Beyond the Three R's

At Jacksonville Country Day School, our specialists and resource areas play a crucial role in expanding the thinking, perspective, skills, and knowledge base of students. Specialist teachers use brain-friendly strategies that tap multiple intelligences and a variety of learning styles.

Students engage in problem solving, discovery, analysis, and self expression when they, for instance, learn to:
  • Strum a guitar in music
  • Create a collage in art
  • Investigate soil types in the science lab
  • Study an author in the library, tell a story in Spanish
  • Design a slide show or produce a video in computer lab
  • Run the obstacle course in PE

With the exception of PE, which is taught every day, and Spanish, which students have twice a week, students visit each resource area once every six-day cycle.

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Specialist Offerings

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  • Art

    Students  explore different artistic techniques and methods. They are encouraged in personal expression, creativity, and the development of skills in our well-equipped art studios. Children draw, sculpt and paint. They make collages and pottery. The art program is integrated with many other disciplines. For example, 6th graders make African masks to reinforce what they learn in their global studies class about the continent, and 3rd graders make robots out of recycled parts as they study engineering.

    Artistic themes include nature studies, portraiture, still life, abstraction, design and composition, and color theory. Click here for a Pinterest board of JCDS student art projects.
  • Library

    The Flecther Library at Jacksonville Country Day School contains over 14,000 books, ranging from pre-readers to upper grade novels. The comprehensive collection includes classic and modern fiction, picture books and nonfiction collections. There are also separate collections containing Spanish books, reference materials, award-winning literature, and parent and professional resources.

    The library also houses a tiered seating area for storytelling as well as a classroom area for upper grade lessons. All Jacksonville Country Day School parents are welcome to check out library materials, visit during story time, or volunteer to help with library shelving.
  • Music

    The Pre-K 3 through 6th grade music program at Jacksonville Country Day School includes singing, speaking, movement, drama, and instruments. Students play and create music on Orff instruments, guitars, drums, ukuleles, and piano keyboards. The program also includes ear training and reading music, beginning in kindergarten.

    Individual lessons are also available in piano, violin, guitar, voice, and brass and woodwind instruments.
     
    All grade levels present a musical production during the year. Students grow in their awareness of the importance of the fine arts through visiting artists, school performances, curriculum-related field trips, and service projects.

    Students also learn American folk songs, seasonal songs, music from other cultures, literature from classical and contemporary composers, and music that relates to other units of study, such as Spanish, math, and global studies.

    There are also three performance ensembles: the Jazzy J's, the JCDS Band, and the JCDS Chorus.



  • Physical Education

    The physical education program at Jacksonville Country Day focuses on fitness, skill acquisition, team building, social development, and character education. These daily physical education activities are designed to motivate the students intrinsically, so that exercise becomes its own reward.

    Physical education coaches create an environment where students feel valued, safe, and involved in activities that are meaningful to them, regardless of ability. The program guides students to develop their motor, social, and cognitive skills, and sets the stage for healthy living.
     
  • Science Lab

    In addition to basic scientific concepts, students learn about specific disciplines, including earth, life, marine, and physical sciences. In science lab, students are encouraged to seek scientific explanations about the natural world using the inquiry method. Learning takes place in a hands-on laboratory environment, where students acquire the scientific skills their futures require.

    Throughout their science lab experiences, students are provided with the strategies, methods, and materials necessary for scientific investigation. They are guided in developing and strengthening their powers of observation and learn to communicate scientific ideas.
  • Spanish

    Jacksonville Country Day School students receive a continuous and developing sequence of Spanish language instruction from Pre-K 3 through 6th grade. In addition to building Spanish vocabulary, the program encourages students awareness and appreciation for different cultures.

    The program helps students internalize Spanish through physical movement and actively responding to verbal cues. A focus on stories helps to build fluency in speaking and writing Spanish.
     
  • STEM Shark Lab and Tech Studio

    The STEM Shark Lab and Tech Studio is a multi-purpose learning environment that provides not only science and technology instruction but also a makerspace where students can inquire, create, and solve problems.  

    Students learn about specific disciplines, including earth, life, marine, and physical sciences. In the STEM Shark Lab and Tech Studio, students are encouraged to seek scientific explanations about the natural world using the inquiry method. Learning takes place in a hands-on laboratory and makerspace environment where students acquire the scientific skills their futures require.

    Throughout their STEM experiences, students are provided with the strategies, methods, and materials necessary for scientific investigation. They are guided in developing and strengthening their powers of observation and learn to communicate scientific ideas.
     
    The Jacksonville Country Day School STEM Shark Lab and Tech Studio is equipped with computers, projectors, a Smartboard, and 12 3D printers. Children in kindergarten through 6th grade attend regularly scheduled classes. They learn to use technology as a productivity, communication, and research tool. They also program and create robots in 2nd through 6th grades; many students join after school LEGO League teams.

    The makerspace enables students to be problem solvers, design thinkers, tinkerers and collaborators.  The makerspace curriculum integrates global studies, project-based learning, and service learning into the science units of study.
     
Located In Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Country Day is a Private School for Grades Pre-K - 6. JCDS is dedicated to academic excellence, as well as developing character and healthy lifestyles.