Cornerstone Schools of Washington, DC

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Hope and Academic Excellence in the Nation's Capital.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Cornerstone Schools of Washington, DC
3742 Ely Place, SE
Washington, DC 20019


Phone: (202) 575-0027

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 522084049

CEO/President: Dean Luckenbaugh

Chairman: Jeff Wood

Board size: 12


Ruling year: 1998

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 07/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2004


Through implementing our mission, our graduates and students at Cornerstone will show growth in our Lions values.

Love: Grow in knowledge, understanding, and love for Christ and the Scriptures, consistently applying a Biblical framework to issues in their own lives and the world by seeing God's image reflected in people and His creation and practicing the fruit of the Spirit in life and community, loving their neighbors as themselves.

Integrity: Possess the social skills to live with integrity, taking personal responsibility, being a peacemaker, and capably resolving conflict. Exhibit a curious mind, pursuit of excellence, love for learning and consistent habits of scholarship.

Opportunity: Capably engage many different subject areas including literature, science, and the arts. Pursue and establish personal vision and post-graduate plan with a sense of God's calling and engaging in activities that develop their unique talents. Develop practical life skills to navigate life, including personal finance and employment practices.

Nobility: Master foundational skills in reading, math, writing and speaking, practice a diligent work ethic and a growth mindset, and engage peers and adults for support and conversation. Exhibit service-oriented leadership skills within the school and in the community

Strength: Possess the tools of learning to engage any work with confidence, capability and creativity. Meet life's challenges, and resiliently and joyfully excel, flourishing in a world that can be opposed to them due to their faith, race, or background.

Mission statement

Through a partnership of family, school, and community, Cornerstone provides a Christ-centered, nurturing, and academically robust education forming the children of Washington, D.C. in the habits of faith, love, and learning essential to becoming wise, compassionate, and virtuous leaders who serve others in light of Christ and His Truth.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: K-12 Schools/Academies

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating27 of 10773 of 48
Fund acquisition rating113 of 107817 of 48
Resource allocation rating128 of 10785 of 48
Asset utilization rating85 of 10773 of 48

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$99,026$59,938$8,962$27,584$6,340
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$835,242$761,607$811,766$328,403$301,185
Long-term investments$9,900$9,900$9,900$9,900$9,900
Fixed assets$173,627$76,712$20,549$0$0
Other long-term assets$78,400$78,400$78,400$78,400$78,400
Total long-term assets$261,927$165,012$108,849$88,300$88,300
Total assets$1,097,169$926,619$920,615$416,703$389,485
Payables and accrued expenses$102,475$118,494$89,708$169,089$234,290
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$102,475$118,494$89,708$169,089$234,290
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$311,385$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$413,860$118,494$89,708$169,089$234,290
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$633,809$769,706$830,907$247,614$155,195
With donor restrictions$49,500$38,419$0$0$0
Net assets$683,309$808,125$830,907$247,614$155,195
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$853,711$993,246$1,185,603$815,574$886,889
Program service revenue$1,426,385$1,200,361$1,248,909$844,293$702,098
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,761$2,393($3,389)$104$0
Other revenue$0$0$66,318$113,067$111,384
Total other revenue$1,432,146$1,202,754$1,311,838$957,464$813,482
Total revenue$2,285,857$2,196,000$2,497,441$1,773,038$1,700,371
Program services$2,095,245$1,900,814$1,636,584$1,479,802$1,325,887
Management and general$212,207$174,628$152,966$141,117$124,688
Total expenses$2,410,673$2,218,782$1,914,148$1,680,619$1,497,241
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($124,816)($22,782)$583,293$92,419$203,130
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($124,816)($22,782)$583,293$92,419$203,130


Derrick MaxExecutive Director$131,720

Compensation data as of: 7/31/2019

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Program accomplishments

We are proud to have established a solid record of academic development and success. Cornerstone provides a college scholarship of up to $22,000 over four years for graduates who have a 3.5 GPA in High School and maintain a 3.0 GPA in college.

Over 90% of our graduates have gone on to pursue higher education, attending the following colleges and universities and being accepted by many more:

University of Maryland

Marymount University

Morgan State University

North Carolina Central

Radford University

St. John's University

Trinity Washington University

Wilmington University

West Virginia University

Xavier University of Louisiana

Art Institute, Washington, DC

Bowie State

Carver College

Coppin State University

University of Dayton

University of Delaware

University of the District of Columbia

George Mason University

George Washington University

Indiana Tech

Liberty University