Which are the best school districts in Jacksonville?

Asked by Trulia Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL Fri Nov 2, 2012

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csmith112479, Home Owner, Jacksonville, FL
Sat Nov 24, 2012
I am answering this only because I want the same information in another city and greatschools.com has not been a great website to find the real information on but everyone gives it anyway.

I am not sure what you are looking for elementary, middle or high. Public VS private is up to you.

Just so you know upfront my children go to private school, I am not wealthy I just want them to have a great education so that was my choice. I did a lot of research and picked the best choice for my family. Your situation and needs could be different.

There are some good private schools. There are also some good public schools. Elementary it is easier to find a decent public school. The best public middle schools and highschools are magnets, which means they are difficult to get into but not impossible. Depending on the part of the city and the lifestyle you would like to lead also will determine the answer to your question. Diverse does not begin to describe the Jacksonville sprawl. Different areas of town will feel different.

If you want to live at the beach, Jacksonville Beach elementary is a good option for public schools, not really sure about the middle school or highschool (most of my friends go to private school at that point if they are not in a magnate program). Bolles Beaches would be the top private school there.

If you want to live "over the ditch" (intracoastal waterway) Then Chet's Creek Elementary or J. Allen Axson Montessori are good public options (Axson is a magnate off Hodges Blvd). Private school would be Providence School which is PreK -12 and where a lot of students go after they are finished at Chet's if they do not get into the public magnate program.

Southside I am not sure of so I will not direct you there. I am sure there are good ones but most people I know in that area drive their kids to one of the private schools.

San Marco (close to downtown) has a good public elementary school. Hendricks Elementary (Do not confuse it with the private school called Hendricks Day School). Private schools in that area would be Riverside Elementary or Bolles K-12 for lower school and Bolles K-12, Episcopal or Bishop Kenny for High school. There are a lot of other private schools in the area but those are arguably considered the top.

Northside (Alta drive and Oceanway areas) New Berlin and Louis Sheffield are good elementary schools.

Do not know anything about westside except that I have heard St. Marks is a good private school over there. Hope someone else can lend their expertise to that area.

Also Orange Park...don't know anything about that area. Hopefully someone chimes in there.

Good Luck!
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Hi Smith. This information is really helpful. I have the same attitude like you to give the best education for my kids. My son is going to enter in VPK this year and i live near Kernan Blvd. Can you please tell me the reason why you have chosen private schools when you have mentioned public schools are also great
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I Just realized that I answered only about Duval county schools. St. Johns county public schools area are highly ranked in the state. I just answered for the city of Jacksonville. Thought you might need that information as well.
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Rosina Eisen…, , Jacksonville, FL
Mon Nov 5, 2012
As Realtors, we can not steer anyone to a particular school, neighborhood or area. We may only be the resource. http://Www.greatschools.org and http://www.city-data are great place to start for a ton of information on any city or school. You are able to communicate with the teachers and parents as well.
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Brian McLogan, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Sat Nov 3, 2012
I agree with Oren. I am a teacher in Jacksonville as well as an agent. For elementary and middle schools http://www.greatschools.org is a great website with reviews and ratings. For high schools Jacksonville as a wide selection if great magnet and private schools. For magnet schools Paxton, Stanton, and Douglas Anderson are great schools. For public schools mandarin and fletcher are the top two schools.
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Orin Smith, , Jacksonville, FL
Sat Nov 3, 2012
Here is a great website that can provide you with the information you are looking for.


Orin Smith
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6672 Banbury Road
Jacksonville, FL 32211
Phone office: 904-743-3050
Cell: 904-728-3729
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email: orin@arpjax.com
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Rosina Eisen…, , Jacksonville, FL
Sat Nov 3, 2012
What a great question! Jacksonville is very divers and has not only quality public schools,but also has some of the top ranking private schools. They also have a program of magnet schools for specialized education, say in the arts or music. I recommend you start with http://www.city-data.com There is a wealth of information available there. Once you determine your school district, I would be more that happy to help you if you need assistance in securing a home.
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