CCA Handbook

of Policies & Procedures

Cornerstone Cottage Academics is a thriving parent-led academic co-op that meets in Navarre, Florida. We welcome like-minded students who desire a Christian worldview and excellence-based education.

Our Purpose is twofold: 

Our Vision is to inspire students to reach their Christian and academic potential through our Christian witness, leading by example, and effective teaching methods.

Our Values



As we strive to love one another and remain united through Christ in peace and His grace, we keep the following Scriptures in mind as we define our rules and expectations.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”  ~ Corinthians 13:5

“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.”  ~ Titus 3:2

Cornerstone Cottage Academics does not mean we are a school. We are a parent-led academic co-op. Collaborative learning in a co-op environment brings unique opportunities not usually found in solo homeschooling. However, every parent remains personally accountable for meeting their student's educational requirements and transcript goals. 

We offer core classes in the areas of Science, History/Social Studies, and English for grades 1 to 12. Students are provided opportunities for instruction, reinforcement, and hands-on learning, such as labs and projects, as we meet on campus and are given homework to take home. We offer play-based learning and a robust Pre-K/ Kindergarten program with take-home activities to reinforce learning.

Attendance must be a priority. Because we are conducting core classes, consistent attendance is a must. Otherwise, your student will fall behind which isn’t fair to the teacher, student, or their peers. In many middle and high school classes, arrangements can be made for virtual class log-ins for students who need to stay home or miss in-person classes.

While there are no firm attendance “rules,” we do ask that you do your best to honor in-person attendance by trying to plan family travel within our break periods.  There are emergencies and sometimes things can’t be helped, which is understandable, but please remember that co-op days are school days with regular lessons. If you commit to participating, please plan to be there unless you have an illness or a pre-planned activity that could not be rescheduled.

If a parent needs to be away from campus and has upper elementary students (parent discretion based on child’s needs/maturity), they may make arrangements with another parent to keep their children on campus while the parent is away. 


Illness Policy Children/parents are not to attend when ill. Please carefully consider enrolling in co-op if a family member struggles with chronic illness or a compromised immune system that would challenge their attendance. In a perfect world we would have the means to accommodate all family situations. However, with our small size and not having on-campus medical support, it may not be possible for all families in these situations to attend.

For the protection of everyone, a child or parent with symptoms of contagious illness should not attend co-op until they are symptom-free for at least 24 hours (without medications). Please do not attend co-op if you or your child are exhibiting any of the following symptoms:

Please use your discretion and consider others if your child appears to be ill in any way.  Especially with little ones, consider keeping the whole family home if one child is ill.  Arrangements can be made with individual teachers to provide virtual classes for at-home family members.

Participation is expected. Your students must appropriately participate in class and complete assigned homework on time. Class discussions and projects will require that everyone be prepared. Students must make up their missed work if they fall behind or have absences. This is necessary at all grade levels but of particular importance at the middle school and high school levels. High school classes are designed for your student to earn transcript credit, and the work must be done to earn that credit legitimately.  

Exceptional Students Policy

Cornerstone Cottage Academics Co-op has a strong foundation in educational rigor. However, we have recently welcomed a few students with unique educational challenges and abilities. As we are not equipped with a separate Special Education program, we are unable to offer direct, one-on-one teaching to these students. Considering that, we have come to realize that we must be flexible in the workload, grading, and grade level expectations of these students, as many of them struggle with reading, writing, working memory, comprehension, anxiety, and delayed executive functioning skills, among many other things. Commonly, their cognitive abilities vary from day to day. There will be days when they can successfully turn in all their work, only to be followed by a day when they may need to audit the class and listen while not completing any work. Please do not stress over this or feel it will reflect poorly on you as the teacher. Ultimately, their parents are still their primary educators and are responsible for knowing what they are capable of and working with them outside of co-op to accomplish those things.

Below are some guidelines that have been established. 

This list is our baseline. If you, as the teacher, feel the need to make additional accommodations for a student, please do so. If you need help handling an accommodation/exception or have any questions, please contact one of the Leadership Team members. 

Conflicts or Disagreements are to be handled directly among the individuals concerned. Discussing with others, even for the purpose of advice, is not acceptable. Take along a witness if necessary, but handle all conflicts and/or disagreements privately. Discussing issues under the guise of advice or polling for support is ultimately gossip, which is never fruitful in a Christian environment. The leadership team is available to voice any concerns to at any time and can be your first resource if you need to discuss a particular situation.

Parents must take full responsibility for their children's behavior. Please encourage them to follow these ABCs:

“A”:  Always behave in a manner that honors Christ.

“B”:  Be willing to respond to correction graciously.

“C”:  Cooperate with others of any age in a spirit of mutual encouragement.

“’s”:  Speech:  Abusive or foul language will not be allowed.  

Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

We abide by a “work it out” policy, which allows the students to take ownership of their relationships and to learn to work out issues among themselves. We intervene if resolution is not happening or if a physical altercation occurs. However, we do not want to be relationship referees.

We also expect that students will refrain from taking on the role of relationship referee and getting involved in the issues of others.

CCA is a safe and respectful environment for all who gather on campus. Any form of discrimination, hostility, or negative speech based on gender, race, or religion, will not be tolerated and will be reported to parents.

Cheating and lying will not be tolerated and will also be reported to parents.

Campus Care is everyone's responsibility. Our host campus graciously allows us to use their campus, and we must leave it in better condition than when we arrived. When we clean up, please don't cut corners… instead clean corners! All families are expected to participate in campus setup and clean up. 

Dress Code matters. Too tight, short, low-cut, revealing, inappropriate images or language all matter. We have guidelines in place but do not want to be dress code police. We hope that, as parents, you will enforce this within your family.

Cell Phones can be valuable tools but can also be a distraction. Unless a teacher has requested devices in class, they must remain stowed.

Computers are particularly useful for writing class, and students are permitted to bring laptops/tablets to campus if their parent allows it. Wi-fi access can be granted with parent permission as well. We ask that computers be put away when not in use for class purposes. Teachers may also want to have access to a computer to display educational material/supplements. There are TVs on campus with HDMI cables and/or Roku access for this purpose.

Statement of Faith is outlined in the “Our Beliefs” section of our website and at the end of this document. It must be agreed to by all participating families.

Curricula are selected based on Christian values and academic rigor. In addition, it must lend itself to ease of preparation and co-op use. We always seek to be financially prudent. Families are responsible for purchasing their student's curriculum. CCA provides teaching guides/curriculum to teachers to use for the year. Families may purchase their own teacher’s guides to create ease of use at home for homework or due to absences.  

Financial Support is a necessary part of our co-op. 

Arrival Procedures Parents and children should arrive a few minutes before the designated start time, be promptly seated in their first class, and get their class materials ready. Teachers are responsible for setting up their own classrooms, but everyone should pitch in to help. If you are running late, please text via GroupMe to alert everyone.

Departure Procedures


“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.” (Col. 3:16)

Leadership Team - Parents of returning families who desire an active role in the planning and administration of CCA are considered part of the Leadership Team. Their job is to assist each parent in one of the coordinator roles listed and take the lead on developing policy, selecting and administering curriculum, and enforcing policy. The Leadership Team works together as a single Director body. The Leadership Team may decide to designate a Director to focus these efforts at any time.

Registration Coordinator

Class Coordinator 




Substitute Coordinator

Hospitality Coordinator

Field Trip Coordinator

Safety & Security Coordinator

Science Lab Coordinator




Co-Teachers work with their Teacher to complete all of the above tasks. They should have equal input for developing the schedule, lesson plan, syllabus, supplemental activities, etc. The goal for co-teachers should be a 50/50 share of the workload for a task.  This may be different in each classroom. Some suggestions include: 

Co-Teachers will be the first substitute when a lead teacher is out and vice versa.


Assistants are helpers to the teacher in a classroom. They play a support role to their teacher, but may not take an active instruction role at the beginning of the year. By the end of the year, the assistant should be comfortable enough in the classroom to take the lead as a teacher the following year. An assistant can help by preparing supplies for activities, entering grades, making copies, screening/finding web resources, and helping individual students.

Assistants may also be designated to a classroom to help (a) particular student(s) based on their needs. Assisting in copywork and reading or helping with classroom regulation are critical roles for these assistants. The assistant should remain in the classroom, even if their designated students are not in the classroom on a particular day and can provide general support to the teacher.

Parent Role


I. The Scriptures

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12;      1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

II. God

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

A. God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.

Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.

B. God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.

Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

C. God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.

III. Man

Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.

IV. Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.

B. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.

C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.

D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.

V. God's Purpose of Grace

Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.

All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-8; 1 Samuel 8:4-7,19-22; Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 31:31ff.; Matthew 16:18-19; 21:28-45; 24:22,31; 25:34; Luke 1:68-79; 2:29-32; 19:41-44; 24:44-48; John 1:12-14; 3:16; 5:24; 6:44-45,65; 10:27-29; 15:16; 17:6,12,17-18; Acts 20:32; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-39; 10:12-15; 11:5-7,26-36; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 15:24-28; Ephesians 1:4-23; 2:1-10; 3:1-11; Colossians 1:12-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2:10,19; Hebrews 11:39–12:2; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:2-5,13; 2:4-10; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:19; 3:2.

By signing my name below, I acknowledge that I have read and am in agreement with the beliefs included in the Cornerstone Cottage Academics Statement of Faith.

Student Signature Printed Name & Date

_________________________________________ _________________________________________ 

_________________________________________ _________________________________________

_________________________________________ _________________________________________

_________________________________________ _________________________________________

_________________________________________ _________________________________________

Parent Signature Printed Name & Date

_________________________________________ _________________________________________



Teachers will attempt to rectify the situation directly with the student in class. If satisfactory results are not achieved then the teacher will let the parent know. If there are still challenges there will be a meeting between the teacher, student, and parent. The coordinator will be alerted to the meeting and may sit in. Ultimately, if satisfactory behavior or compliance is not achieved more drastic measures may take place such as removal from the class or the co-op.

By signing my name below, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to abide by the rules and policies outlined within this handbook.

Student Signature Printed Name & Date

_________________________________________ _________________________________________ 

_________________________________________ _________________________________________

_________________________________________ _________________________________________

_________________________________________ _________________________________________

_________________________________________ _________________________________________

Parent Signature Printed Name & Date

_________________________________________ _________________________________________

Cornerstone Cottage Academics is a parent-led academic co-op that meets in Navarre, Florida. 

We welcome like-minded students who desire a Christian worldview and excellence-based education.