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Equipping students for leadership

Cornerstone’s foundation is teaching the solid, mature truth of God’s word just like Jesus did: engaging His students in the greatest conversations, teaching them to apply God’s word to their lives, and challenging them to live what they have been taught on a daily basis so that they successfully avoid the deceptive traps of their culture. That’s Biblical discipleship. Studies prove the effectiveness of this model, as do Cornerstone students.

Is there evidence that “Christian” schools produce better outcomes than public schools, Catholic schools or home-education for Christian students?

That depends on what outcomes you consider most important. The Cardus Education Survey, conducted in partnership with the University of Notre Dame, analyzed quantitative and qualitative data from nearly 2500 high school graduates (24-39 years old). The study evaluated holistic evidence of academic success, spiritual health, lifestyle, and civic life.

Data categorized for comparison came from graduates of “Protestant” schools (The category most suitable for Cornerstone Prep), Catholic schools, home schools, and public schools.  Here are some of the significant findings for the Protestant Schools category, quoted from the Cardus Study:

Positive effects of attending “Protestant” Christian schools

* A net INCREASE IN BELIEF in the Bible as an infallible guide for personal life and behavior, that premarital sex is wrong and that divorce is wrong.

* Increase in graduates’ reported attendance at religious services.

* Significant increase in financial giving – both to their churches and to other religious groups.

* Far more likely than all other groups to report volunteering in their churches, traveling on missions trips and serving on relief trips.

* Greater likelihood to talk with their spouse about God, pray and read the Bible together.

* Reported “feelings that their high school prepared them for personal relationships, friendships and family relations, especially marriage” at rates higher than their public schooled peers.

For additional significant benefits of Christian school education results, including standardized test results, college attendance, and other important outcomes, see the Association of Christian Schools International’s ACSI Cardus Study Interpretation.

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Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20