Welcome to

Cornerstone Learning Center!




We provide excellent academic instruction, music lessons, and aviation ground school and testing through our facility in Quincy, Plumas County, California.


Our mission is to support the success of K-12 and adult students by providing the best individualized instructional services available anywhere at any cost.  At Cornerstone, we don’t believe that any student is typical, and we don’t use one-size-fits-all, “canned” programs.  Instead, we develop a profile -- we examine all aspects of a student’s performance and provide strategies to help each student be more successful.  We determine where learning is breaking down, and we provide interventions that work.  Learners discover which parts of the learning process are harder for them than for others, and they learn ways to make learning easier.  As they begin to experience increased success, their confidence is strengthened, leading to further success.


Costs for our programs are reasonable and flexible (much lower than the national chain learning centers), and have not changed since we opened for business in 2003.  Consultation meetings are always free, so contact us and find out how we can help any learner grow academically and find joy in learning!


Cornerstone was created to serve public and private school students who need stronger academic skills, as well as to support and assist home-schooling parents.  The company also builds partnerships with local educational and social service agencies that require academic tutoring or tutor training for the populations they serve.  In 2006, the company expanded its services to include music and aviation programs. Cornerstone is an independent business serving local needs, and is not a franchise or subsidiary of any other company.

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Founder/Instructor Tommy Miles, M.A., has over 20 years’ successful experience in teaching, teacher training, and educational management at all grade levels.  He has served as a classroom teacher, community college instructor, graduate level instructor, curriculum and assessment designer, high school vice principal, middle school and elementary school principal, student teacher supervisor, graduate level teacher trainer, and consultant.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science with an education minor from the University of California, Davis, and a Master of Arts degree in educational administration from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California.  He has over 100 graduate units in curriculum and instruction, and holds three K-12 California clear teaching credentials:  Multiple Subject, Single Subject (life science) and Administrative Services.  Since 2004, he has taught master’s level educational research design coursework for an online university.  He is a private pilot and holds an FAA Advanced Ground Instructor certificate.

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