NOW ENROLLING for 2023/2024!

We are located at 2030 Old Hickory Tree Rd. on the corner of Old Hickory Tree Rd. and 192 (E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy).

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Do I have to pay tuition to attend CIJS?

No, CIJS is a tuition FREE public charter school, therefore you do not need to pay tuition during the regular school day. Any child attending the before or after school k-8 program or the wrap around pre-k program need to pay tuition for that portion of the day ONLY.  CIJS enrolls students via a lottery drawing. Click Here to View Lottery Policies

Will you accept students who do not reside in Osceola County?

Yes, students are permitted to turn in an application if they do not live in Osceola County. Click here to get more details regarding the lottery policies.

What grades do you offer?

CIJS accepts application for students in pre-k through 8th grade. We base the number of classes per grade offered contingent upon the applications received.  The initial lottery took place in March. Subsequent applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis based on grade level availability.

When will you begin accepting applications for the 2023/2024 school year??

We are currently accepting  applications for 2023/2024 for pre-k through 8th grade.  CIJS always has an influx of new students each year, therefore we encourage families to enroll even if there is not a spot open so that you can be put on the waitlist.

How old does my kindergartener have to be to enroll at CIJS?

We follow state requirements which means your child must be 5 before Sept. 1.

Are uniforms required?

Yes, CIJS requires students to wear particular attire. Click on the link below to view our uniform and dress code policies. Click Here to View Dress Code Policies

Will you provide extended day care (Before/After School)?

Yes, CIJS provides before care for K-8th grade students from 6:30-8:30 A.M. and after care from 4:00- 6:00 P.M. VPK wrap for our preschool program is also provided through CIJS. Click on the link below for more information. Click here to View Extended Day Care Information. There are also local day cares who provide transportation and will drop off and pick up your child here at CIJS.

Will you provide camps?

Sometimes we provide camps for students during the break, but not always. We typically provide summer camp though for most weeks the students are off of school.

Is CIJS primarily an agriculturally based school?

No, Agriculture is just one component offered. CIJS has a blended curriculum where we implement standards using a ground-breaking approach in an organized manner, through interdisciplinary learning. We integrate a project-based method of teaching with the Reggio inspired philosophy along with an agriculture based component. Due to our uniquely blended approach to curricular material, we are able to meet the needs of diverse students, and are able to differentiate instruction for each child regardless of his or her learning style.

Are the students required to take the state tests?

Yes, CIJS is required by law to administer the state assessments, however, our unique approach to learning allows our students to understand and apply their knowledge to the tests and real world vs memorizing content and regurgitating it.

Do you accept volunteers?

Yes, Parents are required to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per school year. Parents who have more than one child are required to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours. Opportunities include the PTO, classroom help, fundraisers, school events, tutoring, mentoring, marketing, building items for the school, or any other way the family and school agree they can contribute.  Alternative family members may volunteer if the parent/guardian is unable to partake.


In the event a parent feels they would like to be more involved in the school but cannot due to their work schedule or other conflicts, we will help them find a project or area which they can do on their own time. A member of the leadership staff will meet with the parent to find their area of interest. We will offer suggestions based on their interests and time. The following are a couple of examples:

• If the parent likes to sew, you can offer to have them make curtains for classroom windows. If This will count towards your volunteer hours.

• If a parent likes to build, you can offer to make light tables, shelves, tables for the classrooms etc.

How Does CIJS Ensure That Students with Disabilities Will Have an Equal Opportunity of Being Selected for Enrollment in the Charter School?

CIJS is required to admit all students, based on space availability and subject to selection through the School’s lottery system. A student’s ESE status will not be used in the selection and lottery process. CIJS operates within the context of the larger school district. The district serves as the Local Education Agency (LEA) with regards to federal IDEA (Individual with Disabilities Education Act), and therefore, CIJS personnel are required to abide by the district’s policies and procedures with regards to special education services. Given that the IDEA does not require that all special education services be provided at all schools, CIJS acknowledges that some ESE services may need to be provided at alternative locations based on the needs of the students and the district’s special education delivery model. If a student were to be accepted via lottery to CIJS whose IEP requires services significantly above what is currently being offered at CIJS, we will convene an IEP meeting to discuss the placement and develop a plan for meeting the needs of the individual student.

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