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 JCDS 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 a generous 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 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 administrative team recognizes when teachers need some assistance and are always available to work through challenging times. In addition, our families are invested in making sure their children are successful in school...so you will receive support from home. At each grade level, teachers and their teams collaborate to ensure each member is best serving the students.Community
The parents, students, faculty, and staff of JCDS create a strong community.
Each constituent is supportive of the next. Students and families are thrilled to see teachers make appearances at school functions, such as Grateful Gatherings, Spring Fling, athletic, and arts events. In turn, our dedicated Parents' Association celebrates the faculty and staff throughout the year.Professional Development
The administration at JCDS fully supports the professional development of the faculty. We regularly schedule noted guest speakers and teachers frequently attend seminars and workshops. At JCDS, 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 as they build their careers. 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.