There are many benefits to working in an independent school, and at Jacksonville Country Day School, in particular.Quality of Life
Teaching is hard,
but the rewards can make it worth the effort. Our teachers at JCDS are cherished by our students, parents, and administration. A teacher's time is valuable, and we recognize that by providing adequate planning time, lunch breaks, and temporary coverage when needed. Our lunch program is run by an executive chef who prepares healthy and tasty meals with reduced pricing for faculty.Happy Kids!
One look around the school will tell you...our students are happy! They feel safe and loved at our school. This translates to more time spent on academics, and less time spent on classroom management. (Watch some of our YouTube videos
and just look at the students' faces.)Classroom Supplies
Each grade level is provided with an adequate allowance for classroom materials. In a pinch, other teachers are willing to help. Out of border paper? Send an email and someone will help you out. Don't worry about students not having their own school supplies. JCDS provides each student with a box of supplies at the beginning of the year. Support, support, support
We have your back. Issues, when they arise, are dealt with professionally and rapidly. Our admin team came up through the ranks and recognize when teachers need some assistance. In addition, our parents are quite vested in making sure their children are successful at school...so expect support from home when needed. At each grade level, teachers and their team lead collaborate to ensure each member is best serving the students.Community
The parents, students, faculty, and staff of JCDS are like family.
Each constituent is supportive of the entire JCDS community. Students and parents are thrilled to see teachers make appearances at school functions, such as the Fall Festival, Spring Fling, and athletic events. In turn, our wonderful Parents' Association celebrate the faculty with luncheons and snacks at various times throughout the year.Professional Development
The administration at JCDS fully supports professional development of the faculty. We regularly schedule noted guest speakers to impart their wisdom. Teachers frequently attend seminars and workshops. JCDS truly believes that learning never stops.Lower Burnout than Public Schools
According to edweek.com, 44% of new teachers leave the profession within 5 years. JCDS believes in nurturing our teachers for the long haul. Given all of the attributes listed above, it is no surprise that many of our teachers remain at JCDS for most of their teaching careers -- which could stretch to over 30 years!
We love our teachers! Please give us a look to see how much you may love JCDS.