Cornerstone Classical Conversations
Here at Cornerstone, we are committed to equipping our children in all areas of life. We want them to learn extensively, excel academically, and to think critically with hearts and minds committed to and in love with Jesus. We are not interested in taking sides in the homeschool v public school v private school debate. There are many God-honoring reasons why families would choose one method over another and we encourage prayerful and studied consideration of all available options, using Scripture as the lens through which we make that decision.
We have been blessed and enabled by God to provide to our church and community a homeschool option that equips both parents and children to love God through learning in a unique way. Cornerstone Classical Conversations supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families.
Classical Conversations was started over twenty years ago and has grown into a nationwide homeschool program that serves over 100,000 students annually. Rigorous curriculum paired with proven methodology along with the love of committed parents and tutors have allowed countless students to thrive in learning while growing in maturity as young men and women.
Our local community of Cornerstone Classical Conversations began in the 2013-2014 academic year. Now in our fifth year, we serve over seventy boys and girls from 4 years old up to 8th grade. Additionally, we are prayerfully considering expanding to add a 9th grade class next year. Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year will begin in January 2018. Cornerstone Classical Conversations meets once a week on Wednesdays and enrollment is required.
We believe there are three keys to a great education: Classical, Christian, and Community.
The first key to a great education is that it is “classical.” By that we mean the classical model of education which has proven effective over time. This model has cultivated great leaders in the arts of freedom. Aristotle, Newton, C.S. Lewis, and Thomas Jefferson are just a few examples of great thinkers who were educated classically.
A classical education is ideally suited to children's natural learning style. The classical model divides the learning process into three stages: grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. In the grammar stage, children devour facts. In the dialectic stage, children ask many questions as they sort and evaluate these facts. In the rhetoric stage, teenagers synthesize their knowledge and apply it.
The true purpose of education is to know God fully through our studies of His creation and to build the skills needed to make Him known to the world. When we study with the purpose of knowing God more fully through a subject, we are loving God with our minds. When we see God’s hand in history or science, or discover His wonderful complexity and grace, we love Him even more.
From beginning to end, the Classical Conversations curriculum is founded on the Bible as the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God. Classical Conversations teaches that all subjects are not only interconnected but that God is the author and creator of each subject. Each subject informs us more about the true nature of God, and a better understanding of God informs us about each subject that is taught.
Classical Conversations plants and supports local communities who meet once a week across the United States and in several other countries. Being part of a like-minded and committed community provides parents and students encouragement, fellowship, and accountability.
If you would like more information about Classical Conversations, please email the Director of Cornerstone Classical Conversations Erica Hang.