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10063 Baymeadows Road
Jacksonville, FL 32256

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(904) 641-6644
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June 08, 2015
We have been very happy at JCDS. The curriculum and school environment have exceeded my expectations. The staff and teachers are always very friendly in the hallways and our child has had a wonderful experience as well. Everyone seems to go above and beyond for the students. I would definitely recommend JCDS to other families.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2015
My daughter started at JCDS last year in Kindergarten, which I can honestly say was the best decision we have ever made. Not only did she have two of the most outstanding, loving, caring, and nurturing teachers, but she has excelled in so many ways. She has gained self confidence (which she lacked from her previous school) and is so happy to be a part of the JCDS family. She loved getting up every morning to go to school (which was a first) and although she was new to the school, her new friends accepted her with open arms- she instantly became "one of them". Aside from the emotional/social aspect, I give many thanks to the school for how far she has come academically. She is now reading books (which she wasn't before), excelling in Math, understanding the concepts rather than just memorizing, and has blossomed in Dance and Art due to their wonderful after-school enrichment activities that are available. The school is very big on Character Education, which is obvious by the way they have helped her to express to others how she feels (good or bad), always use manners, be a good friend, respect, etc. Pat Walker, the Head of School, is so caring towards the children, and is very involved with families. Sending our daughter to JCDS is worth every penny and we couldn't be happier with this past school year.

- submitted by a parent

December 15, 2014
Jacksonville Country Day is a great place to work. It is a positive, supportive environment with many resources dedicated to professional development. The families are friendly and the students are well behaved.

- submitted by a teacher

December 14, 2014
I had two children graduate from JCDS. They went from JK to 6th grade and transitioned beautifully to Bolles. JCDS prepared them for middle school and beyond and they are now at the top of their class. Not only did the school and its dedicated faculty instill academic excellence, it taught them good character, leadership skills and good citizenship. While visitors may be impressed by the beautiful updated facilities and awesome arts, music and sports programs, what sets this school apart is its faculty. The school has undergone recent changes, but all for the betterment of the school and the students. The school is now being run by an effective and cohesive administration whose professionalism and true dedication to the families and students is immediately apparent. You will not find a better investment for your children's future than an education at JCDS.

- submitted by a parent

November 21, 2014
As a long time JCDS parent with two children at the school, my experience has been quite positive. The small class sizes and extraordinary teachers create an atmosphere in which my children can thrive. The optional after school activities have allowed my children to further explore the arts and sports aside from what is already built into the school curriculum on a daily basis. There has been some administrative turnover, however, it was the head of school who was here 10 years. The school continues to be a forward thinking leader in the community. I challenge parents to find anything better in the area.

- submitted by a parent

November 13, 2014
I see many red flags at JCDS. The administration is unstable and there's high teacher turnover. The academic curriculum is subpar as they teach to the middle of the pack. Sadly, they don't strive to achieve full student potential. On one end of the spectrum, I see an unusually high number of students retained a grade rather than being taught to stay on pace. Parents are blindsided to find that, at the end of the year, their child is not ready to advance to the next grade. It's only a handful, but still seems high. On the other end of the spectrum, little is done to challenge the advanced student. There are cliques among the children (and parents). The bullying involves social status. It's subtle and secretive but present. It's hard for the administration to police so therefore it perpetuates. The facilities are beautiful and extracurricular activities are abundant (at high additional costs). But, it makes the school feel like summer camp. If the school would spend as much time and money on teaching as they did on its luxuries, it would have a better chance at producing intelligent, grounded, and selfless citizens. Needless to say, we will not be returning next year.

- submitted by a parent

November 12, 2014
We moved to jacksonville, and where we are zoned didn't give us the best selection of private schools. The school is beautiful, and the tours were impressive. Our child is half way into his first year and the bullying is terrible. If your child fits that rich, elite mold he or she might be fine. Children who are more advanced are not given the opportunity to excel. The are mixed in with students of all calibers, stifling the intelligent and frustrating those who could use more hands on.

- submitted by a parent

July 22, 2014
Our children attended this school for several years. If your child fits their "mold", then you will not have any issues. If your child had any learning needs, the school does not provide resources for differentiation and you are on your own. If your child excels academically, the school will not advance your child up to a higher grade. They will dumb your child down so that they conform to the rest of their classmates. High staff turnover. Tuition high for what your child receives in return. Large class sizes limit teachers's ability to provide necessary attention and accurately identify child's needs. Children that need help tend to fall through the cracks.

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2012
We have been very pleased with the education our child has received. They have been accepted into an accelerated academic program for high school and the foundation they received in elementary school gave them a distinct advantage.

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2012
We have two children who attended JCDS. While we loved the teachers, unfortunately, we along with many other families, learned the hard way that the school has a horrendous bullying problem. Even the most egregious acts of aggression were either condoned by the faculty or ignored as "horseplay" even when numerous eye witnesses report the flagrant acts. Meanwhile, the school has completely denied that bullying is a problem or taken any steps to implement improved policies, procedures or training. The current policies and procedures are vastly inferior to other comparable schools. Victims are consistently blamed and told to get over the bullying. The children are simply not safe, particularly during PE. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated situation. Many families have left the school due to unresolved bullying issues.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2011
We have 2 kids who attend (4th and pre-k) and both have done fantastic. We are very pleased with the school and the teachers. Our kids love going to school, make good grades and have learned a ton. Highly recommend. Worth every penny.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 12, 2010
this school is the best schoool I have ever attended

- submitted by a student

October 20, 2009
With our second child soon graduating from Country Day, we feel blessed to have our children taught by some of the most dedicated, caring and exceptional teachers in Jacksonville. We feel our daughters have grown not only in knowledge but also in character and leadership. With different administrators came a change in style but not substance and values. JCDS has retained all the qualities that attracted us in the first place.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2009
We have two children at the school and have been very happy. Just like in anything else, not everything is perfect, but we have found the school responsive to issues that they have been presented with. Over the past several years I have seen very positive curriculum changes. I have found this year with one child in K-3 and one in 4-6, that both grades are very challenging, and the K-3 work seems to be significantly more challenging than in previous years. change is ineveitable, and the mark of a good school is one that is willing to listen to the good and bad, and make postiive changes for all students.

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2009
This school is overrated and overpriced. Our expectations were not met. The pre-primary program was less than stellar and left our children unprepared. Not what one would expect from the way the school is promoted. Also, the main goal of the administrators now seems to be to raise money.

- submitted by a parent

July 21, 2009
As the parent of a recent graduate and a current student I have been delighted with the continued emphasis on accelerated academics and character education. This school has been doing it right for almost 50 years and is still preparing young people for the world they will live in beyond their elementary years!

- submitted by a parent

June 28, 2009
Healthy learning environment which also supports a well run well loved summer camp

- submitted by a community member

May 27, 2009
This school is different now. Their main goal is to raise money and away from the academic. The math and english program in K-3rd grade is very weak. It is overpriced for what you get.They don't stick to what they believe in.

- submitted by a parent

June 05, 2008
I have two children who have graduated from jcds and one currently enrolled. We have loved this school! My graduates were extremely well prepared and have gone on to much success in a rigorous program, plus they made great friends and had a lot of fun at jcds! My youngest loves it as well. We have had wonderful, caring teachers who have challenged my children academically and nurtured them as well. The character education program is outstanding. I feel blessed my children have been so lucky to attend JCDS!

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2008
I love this school and i am graduating but i dont want to leave. The teachers really work with you to help you understand what you are doing.

- submitted by a student

May 09, 2008
As the end of the school year gets closer I had to take time to say 'thank you' for the wonderful afterschool programs - dance, chorus, band and Jazzy Js. . .our children are blessed to have so much at such a young age! No other school in our area can provide such resources to their students -

- submitted by a parent

July 07, 2007
The experience at Country Day started out well in the younger grades. The upper grades (4-6)were another story. Since our children have moved to another school they are much happier and their significant skill gaps have been remediated. We have been involved with several exceptional schools across the country and by far JCDS left them with the weakest education. The egos of the administrators does not allow JCDS to grow to greater educational levels. No school that blindly thinks they are the best can serve the needs of the students. Math program is extraordinarily weak. Behavior of the students has disintegrated to our observations over past 3 - 4 years. The teahers do not seem happy. We have moved on and it is the best thing we did for our children. We would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2007
The school has changed under new leadership. The focus has shifted to raising money and away from the small school, open door family environment it had in the past. The math program in 6th grade is very weak. It is overpriced for what you get.

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2007
With three children growing up in this school we have had an overall great experience over ten years. The fine arts, science and extra curricular offerings are very excellent! Current principal not 'seen' much! A sweet, strong(character based) education & caring environment for children.

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2006
We found the school to have a great curriculum-however in the upper grades (4th, 5th and 6th) the teaching style is weak. The teachers were not as responsive to help our children. We noticed a strong favoritism toward the financially endowed children. Our children noticed it as well. We also had growing concerns of the open campus and no security other than the school personel. We moved our children and have seen a marked improvemnet.

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2006
Academic program is very good, most of the teachers are great. Great art and music. Fantastic environment in the early grades, a little too clique-y by 6th. This is the second year for the head of school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 19, 2006
Tremendous parent involvement and superior music program. Excellent phy ed department

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 19, 2006
Terrific response to parental concerns. Excellent science and phy ed departments.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2005
This school is not for everyone. After our children spent several years there we began to realize that the school is only interested in their scores and monetary gain. There are some teachers there that truly care and we will always be thankful for those. However, the majority of the staff is not in tune to every child's learning style or needs. We felt it was not a safe environment with the lack of appropriate discipline instituted according to the school guidelines. Fortunately, we moved and our children are much happier.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2004
I love this school, what I like most is the character education which is in constant use at the school. I never knew how extremely organized this school was until two of my children graduated. The staff is extraordinary.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2003
We currently have 3 children @ JCDS and continue yearly to be astounded at the ever-increasing values and character the faculty is able to instill as part of the highly accredited curriculum. We truly feel involved and connected not only to every member of the JCDS team but the parent family as well.

- submitted by a parent

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Jacksonville Country Day School
10063 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL  32256
(904) 641-6644
Last modified Jacksonville Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-6
Jacksonville Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top