Mandarin Campus

The Padawan Academy

Age 1 through VPK

Play is your child's primary expression of social-emotional, linguistic and physical development. At the Padawan Academy, we are building a learning environment that generates wonder and creativity at every turn. We nurture babies to become toddlers and toddlers to become school-ready. Your child will be supported by an educational team experienced in early childhood development and in the use of activity-based curricula.

The Padawan Academy is centrally located in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville. It is a private entity partnered with the tuition-free San Jose Schools charter school system. Children who enroll in preschool at the Padawan Academy will be invited to matriculate to San Jose Primary for grades K-5. In fact, your child could remain with a close-knit group of friends on the same campus from age 1 through 12th grade by progressing from the Padawan Academy through the San Jose Schools.

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San Jose Primary

Kindergarten through Grade 5

At San Jose Primary, students participate in Authentic Learning experiences. Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum makes it possible educate the whole child. Our STEAM program - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math - builds a strong foundation and helps children discover their love for learning.

San Jose Primary focuses on the early years, but we work hand-in-hand with San Jose Prep, which serves grades 6-12 on the same campus. The secondary program is A-rated and known for ensuring students are career and college ready. Age-appropriate clubs and sports are available to all grades.

We prepare our students to be adaptable in a digital age; to be leaders in diverse communities; and to be critical thinkers in a rapidly changing marketplace.

San Jose Prep

Grades 6-12

San Jose Prep students become Steadfast, Trustworthy, Open-minded, Respectful and intrinsically Motivated: We are the San Jose STORM.

San Jose Prep students learn a positive work ethic; they participate in an environment that harbors tolerance and respect for others; and they thrive in a challenging, purpose-driven program. It is our promise to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment with the educational program and resources for students to graduate career and college ready.

New since 2021, we offer Career Academies in Information Technology, Early Childhood Education, Fine Arts and Theater and Culinary Arts. San Jose Prep students will earn industry certifications and take part in internships that prepare them for high-paying, in-demand careers following high school.

We are known for college prep education including the AP Capstone diploma and Early College including the ability for students to earn an Associate of Arts degree while in high school.

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