Charter schools are public schools that operate on a performance contract, or “charter,” with the Duval County School Board and are intended to expand school choice options for students. Charter schools are freed from many of the regulations that govern traditional public schools, but they are held accountable for academic and financial results. Charter schools must hire certified teachers. Charter school teachers are not employed by Duval County Public Schools. Charter Schools are assigned a school grade using the same standards and criteria as traditional public schools. The contract between the charter school’s governing board and the sponsor (DCPS) details the school’s mission, program, goals, students served, types of assessments and ways to measure success.
Charter schools are open to all students in the state under the controlled open enrollment plan; however, charter schools may target specific students within a specific age group or grade level; students at-risk of dropping out of school; students residing within a reasonable distance of the school; students who meet reasonable academic, artistic or other eligibility standards; or students articulating from one charter school to another. A lottery is used for admission when applications exceed available openings. Charter schools must ensure that transportation is not a barrier to equal access for all students residing within a reasonable distance of the charter school.
Duval County has 32 charter schools serving grades Kindergarten thru twelfth. Each charter school has its own governing board that oversees the operation of the charter school and handles all formal charter school complaints.
Parents interested in information about a charter school, may contact the charter school directly or visit the charter school's website.
- River City Science Academy Elementary
- Seaside Community Charter
- Seacoast Charter Academy
- Somerset Academy Elementary Eagle Campus
- Somerset Preparatory Academy
- Tiger Academy
- Wayman Academy of the Arts
- BridgePrep Academy K-8
- Duval Charter Scholars Academy
- Duval Charter School at Baymeadows
- Duval Charter School at Coastal
- Duval Charter School at Flagler Center
- Duval Charter School at Mandarin
- Duval Charter School at Southside
- Duval Charter School at Westside
- Global Outreach Charter Academy
- KIPP Jacksonville
- River City Science Academy - Innovation
- River City Science Academy at Mandarin
- Seaside Charter K-8
- School Of Success Academy Middle School (SOS)
- San Jose Academy
- Somerset Academy Middle Eagle Campus
- Waverly Academy
Alternative (Drop-Out Prevention) High Schools
- Biscayne Charter High School
- Lone Star High School
- SAL Tech (School of Accelerated Academics and Technologies)
District Charter School Contact Information