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ENROLLMENT DOUBLES

Cornerstone Christian School adds 2nd grade

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ENROLLMENT DOUBLES

Cornerstone Community Church staff Mike Thiel straightens up one of the classrooms at Cornerstone Christian School on East Highway 120 on the corner of Comconex Road east of Manteca.

ROSE ALBANO RISSO/The Bulletin


POSTED July 22, 2013 1:07 a.m.



Education is a growing ministry at Cornerstone Community Church in Manteca. In August, when the 2013-2014 school year begins, Cornerstone Christian School which began in 2007 will add a second grade to its curriculum.

So far, enrollment is growing. School administrator Douglas Scott reported that as of last week, enrollment for all kindergarten, first- and second-grade classes reached 20. That two-digit number still sounds low, but Scott smiled as he happily pointed out that last year’s total enrollment for kindergarten and first grade was only 9.

“We doubled, so we’re doing good. If we could double every year, that would be fantastic,” he said.

He also sounded optimistic that last week’s number could still go up as sign-ups continue until school starts on August 14, a week after the public schools and other private campuses start their classes. And since the school has an open-enrollment policy, which means the school accepts enrollment anytime even during the school year, the campus census is expected to keep increasing.

Cornerstone uses a Christian-based curriculum which includes ABeka Books, Alpha Omega-Horizons, Positive Action, and Saxon, explained Scott. Added to those academic requirements are PE, art, and music.

“We say they (their students) get a bonus because they get a Christian perspective,” he said. “All of our students are required to take Bible class - it’s the extra subject. Then every week, we have chapel where we worship and have Bible lessons.”

Scott feels Cornerstone Christian School fills a need and a niche in the area. “I think there hasn’t been, for several years, a private school in Manteca since Plumfield (School) and Manteca Christian School closed. Manteca had been without a private school and I think there are parents out there that want that Christian environment or Christian education. That’s one of the reasons why Cornerstone decided to start a school, because they felt there was a need that wasn’t being met in Manteca.”

Scott, in fact, was the principal at the now-defunct Plumfield School when it was located at First Nazarene Church on Argonaut Street in Manteca. Later, the school moved to the facilities at Sequoia Heights Baptist Church at the corner of South Union Road and Wawona Avenue.

Manteca Christian School closed its doors a few years ago due to diminishing enrollment, compounded by the onset of the Great Recession. It is now home to the public charter school, Great Valley Academy. However, Manteca Christian School kept its preschool program.

Cornerstone also has a preschool program that is independently operated and managed by its own director. It is entirely separate from Cornerstone Christian School that’s administered by Scott. It’s also thriving, with an enrollment of more than 100 children.

Including Scott, Cornerstone School has a staff of four which includes his wife Kristin and Pastor Scott Hoag’s wife, Michealle, plus a teacher’s aide.

“Our ideal classroom size is between 12 and 15. Our goal really is to have small classroom sizes so that the teachers are able to give a lot of one-on-one attention,” Scott said.

Cornerstone church and school is located on the northeast corner of East Highway 120 and Comconex Road in Manteca. Summer business hours for both church and school are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.

For information about the school, call (209) 825-1422 or visit www.cornerstone-cc.com.



Contact Rose Albano Risso at ralbanorisso@mantecabulletin.com or at (209) 249-3536.

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