Lewis Group Architects was selected by Cornerstone Academy to design a substantial addition to the academy’s existing facility to assist in their future growth path and aid in bringing the academy’s unique identity into focus. Cornerstone Academy is a Pre K-12, Christ-centered, Classical school. Its student body, teachers, staff, and parents have cultivated a family-oriented, cooperative, respectful, and rigorous culture that has produced high-performing students. Its curriculum is based on the Classical concept of the Trivium – grammar, logic, and rhetoric – where each of the three components of the Trivium provides the format and structure for the three major age groups in the school. The school, currently enrolling about 180 students, plans to grow to about 600 students.
The 62,000 SF addition to Cornerstone Academy’s existing facility includes a new administrative suite, cafeteria and food services areas, gymnasium with a platform for general assemblies and small performances, library, art and music classrooms, as well as sixteen classrooms. Also within the addition is the Rhetoric Room – which is used for students’ final presentations, as well as a chapel space for the school. The new “Commons Area” is a unique space defined by columns with a raised ceiling and clerestory windows on all four sides that you enter immediately passing through the front doors. Cornerstone refers to this space as the “Family Room”, as it will be a comfortable place for the students to gather and collaborate, as well as for families and visitors to have a place to meet and gather prior to events by the school.