Student Applications

Parent Information Meetings:

October 25, November 30 & December 7 at 6pm.

 

During the 2023-2024 school year, CCA will have grades VPK through 9th and add a subsequent grade each year until we reach the 12th grade. CCA will not limit enrollment until it has reached its approved capacity in accordance with Florida’s class size amendments. Our application process and allowable preferences follow the requirements of Controlled Open Enrollment as set forth in the state statutes. 

Approximate number of students in each core class will be:

·     18 students in kindergarten through grade 3;

·     22 students in grades 4 through 12

Enrollment Process at CCA for VPK-9th grade:

RE-ENROLLMENT FOR CURRENT ENROLLED STUDENTS is November 1-30, 2022. Current CCA students may reserve their seats for the 2023-2024 school following school year through a link that will be emailed with instructions to parents/guardians. This link is exclusive for currently enrolled students ONLY. Siblings that are not currently enrolled cannot submit their application(s) at this time. Current students must re-enroll by November 30th at 11:59pm to secure their spot for the following school year.

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT is December 1-31, 2022. Any seat not reserved by currently enrolled students by 11:59pm on November 30th, 2022, will be made available for the Open Enrollment lotteryPeriod. December is the month for the public to have their best chance at being offered a seat at CCA. Every application received between December 1st and December 31st will be placed into a lottery for the available seats (regardless of the current enrollment status). Every application received after December 31st will be placed at the bottom of their applicable priority group. Please see FAQs for priority group information.

STEP 1: Complete a CCA Student Application by clicking the "Apply Here" button above. Please ensure you choose the correct school year with the correct grade level as errors in entry are the sole responsibility of the guardian completing the application. Errors could void your application. Please fill out as much of the requested information and documents as possible. CCA will accept student applications via the School Mint application portal for the 23/24 school year. We will continue to receive applications for 22/23 via the SmartChoice application portal. Florida law requires a random lottery when there are more student applicants than seats available in a particular grade.  NOTE: You will be notified of lottery results in January 2023 via email and/or phone, however you can always check your lottery results in School Mint on the student portal at any time. 

 

STEP 2: In January 2023, a random lottery will be run by grade level for all prospective students who applied in December 2022. Parents/Guardians will then Receive either an ”Offer", "Register", or "Wait-list" notification, or a or "Processing" notification.The number of student seats available in each grade will determine how many offers will be sent to new students to proceed with registration.  You will be notified of the acceptance and you will have only 10 days to accept your seat and complete the registration process of uploading the requested documents in School Mint. Then go to Step 3. If your student is placed on a received a Wait-list notification, you will be notified of wait-list status via email, and it will be posted in the student(s) application portal School Mint. You can check your status at any time in your portal. If you received a response in your application portal saying “Processing notification,” then your application is awaiting an administrator to review before it is placed into the lottery pool or at the bottom of the waitlist. (Placement is dependent on the date the application is submitted.)

STEP 3: If you accept an offered seat at CCA, Welcome to CCA!! Please ensure that all documents are uploaded into your application portal within 10 days!  Once you accept your seat, you will receiving our weekly newsletter, The Cornerstone Chronicles, which is published every Friday with pertinent school information. If you have not received a newsletter in your inbox after acceptance, please search your spam folder for "chronicles". Important information can be found on our website.  Enrollment in Cornerstone Classical Academy (CCA) will be open to all students within Duval County Public Schools and surrounding areas in accordance with Florida Statutes. CCA admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It doesn't discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED ENROLLMENT QUESTIONS

Can a student be admitted after school starts?

 YES! Our waitlist is generated after we run the lottery in January 2023. Any applications received after December 31, 2022 at 11:59pm are placed at the bottom of the waiting list.  We will contact our waiting list year-round as seats become available. Once you receive your wait-list notification, you should proceed to secure your seat at your second-choice school. It is impossible to know if seats will become available to wait-listed students, so it is vital that your child does not miss an opportunity at another school because you are waiting on a seat at CCA. If you have waiting siblings, please consider if you would be willing to enrolling one sibling at CCA while you wait on a seat for the other waiting sibling(s). Once the seats are filled in the Open Lottery, it is not likely that more than one sibling will get offered a seat at the same time so be sure you can logistically have students at more than one school. If you choose to start one sibling at CCA, the waiting sibling will be moved up the waitlist of their respective grade.

What is my child's number on the waitlist? 

We do not give out numbers or positions on the waitlist. Please plan to attend your second-choice school as soon as you learn of your waitlisted status. 

When will I know if I have a seat at CCA for the upcoming school year? 

Open Enrollment Lottery results for the 2023-2024 school year should be posted to your student portal in School Mint by or before January 31st. You will be notified via email and/or a phone call if you are offered a seat. YOU MUST GO BACK INTO YOUR STUDENT PORTAL TO ACCEPT THE SEAT WITHIN 10 DAYS OF THE PUBLISHED RESULTS.  School Mint the software will automatically decline your seat and offer it to the next waiting student. NO EXCEPTIONS.  If you forgot how to get to the student application portal, go to the Admissions tab and click on Parent Portal. Click on the "Apply Here" button above and log into your account. You are then able to click on each student to see their status.  Logging into School Mint also enables you to view your child(ren)’s application status in real time.

If my child is waitlisted, do I need to reapply for the following year?

 Yes! Our waitlists/active rosters do not carry over into future school years. Please complete an application for each year you are interested in attending CCA. On the School Mint application portal, if the school year is not an option for the year that application window is not open at this time. 

Why is your lottery run so early compared to other schools in the area?

Due to our large number of applications to CCA, we want all families to know their application status with CCA before the deadlines of other schools’ open enrollmentperiods in case they are wait-listed.

Can I submit my application without the required documents? 

Yes, but you will only have 24 hours to provide those documents once offered a seat. The exception is the Open Enrollment Lottery offers in January 2023 which allows 10 days. You may submit your student(s) application and upload documents at a later date in School Mint student application portal.

What are the priorities given in the lottery to help obtain a seat?

Per Florida law our charter, we can only give preference to children of Founding Board Members, children of full-time staff, siblings of currently enrolled students and Duval County residents. No other preferences can be given. 

 

Can I still apply to be admitted this school year if I missed the Open Enrollment Lottery window?

 Yes. Your application will be placed at the bottom of your student’s grade applicable priority group (See above for priority groups). You will likely be waitlisted as our seats typically fill up during the Open Enrollment Lottery Period and subsequent lottery. You can always say no to decline an offered seat, but we cannot offer a seat without a submitted application.

 What do I do if my child got accepted into more than one school?

If a student receives a lottery selection for more than one school, the parent/guardian must select one and decline the other. All required paperwork must be turned into the school CCA by the deadline.

Do I need to complete a different application for each of my children?

Yes. Each child that you would like to attend CCA must have their own application submitted. Please make sure you list all applying siblings on each application, as we cannot guarantee linking without this piece of information being 

If I have more than one child and one gets into CCA, will the other(s) be guaranteed a spot?

Because we are required to enroll based on a lottery system AND our seats are limited, we cannot guarantee enrollment for anyone. However, if you enroll one sibling, the waiting sibling(s) will move up the waitlist. If you are offered a seat for only one sibling, you must be willing to have one at CCA and the other(s) at a different school until a seat becomes available for the waiting sibling. We do admit year-round, so it is possible to obtain an offer for the waiting sibling even after school starts. Unfortunately, iIt is impossible to know if any students will withdraw at any given time.

We would like to homeschool/virtual instruction while we wait on a CCA seat. Any advice?

If you believe that this is what is best for your child, your scholar will be best prepared if they are taking coursework that is in sequence with the course curriculum at CCA for their current grade level. That information is available on our website under the Academic Tab.

Please feel free to contact Katy Thimann at kthimann@cornerstoneclassical.org with any questions.