The mission of Cornerstone Classical Academy is to sharpen the minds and cultivate the hearts of students, through a content-rich classical education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in the principles of moral character, civic virtue, and knowledge of truth.
Cornerstone Classical Academy envisions growing to become a wellspring of future leaders for the Jacksonville area, the nation, and the world. Every student of the Academy will build a solid foundation of knowledge, discipline, virtue, and character which flow forth from their understanding of the Western Tradition that supports our civil society, its history, virtues, universal discoveries. Our students will be equipped to make the world a better place, through their academically-intensive instruction in the core disciplines of math, science, literature, and history, as well as their development of analytical faculties to examine the values relevant to each.
Learn the truth. Do the good. Love the beautiful.
We are principled individuals, who make consistently good choices in keeping with our knowledge of right and wrong. We seek the wisdom of others in cases of moral uncertainty.
We are willingly accountable for what we do and say, and we seek to learn from our mistakes.
We take responsibility to govern ourselves, our thoughts, and our actions in an upstanding manner as citizens who protect our culture of independence and autonomy.
We believe all people have inherent, human value deserving of kind and just treatment. Our attitude toward others and their property reflects the way we wish to be treated, regardless of individual differences.
We always do what we know to be right despite fear, hardship, and opposition. We resist negative peer pressure, defend our rights and the rights of others, and encourage others to do the same.
We apply consistent effort to the best of our abilities, regardless of the level of difficulty. We respond creatively to overcome obstacles and ask for help when necessary.
We are free of arrogance and cherish the unique qualities of others. We strive to do our best regardless of recognition.
Cornerstone Classical Academy (CCA) exists to create a community of scholars who will develop to become well-rounded, lifelong learners with a passion for academic excellence and will receive academically-rigorous training in the core subjects to build a foundation of thorough knowledge.
The school uses time-tested pedagogical methods to give young people the knowledge their minds crave and the discipline that calls forth the best in them.
CCA is dedicated to the universal, eternal truths, that humankind has searched for since the dawn of time. Its scholars 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 scholars 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 scholars 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.
On top of that foundation, these scholars 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 scholars, the nation’s future leaders, to understand their civic duty so they may one day offer their very best to our country.
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.