Play. Learn. Grow.


The Padawan Academy

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 launches in August 2021 to serve children ages 1 through VPK. We are 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 (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. 

Come play, learn and grow with us at the Padawan Academy.

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Latest News

School Tours

February 21, 2023

Please follow this link to sign up for a school tour!

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Before/After Care information

August 26, 2022

If you’re interested in Before/After Care, please complete this form. Padawan Before & After Care Payment Primary Before Care ONLY Payment Primary Before & After Care Payment Prep & Primary After Care Payment  Prep (ONLY) Before Care Payment  Prep Before & After Care Payment  For any questions please email

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Padawan & San Jose Schools: Open Houses 4/28 & 5/14

April 19, 2022

San Jose Schools and The Padawan Academy have set dates for two All-Schools Open House events: Thursday, April 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 14 from 10-11:30 a.m. Register to attend and bring a friend. These special events are aimed at families who are seeing our schools for the first time; for those who are ready…

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Hiring at Padawan Academy and San Jose Schools

February 22, 2022

If you are searching, we are hiring. San Jose Primary Grades K-5 San Jose Prep Grades 6-12 San Jose Early College at Cecil Grades 9-12 San Jose Cyber Academy Grades K-12 ONLINE ONLY The Horizon Institute Grades 6-12 The Padawan Academy Infant to Pre-K Apply now at San Jose Schools, 11363 San Jose Blvd. #200,…

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DCPS School Choice Expo: Jan. 8, 2022, Virtual Event

January 7, 2022

Discover more about San Jose Schools charter schools at the 2022 School Choice Expo on Saturday, January 8, 2022, from 11 am to 3 p.m., hosted annually by Duval County Public Schools. Live VIRTUAL information sessions about San Jose Schools will be held the same day. Meet San Jose Primary’s principal, Joseph Stabile, at noon,…

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