The Next Generation Renovation Project

It is with great enthusiasm and a vision for the future that we announce the JCDS Next Generation Renovation Project. Following more than a year of extensive research, the Board of Trustees and school administration have approved a plan for the modernization of the Main Building.
This plan creates a 21st century learning environment and completes needed investments in our campus infrastructure. The project will positively impact each of our students every day and enable us to better fulfill our mission. The scope of the renovation includes reimagining the library and cafeteria while providing a new space for our Extended Care classrooms and offices. Work will begin late this spring and will be substantially completed by the opening of the 2019-2020 school year.

We Welcome Your Feedback

Although we try to anticipate as much as possible, we know unforeseen issues will arise related to traffic, parking, and events. Please refer to the following staff for any inquiries, feedback, or concerns:
Construction Project Schedule

Special Events

Rebecca Schwam

Academic Program Questions
Tonya Elstein

Safety and Parking

Project Highlights

List of 4 items.

  • JCDS Center for Learning, Innovation, and Collaboration

    Our library will become a newly designed center that will provide a welcoming space that encourages learning, innovation, and collaboration. The flexible environment will serve our students, teachers, and the broader community in many new ways.
    The Center will feature:
    • A quiet space for studying and recreational reading
    • Flexible spaces for collaborative work and small-group instruction
    • Easy access to the library collections and digital tools
    • Interactive areas throughout for problem-based learning, exploring art and literature, and many other educational experiences
    The dynamic new space is designed to prepare students for the 21st century by bringing the best of physical and digital learning together to create hubs and common spaces for exploration and connection. With a carefully thought-out design, the Center will connect to our MakerSpace and a newly upgraded audio/visual center where students will create, present, and invent.
  • The Dining Room

    When we surveyed our JCDS parents two years ago, it was clear that most parents and students were interested in a new dining experience on campus. The administration and Board of Trustees agreed and thoughtfully, but quickly, took steps to improve this experience. We realized there was only so much that we could do with a space that had been a gym for most of its 55 years.
    The new dining room will not only be a brighter space to eat with more natural light, but also provide a platform for teaching manners and character lessons. Students, teachers, staff, and administrators will continue to dine together to build community. The renovation will improve the dining experience and bring the outside in while also making the dining space a centerpiece of our school. The design will also allow us to transition to family style dining in the future.
  • Welcome Center and Central Walkway

    As part of the renovations to the main building, there will be a shift of the primary entry point onto our campus. Visitors will enter just above the amphitheater and walk down a tree-lined pathway directly into the new Welcome Center. By relocating the entrance, guests will be unable to visit other areas of the campus without first checking in at the Welcome Center. 
  • Enrichment and Extended Care

    As more families take advantage of the breadth of our Enrichment and Extended Care programs, these classrooms will be relocated to what is currently the library. This new space is more centralized, open, and bright. Moving will provide one location for parents and caregivers to use to pick up children from many Extended Care and Enrichment programs.

Watch this Space!

Check back on this page often and follow our progress beginning in May, 2019.

This is an exciting time for the entire JCDS family. The JCDS Next Generation Renovation Project will positively impact our students and transform our campus like the Kelly Fine Arts Center did in 2001 and the Smith Center in 2012.
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.