Admission Steps

Steps for Admission
Cornerstone provides an Admission Application for families applying for admission. Applications are evaluated by an admissions committee. 

Step One: Learn more about classical education at Cornerstone.
Schedule a tour of the school. During this tour, parents will have the opportunity to witness classes in session and ask questions about the benefits of Classical education. Please call 785-643-4460 to schedule a tour of Cornerstone with the school’s Headmaster. After the tour, families are encouraged to pray about the important decision of educating their children at Cornerstone.  

We additionally invite them to learn more about Classical education and how it differs from traditional Christian and public education. We recommend The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy L. Sayers and An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents by Dr. Christopher Perrin. 

Step Two: Submit an Application
Cornerstone’s receipt of the completed application begins the formal application process. Each student being considered for admission to Cornerstone must have a completed student information page for application. Each applicant for Grades One through Eight must submit complete grade cards from previous schools and standardized test scores. Homeschool students should include a summary of coursework and any standardized test results. 

Step Three: Family Interview 
Once the application is received, the Headmaster will schedule a time to meet with both parents and student(s) applying to Cornerstone. During the interview process, discussion will take place to allow both the family and Cornerstone to learn more about each other’s educational and spiritual goals.  

Step Four: Academic Assessment
The Cornerstone administrator and the faculty will evaluate the submitted grades and standardized test scores from previously-attended schools. In addition, transferring students will be given an assessment to confirm that they are academically prepared to enter the grade level for which they seek entrance. Depending on the assessment, previous grades and standardized test scores the parents may be asked to have their student enter at a lower or higher grade than that for which they are seeking acceptance. 

Step Five: Enrollment   
Once the previous steps have been satisfactorily completed, parents will receive a letter of acceptance or denial. With the letter of acceptance, enrollment contracts will be sent. Enrollment is official once the contracts are returned and the enrollment fee is paid. 

Time Line

The application process may begin during the fall semester prior to the school year of intended enrollment. Current Cornerstone families have priority for class spaces.

December 1: Enrollment and Re-enrollment open.

January 19: Open House at 6:30 P.M.

January 26 and February 2: School Visit Days-Classrooms are open from 8:30-10:00 a.m. for Kindergarten through Grade Seven for parents to visit. Preschool Four is open from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Visits to the Preschool Three classroom are made by appointment.

School Tours: Call the office for an appointment.

February 15: Applications due (Applications received before or on February 15 are given priority. Applications are accepted after February 15 and are treated on a "rolling" admissions basis.)

February 15: Re-enrollment form and fee due for returning families. Sibling applications due for current families.

February 16: Preschool and Kindergarten Observation Day (Required for students applying for Preschool Three, Preschool Four, and Kindergarten)

April 1: New Student Enrollment Form and Enrollment Fee are due. Late forms may cause a student to lose his or her seat.

April 30: Financial Aid Applications are due.

May 9 and 11: Preschool and Kindergarten Observation Day (Required for students applying for Preschool Three, Preschool Four, and Kindergarten) Additional Observation Days are scheduled as needed.

May 31:Financial Aid Award notices are given.

June 15: Parent Financial Agreement is due. Late agreements may cause a student to lose his or her seat.