CORRECTED: Calendars and supply lists

Technically, five weeks and a day.  But school is just around the corner.

Here are schedules and supply lists for the upcoming school year:

School Calendar 2014-2015

Varsity Football Schedule 2014

Elementary Supply List–updated 7/10/14

2014-2015 HS Supply List

We look forward to seeing you all at Open House on 8/12 at 6:30–and remember, our first day of school on 8/13 will dismiss at 11:30.

There’s still time to bring some new students in as well!  If you know anyone that would be a good fit for CCS, encourage them to give our office a call and sit down for a tour.

Posted in Uncategorized

CCS, School Choice, and the Alabama Accountability Act

I’ve just returned from the annual Scholarships for Kids Partner School Conference, which was a great time of learning more about effective ways to fund and market our school.

The most important development:  the recent ruling overturning the Accountability Act has been stayed while the appeal is pending. In short, this means that we are again able to accept scholarship applications, and our SGO is able to accept donations.

To register your tax credit and make your contribution to Scholarships for Kids, our partner SGO, please do the following:

  1. Download this flyer that explains the process of registering your tax credit and mailing in your donation.
  2. Mail your donation in, including this signature card that indicates your preference that the funds be used to fund scholarships at CCS (if possible).
  3. Drop us an email to to let us know your family has participated in this important program to support school choice in our state. (It is not necessary to tell us the amount of your donation; our SGO will give us an accounting of the total amount raised by our school while protecting your privacy.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office or send an email .

We have also scheduled a meeting for July 1 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm to field any questions about the program, help people register, or explain how it works in more detail.  Feel free to bring other potential donors and school choice supporters–grandparents, neighbors, and community members–to that meeting.  It would be helpful if you would RSVP for that meeting, if possible.

Please help us spread the word about this program, which is the best thing to happen for private education–and education in general–for quite some time in our state.

Posted in Uncategorized

How to fund a Scholarship

By now, many of you have probably seen the news about our partnership with Scholarships for Kids. This program is the best chance we have to operate at capacity next year.

Hopefully, you’ve read that the program operates under a provision in the Alabama Accountability Act that allows an individual to designate 50% of their Alabama tax liability (up to $7500) toward private school scholarships for families that meet the income requirements.

This attached Alabama Accountability Act Informational Flyer provides more detail.

For now, I want our families to consider the math:  based on the average family income in Shelby County, the average state tax burden is around $2700.  50% of that is $1350 per family.

There are 134 families enrolled at CCS.

$1350 x 134 = $180,900.  

That is the amount of money that potentially exists–just within our existing CCS families.  That’s not considering alumni, grandparents, aunts, uncles, local businesses.

That’s around forty kids. Forty kids that will get a chance at a CCS education that otherwise wouldn’t have.

Forty kids that will get a chance to meet our Cornerstone–Christ–every single day they spend on our campus.

Forty kids that will get to join this community–this family–that many of us have been a part of for quite some time.

And remember:   this is not a new expenditure. This is money we were all going to spend to fulfill our tax obligation anyway.

So how do you get involved?

1)  Download this guide from Scholarships for Kids. It will walk you through the process of reserving your tax credit. (We have no control over this part of the process.)

2) Mail your check to Scholarships for Kids, being sure to enclose a letter explaining that your funds are intended for Cornerstone Christian–Columbiana. (The ‘Columbiana’ part is especially important, since our school name is fairly common.)

3) Let us know that you’ve done it, so we can keep track internally.  (We don’t need to know an amount–just which families have taken advantage of this opportunity.)

If you have any questions at all about the program, how it works–or if you know a local business that might be interested in a cost-free way to support local private education–please give us a call at the school or email

Please get involved with this program; parts of it will be a hassle, I know. We are, after all, dealing with tax code. But this program gives us the rare chance to extend our ministry at the same time that we improve our budget, and we must take advantage of that.

And if you have some free time, call your State Representative and thank them for this program; it’s important that we let our elected officials know when we think they got one right.


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged ,