Cornerstone Christian Academy bases its educational philosophy on three main components: (1) a Biblical foundation with an emphasis on discipleship, (2) preparing each student for life, and (3) emphasizing the parents’ role.
- Biblical Foundation: All education is inescapably Christian in that all truth is God’s truth. The Bible, as the infallible, inerrant, and inspired Word of God, is the foundation and guide for all knowledge and basic to all elements of education. Because God created, sustains, and will consummate all things through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, the universe, and all life are dynamically related to Him and have the purpose of glorifying Him. This purpose is fundamental to Christian education and permeates every aspect of our goals and objectives, our teaching methods, and our curriculum. All representatives of the school will strive to demonstrate and teach values, character, and “Christ-likeness” as well as facts.
- Preparing Each Student for Life: The primary goal of all Christian education is to prepare each student to glorify and honor God in all that he does. We seek to fulfill this goal by:
- Training and encouraging students to become committed disciples of Christ,
- Supporting the family as the primary social and educational unit instituted by God,
- Promoting personal responsibility for academic excellence and a strong work ethic, and
- Integrating home and school for the development of life skills and strong, Christian character in balance with academics and co-curricular activities.
- The Role of Parents: We recognize that parents are commanded to rear their children for God’s glory by bringing them up in the nurture and discipline of the Lord. The home, therefore, is to be a place of training and teaching one’s own children as seen from God’s command. Yet, the home is not the only established agency of instruction form the Biblical standpoint. The community of believers, the church, is commanded and authorized by God for training and disciplining. CCA is designed to facilitate parents equip the Lord’s command for education and training of children for His glory.
Cornerstone Christian Academy will seek to provide parents with academic expertise, challenge, pacing, direction, and accountability, in a way that enhances and assists the parents’ efforts in teaching their children. The parents’ role is to oversee their child’s education and academic progress. Parents share joint responsibility with the school for helping students build the character qualities and work ethic that lead to academic success, and for encouraging students to assume increasing responsibility for their own learning. The parental teaching role ranges from direct instruction in cooperation with the classroom teacher to monitoring of student progress, as the student progresses from elementary to high school.
Moreover, Cornerstone Christian Academy is committed to providing a vital learning experience for students that encourages and facilitates the parent/child relationship. Parents are the single most influential factor in a child’s educational performance, as well as the emotional, social, and spiritual development of that child. In cooperation with the parents and under God’s guidance, we seek to inform minds and change the lives of our students.
Statement of Faith
The primary goal of CCA is to love and glorify God. CCA exists for the Christian discipleship and education of children. In order to excel in this endeavor, Christian unity within the body, the ”School” is a requirement. Therefore, families applying for admission must be “likeminded” in regards to the practice and acceptance of the CCA Statement of Faith. CCA families must be active members of a Christian church that keeps with the CCA Statement of Faith and Protestant A-Denominational position. Please read the Statement of Faith closely to determine if it is in accordance to your personal family’s beliefs.
CCA Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible in its original conveyance to be the only inspired, infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God (2 Timothy 3:15; 2 Peter 1:21), and we adhere to its orthodox interpretation regarding all matters, including but not limited to the sanctity of life beginning at conception, the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, the imperative nature of salvation in Jesus Christ alone, et al. We believe all other books external to the Bible, i.e. Book of Mormon, Non-Protestant Bible Translations, Modern Day Writings from Bible Teachers, etc., are rooted in man’s inability to know the one true God and His revelation as stated in God’s Holy Bible.
We believe there is only one God, eternally existent in three co-eternal, co-powerful persons, The Triune God Head- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30).
We believe in the deity of Christ (John 10:33) in that He was completely God and completely human, He (Christ) was not a created being such as the angels are; His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35); His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15; 7:26); His miracles (John 2:11); His vicarious and atoning death (1 Corinthians 15:3; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrew 2:9); His physical bodily resurrection (John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:4); His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19); and His personal return in power and glory (Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11).
We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, and that men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ and that only by God’s grace and through faith alone we are saved (John 3:16-19; 5:24; Romans 3:23; 5:8-9; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5). As such, we believe that human works has no merit in one’s eternal destiny or entrance into Heaven.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Galatians 3:26-28).
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:13-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18).
Protestant A-Denominational Position
This ministry's Statement of Faith is fundamental to basic Protestant Christian tenets and contains those doctrines to which we unreservedly adhere and teach. It is our desire to maintain this position and to do so in all fairness to each family. In honoring this desire concerning the outreach of this ministry, there shall be no attempt made by parents, students, staff, or school board members to promote or disparage any doctrinal or denominational beliefs, practices, or positions regarding issues upon which the ministry itself has assumed no official stance. We desire to remain united in the salvation and love of Christ, avoiding the dissension that may be caused by denominational differences. It is necessary, therefore, that parents, students, staff, and administration recognize that the following areas are to be left to the teaching of home and church:
- The mode of church government and authority
- The time and mode of Christian baptism
- The relationship between human free will and salvation
- The question of eternal security
- The nature of the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer, including the point at which the Holy Spirit comes into the life of the believer and the gifts of the Holy Spirit
- The interpretation of verses referencing future events (eschatology)
- Personal life issues/circumstances that are inappropriate for the classroom
This is not to say that discussion regarding these issues is avoided at CCA. However, instructors and administrators will not compel a student or parent to believe one way or another, nor will they be so dogmatic as to pronounce another’s opinion of such matters invalid or biblically unsupported.
Statement of Affiliation
Cornerstone Christian Academy neither supports nor endorses the World Council of Churches, National Council of Churches, or any other world, national or regional organization which gives Christian recognition to unbelievers or which advocates multi-faith union. (Amos 3:3, II Cor. 6:14-17)