding rings, dollar signs, political structure,
architecture, the names of constellations and
A. Train the students to sing knowledgeably, planets, and of course, et cetera.
joyfully, and skillfully to the Lord on a regular
basis. E. Latin provides a wonderful foundation for the
study of other languages. Latin is not a “dead
B. Systematically instruct students in the language”, but rather a language that lives on in
fundamentals of vocal and instrumental almost all major Western languages, including
music. French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and
Romanian. Students gain an understanding of
C. Nurture an understanding of and
how inflected languages work. This will prepare
appreciation for vocal and instrumental
them to study other languages such as German,
music of the highest spiritual and musical
Russian, and Greek.
integrity from throughout history.
Latin Program Objectives
D. Encourage the students to select some area
of music, vocal or instrumental, to pursue on Third – Fourth Grade: Vocabulary acquisition,
their own. declensions, memorize beginning paradigms in
chants, introductory grammar, memory work on
X. Physical Education: We seek to:
the Lord’s Prayer, quotes, phrases, study of
A. Teach fundamental locomotor and Roman/Classical history.
manipulative skills through exercise, games
Fifth – Eighth Grade: More vocabulary and
derivatives, memory work on paradigms, quotes,
B. In cooperation with the families, encourage and phrases, translation work on more
the students to knowledgeably establish and complete sentences, work on more difficult
maintain good health and nutritional habits. sentences, translate passages from the Vulgate
and other sources, continued study of
C. To enhance biblical patterns of behavior
through activities requiring cooperation,
team work, and general good Ninth – Twelfth Grade: Strengthening of
sportsmanship. vocabulary and grammar skills, translation and
reading of original Latin works, further study of
Roman/Classical history and culture.
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GRADING SCALE GUIDELINES receiving a failing or unsatisfactory grade for the
grading term. Failure of the teacher to notify parents
Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy shall of a failing or unsatisfactory grade will not, however,
measure the academic and objective progress of its result in the alteration of the grade.
students using the following criteria:
Parents are responsible to attend the
A. Percentages and Grade Equivalents: Parent/Teacher conferences to become informed of
A=94-100 (A = 96-100 A- = 94-95) their child’s progress.
B=86-93 (B+ = 92-93, B = 88-91, B- = 86-87)
C=76-85 (C+ = 83-85, C = 79-82, C- = 76-78)
F = Below 76 P = Passing
Only the base letter grade shall be reported on
Grammar school report cards (i.e. minuses (-) Kindergarten students enrolled in Cornerstone
and pluses (+) shall not be recorded). Classical Christian Academy must meet the following
basic criteria for promotion to the first grade:
B. Other evaluation designations: To be used
primarily for most subjects in K –2nd Grade and A. Behavioral maturity for the first grade as
for grade-level character and academic defined by consistent ability to follow classroom
objective evaluations. routines, obey teacher instructions, handle
conflict appropriately, and stay on task during
O = Outstanding – exceeding expectations academic work.
S = Satisfactory – meeting expectations B. The child must demonstrate reading readiness
I = Improvement has been shown. Continued for the first grade by achieving 75% of the
time and effort needed. kindergarten reading objectives
U = Unsatisfactory – needs to improve C. The child must demonstrate math readiness for
the first grade by achieving 75% of the
C. A minimum of 10 grades per each grading term kindergarten math objectives.
(including homework, quizzes, tests, projects,
etc.) shall be used to determine each subject's Grammar School (1st – 6th Grade)
grade. Grammar school students currently enrolled in
D. All academic/objective grading at Cornerstone Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy must meet
Classical Christian Academy will use a the following basic criteria for promotion to the next
criterion-referenced base for evaluations. That successive grade:
is, objective standards will be used to judge A. Earn a passing grade (at least 70% avg. for the
student performance. Grading on a "curve" will year) in Reading, Math and English Grammar.*
not be permitted.
B. Earn a passing grade (at least 70% avg. for the
E. Virtually all assigned work done for/in class year) in at least three of the other six academic
should receive a recorded credit toward a grade. subjects (Latin, Bible, Science, Writing/Spelling,
F. Whenever appropriate teachers must include Penmanship and History).*
spelling, neatness and grammar mechanics * Exceptions may be made depending on the
in the grading of assignments. These elements circumstances.
shall make up a maximum of 10% of the total
grade on any given assignment.
GRADE REPORTING GUIDELINES Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy shall
Mid-Term Progress Reports shall be sent home at administer a nationally standardized academic
the middle of the first and second trimesters. achievement test to all students in at least the
Report Cards shall be sent home with the students second, fourth, sixth and eighth grades. The test
at the end of each trimester. shall be administered to students in other grades
when deemed necessary by the headmaster.
Teachers shall communicate frequently and
regularly with parents about each student’s
academic performance and work habits in the
classroom. HONORS AND AWARDS PROGRAM
Teachers are required to notify parents before the A. Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy will
end of the grading period if a student is in danger of maintain a system of formal honors and awards for
the following reasons:
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1. We believe that God is glorified when His All year placement on Certificate/Award received
A-B Honor Roll at year-end Awards Assembly
people use to the utmost the gifts He has
given them. We believe a student will excel
at Cornerstone only by faithfully using the LEARNING DISABILITY POLICY
academic/intellectual gifts bestowed upon
him or her by God, the giver of all good gifts. This policy applies to all students in all the
classrooms of Cornerstone Classical Christian
2. The recognition of people who are faithful in Academy.
using the particular gifts given them by God
is endorsed in the Scriptures, from the Definitions:
writings of Solomon (Proverbs), to those of Severe Learning Disability: Any condition in a
Paul (Romans, Ephesians, I Timothy, etc.). potential student which would require a separate
We believe that God has established classroom, special program, or specialized staff in
Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy as order to provide the educational services desired by
an academic institution, and therefore it is the parents, e.g. Down’s syndrome, deaf/mute, blind,
proper for Cornerstone Classical Christian etc.
Academy to recognize those who use the
academic gifts God has given them for Learning Disability: Any condition in a potential
superior academic achievement. Therefore, student which does NOT require a separate
we seek to publicly recognize those classroom, special program, or specialized staff in
students who accomplish the necessary order to provide the education services desired by
prerequisites to receive the applicable the parents and meet the regular academic
award/honor set forth below. requirements of Cornerstone, e.g. hyperactivity,
attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, etc.
3. We recognize that the glory for all human
achievement goes to God. We therefore Policy:
seek to teach our students and their
A. Children with a severe learning disability will not
families the appropriate way to give glory to
be admitted to Cornerstone Classical Christian
God for the accomplishments that He
Academy due to the lack of adequate staff,
allows them and others in the school to
resources, and facilities.
B. Children with learning disabilities may be
B. Because we recognize the propensity of human
admitted to Cornerstone provided they meet all
nature to sin, we will seek through the way we
regular admissions requirements and are
approach our honors and awards program both
capable of functioning successfully in a
(a) to teach the students who receive honors or
“traditional classroom” setting.
awards to give the glory to God and not become
prideful and (b) to teach those who do not C. Children with learning disabilities (diagnosed or
receive honors or awards not to covet the gifts undiagnosed) will be required to meet the same
God has given to others, but rather to be academic and behavioral standards as all other
thankful to God for the particular gifts He has children in their grade level.
given to them. We recognize that many
D. Children with learning disabilities (diagnosed or
students who do not meet the necessary
undiagnosed) will be given as much individual
prerequisites below are equally faithful in using
instruction and encouragement as their
the academic abilities God has given them.
classmates – no more and no less.
C. Accomplishments and correlating honors and
E. Cornerstone may make minor classroom
awards to be given to students in the third grade
accommodations (seating location, allowing use
and above. All subjects that are objectively
of tape recorders or laptop computers, etc.) to
graded (A-B-C-D-F) will be used in honors
assist students with learning disabilities.
determinations. The honors and awards are as
Accommodations will be made only for students
follows: (Other awards/honors may be
with learning disabilities that have been clearly
recognized as appropriate)
diagnosed by a licensed and certified
educational diagnostician. Securing a diagnosis
ACCOMPLISHMENT HONOR/AWARD of a learning disability will be the responsibility
All A's in a grading term Placement on A Honor Roll, of the parent(s) of the student. The parent(s) of
acknowledgment at assembly
the student will also be responsible, financially
All A's with no more than Placement on A-B Honor and otherwise, for providing any and all special
2 B's in a grading term Roll, acknowledgment at equipment, supplies and tutors needed to
assembly accommodate the student.
All year placement on Certificate/Award received F. Cornerstone reserves the right to decline any
A Honor Roll at year-end Awards Assembly accommodation to a student with a learning
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disability, if it deems the accommodation to be a General Dress Code for All Students and
hindrance to the learning experience of other Staff
students in the school or if it deems that the
accommodation may compromise the school’s • Sweatshirts and sweaters must be worn with a
academic standards. collared shirt underneath.
• Shirts are to be tucked in at all times.
“Blousing” of shirts is not permitted.
UNIFORM AND DRESS CODE POLICY
• Shoes designed for laces are to be worn with
General Rationale for a Dress Code appropriate, tied laces.
1. Being overly concerned with clothing and • Excessive jewelry and excessive make-up are
outward appearances is contrary to God’s will not permitted.
for us as revealed in Scripture (1 Sam. 16:7;
Matt. 6:19-21; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17). • Earrings and necklaces are not permitted on
2. Pressures felt by children to compete in areas of
dress are destructive to the unity of the school • Jewelry in pierced body parts, with the exception
and the body of Christ. of earrings for girls, is not permitted.
3. Everything in our lives, including our clothing, • All students must keep their hair neatly
should reflect the order of the Godhead and the groomed and conservatively styled.
order He has created in the world (1 Corinthians • Unnaturally colored/dyed hair and visible
14:40). tattoos are not permitted.
4. Clothing should be modest and not draw
• Outerwear coats and jackets are not to be worn
attention to the individual (1 Timothy 2:9) and
in the building during the school day.
should reflect differences is the sexes
(Deuteronomy 22:5). • Student apparel (e.g. any non-uniform clothing
worn at school or at official school events) and
5. Students serve as witnesses and ambassadors
school gear (e.g. backpacks, lunch containers,
for the Lord Jesus Christ and the school.
notebooks, and the like) shall not display any
Student appearance is a reflection of both.
commercial slogans, product promotions,
Specific Rationale for Uniforms celebrity representations, or pictures/cartoons
of commercial characters.
1. Uniforms are a positive discipline in the school,
and Cornerstone emphasizes the value of a • Any outlandish or distracting clothing, jewelry,
disciplined learning environment. Just as makeup, hairstyle, or appearance will not be
dressing up, even wearing uniforms, is a part of permitted.
the workday for parents, wearing a school
uniform is a signal to the child that it is a time Uniform and Dress Code Policy Enforcement
for hard work and studious activity. The school faculty and headmaster will enforce the
2. Uniforms prevent problems associated with the Uniform and Dress Code Policy. Interpretation and
subjective interpretation of a dress code policy. application of the Uniform and Dress Code
Uniforms will eliminate any confusion about standards will be the responsibility of the
what is acceptable, modest and appropriate by headmaster. Students not complying with the
the school’s standards. Uniform and Dress Code Policy will be required to
rectify their appearance immediately. Cheerful,
3. Uniforms tend to decrease the cost of student consistent compliance is expected. Students who
clothing. Our uniform vendors provide violate the Uniform and Dress Code Policy, either by
economical and durable items. Often parents action or by challenging and rebellious attitudes, will
need only purchase two or three sets of be subject to disciplinary actions.
uniforms to last throughout the school year and
often these items can be handed down to other
children. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
Uniform Policy A student enrolled at Cornerstone Classical Christian
A detailed list of specific clothing items and Academy is expected to be present and on time
suppliers/vendors for the student uniforms may be every day school is in session.
obtained from the school office. Certain uniform The school calendar for Cornerstone Classical
items must be purchased from the designated Christian Academy is announced in the preceding
suppliers and other items may be purchased from Spring.
The actual number of days school is in session will
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be determined by the yearly school calendar. parent-approved) absences for a grading term
Attendance records for the students are reported on exceeds ten percent of the total number of days of
the students’ report card each grading term. school in a grading term, the student may not
receive credit for that term.
Guidelines for Releasing Students from a
Classroom In the event the total number of absences, whether
planned or unplanned (for any reason), is more than
Teachers are not permitted to release a student to
fifteen percent of the total number of days of school
anyone before first checking with the office. The
in a grading term, the student’s parents will meet
teachers and headmaster have the responsibility
with the headmaster (and teacher(s), if necessary)
and custody of all the children while they are in
to determine whether the student will receive a
school. The office should be made aware of any
letter grade or a grade of P (pass) or F (fail) on his
instance of the legal parent or guardian removing a
child during regular school hours. A child is never to
be released to a stranger until the office and In the event the total number of absences, whether
parent(s) have been contacted and explicit planned or unplanned, is equal to or exceeds twenty
permission has been received. percent of the total number of days of school in a
grading term, the student will not receive credit for
Types of Absences
1) SHORT-TERM ABSENCES: If a student needs to
be absent from school for one to two days, for
any reason, the parents should contact the TARDY POLICY
school office by note or phone as soon as
possible. A tardy is defined as any occasion when the student
is late for school at the beginning of the day or late
2) LONG-TERM ABSENCES: If a student needs to for a class during the day. To be counted “on time”
be absent for three or more consecutive days, the student must be in the room, in his or her seat
the parents should notify the school in writing and prepared for class to begin. Each student is
explaining the circumstances. This will permit allowed five (5) tardies per grading term. No
the office to inform the appropriate teacher(s) distinctions will be made between “excused” or
and to compile the necessary schoolwork, which “unexcused” tardies.
the student would otherwise miss. Notification
should be made as soon as possible to limit the If a student is tardy for a sixth time or more in a
amount of missed schoolwork. grading term then his parents will be assessed a
twenty dollar fine for each tardy over five (5). The
3) EXTENDED ABSENCES: We will gladly cooperate fine(s) must be paid in full by the first day of the
with families taking their children from school month following the date(s) in which the fines were
for vacations, trips, etc. However, when assessed.
extended absences are voluntary (versus
emergency or illness) we expect all school-work
to be completed upon the student’s return to INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
school or within the time specified by the
teacher. We recommend that students A. Because Cornerstone Classical Christian
complete their assignments prior to planned, Academy does not provide transportation
extended absences. This eliminates the need to service, the responsibility for getting children
work on vacation and complete make-up work. safely to and from school rests on parents and
their designated representatives. Parents are
4) MAKE-UP WORK: Students may take make-up
therefore responsible for discerning if road
tests and submit any other make-up work to
conditions during inclement weather or other
their teacher. It is expected that the child or the
emergencies allow for safe travel.
parents will discuss these arrangements with
the teacher and take the initiative in completing B. In the event of inclement weather, even if
the missed work. Students must complete Cornerstone is officially open for classes,
missed work within a period of days equivalent parents who do not believe road conditions in
to the number of days absent plus one (1) day their area permit safe travel should not attempt
(e.g. A student absent two days has three days to get their children to school. They should keep
after he returns to school to complete missed their children at home and notify the school that
work). Parents are not to give tests to their they are doing so.
children at home without prior explicit approval
C. During times of inclement weather (or other
from the teacher.
school closing emergencies), Cornerstone will
Maximum Allowed Absences generally follow area public school systems
regarding starting delays, early dismissals and
In the event the total number of planned (that is,
cancellations. Parents should monitor local
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radio and television stations for needed basis through the use of an inhaler or
announcements about Cornerstone starting Epi-Pen will be permitted to self-medicate if the
delays, early dismissals, and cancellations. All following conditions have been met.
such announcements will also be posted on the
a. A physician has determined that the
school voice mail by 6:30 AM of the effected
student should carry the medical inhaler or
Epi-Pen on his or her person and
self-administer the medication. Physician’s
orders need to be on file with the school
STUDENT HEALTH AND MEDICATION office.
b. Parents must complete the prescription
1. All students attending Cornerstone Classical medication administration form and
Christian Academy must have on file with the indicate that: “the student is able to
school office all medical reporting forms self-administer and carry the inhaler/
required by Kentucky state law. Families Epi-Pen and has been trained in its use.”
seeking exemption from state immunization
requirements must complete and submit a 3. Prescription and over-the-counter medication
notarized copy of the exemption documents for will be administered to students only at the
the commonwealth of Kentucky. Both of these written request of the parent. Parents must
forms may be obtained from your family doctor. complete a Medication Administration Form
before any medication can be distributed to a
2. It is expected that students are sent to school student. Any request for administration of
healthy, well-rested, and ready for class. medicine must include the student’s name,
Students with fevers, diarrhea, contagious description/type of medication, dosage of
viruses, severe colds, and the like will be sent medication and the time(s) it is to be given. All
home to avoid infecting others. medications, prescription and over-the-counter,
must be in the original pharmaceutical
3. Students who are lethargic, tired, and unable to
container labeled with the student’s name and
do their schoolwork will be sent home for
needed rest and recuperation. Cornerstone
does not operate a health suite, and students 4. Over-the-counter cough drops and throat
who are not able to do their schoolwork will be lozenges may be carried and taken by students
sent home. with a hand-written note from their parents or
with verbal permission from the parents to the
4. Parents must provide the school with
student’s teacher. Over-the-counter cough
emergency numbers of friends and/or family
drops and throat lozenges do not require
who can pick up their sick child from school, if
completion of a Medication Administration
the child becomes ill.
5. Other forms necessary for student health
records can be obtained from the school office.
They are: PREPAID TUITION POLICY
a. Emergency Form: Lists the emergency This policy applies to any situation in which a family
contact names and phone numbers of desires to prepay their tuition fees.
people who may need notification in a
medical emergency. Acceptance of a student for enrollment constitutes a
significant financial commitment on the part of the
b. Medication Administration Form: see below. school (textbooks, personnel, supplies). Therefore,
Medication Distribution all prepaid tuition fees are non-refundable and
non-transferable regardless of the circumstances.
1. All medication (prescription and Any “unused funds” (monies remaining as a result of
over-the-counter) taken by students must be a student discontinuing enrollment for any reason)
administered by one of the following: will be calculated and acknowledged as a gift with a
a. A Cornerstone staff person designated by receipt to the donor.
b. Parent(s) of the student.
No student will be permitted to administer any TUITION AND FEE COLLECTION
form (prescription or over-the-counter) of
medication to himself/herself or any other
student except as indicated below. The objective of this policy is to ensure that tuition
2. Students who require medication on an as and fees are collected in a timely manner and to
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establish a process whereby unpaid tuition and fees minimum of ten percent (10%) of the total tuition,
can be collected as early as possible. This process regardless of the amount of assistance for which
must be followed unless specific other they qualify.
arrangements have been made between the Board
If a family qualifies for assistance from other
or its delegate and the family involved. Good faith
scholarship sources or financial aid funds (other
will be presumed on the part of the families unless
than Cornerstone), these funds will be used to
subsequent circumstances indicate no positive
reduce the amount of assistance taken directly from
action can be expected. Late tuition and fees are
Cornerstone and will not necessarily reduce the
defined as tuition and/or fees not paid by the tenth
family’s tuition obligation to the school. Generally,
of each month.
every family must pay the minimum amount
The following process is to be followed in the determined by the FFNA assessment.
collection of late tuition & fees:
To apply for financial assistance, simply complete
1. In the event that tuition and/or fees are not paid the financial aid application (available from the
within the first 10 days of the month, a payment school office) and submit it according to the
reminder will be sent to all applicable families. enclosed instruction sheet. Returning families who
This will be done no later than the tenth of each submit applications for tuition assistance by the
month. A $50 late fee will be assessed to all established deadline will be given first priority in the
accounts past due on the tenth of each month. distribution of financial aid. New families who
submit applications for tuition assistance early in
2. If tuition and/or fees are still not paid, or
the Cornerstone admissions process will be given
arrangements made within the following 15
next priority in the distribution of available funds.
days, the Board or its delegate will personally
The board will have final authority to allocate
contact the family. The essential elements or
financial aid. The purpose of tuition assistance is to
agreements made at that time will be recorded
provide financial aid for tuition expenses to families
with demonstrated legitimate financial need. Those
3. If an agreement is not made or adhered to, and families receiving tuition assistance will be
payment is not received after 60 days, students encouraged to gradually reduce their dependence
will be expelled and grades withheld until on financial aid from the school.
payment is received.
ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES AND
TUITION ASSISTANCE POLICY GUIDELINES
At Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy, we Admission Procedure:
believe that families from all income levels should
1. Read the “Cornerstone Classical Christian
have the opportunity to enroll at the school. Thus,
Academy Student/Parent Handbook.” Speak to
Cornerstone actively seeks donations to fund our
the school headmaster if you have any
financial assistance efforts. We provide tuition
questions about classical Christian education in
assistance to families on a first-come, first-served
general or about Cornerstone in particular.
basis. Levels of financial assistance offered will
depend on a number of factors including total (gross) 2. Pray for the Lord’s guidance in this decision for
family income, number of family members, number your family.
of children enrolled at Cornerstone, and any
3. Complete the Application for Admission and
additional extraordinary financial circumstances. An
other applicable documents and return them to
outside consulting service (e.g. FFNA) may be used
the school office with a $100.00 per child
to assist Cornerstone in accurately determining a
non-refundable registration fee ($100.00
family’s level of financial need for tuition assistance.
maximum per family). Application fees will not
When an outside service is used to assess financial
be applied towards tuition. If applicable, also
needs, the Tuition Assistance Committee will then
complete and submit an Application for
review the recommendations made by the
consulting service and submit them to the board.
4. A Pastor Recommendation form must be
It is expected that families will pursue every other
completed by your pastor. This form must be
available means of financial assistance (family, local
submitted to Cornerstone prior to the family
scholarship funds, etc.) prior to applying for aid
directly from Cornerstone. If other assistance is
available to a family, the school expects the family to 5. Upon receipt of your completed Admission
utilize it to make more of the school’s funds Applications, Pastor Recommendation form,
available to other families in need. other required documents, and fee (and
financial assistance application, if applicable), a
Generally, every family will be expected to pay a
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family interview with the headmaster will be 1. During the family interview with the headmaster
scheduled. at least one parent must be willing and able to
clearly articulate a saving relationship with
6. At the interview, the family’s questions about
Jesus Christ. Both parents should have a clear
Cornerstone will be answered, and the school’s
understanding of the biblical philosophy and
expectations will be clarified. Each parent and
functioning of Cornerstone Classical Christian
student(s) must participate in the interview.
Academy. Both parents must read the
7. Math, reading, and writing entrance “Statement of Faith” and accept that it
assessments will be administered as part of the constitutes the doctrinal beliefs of the school
admissions process to determine that the and that its truths will be purposefully and
student is at least on grade level in basic clearly taught to their children who are enrolled
academic skills. at Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy.
These matters will be reviewed in the family
8. The school will contact the parents with the interview.
decision regarding acceptance. If accepted, the
family will receive a letter of acceptance and an 2. The parents must be committed to cooperating
Enrollment Contract. The school will also notify with the policies of the school board. This is
parents with respect to decisions regarding any most important in the areas of discipline and
requests for financial assistance. schoolwork.
9. The Enrollment Contract must be signed and 3. Parents must understand the school’s
returned to the school with the Enrollment commitment to parental responsibility for their
Deposit (one-tenth of the total tuition obligation child’s education. Cornerstone Classical
for the family). All financial arrangements Christian Academy exists to assist parents in the
between the family and the school must be task of educating their children, not to take over
clearly understood before the admissions responsibility for the education of their children.
process is considered final. Families are
4. Prior to final admission of the student(s), both
strongly urged to attend the annual parent
parties should clearly understand the financial
orientation meeting held at the beginning of the
arrangements between the school and the
new school year.
Admission Requirements for Students:
ORGANIZATIONAL CHART FOR
1. Generally, a child should reach the age of five (5)
years by June 1st of the year in which he enters CORNERSTONE CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN
kindergarten at Cornerstone. All children
applying for admission to Kindergarten must
perform satisfactorily on the Cornerstone
Kindergarten Entrance Assessment. Cornerstone Academy School Board
2. Generally, a child who has not completed
kindergarten at Cornerstone should reach the
age of six (6) years by June 1st of the year in
which he enters first grade at Cornerstone.
3. If a child has successfully completed the Committees
previous school year, he will generally proceed
to the next grade level. New students will be
assessed individually so that they can be Headmaster Teacher
challenged with curricula appropriate to their Committees s
needs and abilities. and Parent and
4. The child should understand that his parents
have delegated their authority to Cornerstone
Classical Christian Academy while the child is in Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy
school. He is therefore subject to instruction School Board
and discipline of the teachers and staff while at
The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing
the affairs and operation of the school in
5. All students entering the seventh through accordance with Scripture, the school’s Bylaws,
twelfth grades will be required to sign the foundational documents, and Statement of Faith.
“Student Code of Citizenship” prior to final The Board is comprised of at least three members.
enrollment at Cornerstone. The Board regularly examines the school’s policies,
programs, and curricula to insure their consistency
Admission Requirements for Parents:
with the school’s mission and philosophy, and the
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Board relies on the administration of the school for e. A commitment to a minimum of one year of
implementation of these policies. Because of the formal logic required in the secondary program
corporate nature of the Board, any single member, (grades 7 – 12).
as an individual, has no authority over the school in
f. A commitment to a minimum of one year of
rhetoric required in the secondary program
Headmaster (grades 7 – 12).
The Headmaster reports to the Board and is directly g. Approval for membership must be by a
responsible for the day-to-day operations of the four-fifths vote of the ACCS Board of Directors.
school, policy development and implementation,
management of curriculum development and
implementation, school programs, admissions, and SUGGESTED READINGS IN CLASSICAL
so on. AND CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY The Case for Classical Christian Education, by
Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy admits Douglas Wilson
students of any race, color, national and ethnic Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, by Douglas
origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and Wilson
activities generally accorded or made available to
students at the school. It does not discriminate on The Lost Tools of Learning (essay), by Dorothy
the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in Sayers
administration of its educational policies, admissions Wisdom and Eloquence, by Robert Littlejohn and
policies, scholarship programs, financial assistance Charles Evans
and loan programs, athletic programs, and other
school administered programs and activities. On Secular Education, by R. L. Dabney
The Well-Trained Mind, by Jessie Wise and Susan
Repairing the Ruins, edited by Douglas Wilson
THE ASSOCIATION OF CLASSICAL AND
CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS The Seven Laws of Teaching, by John Gregory
Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy is a Why Johnny Can’t Read (or Why Johnny Still Can’t
member of the Association of Classical and Christian Read), by Rudolf Flesch
Schools. The ACCS is an association of Christian Ideas Have Consequences, by Richard Weaver
schools whose primary mission is to promote,
establish, and equip schools committed to a Of Education, by John Milton
classical approach to education in the light of a Classical Education, by Gene Edward Veith, Jr. and
Christian worldview grounded in the Old and New Andrew Kern
Testament Scriptures. The mission of the
association is both to promote the classical Education, Christianity and the State, by J. Gresham
approach, and to provide accountability for member Machen
schools to ensure that our cultural heritage is not Foundation of Christian Education, by Louis Berkhof
lost again. The ACCS seeks to set an educational and Cornelius Van Til
standard for a unified and directed approach to
classical and Christian learning. The Paideia of God, by Douglas Wilson
Requirements for membership in the ACCS are as On Christian Doctrine, by Augustine
Association of Classical and Christian Schools
a. Demonstrated conformity to the curriculum of (www.accsedu.org)
the Trivium as set forth in the ACCS Mission
Veritas Press (www.veritaspress.com)
b. Demonstrated commitment to furthering the
work of the ACCS, its goals, purposes, mission
c. A commitment to a full K – 12 program.
d. A commitment to a minimum of two years of
Latin or ancient Greek required for each
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