Cornerstone Classical Academy (CCA) exists to create a community of students who will develop to become well-rounded, lifelong learners with a passion for academic excellence.
The school will use time-tested pedagogical methods to give young people the knowledge their minds crave and the discipline that that calls forth the best in them.
In pursuit of these goals, CCA will safeguard the public monies it is given. Implementation on these ideals will result in CCA providing parents a choice of a school that will promote student’s academic success in a financially efficient manner, accountable for academic and financial outcomes, and lawful in operation.
CCA will achieve this by meeting high standards set through Florida Statutes of student achievement by providing diverse educational opportunities within the public school system.
We will promote enhanced academic success and financial efficiency by aligning responsibility with accountability and provide parents with sufficient information on whether their child is reading at grade level and whether the child gains at least a year’s worth of learning for every year spent in the charter school.
At CCA, we will improve student learning, academic achievement, and increase learning opportunities for all students, with special emphasis on low-performing students and reading. We will also be providing rigorous competition within the public school district to stimulate continual improvement in all public schools and help to expand the capacity of the public school system.
Due to the development of new residential dwelling units, CCA will help to mitigate the educational impact on local public schools. We will also be helping to create new professional opportunities for teachers.
CCA is dedicated to the universal, eternal truths, that humankind has searched for since the dawn of time. Its students will step into an intellectual tradition that dates back millennia. They will survey the great books, thoughts, theories, and principles that have been discovered across the world and learn to determine for themselves what values and beliefs they will subscribe to and defend.
These students will be challenged to master the foundational disciplines of math, science,
literature, and history, but they will also pursue knowledge and experience in art, music,
language, culture, logic, and rhetoric. Together, these pursuits will bolster their understanding of the fundamental building blocks of human inquiries into truth, itself.
Then students will go on to develop high-level skills in logic and argumentation so that they may contribute meaningfully and virtuously to the great discourses of the future. The CCA classroom will follow a traditional model, with teachers leading discussions and lessons, but all students will be encouraged to participate and even lead as appropriate. No student will be left behind, as the entire classroom will be engaged by empowered teachers who will reach into each corner of the classroom to draw out every young mind.
The school values the diversity and inclusiveness reflective of the best of our society. CCA students will receive academically-rigorous training in the core subjects to build a foundation of thorough knowledge. On top of that foundation, these students will learn to discover the ethical underpinnings and philosophies that inform scientific, mathematical, and other discoveries of universal truth. Lessons will highlight virtues and moral principles to train students, the nation’s future leaders, to understand their civic duty so they may one day offer their very best to our country.
Parents, being a foundational part of their child’s education at CCA, will be provided ongoing information regarding whether their child is reading at grade level and whether their child gains at least a year’s worth of learning every year. In addition, any student in kindergarten through grade 3 who exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading will be provided intensive, explicit, systematic, and multisensory reading help. We will not wait until the end of the grading period to communicate with parents in reference to failing grades.
Graduates of the school will have a strong sense of responsibility, a deep knowledge of the academic subjects, and a well-honed passion for learning and pursuing the truth, goodness and beauty in any and all future endeavors.
CCA aims to create a generation of well-educated, lifelong learners who will look back on their years in grade school with fondness for the academic discipline and hard-won knowledge they gained. These will be the leaders and workers of tomorrow who will guide our country and our society into a rapidly-changing future. By giving them the tools and the confidence to confront tomorrow’s challenges, our school can do its small part toward ensuring a fairer, better future for the United States and the world.