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Our History

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Paragon Cooperative Learning Academy began in the fall of 2001, offering two classes (Biology and General Science) for approximately twenty five students from Rockdale and Newton Counties at Covington Praise Center in Covington, Georgia.


The next year the co-op expanded to offer ten classes for students in P.E.A.R.L. Home Educators. The program became PEARL Cooperative Learning Academy. At the time of its inception it was a co-op in every sense of the word with families getting together and teaching each other’s children.

In 2004, the PEARL Cooperative Learning Academy became Paragon Cooperative Learning Academy. The word paragon means “a model of excellence” and has roots in a Greek word meaning “spherical pearl”.

Paragon Cooperative Learning Academy began an optional accreditation program in 2005. We moved to our current location at Salem United Methodist Church in November 2005.

In 2006, our accreditation program became Paragon Academy and PA earned full accreditation with the Georgia Accrediting Commission.

We have seen tremendous growth and give all of the honor and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Our mission

The mission of Paragon Cooperative Learning Academy is to provide high quality classes to the homeschool community. It is the goal of PCLA to supplement, enrich, and support what is being taught in the home and not replace the home educating parent. We seek to provide homeschooling students with classroom opportunities that are taught in a Christian environment by qualified teachers. It is our desire to see the Lord glorified in all that we say and all that we do in and through PCLA.

Paragon Cooperative Learning Academy is a ministry to homeschooling families. We are an interdenominational association that requires each family to sign our Statement of Faith. 

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