Experience Happens Here
We offer a well-rounded educational experience that continues the learning beyond classroom lessons. Clubs, field trips, supplemental technology courses, and wraparound programming provide the opportunity for our students to find their strengths and soar.
In partnership with EduTech and The Uncommon Individual Foundation, Cornerstone has developed a technology program that helps students prepare for the evolving technological world. “Tech World,” is equipped with a 3D printers, robotics equipment, and the latest software programs to help students connect to a world outside of the classroom through technology. The Richard E. Caruso STEAM Lab features the Lego wall, craft kits, and other non-manipulatives to help students integrate science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This exploration takes place in the Learning Commons where teachers and students have the opportunity to put new skills in action with collaborative projects and research.
Before and After School Programs
As a way to support our families, Cornerstone partners with The Common Place to provide before and after school programming. The Before School Program begins at 6:45 am until school starts at 7:50 a.m. Parents can drop off their children where dedicated staff greet them and provide morning care at no cost. The Common Place Scholars is an after-school arts and enrichment program that partners with Cornerstone is serving the students of the Southwest Philadelphia community. The Common Place provides quality faith-based arts education and academic enrichment to students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. For more information about The Common Place Scholars contact Huan Baum at 267-275-82328.
Tech Titans is an after school club that explores the latest developments in technology. Students have the opportunity to learn more about coding, robotics, and 3D printing. Tech Titans meets once a week on Wednesdays after school.
The Voices In Praise choir travels throughout the country and the state of Pennsylvania sharing the love of God through gospel music. The choir practices during the school day according to grade level.
Field trips expose our students to the world beyond our classrooms and help to solidify practical applications of their learning. Field trips are scheduled at the discretion of each teacher and are applicable to classroom curriculum.
Elwyn partners with Cornerstone to provide education support through Title 1 and Act 89 funding for students. These services are designed to help students reach their full potential academically. Elwyn services at Cornerstone include:
– Small group Reading and Math support
– Speech Therapy
– School Psychology
Additionally, Elwyn staff are valuable resources as members of the multidisciplinary Student Support Team. This team meets weekly with individual teachers to identify strategies and interventions for students who have been identified as needing extra help.
School Guidance/Counseling Services
The role of the School Counselor at Cornerstone is to support students to discover and develop the gifts that God has bestowed — academically, socially, emotionally, spiritually and as they begin to explore careers for their future. This support is offered through collaborative work with students, parents and teachers to identify and remove barriers to learning;developing and supporting teachers in delivering classroom lessons that teach social and emotional skills such as respecting others, resolving conflicts as well as career exploration with God’s word as guide; individual and small group work with students; providing support during personal crisis; coordinating referrals to outside agencies; serving as a resource for parents and teachers. Additionally, students in grades 4-6 participate in a weekly program – Mindfulness Through Movement where they learn simple breath and movement practices that have been shown to help students manage stress, emotions and promote relaxation so that their minds are open to learn.