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The city issued a building permit on December 2 for the K-8 Charter School of Hope at 2354 University Blvd. NOT.

Park & ​​Eleazer Construction LLC, based in Clearwater, is the contractor for the 80,928 square foot two-story school on 14.43 acres approximately half a mile south of the college campus. The permit indicates an employment cost of $ 16 million.

The school is a partnership between the University of Jacksonville and the Texas-based IDEA Public Schools that will develop a center for preschool doctoral education in Arlington.

JU sold the property to IDEA for $ 3.27 million on July 15, according to a deed filed July 16 with the Clerk of the Duval County Courts.

Beginning in fall 2022, the campus will educate approximately 500 kindergarten, first, second and sixth graders. The campus will eventually serve students through grade 12 at two schools on the Arlington campus, JU said in July.

In addition to free tuition, the school will provide technology for every student, free bus transportation, and after-school programs.

Students are selected by lot from a group of applicants.

Founded by former members of the Teach For America Corps with the slogan “Individuals Dedicated to Excellence and Achievement,” the first IDEA Academy opened in 1998 in Donna, TX.

According to, the program has since expanded to 120 schools in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. For 15 consecutive years, 100% of IDEA public school graduates were accepted to university.

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