IDEA River Bluff

Proudly serving the students and familes of Jacksonville.

Who we are

IDEA River Bluff sets high expectations and goes the extra mile to make sure every student realizes their own potential. Personalized learning, critical thinking skills, and mastery of core subjects is our recipe for success.

Welcome future IDEA Jacksonville families!

The next step in joining IDEA is completing a paper application or submitting it online via STREAM. You may choose to apply to multiple IDEA Jacksonville schools and submit one application per child. Any family can submit an application at any time.

At IDEA Jacksonville, we will host one lottery event to randomly select students to fill spots for the school year. During the lottery, applicants in each grade level offered will be selected at random and placed on a lottery – ordered applicant roster. 

The dates of the Jacksonville Lottery are:
1. February 19, 2022

  • 2022 Year Founded
  • TBD Students Currently Enrolled
  • K – 2 & 6 22-23 Grade Levels

Our Campus

IDEA River Bluff is located at:

2354 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32211

2354 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, Florida 32211
(904) 821-7580

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Campus Leaders

Clint Rankin

Founding Principal, IDEA River Bluff Academy

Clint is a third-generation educator from San Antonio, Texas. He received his BBA from Harding University. After, he pursed his MBA and Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he focused on poverty law in the Mississippi Delta. Clint has been in education for 8 years, with five of those at IDEA Public Schools. Both Clint and his spouse work for IDEA Public Schools, and their three children are IDEA students. Clint is excited to be part of the launching IDEA Jacksonville team and establish connections in the community that will foster equitable educational opportunities for all children, regardless of their circumstances.

Curtis Lawrence

Founding Principal, IDEA River Bluff College Prep

Born and raised in NYC, Curtis received his B.A. from Syracuse University, and his M.S. and M.S Ed. Admin from Southern Illinois University and Baruch College respectively. Mr. Lawrence started his career as a teacher in the underserved community of West Harlem at Frederick Douglass Academy. There he served as a History Teacher, Chair of the History Department and Dean of Students. Lawrence has been recognized by Legacy Magazine as a National History Teacher of the year and has led turnaround schools to success in the South Bronx, NY, New Jersey, and Washington DC. From 2014-2017, Lawrence served as the Founding Principal of IDEA Monterrey Park College Prep, where he led the school to back-to-back reception of all Texas distinctions. Curtis Lawrence and his wife have two sons who attended IDEA Carver Academy, a 16-year-old who is now a junior at Florida A&M University, and a 15-year-old who is a freshman at George Washington University in Washington DC. Mr. Lawrence understands education is a tool that empowers communities and diminishes barriers to success. He is excited to join the Jacksonville community and is committed to ensuring 100% of scholars go to and through college.

Kevin Richards

Assistant Principal of Operations, IDEA River Bluff

Originally from Texas, Kevin holds a Bachelor’s in History from the University of Texas – Pan American. Starting with IDEA in 2014 as a program coordinator with 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Texas Afterschool Centers of Education, which provided access to academic enrichment and other activities that were specifically designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program which helped students meet the challenging state academic standards. In 2017, Kevin was a founding teacher at IDEA Owassa where he taught 6 & 7 grade Humanities. Both Kevin and his wife work for IDEA and their children were IDEA students and are fully invested in the IDEA mission of College for All. Kevin is eager and excited to be a part of bringing IDEA to Jacksonville and ensuring that 100% of scholars go to and through college.

IDEA's 2022-23 Student Application is now live!

We are excited to announce we are accepting applications for schools across Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Cincinnati. Follow the button below to get the latest and greatest information about our application process, grade levels, and how to find a campus near you.