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Set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cornerstone Christian Academy offers education from a Biblical worldview, with a focus on supporting families and helping students discover and develop their unique callings. CCA is located in Middleburg, Virginia, and is a ministry of Cornerstone Chapel.



Thank you for your interest in Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA). We are excited about what God is doing for our students, families, and school. As you explore our website, we hope you get a sense of what a CCA education would be for your children.

At CCA, we partner with parents and provide an outstanding, Biblically grounded education as we equip students to fulfill their God-ordained destinies in Christ. CCA exists to bring glory to God and provide a dynamic and transformational educational experience for our students. At CCA, the name of Jesus is proclaimed often, with awe and reverence, as the Name that is above every name!  

We believe each child is a treasure given to parents, having been fearfully and wonderfully made by God (Psalm 139:14). At CCA, we are committed to coming alongside families in helping our students explore and discover the unique gifts, passions, and dreams that God has placed deep within them. We also provide our students with the opportunity to pursue and experience their calling as part of their education at CCA. This is what we refer to as “Calling Prep.”

Being a ministry of Cornerstone Chapel, CCA educates our students with the same, unchanging Biblical truths upon which Cornerstone Chapel is built. If you love what Cornerstone Chapel stands for as a church, we are confident you will love what Cornerstone Christian Academy will be for your children!

On August 22, 2023, we opened our doors for the first time and welcomed our inaugural students and families to CCA. We truly believe the Christian leaders of tomorrow sit in CCA classrooms today!

I look forward to linking arms with our parents in building well-equipped, whole-hearted, full throttle, disciples of Jesus Christ!

dr. sam botta, Head of School


An education at CCA will be classically influenced, and founded upon and permeated by the Word of God. In addition to basics like math and English, students participate in music and arts programs, foreign languages, health/physical education, and STEM-based learning opportunities.

calling prep

Calling Prep is an exciting transformational approach to Christian education rooted in the Word of God and based on the premise that God has placed specific gifts and talents within each student. We are committed to helping our students discover and experience their passions during the school day as we encourage and equip them to fulfill their God-ordained purposes.

athletics & more

Middle school athletics and activities are available. A high school athletics program, as well as additional activities and programs, are in development.

Guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge.

1 Timothy 6:20 (1984 NIV)


Cornerstone Christian Academy exists on the foundation of worship and the Word of God.

Over 30 years ago, eighteen original members asked Gary Hamrick to pastor a start-up church in a local middle school in Virginia’s Loudoun County.

Their plan was to teach the Bible from beginning to end, worship God with boldness and passion, and share the hope of Jesus with anyone who would receive it.

Today, thousands attend Cornerstone Chapel’s services on the church’s campus, built in 2016. Thousands more attend online across the US and around the world.

In 2021, Pastor Gary felt God nudge his heart toward a new mission: a Christian school. Soon, the Lord guided church leadership to purchase a school campus in Middleburg, Virginia. The intention was to offer more than academic excellence: Cornerstone Christian Academy would partner with parents to help students find, follow, and flourish in God’s unique plans for their lives.

Cornerstone Christian Academy opened its doors in the fall of 2023.

What can we do to create an environment where students can learn and teachers can teach with a Biblical worldview, to help equip the next generation to be strong in their faith?

Pastor Gary Hamrick

School timeline

Entered Feasibility Study
Cornerstone Chapel Senior Pastor Gary Hamrick announced that the church was conducting a feasibility study to determine its ability to purchase a school campus and open a Christian school.
Official Announcement to Launch Cornerstone Christian Academy
Upon the study’s completion, Pastor Gary was pleased to announce that Cornerstone Chapel was under contract to purchase the former Middleburg Academy campus and that Cornerstone Christian Academy would open in the fall of 2023.
Hired Head of School, Dr. Samuel J. Botta
Dr. Sam Botta was hired as Cornerstone Christian Academy’s Head of School.
CCA became a member of the Association of Christian Schools International
Started Campus Renovations
Cornerstone Chapel closed on the purchase of the school campus and began extensive renovations of the buildings and grounds.
Teacher Hiring Begins
CCA leadership began the hiring process for acquiring Kingdom-class educators.
We Are CCA!
We Are CCA! (CCA Prospective Parent Informational Meeting)
Student Enrollment Begins
CCA opened enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year.
CCA Welcome
Inaugural Welcome to CCA for newly enrolled families.
CCA Opens
CCA opened its doors to its first students on August 22, 2023.
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