Welcome to IDEA Jacksonville

Nationally ranked, tuition-free public schools coming to Jacksonville in 2022. Application opens Fall 2021.

Our Impact

IDEA Jacksonville is ready to engage with the local community, find and develop school sites, and recruit top-notch principals and educators for future IDEA Jacksonville schools. Developing community relationships and partnerships that will enable IDEA to effectively provide a high-quality education to students as they progress along the road to and through college is a top priority for the new region.


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:

  1. Siblings of current IDEA students and children of IDEA employees/board members 
  2. 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 
    1. Within 5 miles of the campus 
    2. Within 8 miles of the campus 
    3. Beyond 8 miles of the campus 
  3. All other applicants

Ready to apply? Click the button below to get started.

IDEA's two founding locations in Jacksonville are official! Take a look:



In 2022, IDEA Jacksonville will be home to four schools on two campuses: IDEA Bassett and
  IDEA River Bluff.



In 2022, IDEA Jacksonville will educate approximately 500 students per campus in grades K, 1st, 2nd, and 6th.



Since IDEA’s first graduating class in 2007, 100% of our seniors have been accepted to colleges and universities nationwide.


Through small learning groups and daily access to technology, every student learns at the level and speed just right for them. 

Expert Teachers

Our teachers bring subject matter expertise and an unwavering commitment to set each student on a path to success.


Our school is family. Parents, teachers, and administrators work as a team to help each student reach their full potential. 

Apply Now for the 2022-2023 School Year

Work at IDEA

We are a looking for hard-working, talented individuals to help make college a reality for all children in Jacksonville. From the classroom to transportation and everything in between – your work will directly deliver on IDEA’s mission.

Regional Leadership

Adam Miller

Executive Director, Florida

Simaran Bakshi

Vice President of Schools, Jacksonville

Alec Macaulay

Managing Director of Regional Development, Florida

Jamelle Goodwin

Regional Director of Staffing, Jacksonville