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  A Beka Curriculum
The curriculum that we use at our school is the A Beka curriculum for Pre-K thru 5th grade. This curriculum is written and produced out of Pensacola, Florida. It is a treasury of textbooks and teaching materials that reflect the very best in scholarship, design, practicality, and Scriptural fidelity.
A Beka's formula for success is as follows:
1. A Scriptural foundation for acedemic excellence and good character training.
2. The practical experience of 50 years of leadership in Christian school education.
3. The professional expertise of dedicated scholars,educators, designers, and printers.
4. The personal attention of administrators, consultants, and service personnel.
  This curriculum is an outstanding curriculum. It is one that is aggressive in the amount of material taught and challenging to the average child. We have found that with parental support at home, many of our students excel in their academics.  
  Each and every child in our school is presented the material for the lesson each day in the classroom. In this curriculum, daily lesson plans are provided for the teacher with teaching suggestions. Each child is to do the corresponding papers that go with the lesson in the time provided in school. If the student does not complete the work during the day, it is sent home. Homework is also assigned depending on what the curriculum calls for to be sent home for that day's lesson.  
  Every student's papers are checked each day, and daily work goes home throughout the week or the workbooks may be taken home for parents to view. Graded tests are sent home periodically for parents to view, sign, and return or they are made available in the classroom for parents to view. This is done for the parents so we can stay in close contact with them about the success of their child.  
  CCS 2007 Stanford Achievement Test Results
Each year, Cornerstone evaluates all Kindergarten through 5th grade students' academic progress using the nationally standardized and graded Stanford Achievement Tests (SAT). Year after year, Cornerstone's tradition of high academic achievement continues.

The SAT test is designed to evaluate student progress as compared with students in public and private schools across the nation. Cornerstone's test results are listed below.

The results are listed by "Grade Equivalent". A result of 3.8 means third grade, eighth month; 1.3 means first grade, third month. To compare

Cornerstone results with nationally standardized results, realize our tests are given during the eighth month of a school year. Therefore, to be averaged nationally, a third grade student, it is assumed, should test 3.8; a first grader, 1.8, etc. (Example: a third grader scoring 5.7 in Math means the student performed as well as an average fifth grader. This means the third grader can read her third grade material as well as the average fifth grader can read the same third grade material.)

The SAT test is comprised of several sections, but for space considerations, only closely watched Math, Language, Reading, and Total Battery scores are listed below.
Grade National Average CCS Math CCS Language CCS Reading CCS Total Battery
K K8 1.6 - 1.6 1.5
1 1.8 2.1 2.3 2.4 2.5
2 2.8 6.0 4.7 3.8 4.5
3 3.8 6.0 6.9 6.2 6.2
4 4.8 5.5 5.4 5.4 5.5
5 5.8 8.7 8.4 6.8 7.8
  Our teachers are very caring and knowledgeable and strive to help their students to succeed. The atmosphere at our school is one of love and encouragement for our students to do their very best. The results from this curriculum and the teaching style of our teachers are amazing.  
  Parent/teacher conferences are set either by parents request or teachers request throughout the year when there is a concern.The concern is then evaluated to determine if extra help is necessary.If extra help is determined to be needed, help is extended to the child by the teacher, the teacher's aide, and our in school tutoring. Our tutor on staff does work with the students' one on one. Our school does take learning concerns very serious; our desire and goal is for every child to be successful.  
  • Our school was founded in 1987. We are celebrating our 20th year.
  • We are non-denominational and not affiliated with any local church but are supported by many.
  • Our school has always used the A Beka curriculum in our classrooms.
  • We are an independent school which has been solely located in Abilene, TX.
  • We are a member of the Association of Christian Schools International.
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