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A charter school is an independently run public school granted greater flexibility in its operations, in return for greater accountability for performance. The “charter” establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, students served, performance goals, and methods of assessment
No. Charter schools can vary a great deal in their design and in their results. Cornerstone Academy is based on the principles and practices that have proven successful in producing significant academic gains at high-performing urban charter public schools across the country.
No. Cornerstone Academy, as a public charter school, is tuition-free. There are also no fees to apply. We believe that high quality education is a right that every child deserves.
Cornerstone Academy receives a portion of its funding from federal, state, and local sources on a per student basis. The amount is determined by average daily attendance (ADA) which means every scholar’s attendance matters. The school loses nearly $40 per day per scholar for every absence.
Enrollment is currently open to all students who will be entering kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, or sixth grade for the 2016-2017 school year. Spaces are limited.
The focus at Cornerstone Academy is preparation for college. We believe that an incredibly strong foundation in the fundamental skills, particularly literacy and math, are necessary for future success.
As a charter school, Cornerstone Academy has the flexibility to implement our own curricular choices. Currently, we are using the McGraw Hill Wonders ELA Curriculum and Everyday Math across the school and we supplement with online programs: IXL, ST Math, Reading Plus, Raz-Kids, and Typing Web.
We are currently located at 1598 Lucretia Avenue on the campus of Kennedy Elementary School.