As a Christian school, our primary focus is on the spiritual development of our students. As Christian education veteran Dr. David Roth once said, "I want our students to be heaven-bound before they are Harvard-bound." To that end, CCA has several initiatives to help ensure a primary spiritual emphasis in our education.
Chapel is an important part of Spiritual Life at Cornerstone. All of our students have a dedicated chapel day each week. Local pastors and guests bring relevant and age appropriate messages to CCA students during our weekly chapel time. Our junior high and high school students have the opportunity to participate in a worship ensemble that leads chapel worship time in instrumental music and song.
Junior high and high school students enjoy special retreat times in the fall, traveling to local retreat centers with members of our faculty and staff. All full-time students are required to participate in these retreats as getting away from the day-to-day school life can be a catalytic opportunity to grow.
High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors have the opportunity to spend Easter break in another country on a mission trip. These are most often to Spanish-speaking countries so our students can further their language skill development. Students and staff gain exposure to different ways of life and culture and, through international travel, learn to trust in the Lord for the unknown.The work on past mission trips has included labor, Vacation Bible School teaching, putting on dramas to share about Christ, performing music, and aiding churches with their needs to Costa Rica, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.
Spiritual Emphasis Day
Each Spring, we host a Spiritual Emphasis Day for our secondary students where they are directed to serve in the community, learn from excellent guest speakers, and spend extended time in worship and prayer.
Our junior high and high school curriculum integrates an expectation of service hours. This opportunity leads students to primarily engage in their local church and secondarily in other community organizations. We hold the value of serving so high that these hours constitute up to 30% of each student's Bible grade each quarter.