Curriculum and Instruction
The curriculum used at Cornerstone Christian Academy for Learning and Leadership has been thoughtfully chosen by our staff to focus on the school’s five Priority Learning Results:
- Students will be growing spiritually.
- Students will be effective thinkers.
- Students will be involved in effective action.
- Students will have effective relationships.
- Students will be lifelong learners.
Teachers develop instructional units around essential questions which challenge students to be more thoughtful about their learning. The traditional knowledge and skills are taught under the umbrella of bigger ideas with a focus on a Biblical worldview. The school’s language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies are taught from a foundation of Biblical truth.
The staff is committed to curriculum and instruction that is research-based and focused on Cornerstone’s grade-level expectations. Because we want our students to excel academically and spiritually, we have made significant investments in our teachers’ growth and development. Our teachers have been trained to differentiate instruction, engage students in critical thinking and questioning, measure student performance, develop strong biblically-based curriculum and use technology to support learning. Most importantly, our teachers understand the importance of seeing learning through Biblical truth and the need to cultivate students who can critically think about and apply their learning.
Cornerstone Christian Academy for Learning and Leadership has invested in state of the art technology and is one of the most technologically advanced Christian schools in the nation. Our classrooms have been modeled after the “Classroom of the Future” at Stanford University’s Wallenberg Center. Classrooms have multiple displays (LCDs and screens), mobile furniture for easy collaboration, and laptop computers or iPads for every student. Teachers have and will continue to receive on-site training for the use of the technology that supports and enhances our mission and objectives. Teachers focus on how the technology can be used as a tool to further support the student’s and school’s learning goals. Our goal is to create a culture that mirrors the lives of students and their futures; one that seamlessly integrates today’s digital tools, accommodates a mobile lifestyle, and encourages collaboration and teamwork.
Cornerstone Christian Academy Writing Assessment
Each spring, Cornerstone students in grades 2, 4 and 7 participate in a writing assessment which is one of three genres: narrative writing, informational/explanatory writing, or argument/opinion writing. These assessments are then scored by the full Cornerstone faculty using holistic grade-level rubrics.
Cornerstone Christian Academy Portfolio of Accomplishments
Each spring, Cornerstone Christian Academy has students produce an electronic Portfolio of Accomplishments because it values Biblically-based active, relevant, and self-reflective learning. A portfolio is an excellent tool to reveal student growth, progress, and depth of understanding.
Components of the portfolio include carefully chosen pieces of student work and self-assessment/self-reflections which align with the Cornerstone Priority Learning Results. The complexity of each portfolio is scaled according to the student’s age/grade level. Each spring, students present their portfolios to their parents in student-led conferences.