In 1990, a small, committed group of business, civic, and religious leaders conceived of Cornerstone Schools as a response to Archbishop Adam Maida’s challenge to the Detroit Economic Club “to make all things new again.” Just nine months later, Cornerstone opened its doors to 167 eager students in August of 1991. When Adam Cardinal Maida retired, the Detroit News called Cornerstone his “legacy to the city of Detroit.”
Today, Cornerstone serves over 2,700 children in the Detroit area through the independent and four charter schools. Excellence in academics, sound character and well-rounded students have guided us every step of the way in our 25-year history. As a result, we’ve achieved many wonderful awards and milestones.
Cornerstone was the first school in Detroit to be accredited by ISACS, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. The school was highlighted by CNN in a feature entitled “How One School Gets It Right.” U.S. Presidents have acknowledged our program. And in 2015, our first Cornerstone Leadership and Business High School class achieved a 100% graduation rate with every student being accepted to at least one college or university.
At Cornerstone, there is a sense of pride in our past. But our students, teachers, staff, parents, Partners and Friends look forward to making history in Detroit for many more years to come.