Cornerstone Learning Community

aka Alpha School, Inc.   |   Tallahassee, FL   |  www.cornerstonelc.com

Mission

Cornerstone Learning Community engages each learner in a respectful, nurturing school that values… High Academic Expectations Diversity Social and Environmental Responsibility Developmentally Appropriate Challenges

Ruling year info

2000

Principal Officer

Tony Brown

Main address

2524 Hartsfield Rd

Tallahassee, FL 32303 USA

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EIN

59-3622879

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Preschool and Kindergarten

Our preschool (serving 3 and 4-year olds) and kindergarten programs are joyful beginnings to a life-long love of learning. Our play-based approach honors the wonder, interests, and imaginations of our youngest learners while laying the foundation for future success. Research confirms that our youngest learners develop a solid foundation for future success when they are given an emotionally and physically safe environment, rich with discovery, independence, and social interaction.

Population(s) Served

Our elementary program emphasizes active learning in which students work independently and collaboratively to apply new skills in novel contexts. Learners encounter challenges that transform their curiosity into innovation and their wonder into possibilities. They dive deep into topics through meaningful projects and the development of a wide array of critical thinking skills. Empowered, capable, and confident, students develop a sense of agency that comes from hard work done well.

Population(s) Served

Our middle years program matches high standards with differentiated instruction to serve diverse learners. Classes are built around traditional subjects as well as engineering, design, and inquiry-based research. During the 2014-15 school year we are completing the requirements to meet the high standards of an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. IB's Middle Years Program is an excellent philosophical and academic match for Cornerstone's well-established middle school. Through a wide variety of field trips and service projects, students build independence, cognitive ability, and confidence. Students graduate prepared for high school and with an ever growing love of learning.

Population(s) Served

Cornerstone's farm program is an ongoing partnership with Longview Farms, a family-owned farm in Havana, Florida. The mission of the farm is strongly tied to the acceptance of environmental responsibility and to developing and using creative approaches to meeting those responsibilities. The development of connections to specific local places contributes to the construction of a sense of self that is intimately connected to place and is part of nested communities. The mission of the farm provides an illustration of the interdependence of economic, environmental, and social systems.

Population(s) Served

Service learning at CLC refers to activities that both provide a real service to the community — meaning they address a demonstrable need — and provide a meaningful learning context with goals, objectives, and measurable outcomes. Because these opportunities may arise unplanned, not all service-learning projects are repeated. Some service learning projects include partnering preschoolers with Alzheimer patients for a musical therapy program, ecosystem restoration projects, state and local lobbying efforts, get-out-the-vote advocacy, and planning, making, and serving food at a local homeless shelter. Service learning begins in preschool with teacher-planned projects and extends through their 8th grade year when students play a much more active role in choosing and planning projects.

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Accreditations

Florida Council of Independent Schools 2010

Florida Kindergarten Council 2010

Affiliations & memberships

Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce 2014

Financials

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Cornerstone Learning Community

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2015
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

James Cheatham

Florida Abuse Hotline

Term: 2013 - 2015


Board co-chair

Peggy Wright-Cleveland

FSU Faculty Recognition

Term: 2013 - 2015

James Cheatham

Florida Abuse Hotline

Peggy Wright-Cleveland

FSU Faculty Recognition

Maria Liao

CPA

Laura Ciociola

Florida Water and Land Legacy

Patty Alfred

Cornerstone Learning Community

Julie Carres

Cornerstone Learning Community

Elizabeth Tarbert

The Florida Bar

Kali Iseman

TLC Chiropractic

Sam Kimelman

ERS Group

Mose Bracey

Office of Public Defender

Tony Brown

Cornerstone Learning Community

Betsey Brown

Longview Farms

Jason Flom

Cornerstone Learning Community

Steve Rollin

Retired, FSU

Wendell Johnson

Take Stock In Children, TCC

Jelaine Palmer-Janvier-Lewis

Pace School