The Cornerstone Schools of Alabama makes history in Birmingham. The following is a press release from school administrators:
Birmingham, AL-Cornerstone Schools of Alabama has today become the first
International Baccalaureate Primary School in Birmingham, Alabama. The school is
set to host a press conference on Monday, June 10, at 11:00 a.m. at Cornerstone
School to announce to the achievement. Those speaking will be Cornerstone School's
board chairman and former Alabama Chief Justice, Drayton Nabers, and Cornerstone
School's Executive Director, Dr. Nita Carr.
The IB has a positive impact on students, schools and their wider communities with
learning going well beyond the classroom. Its unique and innovative approach to
learning means both students and teachers are genuinely engaged with the programs
and benefit from being a part of an unparalleled global network. Students are able to
participate in international conferences and educators work with their peers
internationally to ensure that IB remains at the cutting edge of international education.
Cornerstone School's Executive Director, Dr. Nita Carr says, "The reason we began
the three year process of becoming an International Baccalaureate Primary school is
because the IB curriculum aligns with Cornerstone's core values: Excellence for God,
excellence for children, and excellence for education."
Cornerstone School is a non-profit, Christian school that serves Birmingham's inner
city children from prekindergarten to eighth grade. With an emphasis on data driven
instruction, rigorous academics, and character development Cornerstone students
broke the mold by exceeding Alabama's averages when comparing student
achievement with family income. In addition to Cornerstone's recent International
Baccalaureate status, the school holds dual accreditation by both the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools