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Best Schools in Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville, FL is a great, family-oriented city that offers the best environment for raising kids, with lots of outdoor activities, stores, safe neighborhoods and beaches. However, if you have or are planning to have children and are looking for apartments for rent in Jacksonville, it’s also important to know the best schools in the area. We’ve done the legwork for you and put together a list of the top 15 best schools in Jacksonville separated into three categories: elementary, middle and high schools.

5 Best Elementary Schools in Jacksonville

Jacksonville has a great selection of top-rated elementary schools to choose from. First, John Stockton Elementary School and River City Science Elementary Academy both have ratings of 10 on, and they’re also both part of the Duval County Public Charter. John Stockton Elementary is located in the Ortega Forest neighborhood on the west side of Jacksonville, while Rivery City Science is found in southside Jacksonville in the Sans Souci neighborhood.

The next best elementary schools in Jacksonville, all with a rating of 9, are Fishweir, R.V. Daniels and Chet’s Creek elementary schools. Fishweir Elementary is located on the border between the Avondale and Fairfax neighborhoods, R.V. Daniels Elementary is part of downtown Jacksonville and Chet’s Creek Elementary is found within the south side of Jacksonville in the Johns Creek neighborhood.

5 Best Middle Schools in Jacksonville

For your middle-schooler, Fruit Cove Middle School is the only middle school in Jacksonville with a rating of 10 on It’s located in the Fruit Cove neighborhood in the St. Johns County.

Julia Landon College Preparatory & Leadership Development School is next with a rating of 9. It’s part of the Duval County Public Charter, in the San Marco neighborhood.

The only other three middle schools with the same ratings in Jacksonville are the James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory, Duval Virtual Academy Franchise and Duval Charter School at Flagler Center middle schools. James Weldon is located on the north side of Jacksonville in Woodstock; the Duval Virtual Academy Franchise, which is, in fact, a middle and high school combined, can be found in Southbank, while the Duval Charter School is in Bartram Springs.

5 Best High Schools in Jacksonville

If you have a high-schooler, there are four good schools to consider with a rating of 9. First, Paxon School/Advanced Studies is located in the northern part of the city, on the border of the Allendale and Woodstock neighborhoods. Next is Stanton College Preparatory in the downtown Jacksonville area in the Mid-Westside Jacksonville neighborhood. It’s followed by the Douglas Anderson Schools of the Arts in Spring Park and the Duval Virtual Academy Franchise mentioned above.

To round out the list of the best high schools in Jacksonville, Sandalwood High School has a rating of 8. It’s located on the south side of the city, in the neighborhood with the same name.

For a full list of the best schools in Jacksonville, check out the list on GreatSchools, and once you choose your school, browse apartments for rent near these schools on RentCafe.

Sanziana Bona
Sanziana Bona is a creative writer and researcher for RENTCafé, with a strong passion for the dynamic real estate market, covering topics from lifestyle to market trends. She has a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Michigan State University, a LL.M. in International Business Law, Contracting and International Relations from Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía. You can connect with Sanziana via email. Sanziana’s work has been featured in CNBC, CBS News, NBC New York, The Press Democrat, Wolf Street and The Registry San Francisco, among others. Prior to joining the RENTCafé team, she wrote extensive analysis papers on world topics such as human rights violations, international laws, and world conflicts, as well as arts literature, in both English and Spanish.

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