Head of School Message

From the Desk of Christopher Johnson

Dear JCDS Community, 

Before I officially started as Head of School at Jacksonville Country Day School, I was already aware of the institution’s commendable reputation. The dedication of the educators, the exceptional facilities, and the robust programs were no secret. However, what I have discovered since then has far exceeded my expectations. JCDS enriches the lives of our students in ways beyond measure. Each day, our campus is permeated with an atmosphere of  joy, passion, love, and kindness, fostering an ideal environment for children. 

“School culture is like the wind. It can be hard to describe...but everyone feels it.” At  JCDS, this culture can be defined as a fusion of love and passion. Numerous instances have illuminated this aspect of our school. It was evident when a veteran teacher meticulously crafted a 20-minute presentation accompanied by thematic music to introduce a new team member. It was observable on our first day of arrival and dismissal, witnessing every staff member lending a hand — a true embodiment of unity.  The smiles adorning our swimming pool and the artistic creations decorating every corner of our campus exemplify this spirit.  Even during the early hours of dawn and the evening hours of dusk, the sight of teachers’ cars in the parking lot and their joyful smiles serve as a testament to their commitment. The affectionate gaze of our faculty members as they embrace a child speaks volumes about the nurturing environment we have cultivated — embracing genuine, heartfelt connections. 

Having worked at educational institutions across the globe, I can confidently affirm that JCDS is a truly special place. The collegiality between each staff member, regardless of their role, sets us apart. The diverse range of opportunities, spanning from art, foreign language, music, and dance to athletics and academics is unmatched. The profound emphasis placed on character education and a culture of kindness underscores our distinctive commitment. Our school’s professionalism, attention to detail, and authentic care for our community are truly exceptional. 

An air of enthusiasm pervades these halls. The sheer excitement that propels students out of bed each morning to JCDS tells the story of the engaging learning environment we provide. My own daughter asked to attend school on Saturdays and Sundays! Our educators and faculty members carry a profound affection for our institution and exemplify this dedication through their collaborative efforts and unwavering commitment to our mission. 
Our campus is a place where children are encouraged to play, get dirty, and explore the world around them. The innovative curriculum seamlessly weaves tradition and forward-thinking education, fostering a harmonious blend of old and new. I feel reassured that our students get the best of what we had in school as children and a cutting-edge, 21st-century curricular design that prepares children for the modern world.  

It is an honor to be part of this community, and I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to serve as Head of School. I feel privileged to entrust my own child’s education to JCDS. My appreciation extends to our devoted teachers, our invaluable parent partners, and our caring community. With unwavering confidence, I know that JCDS stands as Jacksonville’s premier elementary institution, an establishment that I would choose above all others, anywhere in the world. 

Warm regards, 


About Mr. Johnson

Mr. Johnson comes to us with a wealth of diverse teaching and school leadership experience that spans three continents. A teacher at heart and a lifelong learner, Mr. Johnson has a passion for education that has allowed him to build a skill set that reflects the cutting edge of leadership and curriculum development. His deep respect for the important work of the faculty and staff on his team promotes an environment of collaboration, trust, and excellence. 
Most recently, Mr. Johnson served as the Head of Upper School for Scheck Hillel Community School in Miami, Florida.  His prior experience includes working as a K-8 Assistant Principal, Teacher Trainer, Curriculum Coordinator, and Classroom Instructor on three different continents.

Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and Political Science from the University of Arizona, a Postgraduate Teacher Certification in Secondary Education from Pima Community College, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction from Plymouth State University, and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership from the University of Arizona. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.