HISTORY

History of River City Science Academy

History

A Grade

July, 2009


Following the 2008 – 2009 school year, River City Science Academy received an A-grade from the Florida Department of Education, becoming the first charter school in Duval county to receive the distinction.

New Building

August, 2009


In 2009, we opened phase I of our new building at 7565 Beach Blvd to house our 6th and 7th graders. Our 8th and 9th graders remained in the original location until phase II was completed in August of 2010.

ADVANC-ED Accreditation

2009-2010


RCSA was the first charter school in Duval County to receive an “A” grade for two consecutive years as well as making 100% AYP in DCPS charter school history. River City Science Academy earned accreditation from the SACS-CASI, ADVANC-ED accreditation in 2009-10 school year.

RCSA Elementary School

August 2010


In 2010, RCSA applied and was awarded the approval to open RCSA Elementary to serve students in grades K – 5th. RCSA Elementary opened its doors in August of 2010 in the Southside building until phases III and IV could be completed at the new campus on Beach Blvd by August 2012. Elementary school moved into a separate location at 7450 Beach Blvd for the 2016-2017 school year.

Florida STEM & Health Expo

May 2011


RCSA produced the 1st Annual Florida STEM & Health Expo, a science festival that has now grown to welcome over 5,000 people annually.

RCSA Innovation

August 2012


RCSA formed its third campus, RCSA Innovation, in 2012. RCSA Innovation is currently located off of Phillips Hwy near Baymeadows Rd and serves grades K – 8.

RCSA Class of 2013

May 2013


In May of 2013, RCSA graduated its first class of seniors.

High-Performing Status

August 2014


River City Science Academy received high-performing status from the Florida Department of Education, a distinction granted to charter schools after consecutive years of high test scores and correct financial reporting.

1st Place in Science Olympiad!

2016


In 2016, the RCSA Elementary Science Olympiad team placed first place for the entire state of Florida.

RCSA Mandarin

August, 2017


In 2014, RCSA received approval to open another campus in the Mandarin area. RCSA opened its Mandarin campus at 10911 Old St Augustine Rd for the 2016-2017 school year and serves students in grades K-8.

10 Year Anniversary.

August, 2017


In 2017, RCSA celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary. RCSA has been able to receive great support from the Jacksonville community to allow us to grow and establish themselves as one of the top schools in the area.

Compete at the National Competition.

March, 2018


In March of 2018, the RCSA Middle-High School competed at the State Science Olympiad Competition in Orlando and took home the gold! The team traveled to Colorado to compete at the National Competition and has begun a great tradition of success in Science Olympiad.

Best of Jax

November, 2018


River City Science Academy is nominated and awarded Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax Award for Best Charter Elementary School, Best Charter Middle School, Best Charter High School in 2018. The following year, RCSA won Best Kindergarten, Best Elementary School, Best Middle School, Best Charter Elementary, Best Charter Middle, and Best Charter High School.

RCSA Earns Five Star School Award

January, 2019


In January 2019, RCSA Mandarin earned the Five Star School Award from the Florida Department of Education. This award recognizes schools for their community partnerships, family involvement, volunteerism, student community service, and school advisory committee.

SeaPerch

April, 2019


RCSA Mandarin made history by placing 2nd place in the regional SeaPerch competition! The team then got to travel to Maryland to compete in the national competition for the first time.

School of Excellence

September, 2019


RCSA Elementary and RCSA Mandarin are deemed Florida Schools of Excellence for their test scores.

RCSA Intracoastal

August, 2020


River City Science Academy receives approval to open their 5th campus, RCSA Intracoastal. The school opens in August 2021 and serves grades K – 8.

RCSA Southeast

August, 2020


RCSA is approved to open their 6th campus, named RCSA Southeast. The school plans to open in August 2022.

RCSA Innovation gets an upgrade!

August, 2021


RCSA Innovation is moving a block north to a new, upgraded campus with a state-of-the-art gymnasium and recreation area.

River City Science Academy (RCSA) is a Tuition Free, Public, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focus, Duval County Public Charter School located in Jacksonville. RCSA provides strong academics and college bound programs in addition to after school programs. RCSA is one of the successful charter schools in Florida. RCSA is recognized as High Performing Charter School by Florida Department of Education (FLDOE).

A Grade

Following the 2008 – 2009 school year, River City Science Academy received an A-grade from the Florida Department of Education, becoming the first charter school in Duval county to receive the distinction.

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July, 2009

August, 2009

New Building

In 2009, we opened phase I of our new building at 7565 Beach Blvd to house our 6th and 7th graders. Our 8th and 9th graders remained in the original location until phase II was completed in August of 2010.

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ADVANC-ED Accreditation

Standard PostRCSA was the first charter school in Duval County to receive an “A” grade for two consecutive years as well as making 100% AYP in DCPS charter school history. River City Science Academy earned accreditation from the SACS-CASI, ADVANC-ED accreditation in 2009-10 school year.

2009-2010

August 2010

RCSA Elementary School

Standard PostIn 2010, RCSA applied and was awarded the approval to open RCSA Elementary to serve students in grades K – 5th. RCSA Elementary opened its doors in August of 2010 in the Southside building until phases III and IV could be completed at the new campus on Beach Blvd by August 2012. Elementary school moved into a separate location at 7450 Beach Blvd for the 2016-2017 school year.

Florida STEM & Health Expo

expoRCSA produced the 1st Annual Florida STEM & Health Expo, a science festival that has now grown to welcome over 5,000 people annually.

May 2011

August 2012

RCSA Innovation

innovation bRCSA formed its third campus, RCSA Innovation, in 2012. RCSA Innovation is currently located off of Phillips Hwy near Baymeadows Rd and serves grades K – 8.

RCSA Class of 2013

gradsIn May of 2013, RCSA graduated its first class of seniors.

May 2013

August 2014

High-Performing Status

River City Science Academy received high-performing status from the Florida Department of Education, a distinction granted to charter schools after consecutive years of high test scores and correct financial reporting.
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1st Place in Science Olympiad!

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In 2016, the RCSA Elementary Science Olympiad team placed first place for the entire state of Florida.

2016

August, 2017

RCSA Mandarin

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In 2014, RCSA received approval to open another campus in the Mandarin area. RCSA opened its Mandarin campus at 10911 Old St Augustine Rd for the 2016-2017 school year and serves students in grades K-8.

10 Year Anniversary.

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In 2017, RCSA celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary. RCSA has been able to receive great support from the Jacksonville community to allow us to grow and establish themselves as one of the top schools in the area.

August, 2017

March, 2018

Compete at the National Competition.

2018 so

In March of 2018, the RCSA Middle-High School competed at the State Science Olympiad Competition in Orlando and took home the gold! The team traveled to Colorado to compete at the National Competition and has begun a great tradition of success in Science Olympiad.

Best of Jax

2018 so

River City Science Academy is nominated and awarded Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax Award for Best Charter Elementary School, Best Charter Middle School, Best Charter High School in 2018. The following year, RCSA won Best Kindergarten, Best Elementary School, Best Middle School, Best Charter Elementary, Best Charter Middle, and Best Charter High School. 

November, 2018

January, 2019

RCSA Earns Five Star School Award

2018 so

In January 2019, RCSA Mandarin earned the Five Star School Award from the Florida Department of Education. This award recognizes schools for their community partnerships, family involvement, volunteerism, student community service, and school advisory committee.

SeaPerch

2018 so

RCSA Mandarin made history by placing 2nd place in the regional SeaPerch competition! The team then got to travel to Maryland to compete in the national competition for the first time. 

April, 2019

September, 2019

School of Excellence

2018 so

RCSA Elementary and RCSA Mandarin are deemed Florida Schools of Excellence for their test scores.

RCSA Intracoastal

2018 so

River City Science Academy receives approval to open their 5th campus, RCSA Intracoastal. The school opens in August 2021 and serves grades K – 8.

August, 2020

August, 2020

RCSA Southeast

2018 so

RCSA is approved to open their 6th campus, named RCSA Southeast. The school plans to open in August 2022.

RCSA Innovation gets an upgrade!

2018 so

RCSA Innovation is moving a block north to a new, upgraded campus with a state-of-the-art gymnasium and recreation area.

August, 2021

Based on the success of the schools, both the middle-high school and elementary schools have renewed lengthy contracts with the Duval County School Board after completing an initial five-year contract. RCSA Middle High was renewed for an additional 10 years and RCSA Elementary for 15.
Currently, RCSA serves more than 2,500 students across four campuses with more than 250 employees.
RCSA continues to provide strong academics to prepare college-bound students in addition to exciting before and after school programs. RCSA is recognized as a high performing charter school by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and was the first charter school in Duval County to earn an A grade.
Since its beginning, RCSA has worked to adapt to current educational trends by becoming increasingly data-driven, standards-based and financially secure, without losing sight of its innovative vision of the learning process. While much has changed at RCSA, the schools remain committed to learning and growing to provide the best educational experience for students and families.

 

RCSA MIDDLE-HIGH SCHOOL (6-12)

7565 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

(904) 855-8010 ex.1

 

RCSA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K-5)

7450 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

(904) 855-8010 ex.2

RCSA INNOVATION (K-8)

8313 Baycenter Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 855-8010 ex.3

 

RCSA MANDARIN (K-8)

10911 Old St Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257

(904) 855-8010 ex.4

 

RCSA INTRACOASTAL (K-8)

2002 San Pablo Rd. S. Jacksonville, FL 32224

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