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Profile of the Ideal CCS Graduate
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where…,” said Alice.
By Lewis Carol, from Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland
There is wisdom in the words of the Cheshire cat. If we do not know where we want to go, we do not know in which direction to head, and we may just end up where we never intended. As a school, we recognize the importance of determining our end destination in order to guide us during each step of the journey. A child’s education, from Pre-K through high school, is indeed a journey, and The Cornerstone Christian School seeks to partner with parents in guiding students along that journey towards graduation. In keeping with Cornerstone’s stated mission, vision, and values, we work and pray towards the goal that each of our graduates will possess the skills and attributes outlined in our profile of an ideal graduate.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” – Philippians 3:12 (NIV)
The Profile of the Ideal Graduate of the Cornerstone Christian School
Teaching Truth: The Cornerstone graduate will possess a solid spiritual foundation.
The ideal graduate will:
vProfess faith in Christ and walk in right relationship with Him
vExemplify Christ-like character
Training Minds: The Cornerstone graduate will be academically prepared.
The ideal graduate will:
vExcel in academics, developing his gifts and talents
vBe fully prepared for higher education
vBe a lifelong learner who will engage in continuous education, formally and informally
Transforming Lives: The Cornerstone graduate will engage the world as Christ’s ambassador.
The ideal graduate will:
vBe equipped to fulfill God’s call on her life
vDemonstrate godly leadership
vDevelop and value Godly relationships
vServe within the community and the local Church
vFulfill the Great Commission
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As Our Graduates Look Back
As the class of 2011 prepared to graduate the graudates took time to reflect on thier time at CCS. Here are excerpts from a few senior essays which describe how they saw God use Cornerstone in thier lives.
Kristie, Class of 2011
Since its start in 1981, The Cornerstone Christian School has been a tool used by God to transform hearts and lives. It’s a close-knit community where each child’s faith is fostered and where parents, faculty, and students become family. Its purpose is to train up children in the Lord and prepare them for the future. When students graduate, it is each teacher’s prayer that they are ready to face the world, boldly proclaiming Christ through their speech and lives. I know God’s power is present in this school because I’ve witnessed it; I know life transformations happen because I’ve experienced it...When I first arrived at Cornerstone, I was timid, refused to talk to my teacher, and found it difficult to make friends. Fast forward fourteen years, and now I’m confident, outgoing, and excited to do crazy, impossible things for God. I know I’m not the same person I was...My teachers have helped me in discovering my spiritual gifts of compassion and encouragement. They have placed me in positions to put these gifts into practice, stretching and growing me. I’ve learned how to use them in various practical ways before I even graduate high school....
...This is my testimony of how God used Cornerstone to forever change my life and prepare me for the big plans I know He has for me, but there’ s also so much more. This is a school where teachers cook meals for students in need, where kids feel comfortable talking to faculty when they can’t come to anyone else, and students earnestly pray for each other, and I’m so thankful that I’ve been a part of it. This is where I learned to lead. This is where my heart was set aflame. This is where I learned to shine bright in an ever-darkening world.
Caleb, Class of 2011
Now that the time has finally come for me to leave The Cornerstone Christian School and head out into the great unknown I’m just starting to realize what an immense impact this place has had upon my life. I’ve truly grown up within the walls of the McLain building, and found many friendships in its hallways. Here I have learned to study and work hard, to perform and confidently lead, and even to fight dedicatedly for victory on the CCS athletic fields. There’s no question in my mind that this school has been a great place for me to be, but the most incredible part is the way God has used Cornerstone to help shape and develop my walk with Him. It has been an absolute blessing. Looking back on my years here, I can clearly see that God has been at work in making this place much more than just a school. It’s a loving, Christ centered community, focused on building up strong men and women of faith that will make a difference in our world for the kingdom.....
...I truly believe that God has used Cornerstone to prepare me to do excellent things for Him in this world. Christianity doesn’t seem to need people out there who do a sloppy job with their vocation to be representing the all powerful God and His perfect plan. It’s a much better example, and glorifies God that much more, when we do excellent, superior work and give Him praise. Even though I don’t see myself going into the ministry, I believe that doing an admirable job in whatever career God has for me most magnifies Him. Because of this desire for excellence, I’ve been pleased with the way that Cornerstone has trained me up and helped me in a wide variety of areas, from music, to sports, to leadership and beyond. It reflects nicely on Cornerstone that I will next year be attending one of the top Christian colleges in the world, and I’m thankful that Jesus has put some excellent teachers in this school to prepare students like me to make an impact wherever I am....
...I literally have no idea what my life would be like right now if God hadn’t brought the Cornerstone Christian School into it. He has done marvelous things to build me up and train me through it. I am extremely grateful for the relationships He has given me here and for all I have been taught. Today, though, I’m ready to leave. In some ways it’s sad for me, but mostly it shows that Cornerstone has truly done its job well. I know now that I’m prepared to get out and live fully for God.
Rachel, Class of 2011
Although God may have used unfortunate circumstances to bring me to Cornerstone, I know for a fact that it was no mistake. When I first came here as a sophomore in high school I was at a very critical time in my life. In addition to any “normal” and subtle conflict I was experiencing as a fifteen-year-old, my family was going through some difficult times. The original scare of my dad being diagnosed with stage-four cancer was more than enough to overwhelm me, especially considering my tendency to worry and my fragile disposition... At the very end of September, about three weeks after school had started, my father passed away. When this happened, it felt as though a chain-effect was created and one by one the other areas of my life that I had known for their consistency began to fall apart before my eyes as well. While these troubles were not going to be emotionally resolved right away, I was surprised at how the school body at CCS reacted to our family’s loss. My teachers and classmates who were practically still strangers to me at this point were so encouraging to us that it really caught me off guard....
...As I mentioned above, I believe that I came to Cornerstone at a very crucial time because this is when it was determined how I was going to let the circumstances in my life affect me. I had a choice. I could have turned my back on God out of hurt, anger and disbelief, or I could allow the situation to draw me closer in my relationship with Him. There would be no in-between...I found comfort in that contagious concept of hope that I recognized in my peers. I began to believe with all my heart that there was such a beautiful divine purpose and plan behind everything that was happening, and even though I didn’t know what it was yet, that was enough to motivate me to keep my head up. Even if things got worse before they got better, I knew for a fact that they would eventually get better. And to me at this point, any sign of that was more than okay with me....
...While I have been here, I have built deep and life-long relationships with other Christians who strive for the same things that I do. I have grown dramatically in my faith, trust and overall relationship with God. I have learned that only God is capable of providing peace that passes my own understanding. I have learned that only God has the power to heal painful wounds, fill the feeling of emptiness and satisfy me when I feel like I have nothing left to hold on to. I’ve been inspired by the faith and the ministries that I’ve witnessed from the leaders here as well as through my friends who have come alongside me and helped me grow. I have learned to examine things through a truly Biblical perspective no matter what the topic may be...Although I still may not know what this “divine plan” is for everything that I have gone through, I can honestly say that I am more excited now than ever to pursue it and figure out where it takes me. When I look back at my past, I don’t see it as broken. But rather as a perfectly constructed masterpiece that only God himself could have pieced together...Cornerstone has served as a critical part of this transformation and prepared me to be able to pursue God’s call on my life. I feel thankful for what God has done for me in the past, blessed for what He’s doing in my life right now, and excited to see what He has in store for my future.
Sarah, Class of 2011
On the outside, Cornerstone has given me English classes, math classes, band practice, cheerleading practice, retreats, sleepovers, homework, essays, and projects. But on the inside, I have gained much more than I ever thought I would. Through Bible classes, Leadership classes, one-on-one conversations with teachers and prayer meetings through lunch, I have grown into the woman God has designed me to be. I have gained lifelong friends and lifelong principles. I have learned, and will always still be learning, what it looks like to set an example. And even in a Christian school have learned what it looks like to stand up for what I know is right. I am finally confident in who God has made me to be. I can say without a doubt that I am beautiful. I matter because God created me...
...I wish that I could shower each of the teachers at Cornerstone with flowers and chocolates and millions of dollars. I cannot thank each one of them enough for everything they have done for me throughout my time here. I will miss each one of them very much. God has brought you here to this school for a a reason. He has used you and I pray that He will bless you. Thank you for everything. And thank you, God for bringing me to this place and now sending me out to make a difference in this world.
Oliver, Class of 2011
During the past three years I’ve spent at Cornerstone, I have been deeply impacted by the other students, faculty, and overall environment of the school. In this short amount of time, with constant exposure to positive people and messages, my entire personality has shifted gears. What was once a timid, shy, and generally, antisocial person has gradually become a lively, confident Christian...One thing that particularly cultivated my spiritual growth was the weekly chapels that we have at CCS. Prior to my enrollment at CCS, the integration of my academic subjects with my Christianity was not always as apparent to me...One thing that particularly cultivated my spiritual growth was the weekly chapels that we have at CCS. Prior to my enrollment at CCS, the integration of my academic subjects with my Christianity was not always as apparent to me...My teachers have helped me to see that the right attitude towards life and work especially, can ultimately make or break a person’s chances for both worldly success and spiritual success....My classmates have had the greatest impact on me during my high school life, and they have definitely been the biggest supporters of my spiritual development. Throughout the three years we have spent together, we have all helped each other to become better people. My classmates have become some of my closest friends, and they have always accepted me and inspired me to come out of my shell both spiritually and socially.....
...Of course, none of this progress would have been possible if Jesus hadn’t been right there with me throughout all of my time at CCS. It was His purpose and design that I should go to Cornerstone, and He has continually used the time I’ve spent there to shape and mold me toward the courageous Christian that He wants me to be. With my newfound confidence and strength in God assisted by my time at CCS, I think I am ready to take my faith boldly to the rest of the world and display it as an example of Christ. I thank God that he has given me a place to be fostered in the faith and prepared me to change the world with it. Especially, though, I thank Him that I have had the opportunity to grow in such an extraordinary environment as Cornerstone.
Transformed Lives...Our Stories
April 2011..."[My son] was so incredibly blessed by the [middle school] Spiritual Emphasis Week. He just raved and raved about it. When he came home on Friday, he expressed that [it] was the best day ever! He shared the testimonies, how the Spirit led the morning chapel service, etc. I cried as I listened to him with such enthusiasm; it was evident that God had touched his heart in a very special way.
I kept thinking how this is an experience that he would never have if he went to a public school. I thought about how each of those students would go home knowing that time was taken to listen and pray for their concerns. It was visionary for the faculty to let the Spirit lead and not let that be an issue. As a parent, it once more confirmed that the financial sacrifice to have [my son] in Christian education is the best investment we have made towards his spiritual foundation as a Christian young man.
I thank God for your leadership and amazing staff at Cornerstone. May God continue to lead you in all the earthly education of our children as they prepare to live eternally when Jesus returns for His children."
(from a parent of a 6th Grade student in our middle school program)
Ordering Textbooks for Grades 6-12
Our program requires students in Grades 6-12 to order their own textbooks. Cornerstone partners with Follett, an online book ordering service. Through this website, families will find the ISBN #'s for all the books needed for each grade level and course. Follett provides buy-back services to families as well as a rental program. Books can also be purchased new or used, depending upon availability. For more information, please contact the school office.