Welcome to IDEA Jacksonville

Apply Now for the 2023-2024 School Year

Our Impact

IDEA Jacksonville is actively engaging with the local community, recruiting students for our 2023-24 academic year, and recruiting top-notch principals educators, and operations team members. Cultivating community partnerships that will enable IDEA Jacksonville to most effectively provide a high-quality education to students as they progress along the road to and through college is a top priority for our 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:



Our tuition-free public schools are open to all students. 



We will serve children in grades K-3 & 6-7 for the 2023-2024 academic year. 



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 2023-2024 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

Simaran Bakshi

Vice President of Schools, Jacksonville

Cametra Edwards

Vice President of Florida Compliance

Janine Valentin

Managing Director of Operations

Jamelle Goodwin

Regional Director of Staffing, Jacksonville

Janet Crenshaw

Regional Director of Leaders Development

Alec Macaulay

Managing Director of Regional Development, Florida

Melissa Vidal

Executive Assistant