Educational Institutions

Cornerstone Learning Community

  • Tallahassee, FL
  • www.cornerstonelc.com

Mission Statement

Cornerstone Learning Community engages each learner in a respectful, nurturing school that values… High Academic Expectations Diversity Social and Environmental Responsibility Developmentally Appropriate Challenges

Main Programs

  1. Preschool and Kindergarten
  2. Elementary (Grades 1-5)
  3. Middle School (Grade 6-8)
  4. Farm Program (Grades PreK-8)
  5. Service Learning (Grades PreK-8)
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer since 2000

Self-reported

Tony Brown

Keywords

Self-reported

education, service learning, diversity, environment

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Also Known As

Alpha School, Inc.

EIN

59-3622879

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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2013-14 Accomplishments Completed first year of candidacy for International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Developed and implemented a farm-based curriculum with Longview Farms Received NOAA and Technology Education & Redesign Alliance (TERRA) for science 2014-15 Goals Successful completion of candidacy and acceptance as fully accredited International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Develop campus and facilities with a new classroom building and sports field Achieve full enrollment of 180 students for upcoming year

Programs

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Program 1

Preschool and Kindergarten

Our preschool (serving 3 and 4-year olds) and kindergarten programs are joyful beginnings to a life-long love of learning. Our play-based approach honors the wonder, interests, and imaginations of our youngest learners while laying the foundation for future success. Research confirms that our youngest learners develop a solid foundation for future success when they are given an emotionally and physically safe environment, rich with discovery, independence, and social interaction.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Other Named Groups

Budget

$264,600.00

Program 2

Elementary (Grades 1-5)

Our elementary program emphasizes active learning in which students work independently and collaboratively to apply new skills in novel contexts. Learners encounter challenges that transform their curiosity into innovation and their wonder into possibilities. They dive deep into topics through meaningful projects and the development of a wide array of critical thinking skills. Empowered, capable, and confident, students develop a sense of agency that comes from hard work done well.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Other Named Groups

Budget

$611,200.00

Program 3

Middle School (Grade 6-8)

Our middle years program matches high standards with differentiated instruction to serve diverse learners. Classes are built around traditional subjects as well as engineering, design, and inquiry-based research. During the 2014-15 school year we are completing the requirements to meet the high standards of an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. IB's Middle Years Program is an excellent philosophical and academic match for Cornerstone's well-established middle school. Through a wide variety of field trips and service projects, students build independence, cognitive ability, and confidence. Students graduate prepared for high school and with an ever growing love of learning.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Other Named Groups

Budget

$463,100.00

Program 4

Farm Program (Grades PreK-8)

Cornerstone's farm program is an ongoing partnership with Longview Farms, a family-owned farm in Havana, Florida. The mission of the farm is strongly tied to the acceptance of environmental responsibility and to developing and using creative approaches to meeting those responsibilities. The development of connections to specific local places contributes to the construction of a sense of self that is intimately connected to place and is part of nested communities. The mission of the farm provides an illustration of the interdependence of economic, environmental, and social systems.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 5

Service Learning (Grades PreK-8)

Service learning at CLC refers to activities that both provide a real service to the community — meaning they address a demonstrable need — and provide a meaningful learning context with goals, objectives, and measurable outcomes. Because these opportunities may arise unplanned, not all service-learning projects are repeated. Some service learning projects include partnering preschoolers with Alzheimer patients for a musical therapy program, ecosystem restoration projects, state and local lobbying efforts, get-out-the-vote advocacy, and planning, making, and serving food at a local homeless shelter. Service learning begins in preschool with teacher-planned projects and extends through their 8th grade year when students play a much more active role in choosing and planning projects.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$20,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Funding Needs

Needs-Based Scholarship Funding Professional Development FundTechnology

Accreditations

Florida Council of Independent Schools

Florida Kindergarten Council

Affiliations + Memberships

Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce

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ALPHA SCHOOL INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Cornerstone Learning Community

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Principal Officer

Tony Brown

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

James Cheatham

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Term: July 2013 - June 2015

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