Our Potential Realized
Established in 1960 by Jacksonville families, Jacksonville Country Day School is excited to have just celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Jacksonville private school has grown from 80 students to nearly 500 three year old to sixth grade students. Over the years, JCDS has become a leader in early childhood education. In 1969, Southside Day School (as it was known then) became the first elementary school, public or private, to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Jacksonville Country Day School continues to flourish and improve itself. Character education is infused into all areas of the curriculum. Brain research has influenced the way teachers provide instruction and assessment. The lunch program strives to be the "healthiest in America" — providing such fare as lemon-peppered tilapia, salads, and whole-wheat sandwiches on a regular basis. Singapore Math, introduced in 2009, helps learners develop a keen number sense and a strong foundation in math.
Recently, JCDS was featured on national television in The Profiles Series.
• Mrs. Phyllis Fleming
• Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hirshberg
• Ms. Margaret Lovejoy
• Mrs. Margaret Ludwig
• Mrs. Norma Lumpkins
• Mr. and Mrs. Lacy Mahon
• Mr. and Mrs. William Massey
• Mr. and Mrs. John B. Monsky
• Mrs. Mildred Morgan
• Dr. and Mrs. Dudley Reep
• Mr. and Mrs. Bryant B. Skinner, Sr.
• Dr. and Mrs. Richard G. Skinner, Jr.
Jacksonville Country Day School continues to integrate character education and technology into its stimulating, challenging curriculum designed to meet the needs of each individual student. Students at all grade levels, including preschool and kindergarten, are constantly introduced to the latest development in educational technology.
In August, 2011, ground was broken on the Smith Center, a multipurpose building housing a gym, locker rooms, a language classroom, conference rooms, and a dedicated dance studio. The Smith Center, which opened in the fall of 2012, added over 24,000 square feet of valuable space for students.
With a passion for inspiring learning within a safe, loving environment, the staff and faculty at JCDS continue to nurture minds and build character.