Cornerstone Annual Report | 2018-2019

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The Cornerstone story began in 1993 when we opened our doors to serve 13 students. Although much has changed since our founding, we remain committed to excellence through our kingdom purpose of empowering students to glorify God. We are blessed to continue Cornerstone’s heritage of enriching the lives of students through an affordable, Christ-centered education, which is made possible with your support. Through our generous donors, our parents, and our faculty and staff, we are achieving excellence and pursuing a mission with eternal impact. We are grateful for all of you.

2018-2019


The Cornerstone Way

Kingdom Purpose

To empower students to glorify God

Dear friends of Cornerstone,

The Cornerstone story began in 1993 when we opened our doors to serve 13 students. Although

much has changed since our founding, we remain committed to excellence through our kingdom

purpose of empowering students to glorify God. We are blessed to continue Cornerstone’s

heritage of enriching the lives of students through an affordable, Christ-centered education,

which is made possible with your support.

Through our generous donors, our parents, and our faculty and staff, we are achieving excellence

and pursuing a mission with eternal impact. We are grateful for all of you.

Core Values

Excellence for God Excellence for Students

Excellence in Education Excellence in Character

In Everything, Excellence Together.

May God Bless You,

Dr. Nita Carr

President

Drayton Nabers

Board Chairman

Vision

To be a world-class, Christ-centered school in the inner city

Mission

Cornerstone’s mission is to inspire and develop critically

thinking and compassionate young people in a Christ-centered

learning community that is committed to academic excellence

and character development. We strive to empower students

to be responsible and productive citizens of the world, all to

the glory of God.

Character

Love | Respect | Integrity | Responsibility | Perseverance


Excellence for God

44

VERSES MEMORIZED PER STUDENT

PER YEAR (K4-12TH GRADE)

Bible Sequence

Pre-K

Kindergarten

1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade

6th grade

7th grade

8th grade

9th grade

10th grade

11th grade

12th grade

God’s Love

God’s Loving Care

God’s Relationship to People

Character Traits of People in the Bible

Life of Christ and the Early Church

Basic Doctrines of the Church

Old Testament Choices and Consequences

Books of the Bible

Christian Living

Systematic Theology and Church History

Books of the Bible

Books of the Bible

Apologetics and Biblical Interpretation

Cumulative Essay on Scripture

Cornerstone stands out because we can

actually talk about God at school. You can’t

do that at other schools. It’s cool to watch my

friends grow in their relationship with God.

I think Mr. Swale, our Bible teacher, plays a

huge role in our spiritual development. He

has influenced my walk with God because he

shows me the importance of digging into the

scriptures so that I can remember God’s Word.

I’ve learned that God doesn’t make mistakes.

100%

OF SENIORS ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST

AND WANT TO GROW TO KNOW

HIM AND LIVE FOR HIM

“Through Bible class, I have learned a lot about

God and the way He works in our lives. He

helps us grow gradually instead of all at once.”

Mackenzie, Class of 2020

His plan is perfect. Now, I can put all my trust

in Him because there’s no doubting that He is

working in my life.”

— Preston London, Class of 2020

44

CHAPEL SERVICES ATTENDED BY

STUDENTS (K4 - 12TH GRADE)


Excellence in Education

100%

GRADUATION RATE

$1,110,182

IN SCHOLARSHIPS

OFFERED TO THE

CLASS OF 2019

100%

OF SENIORS ENROLLED IN HIGHER

EDUCATION , MILITARY, OR

CAREER PREPARATION

DUAL ENROLLMENT

Cornerstone partners with a local college to enable our high school juniors and seniors to take

classes and earn both high school and college credit. Through this program, students can graduate

with up to 26 hours of college credit. As Cornerstone covers the full cost of these courses, this gives

our students the incredible opportunity to earn almost a full year of college credit hours to help them

graduate from college on time, or even early, with less student debt. Dual enrollment also introduces

students to the rigors of college coursework early and gives students the opportunity to take classes

beyond those offered at Cornerstone.

ACT RESULTS

Cornerstone students undergo ACT preparation to help increase their scores and strengthen

their college application. Our 2019 test results showed tremendous gains for our students, with

100% of our students improving, including a student scoring as high as a “35” in one subject area.

147

DUAL ENROLLMENT HOURS EARNED BY CORNERSTONE STUDENTS

94%

PERSISTENCE RATE

IN COLLEGE

Cornerstone Graduates

Colleges and Programs

Air National Guard, Alabama A&M, Alabama Power Internship, Army National Guard Reserve, Auburn University,

Auburn University at Montgomery, Birmingham Southern, Huntington College, Jacksonville State University,

Jefferson State Community College, Miles College, Rust College, Samford University, Troy University, Tuskeegee

University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Huntsville,

University of Montevallo, University of North Alabama, University of Southern Mississippi, Wallace State


Excellence for Students

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education

This year, Cornerstone launched its STEM Lab. Students go daily for lessons in science, technology,

engineering, and math. Each grade level visits the STEM Lab to participate in hands-on, real world problem

solving using science and technology. In addition, our middle and high school students participate in

computer coding classes where they learn SNAP and Python coding through the Microsoft TEALS Program.

557

TOTAL NUMBER

OF STUDENTS

93%

RETENTION

OF STUDENTS

32

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ENROLLED IN

STEM COMPUTER CODING THROUGH

THE MICROSOFT TEALS PROGRAM

100%

OF ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

PARTICIPATING IN STEM

37

PARTNERING VOLUNTEER

ORGANIZATIONS

176

REGULAR WEEKLY

VOLUNTEERS

2018-2019

Volunteer Organizations

ASPIRE Movement

Biblical Marriage Institute

Bigtime Ministries

Birmingham Southern Theta Chi Fraternity

Boy Scouts of America

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Christian Service Missions

Church of the Highlands

Community Food Bank

EBSCO Industries

Founders Advisors

Girl Scouts of the USA

Girls on the Run

Junior League of Birmingham

Leagle Eagles, Burr Forman

Magic City Wood Works

Mason Music Foundation

Mountain Brook Baptist Church

Mountain Brook Community Church

Northstar Ministries

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Protective Life Corporation

Redeemer Community Church

Samford ADPi Sorority

Samford ATO Fraternity

Samford Crew

Samford Foundations Class

Samford Micah Fellows

Samford PACT Group

Samford Physical Therapy

Samford SAAC

Sunrise Rotary Club

UAB Dental School

UAB Leadership Education

and Adolescent Health

UAB School of Nursing

Valent Group

Wood Fruitticher


Excellence in Character

PROMISING PRACTICE AWARDS

Cornerstone was awarded 3 Promising Practices in Character

Education from the international organization Character.org,

an organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering ethical,

engaged and compassionate citizens worldwide. Each year,

best practices in the area of character education are submitted

from all over the world. Cornerstone was one of only 6 schools

in Alabama to receive this recognition and the only school in the

state to receive multiple awards. Our award winning practices

were given for:

BIOGRAPHY OF WISDOM

THE EAGLES ACT PROGRAM

(ASSESS, CHALLENGE, TRAIN)

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL CHARACTER ASSESSMENT

“EXCELLENCE TOGETHER”

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHARACTER ASSESSMENT

2018-2019 Athletic Highlights

- The boys basketball team competed in the Regional

Final / Elite Eight.

- Breia Smith became our first state champion in Cross

Country.

- Breia Smith and Tomei Fincher both finished top 5 in the

state in their respective competitions for Track and Field.

- The girls and boys basketball teams won the area

championship.

- For the first time, Cornerstone soccer was offered for

grades K-12.

EDEN’S STORY

As a 5th grader, Cornerstone student, Eden,

modeled servant leadership in an amazing way. She

spearheaded a service project to collect, assemble,

and deliver bags of supplies to the homeless. In

addition, she also organized a pop tab drive in which

our students collected 46,857 pop tabs in just two

months for a local charity. By partnering with local

organizations, our students modeled the importance

of giving back to our community.

6,235

COMMUNITY SERVICE

HOURS COMPLETED

46,857

POP TABS COLLECTED

FOR CHARITY

1,410

BOTTLES OF WATER COLLECTED

FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE MISSION


Our Data

2018-2019

Event Package Partners

$

9,168

AVERAGE COST TO EDUCATE ONE STUDENT

Altec/Styslinger Foundation

ARD Contracting, Inc.

Barber Companies

Tracey and Richard Bielen

100%

OF STUDENTS RECEIVE TUITION ASSISTANCE

Carolyn and Jim Bradford

Cissy and Richard Brockman

C.S. Beatty Construction, Inc.

Mary and Christopher Compton

Julie and James Goyer

Mary and Victor Hanson

$

7,349

AVERAGE TUITION ASSISTANCE PER CHILD

Melinda and Bubba Helveston

Virginia and John Hornsby

Allison and Keith Kearney

REVENUE

EXPENSES

Financial Summary

39% TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS

26% CONTRIBUTIONS

18% GRANTS AND FOUNDATIONS

13% TUITION

4% OTHER

73% SALARIES AND BENEFITS

14% TECHNOLOGY & INSTRUCTION

9% BUILDINGS AND INSURANCE

4% DEVELOPMENT & OTHER

Alabama

Accountability Act

Cornerstone receives funding

from Scholarships for Kids, a

state-approved Scholarship

Granting Organization under

the Alabama Accountability

Act of 2013. Funding from

Scholarships for Kids helps

students succeed by offering

scholarships for families

seeking to expand educational

opportunities for their children.

332

STUDENTS RECEIVED SCHOLARSHIPS THROUGH THE

ALABAMA ACCOUNTABILITY ACT

85%

OF STUDENTS ZONED FOR FAILING SCHOOLS

Cindy and Lee Kinnebrew

Medical Properties Trust, Inc.

Motor Carrier Safety Consulting

Fairfax and Drayton Nabers

National Bank of Commerce

Protective Life Corporation

Joan and James Rein

Marcia and William Strickland

The Thompson Foundation

The Welch Group

UBS Financial Services

Mona and Donald Wright


Boards

Women’s Service Board

Julie Blumenthal, President

Buffie Hymer, Vice President

Phyllis Crocker, Treasurer

Karen Brannan

Catherine Brown

Sharon Brown

Sally Bryan

Ashley Burrell

Nancy Canada

Sonia Carrington

Anna Cooper

Cindy Crowther

Melinda DiBenedetto

Charlotte Donald

Carol Drummond

Tracie Dugas

Shawn Dunnaway

Leigh King Forstman

Sarah Goff

Julie Gray

Angie Green

Anna Lynn Griffin

Liz Guest

Melinda Helveston

Virginia Hornsby

Lisa Hernandez

Sue Key

Dee King

Alice Major

Jane Martenson

Nancy Mason

Kelley McCallum

Mary Beth McCrary

Chappell Miller

Ginny Mills

Fances Mulkin

Sherry Morgan

Ann Perry*

Laura Proctor

Janis Rogan

Laura Sappington

Becky Seay

Virginia Sheffield

Kate Simpson

Beth Smith

Michele Smith

Ruth Spencer

Bridget Stevens

Megan Trolard

Donna Vaughn

Sallie Waite

Danna Yarmowich

Leigh Ann Yielding

*Ex-officio Members

Board of Directors

Junior Board

Drayton Nabers, Chairman

Ryan Austin

Jimmy Ard

Ronnie Baynes

Craig Beatty

Julie Blumenthal*

Jim Bradford

Tommy Brigham

Chris Compton

Tiffany Daniels

Lori Dixon

Dr. Mary Doyle

Carol Drummond

Ashley Belcher Ferry

George Garzon

Julie Goyer

Ford Hamilton

Victor Hanson, III

Melinda Helveston

John Hornsby

Elizabeth Huntley

Jeff Jantz*

Anthony Joseph

Terrell Kennedy

Eric Kerley

Jim King

Tommy Mayfield

Hampton McFadden

Jay Mitchell

Leslie Moore

Ben Nevins

Mike Ousley

Lauren Pearson

Edmund Perry

Jim Proctor

Katherine Robertson

Kirby Sevier

Kate Simpson

Andrea Snyder

David Snyder

Billy Strickland

Janice Vickers

Sallie Waite

Dr. Jeanna Westmoreland

Mechelle Wilder

Danna Yarmowich

Jeff Jantz, President

Justin Hays, Vice Presdient

Madelyn Beatty

Katie Belue*

Julia Blackerby*

RT Davis

Molly Davis

Jenna Dorlon

McKinley Dunn

Allie Beatty Elliott

Leaveil Flowers

Lauren Gaines*

Paden Gaines

John Hanson

Eve Hennessy*

Madeline Herndon

Stewart Herndon

Allen Hoskins

Walter Kelley

Marcus Kennedy

Clint Kirby

Katelyn Lane*

Allison Little*

Mary Claire McDougald*

Ben McDougald

Matthew McGough

Kim McGuire

Candace O’Neil

Parker Simpson

Katherine Stone

Scott Stone

Julia Vines

Caryn Wheeler*


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