Frequently Asked Questions
How does the admissions lottery work?
We have planned for three 30-day open enrollment periods starting in December 2019 for the 2020-2021 school year (see dates below). Additional periods may be offered depending on how quickly the school reaches capacity.
Applications received during open enrollment windows are held until the end of that period. After the window closes, all eligible applications are counted (see our capacity per grade level).
If during the open enrollment window there are fewer applications than spots available for that grade level, then those students will be eligible to attend and will be invited to complete their enrollment and registration.
If during the open enrollment window there are more applications than spots available in that grade level, then a random lottery is run. After each lottery, students will either be invited to complete their enrollment and registration or notified of their wait-list status.
Families will have ten (10) business days after notification to accept their spot and enroll in CCA.
Update: As of January 31st, 2020
During a district meeting today, Cornerstone was informed that it will work with the district to generate a FOCUS account for each student who is new to Cornerstone. Parents are not required to take any action to sign up for a FOCUS account at this time. Additional instructions about FOCUS are forthcoming in May 2020.
For families that have applied to Cornerstone and received an email confirmation of student enrollment, please know that your child's seat is secure!
If you are interested in sending your children to CCA, we recommend applying as early as possible.
My child got accepted into more than one school. What do I do?
If a student receives a lottery selection for more than one school, the parent/guardian must select one and decline the other.
I signed a petition or completed a letter of intent. Does that mean my child is already enrolled or entered into the lottery?
No, you must complete an application through our Smart Choice enrollment website.
I applied outside of an open enrollment application Window. What happens to my child’s application?
If submitted between open enrollment application windows, your child’s application will be entered into the subsequent window and/or lottery. If submitted after all windows are closed then it will depend on if there are spots available. If all windows have closed and there are still spots available for their grade-level, then they will most likely get in. Otherwise, if all spots are full then he/she will go on the wait-list.
My child is on the wait-list. What does that mean? Will he/she get in?
The chances of your eligible student getting accepted will depend on the size of the grade-level wait-list and its relationship to the number of open spots. CCA wait-lists are not on a first come first serve basis. A wait-list lottery will be held in the event there are more student applicants than spots available.
Examples of opportunities to be promoted off the wait-list:
Already-accepted students in your desired grade-level do not complete or submit their registration during the allotted time given
Students in your desired grade-level who have accepted a spot withdraw, move away, choose a different school, etc
We live in Florida, outside of Duval county, can my student attend?
Yes, all eligible students in Florida may apply to attend CCA. In the event of more student applications than spots, there will be two separate lotteries, with in-county and out-of-county students being numbered separately. The out-of-county applications will only be considered if there are still remaining open seats after the completion of the in-county lottery.
We live outside the State of Florida, can my student attend?
You must provide proof of Florida residency to apply and have your child attend CCA. Please see Duval County Public School's eligibility and proof of residency requirements.
Will my child require shots/vaccines?
What is CCA's policy for vaccination exemptions?
CCA recognizes all Florida vaccination exemption policies which can be found in the Florida Department of Health's Immunization Guidelines.
If I have more than one child and one gets into CCA, will the other(s) be guaranteed a spot?
Siblings of accepted and enrolled students will have priority in admissions.
Where is CCA located?
Will you offer transportation?
CCA will not provide transportation but will assist families by sharing carpooling information.
What are the school hours?
CCA school hours for K-6th are 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, with dropoff beginning at 7:30 am. The hours for 7th-12th are 8:00 am-3:10 pm, with dropoff, also beginning at 7:30 am.
Will CCA offer after school and before school care?
Yes, CCA will offer before school care beginning at 7 am and after school care from 3pm-6pm.
What is a classical education?
A classical education is a content-rich, time-tested educational model that is systematic and comprehensive. It focuses on the liberal arts and sciences, moral character, and civic virtue. Classical education focuses on valuing knowledge for its own sake, and teaching children how to learn. The classical view of education holds that human beings are born with an innate curiosity that can be honed through education. Students will learn about historical events, characters, stories, fables, myths, scientific facts, and mathematical proofs. They will read whole books in great depth, and learn to approach books both with moderation to learn and courage to question. Classical education aims to bring out the best in every person by teaching young people to think for themselves. We strongly recommend reading An Introduction to Classical Education by Dr. Chris Perrin and A Classical Education for Modern Times by Dr. Terrence Moore, one of the chief architects of the Barney Charter School Initiative.
What does the curriculum look like?
Our curriculum is language-focused where learning is accomplished through written and spoken words. It is well-rounded with a phonics-based approach to reading, and in mathematics it tightly aligns procedural fluency and conceptual application. Grammar is taught formally, as a foundational component of how the English language works. Reading the great classical works of literature enables students to connect to virtue and explore humanity and Western Civilization in ways little else can. Science is experienced through inquiry and hands-on laboratories. History leverages primary source documents, emphasizes civic responsibility, and is the organizing principle around which the subjects are arranged. Cultivating an affinity for beauty and artistic expression are important reasons why we teach art and music as core subject areas. Read more about our Curriculum.
What is a “traditional” classroom?
A classical “traditional” classroom prioritizes the authority of the teacher, which empowers him or her to impart their expertise and charges them with the responsibility to deliver it to students. Students are not passive recipients of knowledge, but active participants in the discussion through the Socratic discussion. This disciplined and orderly environment facilitates attention, focus, and engagement.
Which grade levels will you start with?
CCA will start the 2020-2021 school year with grades K-6th. We will add a grade each year until 12th grade in the 2026-2027 school year.
Will students be required to wear uniforms?
Yes, all students will wear uniforms.
Will the school be faith-based?
No, as a public school, CCA is nonsectarian and not religious. Everyone is welcome, no matter their belief system.
Where will the teachers CCA hires come from?
CCA plans to have a diverse cross-section of educators who are subject matter experts in their respective fields, relative to the needs of the students. Many will come from traditional schools, and others will come from other professions, provided they have degrees in the fields of their instruction and Florida state teaching certification.
Are your teachers certified?
Yes, all of our teachers are required by law to hold a professional Florida teaching certification.
How will teachers be evaluated?
Accountability is a critical component of education. CCA will comply with all relevant laws and standards for evaluation by the state and Duval County Public Schools. Additional evaluations will be conducted internally to ensure a high level of teacher performance as needed for the classical model employed by the school.
Do students have to take state tests?
Yes, students will take state-mandated standardized tests. CCA, however, emphasizes our classical curriculum first and testing second.
Will the school offer Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses?
Yes, CCA will offer courses for AP credit and honors at the time CCA opens an upper-level school. All CCA students will be considered by the school to be serious academic scholars, regardless of placement in advanced courses such as AP and honors.
Will you offer services to ESE (Exceptional Student Education) students?
Yes, CCA will offer services to students with special needs and looks forward to working together with families to help these students succeed in the classroom and beyond.
Will there be accommodations for special needs and students on 504 plans?
CCA will employ at least one full-time educator specialist in the standards and needs of students determined by the state or Duval County Public Schools to qualify for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services. This specialist will ensure that all students receiving ESE services have education plans that meet their needs.
What is CCA’s Behavior Policy?
All students and parents will receive and must sign acknowledging receipt of the Student/Parent Handbook, which outlines CCA’s behavioral policies. Each infraction and disciplinary outcome will be adjudicated on its own merits. Students involved will have the opportunity to present their views on situations that arise, and the school will consult any other involved parties in determining disciplinary plans. Disciplinary plans will be created in conjunction with parents, when necessary.
Will you offer VPK?
No, CCA is offering K-12th grade but will not have a VPK.
Will you offer school lunches?
Yes, CCA will offer students an opportunity to buy school lunches.
Will you offer free/reduced-price meals?
Yes, CCA will offer the free/reduced meal program to students who apply and qualify.
Will CCA offer foreign language?
Yes, CCA will teach Latin from 6th-9th grade. 10th-12th graders may choose to continue with Latin or study a different Romance language.
Will you study Latin and why?
Yes, we will begin studying the Latin origins and roots of English words in 5th grade and begin a formal study of the language at the middle-grade levels as listed above. Read more about the value of learning Latin.
Will there be Physical Education (P.E)?
Yes, all students will have a P.E. class.
Will CCA offer art and/or music?
Yes, CCA will offer art and music on a weekly basis.
Will you teach penmanship and cursive?
Yes, classical education emphasizes the importance of penmanship and cursive writing.
How will the school utilize online and other computer technology?
Students will have access to and training in the use of technology, but the school will also have a preference for reading paper copies of books and traditional means of testing. It is CCA's view that the proper use of technology is an important aspect of navigating the modern world, but it is by no means the only one. CCA will value preparing young minds to learn and adapt to a variety of tools, including emerging technologies, above any specific implementation.
Will CCA offer sports?
Yes, CCA will offer a variety of sports. As CCA grows and develops, an increasing number of sports will become available. As a smaller school, CCA will most likely not offer more expensive sports, like football, which require a much larger student population.
Will CCA offer extracurricular activities?
Yes, CCA will offer a full range of opportunities including clubs and extracurricular activities depending on student interest.