Cornerstone Chapel Plans School at Middleburg Academy Site

Cornerstone Chapel plans to open a Christian school in fall 2023 on the site of Middleburg Academy near Middleburg.

Cornerstone Christian Academy will begin offering grades K-8, and will add a grade each year after until it offers it reaches 12th grade. Pastor Gary Hamrick made the announcement to his congregation on Sunday morning, sharing that the likely settlement date for the purchase of the school will be in August 2022.

On its website, the church shared that it is under contract to purchase the campus. The 90-acre Middleburg Academy property was purchased by JK Moving Founder and CEO Chuck Kuhn in July 2021, with plans to add land to the adjacent Middleburg Training Center, which he purchased in 2017, and to return the campus to educational use by leasing it to a private school operator. 

The grounds feature two primary academic buildings, totaling nearly 84,000 feet, and four residential dwellings, including a manor house dating back to the 1920s. The property has been used for private schools since 1965 when the Notre Dame Academy, then a Catholic boarding school for girls, opened. In 1990, it became a co-educational Catholic day school. In 2000, the school was purchased by the board of trustees and by 2009 transitioned to be became the Middleburg Academy operating as a fully independent, nonsectarian school. It closed in 2018.

Cornerstone is soliciting for interested families and donors. According to the website, the school plans to offer scholarships. The school is not yet enrolling students and has not yet set tuition rates. 

During the announcement, Hamrick pointed to the School Board and school administration’s handling of a sexual assault scandal in schools.

“What can we do to help rescue students, parents and teachers from the school system? And create an environment where students can learn and teachers can teach with a biblical worldview to help equip the next generation so they can be true to their biblical mission of winning their world for Christ?” Hamrick said. 

Hamrick said that many of the plans are in the early phases. The purchase includes five school buses, which he said could be used to bus students from the church’s Leesburg campus to the school. He said the grounds could facilitate about 500 students.

It was welcomed news to members of the Cornerstone Chapel community. The church’s Facebook post announcing the school was shared hundreds of times in less than a day. A spokeswoman for the church said that thousands of people visited a pre-registration page after the announcement.

The news comes just months after Loudoun County Public Schools recorded a 7% drop-off from projected enrollment – missing about 5,000 students.

Cornerstone Christian Academy will be the second Christian school to open in as many years in the county. Evergreen Christian School opened in Leesburg last fall to high school students. 

11 thoughts on “Cornerstone Chapel Plans School at Middleburg Academy Site

  • 2022-02-07 at 3:49 pm
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    Excellent. We need ten more of these. Anything to get our kids away from the science denying, sexual predator enablers at the industrial education complex.

  • 2022-02-07 at 5:06 pm
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    While ihope this school does well and meets parent’s expectations. However this is a case where I oppose vouchers. I’m sure they are tax exempt, so tax money should not go their way.

  • 2022-02-07 at 7:26 pm
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    It’s wonderful to read about this new school. The more options for Loudoun parents & students — the better. But I think it was wrong of Pastor Gary to take a cheap shot at LCPS. Sadly, he’s bad-mouthed LCPS leaders on several occasions. Folks don’t need to be “rescue[d]” from LCPS. The division is doing a fine job of educating ALL public-school students in Loudoun under difficult circumstances. Happy Black History Month Loudoun!

    • 2022-02-08 at 8:54 am
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      I’m going to guess the three young women who were raped or sexually assaulted in schools would disagree with you about the “fine job” LCPS is doing.

    • 2022-02-09 at 12:05 pm
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      I was raised in the church. These Cornerstone Chapel people use many of the same words, but I don’t recognize their version of Christianity. I’ve never seen such a bunch of hateful, intolerant people who are so oblivious to the teachings of Jesus.

  • 2022-02-07 at 7:44 pm
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    Cornerstone better plan on constructing more buildings. Parents and students have been fleeing LCPS and I suspect they will continue to do so for years to come. After Youngkin pushes through real Education Equity, parents will finally have options regarding their children’s education and private schools will grow exponentially.

  • 2022-02-07 at 7:46 pm
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    This is wonderful news! With this school reopening and a new school on Evergreen Mills now open, hundreds of families have a way to escape the soul-crushing insanity of Mr. Zeigler and his fellow travelers on the board.

    These children will not be raped or assaulted in schools. These students will find a safe environment where they can be educated rather than indoctrinated. Take your children out of public schools.

  • 2022-02-09 at 11:16 am
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    “Folks don’t need to be “rescue[d]” from LCPS. The division is doing a fine job of educating ALL public-school students in Loudoun under difficult circumstances. ”

    WOW. Timmy is the defender of all things LCPS.

    No, our kids NEED to be removed from LCPS as elected officials have proven many times that they don’t care about the safety of Loudoun School kids.

    Many of us tax paying parents are VERY excited about what Cornerstone is doing and we all hope this is a successful venture. Loudoun’s future depends on it!

  • 2022-02-09 at 8:31 pm
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    I find Cornerstone’s stances on women and the LGBTQ community to be disappointing. I’m sad to see that these “values” will now be pushed upon an even greater number of children whose families are seeking a genuine Christian education.

  • 2022-02-12 at 9:21 pm
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    tracyagm: a “genuine Christian education” would involve teaching children that sexual relations outside of marriage go against Scripture and God’s plan for mankind — and His plan is marriage between a man and a woman. People of the LGBTQ community are welcome to the church — but I would imagine some of what they hear would be hard to digest. If you don’t believe that the LGBTQ lifestyle is sinful and don’t want to give it up, then you’d definitely have a problem with the church. But you’d also have a problem with Christianity as a whole. I don’t think you’d find anyone there who would be intentionally cruel or rude to an LGBTQ person. That’s not a very Christ-like attitude. But neither is denying truth. Jesus was always honest AND loving. He told the woman caught in adultery to “go and sin no more.” We’re all sinful creatures. But we have to admit our sins in order for God to work on our hearts.

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