God is doing great things through Cornerstone Prep and Lester Prep. Here’s a note we received from Drew Sippel, Executive Director of Capstone Education Group:

Six years ago, Capstone Education Group (CEG) moved into the Lester Campus as part of the Achievement School District. Beginning with 325 scholars in grades prek-3, Cornerstone Prep Lester Campus began to cast a vision for the future. CEG launched the mission through 35 staff members committed to serving the families of Binghampton: Equipping every student with the wisdom and knowledge necessary to succeed in college and become leaders in the community.

Two years later, the middle school was launched on the same campus. Lester Prep began with 6th grade and subsequently added grades 7 and 8. At that point, the mission lived in 70 staff members and more than 700 scholars.

So how are things going now, six year later? Cornerstone Prep and Lester Prep have combined to increase achievement so much that the Lester Campus passed 140 other schools in the state of Tennessee. Yes, that is correct. Based on Tennessee Ready results last year, the scholars on the Lester Campus have advanced past 140 other public schools since opening in 2012! We are so proud of our staff, families and scholars who have worked so hard to accomplish so much.

Christ Church has supported Cornerstone Prep from the beginning and is excited to see how God continues to work in and through these schools. “We are so thankful for the vision, support and prayers of Christ Church—you are making a difference in the lives of the children and families in Binghampton and Frayser,” Drew said. 

Christ Church Executive Pastor Scott Less said these results remind us that the local church can make a huge difference. “Even while the larger United Methodist Church enters into debate about the doctrine and discipline of the church, this week we were clearly reminded that the local church matters,” Scott said. “In fact, Christ Church’s presence in this city matters.”

Congratulations to the teachers, students, parents and administration. If you would like to help tutor kids, contact Grant Caldwell in our Serving & Outreach department.

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