charter school

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Public schools are fine, and private schools can be great, but if you're looking for a high school that is free (like a public school) with the ability to be nimble (like a private school), then a charter school or magnet school might be for you. According to Niche, the best charter schools in Jacksonville (Duval) are as follows:

1. River City Science Academy High School

2. Duval Charter High School at Baymeadows

3. San Jose Preparatory High School

4. Lone Star High School

5. MYcroSchool Jacksonville

The following schools do not have a grade or rank on Niche, but they also exist as charter schools in Duval:

  • Florida Cyber Charter Academy at Duval
  • Biscayne High School
  • SAL Tech Charter High School
  • Valor Academy of Leadership - High School
  • Virtue Arts & Science High School

Check out the schools for yourself in order to see if these might be the right choice for your family.

Great Schools also ranks 11 of the Duval charter high schools, with the positions being a bit different:

1. Duval Charter High School at Baymeadows

2. River City Science Academy High School

3. San Jose Preparatory High School

4. Florida Virtual Academy at Pasco

5. Florida Virtual Academy At Osceola County

6. Florida Virtual Academy At Duval County


  • School For Accelerated Learning And Technologies, Inc
  • Florida High School For Accelerated Learning
  • Duval Mycroschool Of Integrated Academics And Technologies
  • Florida SIATech at Jacksonville
  • Lone Star High School

Without a lot of data, most of the unranked schools might seem like a gamble, but that's probably true of many Duval County Public Schools. Also, if you are a parent at one of those schools, your reviews actually help to create the rankings. If you're administrator, you can take ownership of the schools on the ranking sites in order to report information that might help in a ranking (or at least dispute poor reviews).