Cornerstone Day School

  • Cornerstone Day School's accredited and clinically certified, has the goal of returning each student to the sending district private school for mainstream schooling or, if that is not possible, to recommend him or her to a less therapeutically intensive school upon leaving Cornerstone.
  • For those students who come to us toward the end of high school, our goal is to prepare them for either a work or college environment after graduation.
  • Cornerstone Day School is licensed by the department of health and human services as an out patient mental health center.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Independent Private Schools Association
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 5-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs Supportednon-behavioral emotional problems
Year Founded2006
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students89 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by GradeCornerstone Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Admissions AssociateJennifer Hayes


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
I've had a HORRIBLE experience. Most complain about the school daily but cry about leaving everyone behind and put the school on a pedestal. But not me. It was an abomination. The whole staff and administration plays favorites. Its evident and obvious.They are not consistent with rules.Its like no teacher is allowed to be mean (in terms of yelling, aggressiveness and putting down) so they're incredibly rude instead. Lunch is 6 dollars and 2 dollars for a drink. They order from outside, real places. So you get real food. The price seems cheap at first but after ordering everyday, it catches up with you. Unless you are definitely financially secure, this might be a problem for you. The therapy is mediocre in so many ways. You either get too much or too little. We have group, individual and family therapy. Group is everyday for an hour. Individual is typically weekly. But you can request to see your clinician if you please. says weekly but many get it every other week (whole family does not need to come in).The students are diverse in terms of therapeutic needs. Some look like they're going off the deep end, some look like they should be in a padded room and with some students, you wonder why they're even there because they appear to be perfect. Violence amongst students is not tolerated and results in expulsion. Students come and go so I cant generally speak on how they are. Its varies depending on who is currently in the school while you're there. (I did not have a positive social experience)!The population is about 100 and usually floats somewhere between 80 to 100. Therefore, there is A LOT of drama at some points (not all the time) because information gets around very, very quickly. The clinical staff is always sticking their noses inside you personal social life. I got treated very different and unfairly than everyone so for that alone, this is not an honest or good school. Everyone should be treated the same despite your personal feelings and opinions on the students. Keep it platonic and neutral. No favorites or kids you despise. I did not "grow" per say but regressed deeply, instead.2 STARS
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Cornerstone is a special place that brings together all the moving parts that a parent of a special needs student otherwise has to coordinate on their own (school, psychiatrist, therapist...). In this environment, you as a parent, should still strive to stay involved, and provide feedback and observations from the home-front. There is a balance in working with kids with such needs, prioritizing what CAN be done, in order to accomplish what SHOULD be done. Our experience is that this is a place whose practices encourages positive behaviors and allows development toward a sustainable state through sensitivity to and awareness of IEP aspects that can get lost in a more mainstream environment. They do look to return students to the mainstream when they are ready to handle it.
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