Cornerstone Christian Schools is a "Christ-centered, teaching-learning environment of unprecedented excellence designed to develop every student spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially to their maximum potential". At CCS, the Bible is our foundation as Biblical principles are seamlessly integrated into the total curriculum and programs on our campus. Our college preparatory curriculum allows students to excel in their learning and to ultimately gain acceptance into the college or university of their choice, all while enjoying the benefits of the fine arts and athletics. Students in grades K4 through twelve learn under the instruction of certified and highly-qualified teachers in a loving and safe environment.
On September 14, 1851, seven Ursuline Sisters from New Orleans and Galveston, headed by Sister St. Marie Trouard, arrived in San Antonio to start a girls’ school at Bishop Jean M. Odin’s request. On November 3, Ursuline Academy opened classes. It was then the second oldest, and eventually became the oldest, girls’ school in Texas. The original convent was built in 1851 on the San Antonio River at Augusta Street. According to nineteenth-century history, by 1887 Ursuline Academy drew students “from all parts of western Texas and Mexico” to its “accommodations for seventy to eighty boarders . . . with the unqualified endorsement of the parents and guardians,” who found “the facilities, equipment, site, buildings and instruction first class.”
The growth of downtown San Antonio finally necessitated a change of location for the school, and in 1961 the first of the new buildings for Ursuline Academy rose on Vance Jackson Road and was ultimately completed in 1979.
The Ursuline Sisters continued to run the school until the early 1990′s. The eight remaining sisters ranged in age from 63 to 94 and were looking to retire. They decided to put their 40 acres of prime real estate and 90,000 square feet of buildings up for sale. Having heard that Pastor John Hagee was looking for property to build a school, the sisters called him. Pastor Hagee went to see the school and was met by a sister who had come from the Vatican to oversee the sale.
“It was in perfect condition,” Pastor Hagee said. “There wasn’t a hairline crack. I was shocked when I was told the price and asked why it was so low.”
Pastor Hagee was then told that the delay in selling the property had meant the sisters had to draw on their retirement accounts to live. Pastor Hagee then said, “I want to buy this school by the close of business tomorrow.”