Booming charter school system launches 1st 2 campuses in Jacksonville

News4JAX reporter Aaron Farrar joins us from the site of a new charter school coming to Jacksonville.

JACKSONIVLLE, Fla. – One of the nation’s fastest-growing, tuition-free public charter school systems broke ground Wednesday on the first of its two Jacksonville campuses.

Community leaders including Mayor Lenny Curry and Florida House of Representatives Speaker-designate Paul Renner joined leadership from IDEA Public Schools and supporters at the event.

The campuses will be called IDEA River Bluff at 2354 University Blvd. N. and IDEA Bassett.

IDEA Bassett and IDEA River Bluff will serve a combined 1,000 children in Jacksonville during the 2022-23 school year. Each campus will enroll 500 students in kindergarten, first, second and sixth grade in their inaugural year. They will add two new grade levels each year until the campuses become fully-scaled K–12 schools by 2028.

As a public charter school, initial enrollment was determined through a random lottery selection process in February; however, families can apply for enrollment at any time. Interested families can apply at For more information on the groundbreaking, contact Lynnette Montemayor at

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