Jacksonville Country Day School

Jacksonville Country Day School Photo #1 - Jacksonville Country Day School offers a challenging and innovative curriculum tailored to your child's age and ability levels.
Jacksonville Country Day School Photo #2 - Through innovative learning and the latest technology, Jacksonville Country Day School students are fully prepared for their futures.
Jacksonville Country Day School Photo #3 - Whole child education lets children develop their full range of talents while building confidence. All students participate in art, Spanish, technology, library, science lab, and music classes about once a week.
Jacksonville Country Day School Photo #4 - JCDS students enjoy daily PE, which includes swimming, and recess. This focus on healthy activity supports optimal classroom learning as exercise is proven to improve brain function.
Jacksonville Country Day School Photo #5 - Jacksonville Country Day School offers students small class sizes and individual attention.
Jacksonville Country Day School Photo #6 - Jacksonville Country Day School offers a safe campus and state-of-the-art facilities that are centered around giving children an ideal environment for learning and growing.
Jacksonville Country Day School Photo #7 - Jacksonville Country Day School differentiates learning to ensure that instruction and programs are tailored to the learning needs of individual students.
Jacksonville Country Day School Photo #8 - Jacksonville Country Day School is a diverse community where children learn to interact and value those from other cultures.
Jacksonville Country Day School Photo #9 - A school culture of continual learning through professional development leads to an enthusiastic faculty who follow best practices and stay current with the latest research.
  • Prepared for Success at JCDS. Through intellectual exploration across our 19-acre campus in the convenient Southside area of Jacksonville, children in Pre K-3 through 6th grade are engaged in a transformative learning experience at Jacksonville Country Day School.
  • Strengthened by a supportive and nurturing community of educators, peers, and parents, JCDS students are taught how to approach learning with creativity, perseverance, and confidence so that they are prepared for success at the next academic level and beyond.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-6
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1960

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers60 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Uniforms required)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $8,990 for Pre K-3 to $18,970 in 6th Grade (2020-2021)
Admissions DirectorKrista Pizzi


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBallet, Basketball, Cheering, Dance, Flag Football, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Soccer, Swimming, VolleyballBalletBasketball,
Flag FootballGymnastics,
Martial ArtsSoccer,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Lego League, Math Olympiad, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Sharks, Ballet, Band, Chorus, Jazzy J's, Little Sharks: Enrichment Explorations

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball Teams, Cheerleading, Flag Football, Karate, Soccer Team, Volleyball

School Notes

  • Through intellectual exploration, which involves project-based and transformative learning experiences, Jacksonville Country Day School prepares students for academic success. 
  • 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.  
  • JCDS is committed to connecting with our community. This allows JCDS students to develop positive relationships that are grounded in empathy, respect, and thoughtful communication.
  • JCDS students come to understand that responsibility is essential to having a healthy and productive life. Students also learn that through teamwork and leading by example, even the toughest challenges can be mastered.

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  • Jacksonville
    Grades: NS-5 | 89 students
    4.4 miles
    3718 Salisbury Road
    Jacksonville, FL 32216
    (904) 733-5797
    4.4 NS-5
  • Jacksonville
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    7.2 miles
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    Jacksonville, FL 32223
    (904) 389-5106
    7.2 K-12
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    5 miles
    11600 Old Saint Augustine Road
    Jacksonville, FL 32258
    (904) 268-6688
    5 PK-8
  • Jacksonville
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    5.5 miles
    5520 University Blvd W
    Jacksonville, FL 32216
    (904) 737-6330
    5.5 PK-12
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    Grades: PK-5 | 58 students
    9.3 miles
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    Jacksonville, FL 32207
    (904) 398-3830
    9.3 PK-5

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (12 reviews)
Jacksonville Country Day School has given our children the opportunity to thrive academically while cultivating a foundation of character education that goes beyond the classroom. The teachers are dedicated to giving each student the attention and support they need to succeed and feel confident. Our children have felt safe, loved and challenged at JCDS.
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Jacksonville Country Day school has an exceptional community that feels like family. The culture of the school is nurturing, inclusive, and focused on character education. Beyond that, the academic rigor of the curriculum is excellent, and the students are taught to love learning. I have been a JCDS parent for 10 years and counting, and can't think of any other place where I would want to see my children grow into independent, confident young people.
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JCDS is a true community. From the day my child started in the Pre-K 3 program, this school has warmed my heart. Each and every faculty member makes it a point to get to know each child, address them by name when they see them in the hall, and make the children and their family feel known and valued. Every teacher we have had has gone above and beyond and exceeded all expectations. This is a wonderful place for a child to grow and learn. In addition to top-notch academics, the character education program, the gorgeous facilities and the wide range of after-school and summer activities are a few of the reasons that we love JCDS.
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Our child has been attending JCDS for 5 years, beginning in PreK-3 and our family highly recommends the school. Aside from the outstanding educational experience, the character development is an instrumental element of the curriculum. We are so glad to be a part of this school community!
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This is our fifth year at JCDS. I can truly say JCDS has exceeded our expectations. The teachers are AMAZING. The academics are challenging and engaging, with cross-curriculum learning opportunities so that children can learn in a variety of ways. We also love the focus on character education and connections within the community. The administration is excellent, and parent feedback and communication is taken very seriously. During COVID, there has been complete transparency. We feel that our children are very safe at JCDS. There are many enrichment opportunities, from sports to arts, and the lunch food is even great!
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We fell in love with JCDS the minute we walked on campus. The space is beautiful and the teachers and administrators have a true passion for kids. My daughter loves her teacher, her friends, and the extra-curricular activities the school offers. The commitment to character education really sets this school apart from the others in the area. Highly recommend!
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Jacksonville Country Day School was our girls' second home. I have been a part of the school for over 15 years. My oldest is in college and youngest is in 8th grade and both were at JCDS from the beginning. There are so many amazing things..... swimming and an incredible gym for PE, a 5-star chef that makes everything from scratch, the unbelievable dining facility and state of the art library, science lab, technology lab and news room! The kids are exposed to more in elementary school than most do throughout their years in high school. The character education is the cornerstone of JCDS. The teachers and faculty are amazing! It is a happy place and the entire campus and community make you (and your kids) feel like they are engulfed in a BIG HUG!!
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We knew we wanted to send our son to JCDS after visiting campus for the first time and meeting with Krista from admissions. She welcomed us with open arms and we immediately understood that JCDS would become a second family to us. We love JCDS because it focuses solely on elementary education. It has perfected its curriculum and knows exactly how to cater to young students. It is a wonderful environment where students are challenged, engaged, and nurtured. We love how JCDS pushes our son to be a better person with Character Development programs. Every staff member and teacher are truly exceptional and go above and beyond to make all students and parents feel comfortable. It makes us so happy to see how excited our son is to go to school each and every day. We feel so fortunate to have JCDS in our community!
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Deciding where to send our eldest child was one our family did not take lightly. Many schools in Jacksonville provide quality academics. We wanted more. We wanted our daughter to grow up in a community that is loving, nurturing, diverse, and safe. Jacksonville Country Day School has perfected all of the aforementioned. Despite what is going on in our community and world at this time, there has never been a hesitation surrounding whether or not we are making the right choice to send our daughter back into the classroom at JCDS, with the rest of her school family.
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When our family relocated to Ponte Vedra when our child was entering 3rd grade, we immediately found a "home" at Jacksonville Country Day School. This school has perfected the blend of a nurturing, whole-child program with a rigorous and integrated academic and character education curriculum. The facilities and materials available to students from Pre-school through Upper Elementary are outstanding, from the Makerspace and Science & Technology Lab to the full-size gymnasium, Library, swimming pool, Fine Arts Center, Art Studio, dining hall, and outdoor garden and play areas. JCDS students make use all of these spaces, both for academics and for play, and are offered an array of tools and manipulatives for hands-on learning. Students have many opportunities to try new skills and pursue their varied interests in the course of classroom collaboration, leadership development opportunities, and electives as they grow with the school. Our family has also appreciated the wide range of on-site afterschool enrichment activities available. The JCDS administration is committed to the professional and strategic operation of the school, and the faculty are happy to be teaching here. The school invests in its faculty's professional development, and the teachers return to their students energized and equally invested in the art of teaching. With small class sizes, a regularly refined research-based curriculum, and thoughtfully-designed classrooms, students are able to receive differentiated instruction and personal attention. JCDS families are integral to the school and the school offers opportunities to connect to suit a variety of availability/work schedules and interests. Parents -- and grandparents! -- are welcome here, and the community has become a warm and diverse network for our entire family at school, personally, and professionally. Students graduate JCDS as inspired learners who are prepared to thrive in any ongoing educational setting as engaged leaders in their community. They are articulate, kind, intellectually-curious, creative, motivated, resilient, health-conscious, organized, and empathetic students. These are all qualities we seek to develop and nurture in our child, and we feel so fortunate to have had the faculty and staff at Jacksonville Country Day School as our trusted partners in our child's elementary education these past four years.
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JCDS offers the finest elementary education in the entire North Florida area. The students learn concepts through active participation and project-oriented classes. Class sizes are smaller, allowing teachers to give attention to individuals and differentiate in their teaching strategies. The students have PE every day and enjoy additional resource classes in art, music, Spanish and science. There is a family feeling in a wonderful, safe environment. The campus is absolutely gorgeous.
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This is our 6th year at JCDS and we couldn't be more happy with our school. Our children are getting a great education, while having programs not typical in most elementary schools, such as daily PE and recess, swimming, Spanish, art, and music to name a few. There is a focus on character education as well as many wonderful enrichment opportunities. In addition, the teachers and staff are wonderful, caring people who provide an ideal environment for learning and success.
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The average private school tuition in Jacksonville, FL is $7,217 for elementary schools and $8,346 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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