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Cornerstone School Of Summit

Cornerstone School Of Summit is a coeducational private school for students in grades Pre-K through Kindergarten.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban


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Cornerstone School Of Summit says

“Building a Foundation for Life” The cornerstone of a building is the piece against which all the other stones are set. It is the reference point for the whole building. The cornerstone sets the alignment and direction of each aspect of the structure. It is the foundation of a strong and balanced building. We believe that early childhood experiences set the course for a child’s life in the same way that the cornerstone sets the alignment of a building. When children have the opportunity to explore ideas and materials in a safe environment, they become confident about their place in the world. A curriculum that supports children where they are and challenges them to grow socially, emotionally, and cognitively provides a strong foundation for life. Early childhood education is so much more than learning letters and numbers. It is children learning about themselves and about others in the community. It is expanding empathy and learning how to care for the needs of others. It is learning to wait your turn and to choose a second choice while you’re waiting. It is solving problems creatively and resolving conflicts peacefully. It is developing healthy self-esteem based on real accomplishments, not artificial praise. It is celebrating our strength and learning how to recover from defeat. Early childhood is a time to experience the fullness and wonder of life.


What does “play-based” education mean in kindergarten?

Play-based curriculum brings content learning to the mind of a child, respecting what we know about children’s development.

Academic disciplines are integrated into the curriculum through educational games, art, investigation, research and dramatic play that is based on student interests.


Cornerstone kindergarten uses a balanced approach to literacy by combining phonics, invented spelling, handwriting and whole language reading experiences with children’s literature.

Cornerstone’s kindergarten teachers support children’s sophisticated comprehension of texts, while also building decoding skills of breaking down and building up words to learn to read.


Kindergarten children are developmentally concrete thinkers and hands on learners; manipulating objects is a gateway to understanding abstract math concepts and formulas.

Cornerstone teachers guide foundational math experiences in composition and decomposition of number. NJ State standards of addition, subtraction, multiplication of sets, 2D & 3D geometry, spatial relations, measurement, data collection and visual representation are all covered using our hands-on approach.


Throughout the year kindergarten students at Cornerstone study science that is meaningful to them. Our science program brings them knowledge of the natural world by teaching them key strategies for learning. Each student develops their talents for observation, documentation, inquiry and experimentation.

Prepared for First Grade

To focus solely on the academic learning that takes place in the Cornerstone kindergarten classroom would leave out a large part of why our students go to first grade prepared to succeed!

Through our emphasis on critical thinking and verbal expression of ideas, our students become reflective thinkers.

They have confidence to voice their original thoughts, questions and insights.

Cornerstone kindergarteners learn to be self-motivated and industrious workers through a focus on goal setting and marking of accomplishments. Throughout the year a portfolio of each students work is maintained and reviewed.

Cornerstone teachers develop the social/emotional intelligence of each student by scaffolding their productive self-expression, their flexible problem solving with peers and their resilient self-confidence.

Our understanding of the importance of addressing all areas of development means Cornerstone teachers take the time to facilitate students working through social negotiations and allowing our student to build positive self-images.

Mission Statement

Our Mission and Vision The Cornerstone School promotes the development of the whole child through a play-based curriculum which ignites curiosity, inspires creativity, and promotes character. We are committed to strengthening families by offering opportunities for discussions, parenting and child development workshops, and social events where parents and children can connect with other members of the community. Cornerstone School promotes understanding and diversity in a community that is energized by a variety of faith traditions and cultures.


Allergy Info Information

Cornerstone is a peanut- and tree nut- sensitive school. There are students at Cornerstone with severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts, (e.g., almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc.). Please do not send any snack or lunch to school that contains peanuts or tree nuts.



Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.



Academic Calendar: Year

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 90
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Pre-K 78
Kindergarten 12

Cornerstone School Of Summit's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Cornerstone School Of Summit's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 6 : 1
Average Class Size 18
Gender 50% Male / 50% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 72%
Multi-racial 3%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Asian 17%
Executive Director   Michele Fortier


Several enrichment programs are offered on site.
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