The kindergarten through 12th-grade Christian school began 10 years ago and has been searching for a permanent home for at least five years, Borders said.
The school now rents 16 classrooms at Summit Baptist Church on Moon Station Lane in north Cobb.
The school’s staff and nearly 400 are bursting out of the space and must be creative in setting up temporary science labs and moving furniture aside to hold certain activities, said Jeanine Marlow, a spokeswoman for the school.
On Jan. 31, the school’s staff purchased roughly 13 acres of land at 3855 Hickory Grove Road in Acworth, and has begun drafting plans to construct a 37,000-square-foot building within the next few months, Marlow said.
By fall, Marlow said, construction is expected to be underway, and Cornerstone students should be able to go to a new school by fall 2015.
Plans for the new building include 22 classrooms, a gymnasium, a football field, science labs and a faculty bathroom, and Marlow said teachers and staff are ecstatic.
“For the first time we will have our own true campus,” Marlow said.
The new building is expected to cost $5.5 million.
With a new building comes much more space for new students.
Borders said the school hopes to grow by at least 150 students when the new building opens.
The school and students are welcome in Acworth, said Mayor Tommy Allegood.
“We’re really excited. They have a very unique curriculum and school mission,” Allegood said.
With a new school comes increased property values and a better quality of life for Acworth residents, he said.
Cornerstone Prep will be the eighth school to join the city, Allegood said.
Borders is thrilled to have the support of the city and staff in making the move.