Profile of the Ideal CCS Graduate

  What do you want to be when you "grow up?"    

What do you want to be when you "grow up?"


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. 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 Road to College

Cornerstone's goal is to lead students to identify and respond to God's call on their lives; our high school program is designed to ensure they are prepared to take the next step in following His call.

  • On the Right Track: To College! 9th Grade Orientation Meeting
  • PSAT administered in Grades 10 and 11
  • Interest and aptitude assessments for all Grade 11 students
  • Sophomore & Parent College Planning Night
  • Career Fair & Job Shadowing Program
  • Individualized college planning process
At Cornerstone I have the opportunity to really get to know each student as an individual—the ‘whole person’ God created him or her to be. Serving at CCS is unlike my previous experience and is unlike that which occurs at other larger high schools that use more of a cookie-cutter planning approach. When the time comes to design our students’ post-graduate plans, I am able to work to make their plans as unique as the individuals themselves.”
— Tamara Gerhard, Guidance Counselor

Pathway to Christian Leadership

Cornerstone is devoted to developing godly leaders who are equipped to serve.  Students may choose to participate in portions of the program as early as Grade 9. Students may choose to apply to be members of the full program, which includes one-on-one mentoring with a faculty member. Students who are accepted into the full leadership program by their junior year and complete all requirements will receive a distinction on their diploma and be eligible for leadership scholarships.   

  • Service opportunities
  • Studies in Leadership course
  • Leadership retreats and conferences
  • Mentoring with a faculty advisor
  • Senior-level practicum project 


Enrichment Opportunities

We provide a variety of opportunities for high school students who are looking for additional ways to enrich the academics of their high school experience.


Manchester Community College (MCC) High School Partnership Program

Students in Grades 11 and 12 who have a B-average or better qualify to apply for classes at MCC.  These courses are provided for free (except the cost of books).  These courses provide our students with dual credit (high school and college credit).  More information is available when you contact the school office.


Online Partners

Students with interests beyond the typical scope of the CCS program are also able to apply for additional online courses (at an additional cost) through our partnerships with various online Christian schools.  More information is available upon request.  


Independent Studies

Students with particular interests are encouraged to meet with the guidance counselor to arrange for independent studies.  Students can apply, prior to conducting the study, to receive high school credit and have the independent study represented on their transcripts. 

High School Course Overview

Grade Classifications (Grades 9-12)

A student’s grade classification at the beginning of each school year is determined by the number of high school credits he or she has previously earned.

Grade 10 – 6.0 credits minimum

Grade 11 – 12.5 credits minimum

Grade 12 – 19.0 credits minimum


Requirements for High School Graduation

A student must earn a minimum of 25 credits to receive a high school diploma from The Cornerstone Christian School.

Developing Authors, Readers & Critical Thinkers

At Cornerstone our teachers strive to help each student move beyond academic performance to becoming lifelong learners who are authors, readers and critical thinkers.


Biblical Integration
Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life upon which life and education are built. The Bible is the bedrock of timeless wisdom and knowledge, which equips students daily for life. Students are taught to analyze all information in light of a biblical worldview.


Literature Analysis
The English courses challenge students to go beyond basic recall to deep comprehension and analysis of a broad base of literature. Students are taught to examine not only what is written by an author, but also the context, perspective and worldview that influenced the author.


Content Area Instruction
Teachers seek opportunities to instruct students in reading and writing in all the content areas. These include writing research papers, giving oral presentations, and completing nonfiction reading requirements. 


Benchmark Projects
Yearly benchmark projects require students to demonstrate proficient grade-level writing skills. Projects are assigned in Physical Science, Life & Teachings of Christ, British Literature and Worldviews courses. Each benchmark involves a research paper and a presentation. These projects prepare students for the rigorous research and writing requirements of college.