Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Collegiate Model school?
Cornerstone Academy of the Ozarks is a unique private school that blends the best of combined proven elements of educational success; traditional private school lead by classroom teacher instruction, and one-on-one instruction and guidance of the parents. The collegiate model school meets for classroom instruction 3 days out of the week, and sends home assignments to be completed at home, the other 2 days of the week. Low student/teacher rations, hands-on learning, strong work ethic for students, and local school operation management are a few proven elements of the school's programming.
What is the level/quality of academics?
Cornerstone academy is dedicated to excellence and the continual improvement of its education programs and academic offerings. In the elementary school, Cornerstone Academy of the Ozarks offers a traditional academic program. While an emphasis is placed on the core subjects, there are special enrichment classes for all students, as well as a wide range of activities to help them develop their personal talents while growing in godly character. Each year, the school's academic excellence is confirmed through the results of the Terra Nova 3 test.
At the secondary level, a college preparatory course of study will be in place, including the opportunity to earn college credit through one of several collaborating colleges. Typically, students from Christian schools are very competitive on the ACT and outperform their peers at the state and national levels. Over 90% of each graduating class enrolls in college.
Cornerstone Academy of the Ozarks will maintain continuous self-study and improvement mechanisms to ensure the quality of our programs. We will work to continually ensure that the school remains steadfast in its efforts to provide a program of academic excellence based on a biblical worldview.
What type of curriculum do you use?
Cornerstone Academy uses a mix of curriculum to get the best available for each subject of study. We primarily use curriculum from the best known and most respected Christian publishers such as A BEKA BOOK and ACSI (Purposeful Design).
What "special" classes do you teach in elementary?
In addition to the core courses of Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science, Bible, and Social Studies, elementary students will take Physical Education, Art, Instrumental & Vocal Music, and Library classes.
What are the school hours?
Preschool & Kinder Prep: Mondays & Wednesdays 8:30 - 11:30
Grades K-7th: On campus Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 - 3:00. Hybrid classes at home on Tuesdays & Thursdays at the students own pace.
How many students are in a class?
By board policy, class sizes are limited to the following:
K-2 no more than a 12:1 ratio
3-7 no more than a 12:1 ratio
Teacher aides may be placed in the classroom to assist the teacher and attend to individual student needs prior to the class reaching maximum enrollment.
Classes exempt from this ratio are: Art, Physical Education, Choir, Drama
What about lunches and snacks?
Cornerstone students will bring a sack lunch to school each day. Students can bring a morning and afternoon snack as well. Knowing how busy morning can be, Cornerstone will keep lunch items on hand for when a student forgets lunch. Hot lunch is available for purchase on Mondays only; $2 per student.
What extracurricular activities do you provide?
Cornerstone Academy of the Ozarks believes in edifying the whole child, therefore, the school offers a number of extracurricular activities for students outside of the classroom. Throughout the school year, our students may participate in the ASCI Spelling Bee, Math Olympics, Art Fair, Choir Festival, Speech Meet, and Science Fair.
Are all your teachers certified?
Cornerstone Academy of the Ozarks teachers are are degreed and certified by the state of Missouri and / or ACSI. Cornerstone teachers have a passion for teaching their students, and for the Lord.
If I need to reach my child's teacher, what is the best way?
The most efficient way of contacting your child's teacher is to send them a note in class messenger, or email them directly. For more immediate communication, the office staff will gladly leave a message for your child's teacher, and ask them to contact you after the class period ends.
Is financial assistance available for students?
There is a scholarship available through Renewanation. This can be applied for at the beginning of each semester, and the amount of the scholarship is dependent upon certain income eligibility guidelines, and the funds available at any given time. Applying for aid does not guarantee that a grant will be offered.
Are my donations tax deductible?
Yes. We are a 501 (c) (3) IRS corporation. Please consult your tax advisor with any specific tax related questions.
Does my child have to have a computer or other device to be successful here?
Elementary students do not need to have a computer or device. However, Once a student enters junior high, they will be required to turn in research papers and other large projects, so having a computer available to them would be beneficial. Compters with internet connections are available at school, during school hours. Keep in mind, the main way we communicate with parents is through emails and posting announcements in class messenger so having convenient access to a computer is necessary.
Does Cornerstone Academy of the Ozarks run buses?
No. At this time, the school does not provide bussing for students.
Do you have a uniform policy?
COrnerstone Academy of the Ozarks does require uniforms. Please see our Uniforms Page for more information.
We are open to grades Pre-K (3 year old program, or 4 year old Kinder Prep program),Kindergarten through 7th grade. We will add 8th grade for the 2019 school year.
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To help every student develop towards full maturity in Christ by teaching and enabling them:
TO BE conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Rom 8:29)
To KNOW they are filled with spiritual understanding and increasing in the knowledge of God and Truth (John 8:32)
TO DO the good, acceptable and perfect will of God (Rom 12:2) by being fruitful and living a lifestyle of service