Cornerstone Classical School believes that parents have the biblical responsibility to educate and train their children. Cornerstone serves families by providing an academically challenging, Classical education based on a Christian worldview with the intentional goal of building the academic knowledge and personal faith of each individual student. Cornerstone seeks likeminded families with academically able children who demonstrate the ability to succeed in its rigorous academic environment. Parents should carefully examine the Cornerstone Statement of Faith, established by the board of directors. This document forms the foundation of Cornerstone’s spiritual and educational programs.
Students entering Preschool Three must be at least three years old on or before September 1 of the school year they wish to enter. Students must be fully toilet trained and may not wear diapers or pull-ups to school. Students will be in class for one-half of the school day for three days each week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. As part of the admissions evaluation, the school requires potential Preschool and Kindergarten students to attend an Observation Day. These are scheduled each year. Make up Observation Days will be scheduled if necessary.
Students entering Preschool Four must be at least four years old on or before September 1 of the school year they wish to enter. Students must be fully toilet trained and may not wear diapers or pull-ups to school. Students will be in class for one-half of the school day each day of the school week. As part of the admissions evaluation, the school requires potential Preschool and Kindergarten students to attend an Observation Day. These are scheduled each year. Make up Observation Days will be scheduled if necessary.
Students entering Kindergarten must be at least five years old on or before September 1 of the school year they wish to enter. After completion of the application, a Kindergarten readiness assessment will be conducted. Students will be evaluated for basic knowledge of items such as shapes, colors, the alphabet, writing their name, counting, and following simple directions. As part of the admissions evaluation, the school requires potential Preschool and Kindergarten students to attend an Observation Day. These are scheduled each year. Make up Observation Days will be scheduled if necessary.
Grammar School, Middle School, and High School
Students entering Grade One must be at least six years old on or before September 1 of the school year they wish to enter. Complete grade cards from previous schools attended, and standardized test scores, when available, will be reviewed by Cornerstone. All students will be given a preparedness test and an interview to ensure they are academically prepared to succeed in the grade for which they are seeking entrance. Students will be accepted based on their academic standing, desire to excel academically, and their goal to grow in their understanding of Christ. To successfully learn and benefit from the challenging academic environment at Cornerstone, students should have no learning disabilities or prior behavior concerns.
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. Go here to submit your application >>
Step Three: 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 Four: 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 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.
Tuition and Fees.pdf
Parent Financial Agreement
Tuition Assistance Application
Cornerstone Admission Application.pdf
Cornerstone Sibling Application.pdf
Records Request Form.pdf
2020-2021 Enrollment Commitment.pdf
2020-2021 Parent Financial Agreement.pdf (Due June 1 to guarantee enrollment)
Student Information Forms.pdf
Records Transfer Form.pdf
Kansas Certification of Immunization (KCI) Form
Kansas Immunization Requirements
Kansas Immunization (KCI) Medical Exemption Form
Medication Release Form.pdf
Health Assessment Form (Required for all new students and for all Preschool Three and Four students)
Cornerstone provides needs-based financial assistance each year to assist families with a demonstrated financial need and the desire to provide classical, Christian education for their family.
To be eligible for need-based tuition assistance, the student(s) must be enrolled for the upcoming year. Prior to enrollment, no need-based assistance is calculated. However, families may submit the information for the need-based application, but no final decision will be made prior to the enrollment of the student(s).
Application for Need-Based Tuition Assistance
Step One: Complete an on-line application
Cornerstone utilizes Independent School Management (ISM) FAST (Financial Aid for Student Tuition) services to provide a web based, confidential and unbiased analysis of a family’s financial circumstances. Parents are encouraged to read the ISM-FAST Parent User Guide to review the information required to complete an application.
Requests for tuition assistance must be submitted annually for the upcoming academic year.
Step Two: Application review
After submission of the FAST application, verification of information and calculations will be reviewed by the Cornerstone Scholarship Committee. The committee will review all documentation and determine the amount of any need-based tuition to be awarded. All information submitted to FAST is kept confidential.
Review Timeline: Applications due by May 1
Award Notification: May 15
Tuition assistance after May 15 is contingent on the availability of funds.
Step Three: Tuition assistance award
Cornerstone will inform families in writing of any tuition assistance that is awarded. To accept the tuition assistance award, families will complete the Parent Financial Agreement and return it by June 1 or within two weeks for applications after June 1.
Academic and Behavior Expectations
A student is expected to maintain a 70% average in coursework to continue to qualify for tuition assistance. The student’s academic progress will be reviewed at the end of each quarter. Students not maintaining satisfactory grades may become ineligible for continued assistance. A student is also expected to maintain appropriate conduct at Cornerstone. Students failing to meet this standard may become ineligible for continued assistance.
Family Remaining Tuition Responsibility
The portion of the family’s tuition bill that is not covered by tuition assistance is expected to be paid in a timely manner. A family not keeping the tuition payment schedule may jeopardize their tuition assistance award.
Review and Cancellation of Awards
Cornerstone reserves the right to review and cancel a need-based tuition assistance award at any time because of changes in family financial resources, failure to pay any outstanding tuition amounts in a timely fashion or the student’s failure to remain in good standing at the school, whether academic or disciplinary.
It is the parent’s responsibility to: 1. Complete all FAST application materials accurately and to submit them in a timely manner. Inaccuracies can result in delays in consideration for tuition assistance. Intentional misreporting of information on applications may require that funds be paid back to the school. 2. Understand and comply with the conditions under which need-based assistance is offered. 3. Pay in a timely manner any portions of the tuition bill not covered by tuition assistance. 4. Notify the school office of any changes in the family’s financial status. 5. Monitor student(s) progress during the school year to ensure continued eligibility for tuition.
Applying for Tuition Assistance
The FAST service provides Cornerstone a need-based analysis, which requires pertinent data on the parents’ income, expenses, assets, and liabilities. The online application process is self-guided. You may partially complete an application and return at a later time if you are unable to complete the application in one sitting.
On the application, please use your name as it appears on your tax return.
Please click the FAST icon below to start or resume your FAST application: If you have any questions about the application process, please call the FAST Call Center at 1-877-326-FAST (3278), open 24/7. The non-refundable application fee is $43, payable by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. The application fee will be billed to your credit card under the name of “Independent School Management”, the company which provides the FAST application service.
As part of the application process, you will be required to mail tax documents to ISM for income verification purposes. You will send ISM a copy of your IRS form 1040 for the most recent tax year just prior to the year of enrollment. For example, a family submitting a FAST application for enrollment during the 2016-2017 school year must submit their filed 2015 federal tax return. After completing the application, please mail copies of your tax documents to the address below.
Please do not send any originals, and do not fax or e-mail the tax information.
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