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Reading & Writing

At Cornerstone, we are building a bridge between reading and writing. We focus on reading strategies that help students develop a mastery of decoding and comprehension skills. By using a systematic approach to phonics, our students develop word knowledge which moves them toward conventional spelling. Students are also taught the process or craft of writing. From developing ideas to celebrating and publishing their final drafts, they encounter new lenses to explore their awareness of the world and a passion for writing. All of our lower school teachers are trained in the Orton-Gillingham method mainly through the Multisensory Institute (a multi-sensory educational approach to language arts).
Cornerstone is proud to have both lower school and middle school writing specialists that work with all students in grades 1-8.  Angie Rodgers and Helen West have come to us with years of experience that will enhance the writing program. Both Mrs. Rodgers and Mrs. West are excited about continuing the writing curriculum begun at Cornerstone by their esteemed predecessor, Ms. Gail Davis. The Middle School writing initiative will complement our lower school writing program and solidify our foothold as one of the leaders among schools in our area in creating great readers and writers.

Using a writing workshop approach, students in Cornerstone’s lower school are exposed to a wide range of literature while developing specific traits, techniques, and strategies that will allow them to gain success as writers. Students share their ideas, provide helpful feedback, and encourage each other toward creative expression.   While taking them step-by-step through the complex writing process, Mrs. Rodgers  approaches teaching writing through coaching students, nurturing their hard work, celebrating their creativity.
Our Middle School writing initiative is a building process across the grade levels.  In 5th and 6th grades, students learn to craft fiction and non-fiction compositions and employ the components of writing organization and style.  7th and 8th grade writing emphasizes persuasive and expository essay forms.  In all grades, students will learn how to begin their writing with a lead, write clear topic sentences, provide logical explanations and detailed support, employ transitions, and end with a conclusion that leaves the reader engaged.   Elements of style, including strong verbs, literary devices, figurative language, imagery, and tone will equip Cornerstone students for high school writing and beyond.  Mrs. West’s desire is that her students would understand and apply Proverbs 25:11: “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”

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"We love Cornerstone because the teachers consistently demonstrate a genuine love for all of the students. The environment fostered by the top-notch administration at the school has established an amazing and unique learning opportunity we knew we wanted our children to be a part of."

-Jennifer Hawkins

Cornerstone Christian Academy
5295 Triangle Pkwy NW
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

Our Mission
Cornerstone Christian Academy will partner with parents to provide a quality academic education designed to develop students who will follow Christ, embrace biblical truth and live lives that glorify God.