FAQ

Find the answers to our frequently asked questions here.

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Yes, all students are required to dress in school uniforms.  For specific information about the uniforms please contact Vernette Johnson in the school office at 215-724-6858, ext. 223.

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Yes, free breakfast is available for all students every morning. Students can bring their own lunch or order lunch in advance from a caterer that provides warm daily meals. The cost is $4.50 for a child’s portion or $5.50 per day for an adult’s portion. For additional information please contact Vernette Johnson in the school office at 215-724-6858, ext. 223.

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Yes, Cornerstone partners with The Common Place to provide Before School and After School enrichment for students. Parents can drop their child off at The Common Place at 6:45 a.m. for Before School care. The Common Place Scholars After-School Program is available every school day from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. While there is no charge for the Before School program there is a daily/weekly fee for the After School program.

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Yes. School Counselor, Meg Born, is available to help students with their social, emotional, and educational development. Students and parents are encouraged to meet with Mrs. Born when needed. The Counselor works closely with professionals from Elwyn to provide behavioral and educational services to our students.

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The School District of Philadelphia provides a certified school nurse who is at the school one day every week.

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No. Students living in Philadelphia County beyond 1.5 miles of CCA and attending grades 1 – 6 are provided transportation by the School District of Philadelphia. Students in 7th and 8th grades will get a TransPass for public transportation. Students who live in the surrounding counties are eligible for transportation services from their school district.

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You may notify Cornerstone of your student’s need for a TransPass. We will submit Transpass Information Sheets to SEPTA on your behalf. Students qualify for TransPass according to the regulations of the School District of Philadelphia, which state that students must live 1½ miles or more from Cornerstone.

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No, although there is a 3% tuition discount if the full amount is paid prior to the start of school.  Otherwise, families have the option to pay tuition on a monthly basis over the course of 10 months.

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Cornerstone partners with the Children’s Scholarship Fund and will accept the fund’s scholarship payments on behalf of parents. If approved for a scholarship, a student may receive financial assistance for up to four years of enrollment at Cornerstone. Visit for the Children’s Scholarship Fund at csfphiladelphia.org more information.

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If your student receives additional scholarship funds, bring the award letter(s) to Cornerstone at the time of registration. The school will verify the award(s) and deduct it from your tuition balance.