C-Prep Overview: Philosophy and Methodology
If someone were to have searched the internet for Cornerstone College Prep n 1991, only one school would have popped up. As a testament to the school’s impact, if one were to search under the same name today, an inexhaustible menu of Cornerstone Preps all across the nation and even Canada would be listed. In 1991, when Dr. Franklyn Jenifer, President Emeritus of the University of Texas at Dallas, left his then presidency of the prestigious Howard University in Washington, D.C. to come to Fort Wayne, Indiana to officially open Cornerstone Christian College Prep Day and High School, very few would have imagined that this small school would make such an incredible difference.
In August of 1991, Dr. Oscar Dowdell-Underwood left the position of principal at Ralph J. Bunche Elementary School to model what Marva Collins had done in Chicago, by starting a small, Christian college prep school that would address the achievement crisis in minority and poor children , as well as character concerns. Over the years, he often thought about what exactly is the philosophy of Cornerstone Prep. Why do the children who attend the school experience academic and personal success that is not only evident in their participation in higher education, but also in post-college life?
The consensus is that there is not one single educational philosophy that epitomizes Cornerstone College Prep Day and High School. The evidence that the school follows an eclectic approach is borne out by the fact that Perennialism, Idealism, Realism, Experimentalism, and Existentialism are all evident in both identified areas of English and Leadership Development. This really does not come as a total surprise because the nature of the Cornerstone Prep approach is multidimensional because its students, like all students, are multifaceted people; therefore, one educational philosophy could not address the totality of the mission and goals of the school nor meet all of the students’ academic or developmental needs.
Although Cornerstone’s educational philosophy can best be described as eclectic, Perennialism is dominant throughout every strand of the curriculum. Students begin their day with a convocation and prayer, along with self-affirmations. Some parents have remarked that the most unique thing about Cornerstone College Preparatory School is that its name actually reveals its mission, which among other things is to provide an excellent education through the development of the whole child, thus preparing its students for successful participation in institutions of higher learning. Every aspect of the curriculum exists to convince the students that they, too, are brilliant and capable of achievement and success.
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