The Mind of a Shark
At Jacksonville Country Day School we are the Sharks. Our mascot is named Sharky.
As a school, our mission is to prepare students for a healthy and productive lifetime of intellectual exploration, character development, and social responsibility. Beginning in Pre-K 3 and continuing through 6th grade, we provide a challenging and innovative program to keep our students engaged. Our students typically test in the top ten percentile in standardized tests.
Our class sizes are kept small so that each child has the opportunity to work with their teachers and in small peer groups learning and problem-solving. In the early learning grades, each class has a teacher and an assistant teacher full-time.
Our teachers use both traditional and 21st-century tools for education. Students learn to read and write with paper and pencil — utilizing books from classroom libraries and the main school library which they visit weekly.
From kindergarten through 3rd grade, class sets of iPads are available on a one-to-one basis for students to use as an alternative to manipulatives, as a tool for creating their own books, and as a varied learning modality. Beginning in 4th grade, students are assigned individual iPads that they may use in class and take home to complete homework and work on class projects while developing fluency in important technologies. Teachers utilize specially selected apps to present information and to let students practice their skills. They use the devices as "power tools" to encourage creativity in a modern context.
Every week, students receive instruction from specialists including music, art, library, science lab, and computer science.
Students at all grade levels are provided with recess time every day to give their minds a chance to rest before moving forward in their studies.