Cornerstone Learning Community
2524 Hartsfield Rd
Tallahassee FL 32303
Contact Information
Address 2524 Hartsfield Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Telephone (850) 386-5550
Fax 850 3865421
E-mail crobards@cornerstonelc.com
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization http://www.cornerstonelc.com/
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Alpha School, Inc.
CLC
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-3622879
Year of Incorporation 2000
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,441,564.00
Projected Expenses $1,358,043.00
Mission Statement

Cornerstone Learning Community engages each learner in a respectful, nurturing school that values…

  • High Academic Expectations
  • Diversity
  • Social and Environmental Responsibility
  • Developmentally Appropriate Challenges
Needs Statement
  • Needs-Based Scholarship Funding 
  • Professional Development Fund
  • Technology
Impact Statement

2013-14 Accomplishments

  • Completed first year of candidacy for International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
  • Developed and implemented a farm-based curriculum with Longview Farms
  • Received NOAA and Technology Education & Redesign Alliance (TERRA) for science

2014-15 Goals

  • Successful completion of candidacy and acceptance as fully accredited International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
  • Develop campus and facilities with a new classroom building and sports field
  • Achieve full enrollment of 180 students for upcoming year
Background Statement

Cornerstone Learning Community is an independent school with a public mission. Our community will be diverse in ethnicity, economic means, beliefs, and experiences. CLC’s academic program builds a community of life-long learners, reflecting individual interests, strengths, and styles of learning. Our goal is to provide experiences that help children understand and treasure differences. An integrated curriculum that engages the mind, body, and spirit will lay the foundation for success and fulfillment.

Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Preschools
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
Gadsden
Jefferson
Leon
Wakulla
Description

Our preschool (serving 3 and 4-year olds) and kindergarten programs are joyful beginnings to a life-long love of learning. Our play-based approach honors the wonder, interests, and imaginations of our youngest learners while laying the foundation for future success. Research confirms that our youngest learners develop a solid foundation for future success when they are given an emotionally and physically safe environment, rich with discovery, independence, and social interaction.

Budget $264,600.00
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Minorities, Other Economic Level
Short Term Success

Short-term success is measured on a day-by-day, term-by-term basis as teachers and administrators monitor student progress. Our goal is to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of individual students so that all students are showing growth and skill development appropriate for their developmental levels.

Long term Success

Ultimately we judge the success of our program by outcomes we observe and measure in our students. Our graduates will be academically adept; supportive of a diverse community; socially and environmentally responsible; flexible, open-minded problem solvers; and curious, creative, engaged learners throughout their lives.

Program Success Monitored By

 

Classroom teachers constantly monitor the progress of their students with a variety of formative assessments (discussions, conferences, written responses and compositions, and informal skill assessments). As longer units of study are completed students take summative assessments (longer formal projects and tests) to determine if grade level goals as well as the individual goals for each student have been met. We administer the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in the fall of each year in order to be able to respond to strengths and weaknesses identified at the individual student level and at the program level related to curriculum.

Additionally, teachers and staff members take place in a very active professional learning program. All teachers use a structured self-assessment rubric for fall goal setting. The school’s directors collaborate with teachers in finalizing goals, offering tools and support, and monitoring progress.

The school also monitors staff and parent concerns and interests with regular climate surveys.

Examples of Program Success

*Accredited by Florida Council of Independent Schools and Florida Kindergarten Council since 2005

*Completing final year of candidacy for International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in spring of 2015.

*Grants awarded to the school:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Technology and Redesign Alliance (TERRA)

Rodale Institute

Gulf Winds Track Club

*School wide scores on Iowa Test of Basic Skills are consistently above the 90th percentile when compared to other school’s taking the test at the same time.

Description

Our elementary program emphasizes active learning in which students work independently and collaboratively to apply new skills in novel contexts. Learners encounter challenges that transform their curiosity into innovation and their wonder into possibilities. They dive deep into topics through meaningful projects and the development of a wide array of critical thinking skills. Empowered, capable, and confident, students develop a sense of agency that comes from hard work done well.

Budget $611,200.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Minorities, Other Economic Level
Short Term Success

Short-term success is measured on a day-by-day, term-by-term basis as teachers and administrators monitor student progress. Our goal is to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of individual students so that all students are showing growth and skill development appropriate for their developmental levels.

Long term Success

Ultimately we judge the success of our program by outcomes we observe and measure in our students. Our graduates will be academically adept; supportive of a diverse community; socially and environmentally responsible; flexible, open-minded problem solvers; and curious, creative, engaged learners throughout their lives.

Program Success Monitored By

Classroom teachers constantly monitor the progress of their students with a variety of formative assessments (discussions, conferences, written responses and compositions, and informal skill assessments). As longer units of study are completed students take summative assessments (longer formal projects and tests) to determine if grade level goals as well as the individual goals for each student have been met. We administer the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in the fall of each year in order to be able to respond to strengths and weaknesses identified at the individual student level and at the program level related to curriculum.

Additionally, teachers and staff members take place in a very active professional learning program. All teachers use a structured self-assessment rubric for fall goal setting. The school’s directors collaborate with teachers in finalizing goals, offering tools and support, and monitoring progress.

The school also monitors staff and parent concerns and interests with regular climate surveys.

Examples of Program Success

*Accredited by Florida Council of Independent Schools and Florida Kindergarten Council since 2005

*Completing final year of candidacy for International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in spring of 2015.

*Grants awarded to the school:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Technology and Redesign Alliance (TERRA)

Rodale Institute

Gulf Winds Track Club

*School wide scores on Iowa Test of Basic Skills are consistently above the 90th percentile when compared to other school’s taking the test at the same time.

Description

Our middle years program matches high standards with differentiated instruction to serve diverse learners. Classes are built around traditional subjects as well as engineering, design, and inquiry-based research. During the 2014-15 school year we are completing the requirements to meet the high standards of an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. IB’s Middle Years Program is an excellent philosophical and academic match for Cornerstone’s well-established middle school. Through a wide variety of field trips and service projects, students build independence, cognitive ability, and confidence. Students graduate prepared for high school and with an ever growing love of learning.

Budget $463,100.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Minorities, Other Economic Level
Short Term Success

Short-term success is measured on a day-by-day, term-by-term basis as teachers and administrators monitor student progress. Our goal is to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of individual students so that all students are showing growth and skill development appropriate for their developmental levels.

Long term Success

Ultimately we judge the success of our program by outcomes we observe and measure in our students. Our graduates will be academically adept; supportive of a diverse community; socially and environmentally responsible; flexible, open-minded problem solvers; and curious, creative, engaged learners throughout their lives.

Program Success Monitored By

Classroom teachers constantly monitor the progress of their students with a variety of formative assessments (discussions, conferences, written responses and compositions, and informal skill assessments). As longer units of study are completed students take summative assessments (longer formal projects and tests) to determine if grade level goals as well as the individual goals for each student have been met. We administer the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in the fall of each year in order to be able to respond to strengths and weaknesses identified at the individual student level and at the program level related to curriculum.

Additionally, teachers and staff members take place in a very active professional learning program. All teachers use a structured self-assessment rubric for fall goal setting. The school’s directors collaborate with teachers in finalizing goals, offering tools and support, and monitoring progress.

The school also monitors staff and parent concerns and interests with regular climate surveys.

Examples of Program Success

*Accredited by Florida Council of Independent Schools and Florida Kindergarten Council since 2005

*Completing final year of candidacy for International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in spring of 2015.

*Grants awarded to the school:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Technology and Redesign Alliance (TERRA)

Rodale Institute

Gulf Winds Track Club

*School wide scores on Iowa Test of Basic Skills are consistently above the 90th percentile when compared to other school’s taking the test at the same time.

Description

Cornerstone’s farm program is an ongoing partnership with Longview Farms, a family-owned farm in Havana, Florida. The mission of the farm is strongly tied to the acceptance of environmental responsibility and to developing and using creative approaches to meeting those responsibilities. The development of connections to specific local places contributes to the construction of a sense of self that is intimately connected to place and is part of nested communities. The mission of the farm provides an illustration of the interdependence of economic, environmental, and social systems.

Budget $15,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Partnerships in Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families, General/Unspecified
Short Term Success

Short-term success is measured on a day-by-day, term-by-term basis as teachers and administrators monitor student progress. Our goal is to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of individual students so that all students are showing growth and skill development appropriate for their developmental levels.

Long term Success

Ultimately we judge the success of our program by outcomes we observe and measure in our students. Our graduates will be academically adept; supportive of a diverse community; socially and environmentally responsible; flexible, open-minded problem solvers; and curious, creative, engaged learners throughout their lives.

Program Success Monitored By

Classroom teachers constantly monitor the progress of their students with a variety of formative assessments (discussions, conferences, written responses and compositions, and informal skill assessments). As longer units of study are completed students take summative assessments (longer formal projects and tests) to determine if grade level goals as well as the individual goals for each student have been met. We administer the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in the fall of each year in order to be able to respond to strengths and weaknesses identified at the individual student level and at the program level related to curriculum.

Additionally, teachers and staff members take place in a very active professional learning program. All teachers use a structured self-assessment rubric for fall goal setting. The school’s directors collaborate with teachers in finalizing goals, offering tools and support, and monitoring progress.

The school also monitors staff and parent concerns and interests with regular climate surveys.

Examples of Program Success

*Accredited by Florida Council of Independent Schools and Florida Kindergarten Council since 2005

*Completing final year of candidacy for International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in spring of 2015.

*Grants awarded to the school:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Technology and Redesign Alliance (TERRA)

Rodale Institute

Gulf Winds Track Club

*School wide scores on Iowa Test of Basic Skills are consistently above the 90th percentile when compared to other school’s taking the test at the same time.

Description

Service learning at CLC refers to activities that both provide a real service to the community — meaning they address a demonstrable need — and provide a meaningful learning context with goals, objectives, and measurable outcomes. Because these opportunities may arise unplanned, not all service-learning projects are repeated. Some service learning projects include partnering preschoolers with Alzheimer patients for a musical therapy program, ecosystem restoration projects, state and local lobbying efforts, get-out-the-vote advocacy, and planning, making, and serving food at a local homeless shelter. Service learning begins in preschool with teacher-planned projects and extends through their 8th grade year when students play a much more active role in choosing and planning projects.

Budget $20,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Service Learning
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), General/Unspecified,
Short Term Success

Short-term success is measured on a day-by-day, term-by-term basis as teachers and administrators monitor student progress. Our goal is to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of individual students so that all students are showing growth and skill development appropriate for their developmental levels.

Long term Success

Ultimately we judge the success of our program by outcomes we observe and measure in our students. Our graduates will be academically adept; supportive of a diverse community; socially and environmentally responsible; flexible, open-minded problem solvers; and curious, creative, engaged learners throughout their lives.

Program Success Monitored By

Classroom teachers constantly monitor the progress of their students with a variety of formative assessments (discussions, conferences, written responses and compositions, and informal skill assessments). As longer units of study are completed students take summative assessments (longer formal projects and tests) to determine if grade level goals as well as the individual goals for each student have been met. We administer the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in the fall of each year in order to be able to respond to strengths and weaknesses identified at the individual student level and at the program level related to curriculum.

Additionally, teachers and staff members take place in a very active professional learning program. All teachers use a structured self-assessment rubric for fall goal setting. The school’s directors collaborate with teachers in finalizing goals, offering tools and support, and monitoring progress.

The school also monitors staff and parent concerns and interests with regular climate surveys.

Examples of Program Success

*Accredited by Florida Council of Independent Schools and Florida Kindergarten Council since 2005

*Completing final year of candidacy for International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in spring of 2015.

*Grants awarded to the school:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Technology and Redesign Alliance (TERRA)

Rodale Institute

Gulf Winds Track Club

*School wide scores on Iowa Test of Basic Skills are consistently above the 90th percentile when compared to other school’s taking the test at the same time.

Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair James Cheatham
Company Affiliation Florida Abuse Hotline
Term July 2013 to June 2015
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Peggy Wright-Cleveland
Company Affiliation FSU Faculty Recognition
Term July 2013 to June 2015
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Patty Alfred Cornerstone Learning Community
Mose Bracey Office of Public Defender
Tony Brown Cornerstone Learning Community
Betsey Brown Longview Farms
Julie Carres Cornerstone Learning Community
James Cheatham Florida Abuse Hotline
Laura Ciociola Florida Water and Land Legacy
Jason Flom Cornerstone Learning Community
Kali Iseman TLC Chiropractic
Wendell Johnson Take Stock In Children, TCC
Sam Kimelman ERS Group
Maria Liao CPA
Jelaine Palmer-Janvier-Lewis Pace School
Steve Rollin Retired, FSU
Elizabeth Tarbert The Florida Bar
Peggy Wright-Cleveland FSU Faculty Recognition
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 9
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 82%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Finance
Outreach
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Tony Brown
Term Start 2000
Email tbrown@cornerstonelc.com
Senior Staff
Title Director-Elect
Experience/Biography
Staff
Full Time Staff 25
Part Time Staff 9
Volunteers 6
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce2014
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Florida Council of Independent Schools2010
Florida Kindergarten Council2010
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $1,441,564.00
Projected Expenses $1,358,043.00
Form 990s
9902013
9902012
9902011
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
Review2013
Review2012
Review2011
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
 
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$1,374,611$1,391,567$1,462,577
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.951.020.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$2,011,842$2,052,326$2,023,099
Current Assets$130,062$124,358$35,789
Long-Term Liabilities$26,606$43,117$58,917
Current Liabilities$131,058$87,422$66,741
Total Net Assets$1,854,178$1,921,787$1,897,441
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.991.420.54
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%2%3%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were automatically pulled from the IRS 990s
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Cornerstone Learning Community
Address 2524 Hartsfield Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Primary Phone 850 386-5550
Donate with a credit card http://www.cornerstonelc.com/
CEO/Executive Director Tony Brown
Board Chair James Cheatham
Board Chair Company Affiliation Florida Abuse Hotline
Year of Incorporation 2000