The Cornerstone School is an independent, non-profit organization where innovative methods of instruction have been inspiring creative thinkers for over 30 years. The small inclusive atmosphere is supported by highly qualified educators who collaborate with students to understand their unique intellectual abilities. High academic expectations of an accelerated curriculum are fostered by continual teacher –student interaction. Students are engaged in an experiential and stimulating learning environment. Emphasis on STEM disciplines promotes the critical thinking and problem solving skills that are essential for success in the 21st century. The core values of tolerance, integrity, and mutual respect are instilled throughout the curriculum. Cornerstone students distinguish themselves as proficient citizens prepared for challenges, opportunities and responsibilities they will encounter over their lifetime.
The Cornerstone School was founded in 1982 by a group of parents who were committed to providing an alternative education option for children. The Cornerstone School is a non-profit 501(C)3, independent school.
Independent Schools are unrestricted in defining their own philosophy and mission, regulating admissions, defining teacher credentials and in determining what to teach. “Elitist” is a term that is often unfairly and incorrectly used to characterize independent schools. The Cornerstone School’s only claim to “elitism” is in the high academic and behavioral standards that are expected.
Independent schools are not owned by anyone, have no religious affiliation and are not financially supported by any organization or by tax dollars. Funding for the school is received from tuition, gifts, donations and fundraising. This is the funding model that applies to The Cornerstone School, and the school is governed by a self -regulating board of trustees.
The Cornerstone School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by The Florida Kindergarten Council and The Florida Council of Independent Schools. Accreditation requires rigorous standards for the school program, curriculum, governance, finance, facilities, teacher qualifications and employee procedures.
We offer an intellectually challenging, progressive education that responds appropriately and rapidly to the changing demands required of the world in which our students will find themselves. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are integrated into an accelerated and enriched curriculum to create and facilitate authentic and challenging problem solving opportunities.
Fundamental to the approach at Cornerstone is a whole-child centered approach that engenders an interest in learning and therefore, a lifelong learner. Creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, intrinsic motivation and collaborative teamwork and leadership, are the underlying core values and skills that thread through all aspects of teaching and learning at The Cornerstone School. Facts and skills are organized in ways that provide context and purpose, often presented in an interdisciplinary manner and learning is assessed around central questions, problems and projects.
Character and leadership are attained within a values-based learning and social environment where the foundation is set for ethical, socially responsible and community committed individuals.
As you begin or continue your experience with this distinctive community, you will realize that it’s not only what we do, but the way that we do it. The outcomes and accomplishments of our students continue to reflect on the success of the program at The Cornerstone School, as they continue their journey of life-long learning.