What We Offer


Our admission criteria

     Admissions to Cornerstone Learning Centre shall be determined by the criteria set out below:

     Cornerstone Learning Centre will consider the following pupils for enrollment at the school:

  • Children on the Autistic Spectrum who have shown the ability to learn, but who are not able to adjust to a mainstream school environment.
  • Children with significant developmental delays, having moderate learning difficulties, provided that one or more of the teachers, therapists and the principal have unanimously accepted that the school will be able to assist the child, and provide the best learning environment for him/her.

             In addition:

  • We will try to ensure a balance of age, compatibility, gender, level of functioning and learning difficulties. Children in the school should be as similar in terms of needs as possible.
  • The child should be able to or have the potential to function within a group setting
  • A probationary period of up to 6 months will be applied. A review will be held to consider the child’s needs and the ability of the school to meet these needs, and the level of resources required for the child.
  • Pupils are not admitted on a first come first serve basis, but only when a suitable vacancy occurs within a compatible group.
  • Final admission will be at the sole discretion of the Principal.

              Learners who are not suitable:

  • Based on a multidisciplinary team assessment and discussion, learners who are unable to benefit from tuition in a group and who will not derive benefit from the school programme, will not be admitted to the school. This automatically excludes learners who are profoundly mentally handicapped and who have no self-help skills and are completely dependent upon others to care for them, even though they might be autistic or have autistic traits.

Our Curriculum



Cornerstone Learning Centre is an English medium school, catering for the needs of pupils diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or developmental delays, which prohibit them from benefiting from mainstream education.Cornerstone Learning Centre follows the South African Department of Education Syllabus delivered in a thematic programme at a manageable pace. Individual Educational Programmes (IEP) are designed for every unique child and their specific educational needs.

We strive to attain the following critical outcomes for our learners:

  • To communicate effectively using whatever mode the learner is capable of.
  • To establish and maintain social relationships.
  • To be able to manage their own behaviour and emotions.
  • To manage activities of daily living as independently as possible .
  • To develop understanding, thinking and problem-solving abilities through the use of all available senses and experiences
  • To access the CAPS curriculum as fully as possible and achieve academically to the best of their ability.
  • To be able to take part in recreational activities and work in the community.


1377330_10151908162387497_1954485101_n Enrichment curriculum as follows:

  • Art
  • Computers
  • Cooking and baking skills
  • LEGO classes
  • Library
  • Music and movement
  • Music academy – drumming and guitar lessons
  • Physical education 

Cornerstone Learning Centre offers a wide range of educational approaches and techniques, and aims to respond appropriately to the differing curricular needs of our learners.This eclectic approach will incorporate:

  • SA Department of Basic Education’s CAPS curriculum will be delivered according to the individual’s pace.
  • Handwriting Without Tears – a multisensory programme used to teach literacy and handwriting skills.
  • TEACCH method – use of schedules, physical structure, work systems, routine, and visual structure.
  • Makaton – a language programme using signs and symbols, together with speech, to help people communicate more easily.
  • Picture Communication – use of photos, pictures and symbols to aid verbal communication.
  • Social Stories – to share information with the child in a way that is easily understood and which improves an individual’s understanding of events.
  • Positive behaviour support – low arousal, the ABC of behaviour.


 Program offered

Preschool Children Series

         We offer:

  • A low teacher : pupil ratio (benchmark 5 – 8 in a class)
  • Opportunities for one-on-one instruction as well as small group, large group and community based instruction
  • Ongoing assessments
  • Wide variety of leisure activities
  • Social skills development
  • A sensory modulation room
  • Baseline assessments for each pupil.
  • Diagnosis and counselling for parents and family members