I pray we will be so diligent that we will never see the end of the vision until we all get to heaven and rejoice over the souls who have been saved around the world because of The Cornerstone Christian School.
— Gladie McLain, 1990

The Cornerstone Christian School (CCS) was born in prayer. Over a number of years, God laid a burden upon individual hearts and then upon the hearts of members of a Bible study group. They shared the earnest conviction that their children should have a Christian education. Then on September 18, 1980, the Church of the Nazarene formed a Christian school search committee.  

It was with much excitement and joy over God's faithfulness that the school opened on September 1, 1981, with 56 children in Grades K-6. Grade 7 was added in 1982; Grade 8 in 1983; Grade 9 in 1984; Grade 10 in 1987; Grade 11 in 1988; and Grade 12 in 1989.  The commencement of the first graduating class of 1990 marked the completion its vision for a K-12 Christian school in the Greater Hartford area.  In 2006, the vision was further expanded when Cornerstone added its first Pre-K program. Today Cornerstone serves families with students in Pre-K3 through Grade 12.


Cornerstone paved the way for Christian schools in Connecticut to be approved by the State Board of Education.  CCS successfully petitioned the Connecticut State Board of Education to recognize ACSI as an approved accrediting agency. In June 1988, Cornerstone's K-8 program received its first ACSI accreditation and was recognized by the state as an approved school.  In June 2012, Cornerstone's expanded program received its K-12 accreditation by ACSI, making it at that time the only K-12 school with this Christian-based distinction in the state. In June of 2015, Cornerstone received additional accreditation by the Middle States Association - Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS).  


God's provision has been evident over the years and continues to lead us into the future. As second generation students now walk the halls of Cornerstone, it is clear that God is fulfilling His promise to sustain the school's mission.