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, nearly sixty years later, 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.