We are The Elsie Academy.

 Where gifted minds are cultivated!

About Us

Our world is changing, some may argue for the better, while others fear for the worst. New advancements in technology have revolutionized almost every industry directly influencing our daily lives. The one thing that remains the same is family. The burning question is, how do we as parents prepare our children for a rapidly changing world? The answer is education.

 Who are we?


 Meaning: Pledged to God.

The Elsie Academy is a private school located in Jacksonville, Florida near the St. Johns Town Center. We are rooted in the values and principles God has given humanity to follow. Our biblical based beliefs commend us to provide the highest standards of care for our students. Our demographic of students come from all different backgrounds, races, and class. Regardless of a family’s current finical situation, we believe each child deserves the best. At The Elsie Academy we accept School Readiness vouchers and VPK.

 We partner with families to create an individualized educational experience by identifying and nurturing our students God given gifts. We achieve this through exposure to various topics through our curriculum, integrating Spanish and sign language into our lesson plans, weekly enrichment clubs, project-based learning, and our child portfolios.  The Elsie Academy is a proponent of family unity which is why we also offer classes for homeschooled families. We currently serve ages 1-5. Our elementary and homeschool enrichment program is set to open winter of 2024. To learn more about The Elsie Academy click the link below to schedule a tour.

 A message from our founders:

We are the Smoot family, welcome to The Elsie Academy! We are high school sweethearts that have been married for five years and are parents to two amazing children who were born right here in Jacksonville. We have called Jacksonville home for seven years and have witnessed the cities growth. When we became parents, we were looking for a well thought through program that would add to our children’s lives and help them develop their skills. After much prayer we decided to build a school that encompassed everything we were looking for. We are passionate about family unity, education, and community development. This is our way of giving back and impacting the world in a positive way. We know you will see the love we poured into The Elsie Academy and hope you love it just as much as we do. To learn more about The Elsie Academy click the link below to schedule a tour.

Our Vision

To be the world’s best early education program that empowers children to discover their gifts through developing their minds, skills, and character.

Our Mission

To inspire confidence and a curiosity for learning in our students one day at a time.  

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