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 or visit a Parent Preview Day. 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.  

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. 

Cornerstone parents host Open Houses which are great opportunities to meet current families and learn more about the school. Call the office for dates and times.

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 Enrollment Commitment form and enrollment fee for new families are due within two weeks of acceptance to guarantee fall enrollment.

March 1: Re-enrollment forms and sibling applications are due for current families

March 27: Parent Preview Day 8:45-11:30 A.M., 12:30-2:30 P.M.

April 5: Parent Preview Day 8:45-11:30 A.M., 12:30-2:30 P.M.

May 1: Financial Aid Applications are due for new and returning students (Aid is still granted after this date on a first-come first-served basis.)

May 15: Financial Aid Award Letters are sent to those who applied for aid by May 1.

June 1: Parent Financial Agreement is due. Late agreements may cause a student to lose his or her seat.

After June 1: Admission and Financial Aid are granted as space and funding permit.  For families that apply after June 1 Parent Financial Agreement is due within two weeks of acceptance.