Christ-centered
Christian Education

About Cornerstone Christian Academy

We are proud to say that since our founding in 1983 in Brockport, NY, students who receive a Christian education from Cornerstone have been very successful. 95% of our graduates go on to college while the other 5% join the military, a trade, or enter directly into the job market. Our student body population is moderately sized, but our standardized test scores place us in the top rankings nationwide.
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Here are some benefits of a CCA education:

  • Comfort and confidence in teachers who honor your parental authority
  • Peace of mind and satisfaction in having sound, advanced academics which are nurtured with Godly character development
  • Confidence that your child will grow in knowledge as well as the wisdom to use their knowledge for good
  • Joy in the knowledge that the Christian teachings of your home will be reinforced and extended into your child’s day
  • Fulfillment of hope as your child is nurtured as a citizen of God’s Kingdom as well as patriots of our blessed nation
Deuteronomy 6:6-7
“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shall teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest in thy ways, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of Cornerstone Christian Academy is founded upon the God-centered view that all truth is from God and that truth is unchanging. The foundation also rests upon the belief that the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God. God created all things and sustains all of His creation. Therefore, the universe and all mankind are dynamically related to God and have the purpose of glorifying Him. As man is a sinner by nature and choice, he can only glorify and know God by choosing God’s free gift of salvation through God’s Son, Jesus Christ, thereby committing his life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
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The Opportunity We Provide

It is our purpose, as a Christian academy, to provide the opportunity for each student to come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. Further, we will offer each child an atmosphere and role models such that they are able to develop spiritual maturity along with intellectual, social, emotional, and physical maturity. Our responsibility for the student encompasses the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical areas. We believe these are inseparable, as through them runs the insistent thread of the spiritual. Therefore, it must be our aim to shun the tendency to teach the Bible compartmentally or on the intellectual level alone; the scarlet thread of redemption must be woven throughout the total curriculum.

This philosophy channels our energies to promote high academic standards while helping the students to achieve skills in creative and critical thinking, using the best-integrated curriculum available. The objective of our instructional program is to enable the student to pursue the post-secondary education of their choosing, whether in college, university, or in a vocational training area.

Our Social Aim

Our aim socially is to provide a Christian perspective on the total world view from which will come a balanced personality and proper understanding and acceptance of a person’s role in life at home, at work, at play, and at worship – all grounded in the Christian concept of love. It is apparent then, that the types of activities we employ or permit in the classroom or school program will either facilitate or resist our basic philosophy. The spiritual must permeate all areas, or else we become textbook-oriented rather than student-oriented.

While the education of children is the responsibility of parents, the school functions as an agent for parents. Teachers must cooperate closely with the parents in every phase of the student’s development and both parties must seek to cooperate with one another and improve the process of Christian education.

Our Primary Purpose

  • Provide a program imparting Christ-centered knowledge
  • Teach our students to produce actions commensurate with this knowledge
  • Strive for excellence in all areas and work to pass this trait on to each student
  • Provide born-again, spiritually mature, qualified teachers who are evidence of God’s call to teach and a lifestyle that clearly testifies of a sanctified life
  • Maintain on-going, extensive communication between school and home
  • Furnish the students with an education that is challenging, rewarding, and enjoyable
  • Consistently enforce high standards of discipline, following the principles set forth in the Bible
  • Welcome students of all racial, social, ethnic, and religious backgrounds who are willing to accept and support the Christian doctrines of the school

Our 10 Objectives

1. Provide an atmosphere of positive faith and belief
2. Draw out and protect the sensitive child while directing the more assertive child to use their talents properly
3. Channel the energy of your child toward good works
4. Expose your child to a wide range of areas of interest
5. Help your child develop fully in spirit, mind, and body
6. Observe talents and strong points in your child and assist you and your child in the development of these areas
7. Teach your child to communicate well, including developing the ability to resolve conflicts with others
8. Teach your child how to work diligently to resolve problems and how to “think through” difficult problems
9. Help develop your child’s confidence and courage that they will use humbly, in love
10. Instill in your child an understanding of the Judeo-Christian heritage, including morals, the Protestant work ethic, the vital role of home and family relationships, and strong personal discipline

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Teachers & Staff

Classroom Teachers

Emily Marble | Christian Academy in Brockport, NY | Cornerstone Christian Academy

Emily Marble

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Emily earned her B.S. in Inclusive Childhood Education from Houghton College and is certified in birth – 6th grade and special education for 1st – 6th grade from the American College of Education.

She joined CCA as a teacher in 2010. On working at CCA she says, “One of my favorite things about CCA is being able to incorporate the Truth of God’s Word into every aspect of education whether it is academic, social, or moral.”

A unique fact about Emily is that she attended CCA as a student before she became a teacher! “After attending CCA for grades K-12, it is such an honor to be able to help students receive the same excellent education that I was privileged to receive.”

Her favorite scripture is Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

Rachel Rutenber | Christian Academy in Brockport, NY | Cornerstone Christian Academy

Rachel Rutenber

Grades 1-2

Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work and her master’s degree in Childhood and Special Education for grades 1-6 from Roberts Wesleyan College.

She joined CCA in 2014 and appreciates the Christ-centered atmosphere and the friendliness of everyone. She also loves “the enthusiasm students have demonstrated for learning.”

Outside of school, Rachel says, “I love spending time with my husband, Dan, and two girls, Eliza and Sophie. Some of the things we enjoy together include reading, game nights, and anything outdoors (whatever the weather!). We also love being closely involved with our church family.”

Her favorite scripture is Romans 8: 37-39: “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Michael Proud | Christian Academy in Brockport, NY | Cornerstone Christian Academy

Michael Proud

Grade 3

Michael earned his B.A. in Humanities with a minor in Ministry from Roberts Wesleyan College. He joined CCA in 2021 after working for 25 years at the Brockport Free Methodist Church.

His favorite thing about CCA is, “I love being a part of the ‘family.’ We all help each other. The families make everyone feel welcome and supported.”

Michael’s favorite scripture is Matthew 6:33: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.”

Marilyn Ostafew | Christian Academy in Brockport, NY | Cornerstone Christian Academy

Marilyn Ostafew

Grade 4

Marilyn earned her B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education at Genesee Community College and Grand Canyon University. She then earned her M.A. in Literacy at Grand Canyon University.

Before joining CCA in 2018, she spent 30 years in various teaching positions.

About CCA, she says, “I am blessed to have the opportunity to teach in a Christian school.”

Her favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13: “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

Becky Hendel | Christian Academy in Brockport, NY | Cornerstone Christian Academy

Becky Hendel

Grades 5-6

Becky earned her B.S. in Education and M.A. in Literacy and Special Education at Roberts Wesleyan College.

She joined CCA in 2017 and says, “The staff is so supportive and encouraging; they have a Christ-like focus. I appreciate the biblical foundation on which the school is based and the focus and ability to pour into the children spiritually.”

Becky has two favorite scriptures:

Romans 12:9-12: “Let love be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence in zeal; be fervent in the Spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.”

Philippians 4: 4-7, 13: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus…I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Evaleena Rodriguez | Christian Academy in Brockport, NY | Cornerstone Christian Academy

Evaleena Rodriguez

Grades 7-8

Evaleena earned her B.S. in Sociology from the College of the Ozarks and then joined CCA in 2019.

She says, “I have enjoyed getting to know the students. I look forward to growing with them spiritually and academically. I am excited to teach them about God throughout our year together.”

Evaleena is from Nebraska but now loves living in New York.

She has two favorite scriptures:

2 Corinthians 5:17-20: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.”

Revelation 7:9: “After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were robed in white with palm branches in their hands.”

Leonard Craft | Christian Academy in Brockport, NY | Cornerstone Christian Academy

Leonard Craft

Grades 9-10

Leonard earned his B.S. and M.S. from SUNY Brockport and is certified in students with disabilities and Mathematics for grades 7-12.

He joined CCA in 2010, and his favorite thing about our school is the small class sizes.

Outside of school, Leonard enjoys playing disc golf, and as a fun fact, he owns all 37 of Jet Li’s martial arts movies!

Leonard’s two favorite scriptures are:

Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Proverbs 26:18: “Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death.”

Chris Johnson | Christian Academy in Brockport, NY | Cornerstone Christian Academy

Chris Johnson

Grades 11-12, Principal

Chris earned his B.S. and M.S. in Educational Administration from SUNY Brockport and founded Cornerstone Christian Academy in 1983.

He says, “CCA is a family. The children grow up and move out, which is sad at times, but we have the joy of watching all they become. Having the children of former students as our new generation of students is very fulfilling. As a teacher, I have the opportunity to share life-giving faith to our students.”

Favorite scriptures:

2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Ephesians 2:8-9: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.”

“Righteous exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

Art and Music

Della Buzard | Christian Academy in Brockport, NY | Cornerstone Christian Academy

Della Buzard

Art

Della has her B.S. in Art from Roberts Wesleyan College and her M.S. from SUNY Brockport.

She joined CCA in 2016 and enjoys our small, close-knit community.

Dell and her husband Jeremy have a daughter and son. Their family also includes two dogs, two rabbits, a turtle, and two fish.

Della’s favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

Jenny Honan | Christian Academy in Brockport, NY | Cornerstone Christian Academy

Jenny Honan

General Music, Strings, Beginning Guitar, and Harp

Jenny has her B.S. in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College and a one-year certification from Nazarene College in Manchester England.

She joined CCA in 2016 after teaching music at a private studio for 10 years.

About CCA, Jenny says that “It is a wonderful and happy community.”

Jenny stays busy outside of school as a Civil War reenactor and an interpreter at the Genesee Country Village and Museum. She also owns her own business, Honan Homespun, and plays violin with the RWCCO. She has eight children (including 3 CCA alumni), and she loves the outdoors!

Jenny’s favorite scripture is 1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

Physical Education and Language

Jessica Roth | Christian Academy in Brockport, NY | Cornerstone Christian Academy

Jessica Roth

Physical Education

Jessica has her associate’s degree in Sports Management from Genesee Community College and joined CCA in 2016.

She says her favorite thing about CCA is, “I love the feel of being a part of a big family. I also love knowing that we are instilling good, Christian morals.”

Her favorite scripture is Matthew 10:29-31: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Joy Colbert | Christian Academy in Brockport, NY | Cornerstone Christian Academy

Joy Colbert

High School Sign Language

Joy has her associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Monroe Community College and joined CCA in 2016.

Joy says, “I’m blessed to be given this opportunity to share my love for the deaf, their culture, and their language.”

She enjoys eating Indian food, playing Scrabble, and gardening in her free time.

Favorite scriptures:

1 John 4:4: “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

Support Staff

Erika Morse | Christian Academy in Brockport, NY | Cornerstone Christian Academy

Erika Morse

School Support Specialist

Erika has her B.S. in Elementary and Special Education and M.A. in Reading from SUNY Geneseo.

She joined CCA in 2015 and says that “CCA is a supportive and encouraging environment where God is at the center.”

Erika’s favorite scripture is 1 John 4:4: “Greater is He that is in me than he who is in the world.”

Joan Johnson | Christian Academy in Brockport, NY | Cornerstone Christian Academy

Joan Johnson

Administrator

Joan has her B.S. in Elementary Education from SUNY Brockport. In 1983, she joined CCA with her husband, Chris Johnson.

At CCA she enjoys “The joy of daily interacting with the students and staff. Seeing the growth and maturity personally and spiritually in the kids – while seeing their success following graduation is a great honor.”

She served for 25 years as the head of her Church’s Sunday School and her favorite scriptures are:

Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”

Joshua 1:9: “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid for the Lord is with you wherever you go.”

Parent Testimonial

“This is the most amazing school! Mr. And Mrs. Johnson are so loving and caring. My family and I were going through some hard times and they gave us words of wisdom and they prayed for us, Mr. Johnson even dropped off my daughter’s school work to our home to help us when we could not leave our home! We had our daughter in public schools where she was never getting good grades no matter what she did or how hard she tried. My daughter loves school! I thank God every day for this amazing blessing!” -Lisa Beck

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Spring Recital | Christian Academy in Brockport, NY | Cornerstone Christian Academy

Extracurricular Activities

Sports

At Cornerstone Christian Academy we offer soccer and basketball for our students and local homeschoolers. Our teams compete with students from local churches and Christian schools along with the Rochester School for the Deaf. We emphasize integrity and sportsmanship and believe that sports help students learn these Christ-centered traits as well as many others.

For more information please contact us.

Activities

We have numerous activities for the students at CCA to participate in.

These include:

  • Community service ventures such as bell ringing and packing meal boxes for the Salvation Army
  • The annual Winter Fun Day and End of the Year Picnic
  • Private voice, piano, woodwind, and brass lessons during the school day with semi-annual recitals
  • Worship in weekly chapel services
  • Annual school plays

Required activities include:

  • Art and Music courses once per week
  • Physical Education twice per week
  • Sign Language courses twice per week to meet the High School language requirement

Private Music lessons

At CCA we love being able to offer private music lessons to interested students during the school day. 30-minute lessons are offered during non-teaching times at $30 per session. Parents pay the instructor directly. We look forward to watching the students perform in recitals at Christmas and in the Spring.

Options:

  • Stringed instruments
  • Beginning guitar
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Piano
  • Voice

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For more information about us, get in touch at 585-637-4540.