What our community members say . . .

My children enjoy science and have opportunities to explore outdoors.  I am overjoyed when they say, “I have a hypothesis . . .” and then test it.

– Parent of a kindergartener and a 3rd grader

I love CLC because . . . my daughter is learning to speak and write in Spanish, and my son will often tell me how to say certain words in French.

– Parent of two CLC students

Cornerstone has the long view in mind. They aren’t teaching students. They are raising thinkers. They aren’t teaching to a test. They are teaching a life-long love of learning. They know that the answers aren’t as important as the questions. They aren’t cordoning off the imagination. They bring it into the classroom. And they believe that education works best when it’s challenging and rigorous–not busy and time-consuming. The core virtues aren’t talking points. They are put into practice.

– Parent of two graduates and two current students

My children are treated as individuals and their thoughts are respected and celebrated.

– Parent of two students at CLC

Cornerstone has fostered my daughter’s love of learning and sense of community involvement. I simply cannot recommend Cornerstone highly enough.

– Parent of a middle schooler

My oldest child came from a school where he was not doing any writing tasks, to Cornerstone, where within 2 months he’d won a writing competition.

– Parent of two CLC students

The Power of Sleep

This post was written by Laura Young, our Middle School Coordinator.   It can be hard — really, really hard — to usher an adolescent into dreamland each night. Instinctively we know how important enough sleep is, but many obstacles can thwart our best efforts to arrive on time at that quiet, lights-out, games-away phase […]

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My Dad (Mr. Sid) and Cornerstone

This guest post was written by Heather Nicholson (Mr. Sidney’s daughter) and a parent of a former CLC middle school student. Over the last few days, I have seen so many back-to-school postings on Face Book—happy children smiling for the camera, ready for a new year. My picture is a little different. Here is my […]

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A Farming We Will Go, A Farming We Will Go . . .

This piece was written by Sky Feller, CLC’s Lead Farm and Elementary Science Teacher.  From the time that Cornerstone Learning Community was first imagined, the founders envisioned a connection with a farm. The original motivation for this connection came from Betsey Brown’s formative experiences at the Catskills farm belonging to Manhattan Country School. Visits to […]

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CLC on Schedule for IB Authorization

This piece was written by Karen Metcalf, CLC’s IB Coordinator and Middle School Science Teacher.  Last week we took our next step in the journey to becoming an International Baccalaureate World School for the Middle Years Program. Tom Bronson, our as-signed IB consultant, visited to simulate the authorization visit that happens once candidate schools have […]

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Launching Life-Long Learners

The below post was written by CLC’s Founding Director, Tony Brown.  This week Cornerstone’s first grade lead teacher, Elizabeth Fravel, is attending and presenting at the Association for Childhood Education International’s (ACEI) Global Summit on Childhood. The conference is being held in Van-couver, British Columbia, and we are delighted that ACEI accepted Elizabeth’s proposal for […]

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