Letter from Headmaster – Mid-year Update

Dear Cornerstone Families,

It has been often noted that time seems to pass at different speeds depending upon what one is doing in that time.   We are already in the second half of a school year that feels as if it just started.  It has been an exciting time with significant changes, noteworthy accomplishments, and growth.  We prayed for fidelity and relied on the Holy Spirit in the process.  We will continue to do so.

In late May, our Logic and Rhetoric students led the walk away from our former location.  We walked into a building that is over thirty years younger and built to be a school.  Larger classrooms with plenty of windows connecting directly to the hallway was a significant improvement.  Having ample classroom space and air conditioning has been a pleasant change.

In our Grammar grades:

  • We added Elizabeth Betonio in 2ndgrade and Amy McKenna as a second K5 teacher to meet the needs of the large class.  New teacher’s aides Dawn Larson, Deborah Niolet, and Joelle Ruppert are all providing wonderful support to our very experienced Grammar teaching staff.
  • To give parents a sample of classical education, we added Recitation Night for parents (and grandparents) to hear and see the young students proudly “recite” what they have learned.
  • We moved our always delightful Christmas Program on campus, finally.
  • We reinstituted the Cougar County Fair so students and parents could have a shared time of celebration.

In the Logic and Rhetoric grades:

  • We added an English/History Block and a new teacher, Karen McCain.  Her qualifications equip her to use the classical model for these subjects.  Fidela James, with a graduate degree in English, joined us midyear to teach our Logic and Hope classes.
  • The development of sound, Christian leadership skills is at the core of classical education.  Our vigorous program has both parents and teachers encouraging and training of our maturing students in the ways that will serve them well over the full course of their lives.
  • Progymnasmata, centered around the great classics of literature, is receiving even more emphasis to better acquaint our younger students with wisdom of the ages.
  • We also instituted the ‘wheel’ in the Logic grades.  Wheel classes change topics on a rotation to include art, music, drama, and physical education.
  • Finally, we continued a traditional element of classical schools – Houses.  Each of our six Houses include students from each grade 6 through 12.  This promotes personal relationships between all grade levels, and gives older students the opportunity to gain experience in leadership roles.

In Academics:

  • This year Cornerstone will celebrate its thirteenth graduating class and we will have graduated 167 seniors by year’s end.
  • Cornerstone students continue to achieve high performance in the ACT (by 22%) and the SAT (by 10%) above their peers in the state of Florida, and nationally.
  • In Advanced Placement Tests, Cornerstone students score above state, national, and international levels.

In Athletics:

  • The varsity girls and boys soccer teams were FCAL 2016 Silver Division Champions.
  • The varsity boys football team reached state Semi-Finals
  • The varsity girls volleyball team were FHSAA District 2A runner-up.
  • Athletics offers the opportunity for all student to participate, we stress winning by playing well, and doing all these in name of and for the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We are now looking forward to the next school year, 2017-2018.  Attached you will find the Tuition and Fees for the new school year.

If you wish to not re-enroll please advise Amber Livingston, in our Admissions Office no later than February 22nd.  It is our prayer that your child will remain part of Cornerstone where they will be classically educated, inculcated in the Christian faith, led to know the saving Grace of Jesus Christ, and loved.  God bless.


Doug Lawson, Headmaster