SACS Accreditation

Update  8/12/2019 

Cornerstone Charter Academy held it's AdvanceEd Accreditation external review team visit November 2018.

Schools must go through a re-accreditation process every 5 years. Two teams, with 5 team members each, were sent, one for each charter-K-8 and 9-12.

The AdvancEd accreditation process is comprehensive, evaluating all parts of CCA. The process focused on vision and goals, evaluated teaching and learning, and examined how results are documented and resources allocated. The AdvancEd standards are the foundation of the process and all standards must be met.
Cornerstone displayed a commitment to continuous improvement, met strict quality standards and we demonstrated quality assurance.

AdvancEd represents unified polices and procedures for accreditation from  SACSCASI- a regional AdvancEd division.

Both Cornerstone charters have been accredited! The official reports from the AdvancEd Accreditation division are found below. 

Tremendous thanks go out to all of Cornerstone's staff, parents, students, community stakeholders, Governing Board, and leadership team.

Everyone involved in this process is invested in Cornerstone Charter Academy's continued success and it's commitment to continuous improvement.

Cornerstone Charter Academy continues to hold to high expectations in all our schools following our re-accreditation. This will validate our philosophy of continuing to upgrade our rigorous curriculum, setting high expectations for all stakeholders, and striving to prepare our students to become 21st century learners.

What is accreditation?

  •   Voluntary method of quality assurance
  •   Developed more than 100 years ago by American schools and universities
  •   Goal evaluate, verify and improve the schools’ quality

Why will Cornerstone Charter Academy apply for accreditation?

  •   Dedication to standards-based approach to quality and continuous improvement
  •   High School students to graduate from an institution that has reached the highest goals possible
  •   Demonstrate Cornerstone Charter Academy’s belief in student accountability, teacher expectations, learning outcomes, differentiated instruction, and technology


How does the school maintain accreditation status?

  •   Examines organizational effectiveness
  •   Analyzes student performance throughout the year
  •   Engages stakeholders
  •   Promotes collective understanding of best practices, processes and impact
  •   Provides evidence to inform and guide improvement

What are the Standards for Quality Learning Schools?

  •   Teaching and Accessing for Learning
  •   Purpose and Direction
  •   Governance and Leadership
  •   Resources and Support Systems
  •   Using Results for Continuous Improvement

What is the role of the External Review Team when they visit Cornerstone Charter Academy in order to receive re-accreditation status?

  •   Examine standards and indicators
  •   Perform classroom observations to focus on learner and learning environment
  •   Evaluate the evidence
  •   Dialogue with stakeholders
  •   Conclude with a summary of findings