We are frequently asked about education programs and recommendations for childcare, preschools, and schools in the Jacksonville area. We understand that picking a school or childcare center that fits your child’s and your family’s needs can be an overwhelming task. Whether you choose an independent, private, public, religious affiliation, or otherwise – we are thrilled to provide this guide resource to help your family, brought to you by our many sponsors! If you have questions about specific schools we also encourage you to ask the moms in our neighborhood groups about their thoughts and experiences, including our specialty groups for homeschool moms and our newest group for moms of middle school and high school-aged kids. Who better to ask about local schools than actual moms who have experienced the schools themselves?
Jacksonville Country Day School
Independent, Private School PreK3 – 6th Grade
Through intellectual exploration — which involves project-based and transformative learning experiences, Jacksonville Country Day School prepares students for success at the next academic level and beyond. Strengthened by a supportive and nurturing community of educators, peers, and parents, JCDS students learn to approach challenges with creativity, perseverance, and confidence so that they can succeed.
We invite you to tour the JCDS campus and discover all that our school has to offer. Located at 10063 Baymeadows Road Jacksonville, FL 32256. Phone: (904) 641-6644.
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The Bolles School
Independent, Private College Preparatory School Pre-K – Grade 12
An independent college preparatory and boarding school, The Bolles School holds a longstanding reputation for providing a well-rounded educational experience for students in Pre-K through Grade 12. Its four area campuses – Bolles Lower School Whitehurst, Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach, Middle School Bartram, and Upper School San Jose – now enroll 1,600 boarding and day students from more than 20 countries and nine states. Renowned for its tradition of excellence in academics, arts and athletics and its emphasis on servant leadership, The Bolles School provides students an unequaled breadth of opportunities for achievement – enabling every child to optimize his or her unique interests, abilities, and talents. Students develop an awareness of exploration, service, and personal values in the lower schools that instill a sense of All Things Possible as they move on to the middle school, upper school, and beyond. Bolles inspires boys and girls to pursue excellence through courage, integrity, and compassion. This time-honored legacy of learning thrives on every Bolles campus and in the many lives it has shaped over the years.
Visit www.Bolles.org for more information, to attend one of our virtual open houses or to schedule a tour.
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Episcopal School of Jacksonville
Independent Private College Preparatory School Age 1 – Grade 12
With three campuses located across Northeast Florida, only Episcopal School of Jacksonville is able to serve students and families through every phase of their academic journey, from age one through 12th grade. We are a community where students benefit from our rigorous curriculum, vibrant fine arts offerings, outstanding athletic programs, diverse extracurricular programs, small class sizes, and exceptional faculty; the global community benefits from the contributions and leadership of our graduates.
Episcopal School of Jacksonville prepares students for success in college and beyond by delivering a unique balance across Four Pillars — Academics, Athletics, Spiritual Life, and Fine Arts. An Episcopal graduate lives into his or her potential by becoming a well-rounded individual who seeks understanding, develops a sense of self, lives with honor and purpose, and pursues a life of faith.
We invite you to visit one of our three campuses to learn more:
Grades 6 – 12 on the Munnerlyn Campus, Grades Pre-K3 – Grade 5 on the Beaches Campus, and Age 1 – Grade 5 on the St. Mark’s Campus.
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Seacoast Christian Academy
Private School Pre-K1 – 12th Grade
Seacoast Christian Academy offers a comprehensive academic program for children age 1 through grade 12. We are accredited through the Association of Christian Schools International, ACSI, which requires rigorous standards for teaching and learning. We provide a safe and nurturing environment where we focus on core academics within a biblical framework while providing opportunities for extracurricular courses in the arts, athletics, and STEM subjects. As a Google for Education school, we provide Google tools and resources to help students create, collaborate, and build digital skills for the future. We are centrally located between downtown and the beach! Call us today to set up a visit. We’d love to show you around!
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The Discovery School
Non-Profit, Independent Montessori and International Baccalaureate School, Toddler – 8th grade
The Discovery School is an independent school located in Jacksonville Beach serving children ages 18 months through 8th grade that promotes collaboration, independence, creativity, and respect in a nurturing environment. Discovery is the only school in Northeast Florida, and one of only a handful of schools in the country, rooted in a renowned educational philosophy, Montessori, that advances to a globally-recognized program, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, which begins at the age of three.
By allowing students at Discovery to be involved in their own learning we develop the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom. We know that there is great value in not only being resourceful but reflective, self-aware but selfless, confident but kind, qualities that motivate our students to become their best selves. Our focus is not just to prepare these bright young minds for the future, but more importantly, to enable our students to create it, and leave their own, unique and irreplaceable mark on the world.
We are accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools, the American Montessori Society, and are recognized as an IB World School. Our mission is, “We open our minds and hearts so we can discover the knowledge and ideals to build a better world”.
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The Goddard School of Saint Johns (Julington Creek)
The Goddard School of St. Johns located in the Julington Creek community is excited to welcome students ages 6 weeks through Pre-Kindergarten, and their families! Under the ownership of Liz Scott, the School provides a caring, safe, and healthy environment so children can have fun learning and growing each day in a space designed with their needs in mind.
“Providing a welcoming, fun learning environment combined with the
the highest quality preschool program is my utmost priority so our children may develop a lifelong love of learning,” Liz says, and with a variety of changes and updates, it’s easy to see her intent in action.
At the completely remodeled and recently reopened St. Johns/Julington Creek location, children will have the chance to explore a new outdoor play area that extends the classroom to a turf field, a mini-amphitheater, an interactive music space, a garden, and more. The school has added new health and safety procedures that ensure the cleanest environment possible so you can have peace of mind and your child can focus on fun learning experiences. The School also features two-, three- and five-day schedules with half-day, school-day, and full-day options available.
The School also hosts a fun and engaging Before & After School program serving the Julington Creek & Durbin Creek Elementary schools. The Goddard School at St. Johns in Julington Creek can’t wait to welcome families!
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The Learning Experience
From preschool through kindergarten, we make early education and daycare joyful, engaging, and fun so children are happy to learn, play and grow. For nearly 40 years, The Learning Experience® has been positively impacting the lives of children ages 6 weeks to six years by developing and implementing ground-breaking childcare and early education programs. Our L.E.A.P.® (Learning Experience Academic Program) Curriculum uses fun, hands-on activities throughout early education to help children develop intellectually, socially, and cognitively. All-inclusive enrichment programs include yoga, music, fitness, and more.
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St. Johns Country Day School
Independent, Private College Prep School PreK – 12th Grade
At St. Johns, we know that the best education doesn’t stop with the classroom. That’s why our future-facing curriculum combines first-rate academics with vibrant visual and performing arts and championship athletics, along with our progressive Fellowships program, innovative on-campus technology, and much more.
St. Johns students seek solutions, accept responsibility, and create collaboration, preparing them not just for college, but for life. Call or click today to learn more about how St. Johns is redefining college preparatory education, and to schedule your personal tour!
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Duval Charter at Baymeadows
Duval Charter School at Baymeadows is a tuition-free public charter school proud to serve students in grades K-8. Named a School of Excellence by the Florida Department of Education, DCSB has received recognition for being an “A” graded school since its inception in 2011. DCSB is also among the highest-scoring charter schools in Duval County. We offer a rigorous curriculum with an individualized approach to learning and community-centered academic programs that equip your child to meet today’s challenges. These programs include Cambridge advanced classes and Gifted program, K-5 After school clubs and activities that include Robotics, Art, Music, Book Club, Harry Potter Club, Girls on the Run, and Playball, Band option for 5th graders. MS Athletics (football, cheer, cross country, soccer, basketball, track, baseball/softball, bowling, ultimate Frisbee), MS After school clubs that include National Junior Honors Society, Robotics, Student Government, Jr. Thespians, and more! Uniform school with a dress code enforced.
Duval Charter High School is a tuition-free public charter school educating students in grades 9-12. DCHS offers a robust, advanced curriculum (only AICE and honors courses available) that meets the needs of lifelong learners who enjoy coming to school every day. We offer a safe environment for students and incorporate Social Emotional Learning into the high school coursework. Student/Teacher relationships are important to student growth and comfort. We have a low student to teacher ratio which allows our students to engage with their teachers and each other. We have a school culture program where all students are assigned to a Hero Team. Students engage in Team Community Meetings and competitions. Students can earn rewards for themselves as well as their team when they show their Panther Spirit in word or deed. DCHS highlights include AICE, AP & Dual Enrollment, Honors Classes, National Honors Society, After school clubs and activities, and men and women’s athletic program. Graduation rate 98%-100% yearly, with 98% entering post-secondary education, trade school, or military. Uniform school with a dress code enforced.
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San Jose Episcopal Day School
Private Christian Elementary School, Pre-K3 through Sixth Grade
Educating the mind, body, and spirit since 1950. Our teachers know their students, celebrate their individuality, and intentionally plan ways to elevate the student experience. Think Tank, an SJEDS signature enrichment program, offers a challenging, high-level approach to learning, and a way to develop the strengths and talents of ALL students.
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Collage Day School
Independent Day School, Ages 3 months old through 5th Grade
Collage Day School is an academically challenging, independent day school in the Palm Valley area of Ponte Vedra Beach designed to educate students from three months through fifth grade. Collage focuses on all levels of the learning spectrum, including students who qualify for the gifted program, to offer your child the best opportunity for success.
Our Early Learning Community for ages 3 months to 2 years old offers rich experiences to help our youngest children grow into joyful learners. We believe a robust early childhood education sets the stage for a future filled with a love of learning. Students should enter Elementary School with a healthy curiosity, readiness skills, an eagerness to learn, and abundant energy.
The Collage team fosters those attributes in its Preschool Community, engaging students in an active learning process in which teachers provide direct instruction as well as hands-on activities that promote critical thinking, problem-solving, cooperative learning, and facilitation of child-driven inquiry.
Collage’s Elementary School Community is designed to continue the development of well-rounded students with a well-balanced curriculum that engages them intellectually, emotionally, and physically. We also offer the essential components of successful gifted programs: low student-teacher ratios, individualized curricula, and inquiry-based teaching methods – all led by Gifted Endorsed/Certified faculty.
Visit our website to learn more about why you should choose Collage Day School.
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River City Science Academy – Intracoastal
Tuition-Free Public Charter School, Kindergarten – Grade 8
River City Science Academy (RCSA) is a tuition-free, public charter school with a STEM-focused curriculum. RCSA is recognized as a School of Excellence in Duval County and is the first charter school in the county to receive an A-grade and high-performing status from the Florida Department of Education.
RCSA Intracoastal is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. The arrival of RCSA Intracoastal has been highly anticipated and well-received, as many working parents prefer to be closer to their children’s schools. Anyone can apply, no matter their zip code or county!
RCSA’s mission is to ensure that all students reach their maximum potential in a diverse, structured, and nurturing environment and to prepare students for a future in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. RCSA emphasizes STEM education and rigorous academics but also focuses on developing the whole child with Character Education and extra-curricular activities. The core values that guide RCSA are respect, compassion, self-confidence, and accountability.
Visit their website for more information about RCSA Intracoastal and to apply.
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Early Childhood Development Infants – VPK – Chappell is so pleased you are considering our program for your most precious accomplishment – your child. You want the safest, most nurturing educational experience for them and Chappell provides that environment. We partner closely with our parents to provide the highest level of development for your children. We encourage you to be involved in your child’s school day whenever your schedule permits and we have an open-door policy. If you’d like to have lunch with – or read to – your child’s class, you’re always welcome to do so! We want your workday to be worry-free and we want your drop-ff and pick-up experience to be a fun way to learn about your child’s day. We use FrogStreet, Sunform, HATCH, ELMM Plus and the Kaymbu parent communication tool.
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Michele Block Gan Yeladim
Toddler Age 1, Preschool-Kindergarten – Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten provide unparalleled excellence in early childhood education. Established in 1974, the school is the longest consistently NAEYC accredited program in Northern Florida. We use research-based methodologies that foster complex thinking, independence, and collaboration using an emotionally responsive practice. Each child’s experiences and learning opportunities are nurtured and facilitated through play, exploration, and creativity. Children achieve success, gain independence and self-confidence while their individual abilities, learning styles, and developmental pace are respected and valued. Enrollment in school is open to all children regardless of race, religious affiliation, or ethnic origin; JCA membership is not required to participate. Our award-winning and highly accredited program provides support and respect to both children and families by creating an environment of acceptance that is non-judgmental and includes cultural diversity.Full and part-time programs are open to children age 1 (and walking) through kindergarten.
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Greenwood School Jax
Independent, College, and career-preparatory curriculum for middle and high school students – The foundation of Greenwood School programs is our specialized instruction, which includes the expert use of research-proven practices beneficial to all students, but especially to students with specific learning differences. We provide strategies, supports, and accommodations to create learning opportunities that effectively address the individual needs of students and enable them to experience success with a challenging, college-preparatory level curriculum.
Greenwood School provides the most appropriate balance of challenge and support for all students. We are regularly recommended by families and professionals throughout the Jacksonville area for our supports to students with a variety of challenges, including ADHD, auditory and/or visual processing delays, autism spectrum disorders (those formerly specified as Asperger’s Syndrome or Pervasive Developmental Delay), dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, executive functioning difficulties, general anxieties, and other differences.
In addition to core subjects, Greenwood students benefit from interscholastic athletics, National Honor Society, Student Council, and a variety of other extracurricular activities and clubs, such as Archery, Chess, Ecology/Zoology, Fencing, and Running. Core classes are supplemented by enrichment courses: Art, Band, Coding, Drama, Graphic Design, History electives, Physical Education, Science electives, Sociology, and many other options.
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Grace Episcopal Day School
Independent, PK3 – 8th Grade – Grace Episcopal Day School is a Christian based, family-oriented educational community dedicated to maximizing each student’s potential. For over 70 years, Grace has provided a rich educational experience for students in Northeast Florida. Our students are challenged to become self-directed critical thinkers in an environment where STEM, technology, the arts, and sports are an integral part of our curriculum. We believe that partnering with parents to create a personal and ongoing dialogue is critical to our students’ success. Come see how a small environment can make a big difference. We invite you to take a tour of our beautiful outdoor campus located in the heart of historic Orange Park, just one block from the St. Johns River.
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Holy Family Catholic School
Pre-K3 through Eighth Grade – Holy Family Catholic School is committed to the success of every student, by providing a rigorous academic curriculum, rooted in Gospel values. Our outstanding faculty meet students at their level and challenge them to reach their full potential. Our preschool programs are designed to enhance and encourage students’ natural curiosity about the world around them; while our elementary curriculum allows students to work in a collaborative learning environment while also assessing skills at an age-appropriate level. In grades 6-8 we offer top-notch technology such as 3-D printers and 1:1 iPad, students attend STEM specific classes and where applicable advanced math classes. Holy Family is pleased to be a National Blue-Ribbon School, Notre Dame STEM Trusty Fellow, and 2020 Bold City Best Private School winner. We look forward to welcoming your family as part of our family.
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Early Childhood – Kindergarten – The Playgarden is a perfect place for children (2 ½-year-old to kindergarteners) to explore, grow, and create. We focus on the whole child: head, heart, and hands. Our literacy-rich curriculum includes play, music, poetry, movement, bread-baking, gardening, painting, and frequent walks to the beach. The Playgarden offers 2, 3, or 5-day mixed-age classes at our beach Cottage-Kinderhaus campus as well as offering the first Forest Kindergarten in the South Eastern United States. We are a LifeWays Representative site following Waldorf inspired programming. Whether on campus or in the forest, our students enjoy circle time, story-time, nature hike, snack, outdoor artistic activities, cooking and baking, and of course lots of time for play, observation, exploration, discovery, and wonder. We provide a loving environment with “unstructured free time in nature resulting in an intimate, deep, and personal connection to the natural world”.
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Spring River School
K-8th Grade: full or part-time offerings –Spring River School, established in 2015 as part of The Playgarden Community, serves approximately 60 students in grades K-6 from all over the Jacksonville area. Beginning in the fall of 2021, Spring River took our programming 100% outdoors on daily field trips and is the only “All Outdoor School” in Northeast Florida. We offer hands-on creative programming inspired by Waldorf methods of learning, meeting each family with warmth and joy. Spring River supports families that have chosen home education and we are a Florida non-profit organization with a commitment to serving the community by helping to build children’s reverence for the natural world and create future stewards of the earth.
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Shepherd of the Woods
VPK – 8th Grade: Shepherd of the Woods School, located at 7860 Southside Blvd, 32256, provides personalized, values-based learning for students 3-years-old through 8th grade that prepares them for success in our rapidly changing world. Our students thrive in an inclusive environment that focuses on nurturing each child academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Loving teachers guide students in developing inclusive relationships. Our students learn to make a difference both locally and globally. Shepherd of the Woods School is committed to and enjoys learning, loving, and serving! For more information and a personal tour, phone (904) 641-3393, or contact Angie Ervin, Admissions Counselor, at [email protected].
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Duval County Public Schools
Area Public Schools – Duval County Public Schools is the 22nd largest school district in the nation and the sixth-largest school district in Florida. The district is committed to ensuring that students are prepared for success in college or a career and life. Also, the district will make sure its mission of providing educational excellence is reflected in every school, in every classroom, for every student, every day. Phone (904) 390-2000.
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Clay County District Schools
Area Public Schools: The School District of Clay County exists to prepare life-long learners for success in a global and competitive workplace and in acquiring applicable life skills. The School District encompasses a 601 square-mile suburban/rural county in Northeast Florida, including the communities of Orange Park, Middleburg, Green Cove Springs, Fleming Island, Penney Farms, Clay Hill, Oakleaf, and Keystone Heights.
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St. Johns County School District
Area Public Schools – The St. Johns County School District will inspire good character and passion for lifelong learning in all students creating educated and caring contributors to the world. The St. Johns County School District includes 45 schools and is fully accredited as a quality school s system by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), a division of AdvancED Accreditation. AdvancED Accreditation is the highest level of accreditation that a school system can receive. Phone (904) 547-7500.
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