Tuition & Affordability

Investing in a JCDS Education

We are grateful for your interest in Jacksonville Country Day School and are pleased that you are considering the investment of an independent school education for your child. Our families find great value in a JCDS experience. Our small class sizes, challenging curriculum, dedicated teachers and breadth of opportunities prepare students of exemplary character for academic success in the future. See our Portrait of a Graduate.

Tuition Payment Options

Pay in Full = Remaining balance due April 1
Pay in Thirds = Three equal payments due April 1, August 1, and December 1
Payment over Ten Months = Ten equal payments due monthly: March 1 through December 1

All tuition must be paid in full by December 1 regardless of the enrollment date.

A non-refundable deposit of 10% of the full tuition, plus a $500 facilities fee for new students, is due with the contract. The tuition deposit will be credited toward the first tuition payment. All payments received after the 10th of each month are subject to late charges as stipulated in the Enrollment Contract.

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  • 2024-2025 Extended Care

    Extended Care fees for the 2024-2025 school year:

    Monday - Friday
    August 14, 2024 - May 23, 2025
    A.M. Care: 7:15 - 8:05 a.m.*
    1:30-6:00 p.m. (Pre-K 3 & Pre-K 4)

    Pre-K 3 & Pre-K 4 options:
    Annual option: 1:30 - 3:05 p.m.  $185/month ($1,665 annually)
    Annual option: 1:30 - 6:00 p.m.  $275/month ($2,475 annually)

    Kindergarten - 6th Grade options:
    Annual option: 3:05 - 6:00 p.m.  $240/month ($2,160 annually)

    Occasional Care: Pre-K 3 - 6th Grade
    Fee(s): $9.50 per hour for any portion of the hour. 

    *A.M. Care is included in the annual option or $9.50 per day for occasional use. 
  • Enrichment

    JCDS offers a wide variety of Enrichment activities and classes. Click here for detailed information on enrichment.
  • Other Expenses

    $500 facilities fee (one time for new students)
    School uniforms (required for all grades, Lands' End is our provider)
    Physical Education uniforms (6th grade only)
  • Optional Expenses

    Lunch program
    Extended Care and Enrichment activities
    6th Grade trips to Marine Lab and Washington, D.C.
  • Tuition Refund Insurance

    Optional - 1.6% of tuition (2024-2025) Learn more.
  • 529 Savings Plans

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 expanded the use of 529 college savings accounts to include K-12 private schools. Please contact your tax professional to see how this may impact you.

The Admissions Team

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  • Photo of Krista Pizzi

    Krista Pizzi 

    Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management
  • Photo of Lauren Ellis

    Lauren Ellis 

    Manager of Admissions and Enrollment Management
Reach Us by Phone
904-641-6644 ext. 141

Please contact us to learn more about our school and to schedule a tour.

Affording JCDS

JCDS Financial Assistance

For many families, an independent school education is a significant investment that requires careful financial planning.
  • The Admissions Office and Financial Assistance Committee make decisions regarding admissions and financial need independently.
  • JCDS understands the importance of keeping all financial information strictly confidential. 
  • All financial assistance awards are strictly need-based.
  • Awards are given on a per-year basis. Every family must re-apply for financial assistance each year.
  • The amount of an award varies and is dependent on the financial need of the individual family. JCDS financial assistance awards are offered to cover a percentage of tuition only. 
  • JCDS is proud to use Clarity to determine a family's level of financial need.

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  • How to Apply

    To get started, please go to the Clarity Application and create an account. The application typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The Clarity Application is also mobile-friendly so you can complete it from anywhere. At the end of the application, there is a $60 fee to submit, and you can share your application with additional schools that accept the Clarity Application for no additional charge.

    You may want to read through Clarity's Family Application Guide for more information. (You may select the Spanish version at the top of the page.)
  • Important Dates & Deadlines

    The deadline for completing the financial assistance application, including relevant supplemental documents, is February 1, 2024.
  • Questions About Financial Aid?

    Please contact Lori Merrill, Controller, at for more assistance.
Florida Empowerment Scholarships (K-6)

School choice options recently expanded for Florida students with the signing of House Bill 1. Our school is approved to participate in the Florida Choice Scholarships (Education Options and Unique Abilities*).

* Notice to parents enrolling students under the FES-UA scholarship: Please note that JCDS accommodates students with disabilities in accordance with the requirements under federal and local law. However, your child may not necessarily receive the types of accommodations or related services that your child may be entitled to receive at a public school as public schools have different obligations under the Individuals With Disabilities Act (IDEA). The IDEA does not apply to private schools. We are happy to have a conversation with you about the accommodations that your child may need and be entitled to at our school.

Families interested in either of these programs should apply with Step Up for Students. More information on these programs and how to apply can be found on their website:

Step Up for Students
P.O. Box 54367
Jacksonville, FL 32245-4367

If you have any additional questions, please contact