"The cornerstone of the instructional method will be a truly integrated curriculum-team planned and taught-delivered in a constructivist environment."
- Excerpt from the Steering Committee's application for the Charter School

Our Vision
We strive to provide a unique environment that ensures high academic and behavioral standards, meaningful partnerships, a creative learning environment with expectations for students to:

  • respect & appreciate others
  • think critically
  • communicate effectively, and
  • solve problems collaboratively & individually

Cornerstone Academy offers:

  • partnership among students, parents, staff, business, and community.
  • challenging curriculum.
  • inquiry/discovery/project-based instruction.
  • service learning and learner goal-setting.
  • use of gifted and talented instructional strategies to challenge all learners.
  • integration of technology and the arts.

About Us

In October of 1997, the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees approved a steering committee that was charged with designing a school that would help relieve overcrowding of the middle schools and provide a choice for parents. This committee envisioned a school that embodied choice, commitment, community and collaboration. With great honor as the director, I seek to carry out this vision backed by a dedicated staff, student body and parents.

Cornerstone Academy has high academic and behavioral expectations for all of its students. Students are expected to think critically, work collaboratively and analyze independently. Our delivery of instruction and our commitment to educate the whole child differentiates us from other programs and provides parents with a quality choice. Language arts/social studies and math/science are integrated subjects taught with a team teaching approach. Classrooms house approximaely thirty students and two certified teachers who use flexible scheduling and grouping to work on in depth concepts and provide for differentiation.

A challenging and meaningful curriculum is facilitated by teachers who meet the certification requirements for gifted and talented teaching. To prepare for the workplace of the 21st Century, all of our students incorporate technology into their learning every day in the core curriculum areas. Connections are made with the academic classes as students discover the vast amount of ways technology can motivate and facilitate their learning. Through CESIT classes, students can delve deeper into technology through courses such as web authoring, advanced Microsoft Office and video broadcasting.

C.E.S.I.T. (pronounced "seize it") is exactly what the pronunciation implies. Our students seize all opportunities as they experience lessons of life never provided previously. Career Exploration, Specialized Interests & Talents courses (thus, C.E.S.I.T.) are six week courses taught by teachers, business and community volunteers. Students select from a variety of choices each six weeks and explore careers through courses such as  architecture, art, medicine, hotel/restaurant management or engineering (to name but a few). This program has proven to be more than educational!  It is exciting to watch as students engage themselves in these career explorations. Please look further at our website to get details of our outstanding volunteers, parents, and community members and the incredible contributions they have made toward the education of our students. Thank you for visiting our website. I invite you to e-mail me with your comments and suggestions as we continuously strive to build and improve upon the educational process.

-Jill Wright