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.
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.
As a public charter school, enrollment is determined through a random lottery selection process. If our schools receive more applications than available seats, student names will be placed in a lottery and randomly selected.
As required by Florida law, students from persistently low-performing (PLP) public schools and opportunity zones will be given enrollment preference, as well as siblings of currently enrolled students.
Lottery priorities are listed below:
Siblings of current IDEA students and children of IDEA employees/board members
Students who attend or are zoned for a Persistently Low Performing (PLP) school or who reside within an Opportunity Zone. Not sure if you live in an Opportunity Zone, check your status with your home address.
– Within 5 miles of the campus
– Within 8 miles of the campus
– Beyond 8 miles of the campus
– All other applicants
Ready to apply? Click the button below to get started.
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.
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.Continue Reading
Mr. Rodriguez (J-Rod) has been dedicated to educating scholars since graduating from University of Texas @ Rio Grande Valley, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in English and Spanish. J-Rod hails from McAllen, Texas which is one of several towns/cities in the Rio Grande Valley aka the RGV aka the Valley, Texas, but immerses himself in his Mexican roots and culture by visiting Mexico often. Bitten by the education bug while in college, he became a tutor for high school students at IDEA Quest.
After graduation, he became a co-teacher, then Special Education teacher (Math & English) at his alma mater, IDEA Quest College Prep. In the fall of 2021, he became an Asst. Principal of Operations in Residence for IDEA Jacksonville, learning the APO role through residency at IDEA Ingram Hills and IDEA Burke. Since IDEA San Antonio does not have bus transportation, he spent time at IDEA Quest and IDEA Palmview in the RGV to learn about bus transportation. When a vacancy became available at IDEA River Bluff, he stepped up to the challenge to become a founding member of IDEA River Bluff as the new Asst. Principal of Operations. We are confident in his leadership and cannot wait until he starts in 2 hours, today Monday, 11 Apr 22. J-Rod loves his two dogs, loves the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and knows is way around the kitchen. For those Texans who miss authentic Mexican food, no need to look for any other restaurant, just place your order with J-Rod’s Mexican Cuisine. Jose Rodriguez is happily engaged to Maria “Rosie” Medrano, and they, with their baby boy (who is full of cheeks that I can just gobble up – gobble gobble gobble gobble) are pleased to be co-founders, not just of a school, but of an entire region.Continue Reading