Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to belong to a church in order to send my children to CVCS?
A: No. We recognize parents who make a commitment to Christian education have varying levels of personal faith and church affiliation. Although it is our desire that one or both parents give evidence of a personal faith in Jesus Christ as his/her Savior, families showing a strong interest to attend will be considered. In order for CVCS to nurture the children it serves, it is important that parents understand and support the school’s objectives.
Q: What grades do you have at CVCS?
A: We are a K-8 school. (Cornerstone Preschool is a separate school located in our building.)
Q: Is your school accredited?
A: Yes! In addition to being an Approved Vermont Independent School, we are accredited by Christian Schools International. The accreditation team that visited CVCS had the following to say:
Yes, you have a beautiful building, but this staff is so good you could be teaching in a warehouse and parents would want to send their children here…
Every parent should be sending their children here.
I want to bring other schools here to show them that small schools really can produce a high quality product…
Q: How do students travel to and from school?
A: Students travel to CVCS by using the local public school bus, the Addison Country Transit Resources, local taxi, carpooling with other families, or walking. The public school bus and ACTR busses are not available immediately after school, so parents must make other arrangements. If your child stays regularly for our extended care afterschool program, you may be able to make arrangements for your child to be picked up by the ACTR bus.
Q: Do you have Physical Education, Art, and Music classes?
A: We have all of them! Each week our students attend one music class, two art classes, and two physical education classes.
Q: Do you follow the local school district calendar? How long is your school day?
A: Yes, for the most part. Our large vacations are the same, but our inservice days may not match perfectly. Our school day begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 2:30 PM.
Q: Do you have a dress code?
A: Yes. Students are required to wear navy, white, or blue polo shirts and navy or khaki pants/shorts. There are no official uniforms to purchase; we simply ask students to follow the dress code colors.
Q: Do you have an afterschool program?
A: Yes, beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. Parents who are unable to pick up their children by 2:30 PM may enroll them in the extended care program, based on available space. This program will run from 2:30 - 5:00 every day. The cost will be a flat rate per day and must be paid ahead of time in order to provide appropriate staffing.
Q: What afterschool activities do you have for the students?
A: Although we do not have any of our own sports teams, many of our students enjoy playing on their local town’s soccer, basketball, and baseball teams. During the school day, however, students are always quite busy preparing for the district Spelling Bee team, our annual Veterans’ Day Program, trying their dramatic skills in our Christmas musical, and are active all year long participating in community service projects.
Q: What kind of academic support do you offer for students who struggle?
A: Our teachers go to great lengths to individualize and differentiate instruction in each subject area. For those students who find themselves in need of a little more support, we are able to provide Title I reading services for children who qualify. Due to limited resources at this time, we are unable to serve students who require an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
Q: Do you offer scholarships?
A: No. However, we work very hard to keep tuition rates as low as possible. This is made possible through donations from local churches, profits from Your Turn Resale Shoppe in Vergennes, and a variety of very successful fundraisers that contribute to our general budget. Additionally, we have a TRIP program (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program) that allows parents to earn tuition credit by purchasing gift cards offering a financial reward.
Q: Do I have to pay the annual tuition all at once?
A: No. The annual tuition is divided into 10 payments that are due the 15th of each month, September – June.
Q: Where do your students go after graduating from eighth grade?
A: A variety of places! The location usually depends on where the family lives or what parents want for their children. In recent years, our graduates have gone to local private Christian high schools, local public schools, or have been homeschooled.