Hope and Academic Excellence in the Nation's Capital
Through a partnership of family, school, and community, Cornerstone provides a Christ-centered, nurturing, and academically rigorous education to the children of Washington DC, equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to become leaders who serve others in light of Christ and His Truth.
Who we serve:
Cornerstone was founded in 1998 with 23 students in 2 grades, and now serves over 120 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Over 95% of Cornerstone's students are African-American and almost half come from families with less than $25,000 in family income. In fact, over 60% of the students come from households that qualify for free or reduced lunches -- a key benchmark of poverty in public education.
Most, if not all. of Cornerstone's students come from families who cannot afford an elite, private education but who desire an alternative to the failing D.C. public school system. These families seek not only a solid foundation in academics but also in moral instruction.
- Cornerstone seeks to maintain a Christ-centered environment through staff and leadership who demonstrate a life-transforming faith in Christ and commitment to modeling that faith in the school community.
- Cornerstone provides an academically rigorous education founded on a Christian world view, in a manner that fosters a lifelong love of learning.
- Cornerstone fosters a student culture of mutual respect in which moral character is developed based on Biblical principles.
- Cornerstone equips students to participate in and transform the society in which they live.
- Cornerstone seeks to represent and be economically accessible to the community it serves, with its racial, economic, and social diversity.
- Cornerstone recognizes the primary responsibility of parents in the educational process and seeks to partner with them to provide the best education possible.
- Cornerstone seeks to foster a sense of community among parents, staff, students, volunteers and participating partners and churches.
Cornerstone seeks to provide an affordable education for all students regardless of financial background. 98% of Cornerstone families receive some type of financial aid and work with our staff and faculty so that their child is able to be a part of a school that does more than educate. Year after year, parents are choosing to send their children to Cornerstone because of the close relationships with the teachers and administrators who genuinely care about each student’s success.
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