About Cornerstone Classical Academy
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 scholars 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 meets this need by offering classical education to all families in the community, regardless of socioeconomic status, prior academic performance of the scholar, 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 scholar 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 scholars, with special emphasis on low-performing scholars 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 scholars 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, scholars 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.