A Model Christian School

An accessible educational opportunity for families in Philadelphia.


We Are Cornerstone

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Cornerstone Christian Academy, an independent faith-based school in southwest Philadelphia that has been inspiring hope in children since 1988. Our students stand out as young men and women well prepared for success in high school, with a strong academic and faith foundation. As evidence of our success, 95% of Cornerstone’s graduates earn a high school diploma in four years, and 66% go on to pursue post-secondary education.

By providing a safe, disciplined, and positive educational environment, we inspire students to achieve at their highest potential. With the support of hundreds of individuals, churches, and organizations from around the country, Cornerstone helps bring hope and self-empowerment to the youth we are privileged to serve.

If you are a parent looking for a strong and safe academic environment for your child, or a volunteer looking for an opportunity to serve, or a donor eager to help support the Christian education of a Cornerstone student, I invite you to come and see for yourself our school at work.

Dick Ollinger
CEO and President

Mission and Vision

The mission of Cornerstone Christian Academy is to educate children, including those from underserved families in an environment that provides the highest standards for academic achievement and spiritual development. It is our vision to be a model urban Christian school where students are grounded in faith, shaped with Christ-like character, and equipped with knowledge and skills to excel in high school, college, and throughout life.

Statement of Faith

We believe that the Bible, comprised of the Old and New Testaments, is inspired by God and is the supreme and final authority in faith and life. We believe in one God existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the vicarious death of the Lord Jesus Christ for our sins, the resurrection of His body, His ascension into Heaven, and His future return to the earth. We believe salvation is available through one’s acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We believe that a New Testament Church is a body of baptized believers associated for worship, learning, service, and the spread of the gospel for the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth.

School Principles

  • Respect and Celebrate Yourself
  • Respect and Celebrate Others
  • Come to School Prepared and Willing to Learn
  • Keep our Environment Safe and Clean
  • Love God, Love Yourself, Love Others, and Love God's World


Why Choose Cornerstone?

Students are known by name, held to high academic standards, and nurtured in body, mind, and spirit. Our state-of the-art technology, project-based learning assignments, outside speakers, and field trips connect our students to the world around them.

  • 170

    Students enrolled

  • 18:1

    Student/Teacher ratio

  • 98%

    Of 8th grade graduates earn a high school diploma within four years

  • 75%

    Of graduates attend college

  • 500+

    Donors and volunteers support CCA anually

  • $1M

    In student financial aid per year

Meet Our Leaders