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FAQ's

Q:

Where does Cornerstone Upper Tier meet? 

A:

We meet at Grace Baptist Church, 1899 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603 .

Q:

What grades does Cornerstone Upper Tier serve?

A:

Classes are designed to meet the needs of most 7-12th graders. Teachers modify grading expectations based on ages of students in the class.

Cornerstone Lower Tier meets 16 Thursday afternoons and provides supplemental classes for elementary through 9th grade (nursery available). Upper and Lower Tier have different directors and operate under different requirements for teaching, monitoring, registration and various other things. For more information about Lower Tier please contact Anne Richey at prichey@live.com

Q:

How often do Upper Tier Classes meet?

A:

Full year Upper Tier classes meet 30 Thursdays. Partial year classes meet 15 Thursdays. Unless a class is marked as "fall" or "spring", it is a full year class. Specific dates are posted on the website calendar and also listed under Class Dates.

Q:

Does Cornerstone Upper Tier offer classes to grades below 7th?

A:

Cornerstone Lower Tier meets 16 Thursday afternoons and provides supplemental classes for elementary through 9th grade (nursery available). Upper and Lower Tier have separate directors and operate under different requirements for teaching, monitoring, registration and various other things. For more information about Lower Tier please contact Anne Richey at prichey@live.com

Q:

Do your teachers have child abuse clearances?

A:

Yes. All Cornerstone Upper Tier teachers have the required PA Child Abuse Clearances.

Q:

What can I expect from the teachers at your co-op?

A:

Teachers provide students with a syllabus at the beginning of the school year and indicate preferred method of contact for questions that occur from week to week (ie- email, phone). Homework is given on a weekly basis and grades are assigned. 

Generally speaking, teachers modify grading expectations based on ages of students in the class.

Q:

Do your teachers utilize an online grade management system?

A:

Our teachers have the freedom to choose their system of providing grades, but are encouraged to use Canvas for the purpose of convenience and uniformity for families. 

Q:

Are students required to take a certain number of classes?

A:

No minimum or maximum number of classes are required. Students not in class will leave for home or usually gather outside when the weather permits or in the "talk room" for games and socializing.

Q:

Are parents required to monitor or stay on campus during co-op?

A:

Parents do not need to stay on campus unless they are monitoring.

Parents are required to monitor based on the number of classes for which the family is registered. (1 class = 4 monitor spots, 2 classes = 8 spots, 3 classes = 10 spots, 4 or more classes = 12 spots/maximum required. 1 monitor spot = 1 hour. ). If all the spots are not covered the members will be required to sign up for an additional spot or more. Thank you for keeping your co-op safe and legal!

PA Child Clearances are required of all monitors. Details are on our website under New/Current Member Registration. 

You are welcome to bring your other children with you.

All parents have the option to "opt out" of monitoring by paying $10 per required spot. More details are found under New/Current Member Registration.

Q:

Do the directors communicate regularly with members? 

A:

Typcially, directors send a weekly email newsletter on Mondays during the school year. Occasionally, other important items of business may be sent outside of the usual Monday newsletter. 

The directors count on member families (parents and registered students) to read the emails and respond (as needed).

 

Q:

Is lunch available for purchase?

A:

Yes. Lunch is available for purchase from 11:50-12:30.

Lunch may be pizza, walking tacos, meatball sandwiches, etc. and is announced in the weekly newsletter and is on the website calendar. Prices range from $1.50 - 2.50.

Drinks and snacks are also available to purchase. Price is usually 50 cents.

Lunch profit is applied to the co-op's insurance.

Q:

Does your co-op offer field trips and socials?

A:

Individual teachers may plan field trips that pertain to their class.

We do not have a social committee, per se, but our Yearbook committee typically plans a variety of events during the course of the year, such as a Christmas party, attending concerts, mini-golf, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, skating, etc.

Q:

Do you have a graduation ceremony for seniors?

A:

Cornerstone Upper Tier offers a graduation ceremony when there are adequate numbers of students wishing to graduate with Cornerstone. Graduation is planned by the parents and graduating seniors.  Planning information is available in a binder from the directors. This is not as daunting as it may sound. All particants contribute to making it a special evening. 

Q:

What is involved with New Student Orientation?

A:

New Student Orietation is scheduled to take place within a week of the first day of classes in the fall. Please see the calendar for the next orientation.

New families are invited to meet at Grace Baptist for the purposes of meeting the directors and other new students, to become familiar with co-op rules, and to see where their classes will meet. The meeting usually takes about 1 - 1 1/2 hours.

Attendance in not mandatory, but highly encouraged.

 

Q:

How do I contact the directors?

A:

If you need to contact a director (Michelle Stoner or Karen Greineder) you may send an email to cornerstone.uppertier@gmail.com . 

During co-op on Thursdays please do not call the Grace Baptist office. Call Michelle at 717-224-5865.