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Early Childhood

The Early Childhood Program at The Cornerstone School is designed to be a safe “home away from home” - a warm and welcoming community where young students play, learn, and enjoy developmentally appropriate experiences under the guidance of nurturing and talented faculty.

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Our program emphasizes a smooth transition from home to school and from one year to the next so that each child’s school experience is positive, enjoyable, and rewarding.

Our comprehensive program educates the whole child. Small class ratios and a teacher and a teacher assistant in each classroom enable faculty members to create close, meaningful relationships with each student. Teachers differentiate instruction to meet individual student needs and craft integrated units of study that capture the imaginations of their students and allow them to make connections across disciplines. Students are engaged in rich and varied activities designed to provide the foundation for academic and social success.

Each child is respected, supported, and challenged, and knowing the families of our students is as important as knowing their children. In order to develop and maintain the all-important parent-school partnership, daily communication at drop-off or-pick up, Class Dojo posts, and pictures of students provide each family with a window into their child’s experience.

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The emily k. young early learning lab

The Emily K. Young Early Learning Lab opened in Fall of 2020 ready to inspire our youngest learners. The Early Learning Lab, or ELL as it is known on campus, was designed to allow students hands-on experiences through 10 specific learning centers including science, art, math, and writing centers.

Emily K. Young was an avid knitter, collector, reader, and supporter of children’s education. A beloved aunt to former Cornerstone Board President Joyce Urban and a proud great-aunt to four Cornerstone Alumni, Emily was always supportive of her family and she was proud to watch her great nieces flourish under The Cornerstone School curriculum. The Early Learning Lab has been named in her honor.