Booming Charter School System Launches First 2 Campuses in Jacksonville

JACKSONIVILLE, Florida. — One of the nation’s fastest growing tuition-free public charter school systems opened Wednesday at the first of its two Jacksonville campuses.

Community leaders, including Mayor Lenny Curry and Florida House of Representatives Speaker-Elect Paul Renner, joined IDEA public school leaders and supporters at the event.

The campuses will be called IDEA River Bluff at 2354 University Blvd. N. and IDEA Bassett.

IDEA Bassett and IDEA River Bluff will serve 1,000 children combined in Jacksonville during the 2022-23 school year. Each campus will accommodate 500 kindergarten, first, second and sixth graders in their inaugural year. They will add two new grade levels each year until the campuses become full-scale K-12 schools by 2028.

As a public charter school, initial enrollment was determined through a random lottery selection process in February; however, families can apply for registration at any time. Interested families can apply at www.ideapublicschools.org/apply. For more information on the inauguration, contact Lynnette Montemayor at [email protected]

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Jeremy S. McLain