In 1960, a group of families looking for an alternative to the unaccredited (at the time) public schools in Duval County joined forces to found Jacksonville Country Day School. These dedicated parents dreamed of a better education for their children and strove to turn their dream into reality. Our school’s founders believed that a quality education was best achieved in an independent, non-denominational setting. 

Today, as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary, our founders’ dreams remain evident in our mission to provide a strong academic and character-rich foundation for each student, as JCDS educates children from Pre-K 3 through 6th grade. With an emphasis on intellectual exploration that involves project-based and hands-on learning experiences, JCDS prepares students for success at the next academic level and beyond. Strengthened by a supportive and nurturing community of teachers and peers, JCDS students learn to approach challenges with confidence and perseverance, resulting in the conviction that they can achieve great things.  Our commitment to connecting with each other and those in our community allows JCDS students to develop positive relationships that are grounded in respect, compassion, patience, and thoughtful and honest communication. Through our school’s character education program, our students come to understand that leadership is as much about setting an example and being accountable for their own actions as it is about guiding others.

Character Education

Character education is the cornerstone of the JCDS academic program. The character education component emphasizes our targeted virtues, such as courtesy, self-control, kindness, honesty, patience, and cooperation.

In addition to its focus on academic excellence and character education, JCDS also helps children to develop healthy lifestyles through its daily physical education and nutritious lunch programs.


The school also has many after school enrichment options for students, including an after school arts program, a nationally recognized chorus, a FIRST LEGO league robotics team, Math Olympiad, a Green Team, and several new athletic programs, including boys and girls basketball, soccer, karate, volleyball, yoga, and a wealth of other offerings.

With a leading-edge curriculum and a gifted, caring faculty, Jacksonville Country Day School empowers children with the skills they will need to succeed in the 21st century.
Located In Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Country Day School is a private school for Pre-K 3 through 6th grade. JCDS prepares students for a healthy and productive lifetime of intellectual exploration, character development, and social responsibility.