About Cornerstone Classical Academy
Cornerstone Classical Academy (CCA) is a classical academy (tuition-free, public charter
school) located in Duval County offering students a classical liberal arts education.
Our students will be equipped to make the world a better place after receiving a solid
educational foundation grounded in the core disciplines of math, science, literature, and history,
as well as their development of analytical faculties to examine the values unique to each
The founding board members saw a distinct need for a publicly-funded classical education
option in our community. Currently, there are several classical home-school cooperatives,
online programs, and private schools incorporating elements of classical education in
their program operating within Duval County.
These educational choices are available only to families who are willing and able to commit to
homeschooling their children with the associated time commitments and costs or can afford
paying the tuition for a private school. Currently, there are no purely classical liberal arts private
schools in Duval County. However, there are many students and families in Duval County who
are interested in receiving a classical education. In fact, we believe there is room for several
classical public charter school options in Duval County.
As a charter school, created by the Florida legislature and sponsored by Duval County Public
Schools (DCPS) as a public school, CCA will meet this need by offering classical education to
all families in the community, regardless of socioeconomic status, prior academic performance
of the student, or personal circumstance. We will help provide rigorous competition within the
public school district to stimulate continual improvement in all public schools while at the
same time, expanding the capacity of the DCPS system.
To accomplish our mission, and help improve student learning and academic achievement, CCA will be guided by the classical philosophy of education in all subject areas. It will be our job to increase learning opportunities for all students, with special emphasis on low-performing students and reading. To accomplish this, classes in reading, math, the humanities, science, and the arts will be grounded in several research-based curricula/programs in the elementary and middle school.
These include the Core Knowledge Sequence, which is a research-based curriculum using a specific, grade-by-grade core of common learning that we will align with the Florida State Standards; Orton Gillingham-based literacy program developed by Access Literacy; Singapore Math, a conceptual approach to mathematical skill building and problem solving; and science with a hands-on approach to scientific inquiry and an emphasis on fundamentals.
High school students will follow a classical course sequence, including four years of history; four years of literature, mathematics, and science; three years of a world language; and a semester each of government, economics, and moral philosophy.
The history sequence begins with Western Civilization I and II in 9th and 10th grade respectively. American History (1600-1900AD) follows in 11th grade while 12th grade includes a year of Modern European History (1789-2000AD) and a semester of 20th Century American History.
Within Cornerstone's literature courses, students read classical, great works, usually in their entirety Ninth grade emphasizes ancient literature, 10th grade focuses on British literature, 11th grade includes American literature, and 12th grade studies modern literature.
The science sequence includes biology and chemistry. Students may elect to follow these two with physics, Advanced Placement (AP) biology or AP chemistry. While completing this sequence, students' options include physics, earth science, astronomy, and AP biology or AP chemistry to complete the graduation requirements.