Duval Charter School at Southside is a tuition-free public charter school educating students in grades K-8. For 2014-2015 school year applications will be accepted in grade levels K-6. Subsequent grades will be added each year. Duval Charter School at Southside is governed by Renaissance Charter School, Inc. and a member of the Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) family of schools.
As a Navy wife and mother of five kids (three adults and two elementary age) I have seen A LOT of schools and this is, hands down, the best school I’ve seen. My children excel here. My son, who is now in third grade, has struggled with his grades and focus to the point of being needlessly threatened by the vice principal at their previous school, a public school that only focused on test scores, the school grade and didn’t adhere to the required physical activity time. His grades were poor and he constantly got in trouble for not sitting still. Who can for 7 hours a day? At DCSS, they have individual learning plans, focus on confidence building and they let kids get their wiggles out! My son has made honor roll for the first time and there is a vast improvement overall. My daughter on the other hand is the opposite. She is in the gifted program and was often overlooked and ignored at public school because other kids needed more help than she did. At DCSS, she is now challenged and held accountable. Again, the improvement is vast. The teachers are top notch and always look happy which makes a huge difference in my opinion. The administration is top notch also. Ms. Dody, the principle is by far the best principle I’ve met. And I’ve met every single principle from every single school my kids have attended. She is soft spoken but can command the children with a whisper! She is at every event, sends out great newsletters and intermittent emails so I always know what is happening and what is going to happen. The entire staff is pretty amazing and the best part is that no matter who you need to talk to at the school from the gifted teacher to the cafeteria manager, they always return communications, are respectful, helpful and informative. The best parenting decision I have ever made was switching from Duval County Public Schools to Duval County Charter at Southside and I highly recommend it.
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