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Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to Jacksonville Classical Academy! 

Jacksonville Classical Academy is a TUITION-FREE public charter. We offer an education unlike any other available to the children of Jacksonville. Our mission at Jacksonville Classical Academy is to train the minds and improve the hearts of young people through a classical education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue.

To accomplish this mission, we have returned to the time-tested methods of educating young minds. Our scholars read the greatest works of literature and poetry ever written—even committing many of those poems and passages to memory. Our scholars do the hard work of thinking about and discussing big ideas and important events. They diagram sentences. They explore the natural world through the rigorous study of science and mathematics. All of our scholars study Latin, learn to write in cursive, and understand the founding documents and principles of our country.

Jacksonville Classical Academy’s school culture is undergirded by our Pillars of Virtue: courage, honesty, perseverance, self-government, service, courtesy, and responsibility. Our scholars learn that a virtuous life is a happy and successful life. All of the members of our faculty and staff are expected to model virtuous behavior in the classroom and out of it. Our scholars are held to a high standard academically and behaviorally.

Above all else, the curriculum and school culture of Jacksonville Classical Academy is one that is pervaded by wonder and joy. Wonder and joy drive what is taught in the classroom and how it is taught. Standardized tests do not drive the curriculum or determine what we teach. We are not in the business of training test takers. We want all of our scholars to be curious, creative, thoughtful, and engaged citizens who love learning for its own sake.

I invite all parents who desire an outstanding classical education for their children to apply and visit the school for a tour to find out more about Jacksonville Classical Academy.

Best Regards,
Dr. David Withun