Suburban Jacksonville: Deerwood Center

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Baymeadow's Deerwood Center is home to several employers and educational facilities, making it the envy of many downtown Jacksonville advocates. After three decades of being in existance, the development's mature tree canopy, lakes and mix of uses combine to provide it with a different vibe from many of Jacksonville's suburban office parks.

Deerwood Center is home to some of the region's largest employers, making it a major employment center and anchor of Jacksonville's Baymeadows neighborhood.  Deerwood Center is served by two major north-south thoroughfares, Baymeadows Way and Bayberry Road.  

Baymeadows Way

Located to the east, Baymeadows Way serves many of the Baymeadows area's major corporate offices and manufacturing centers.


The Duval Charter School at Baymeadows serves students in grades K-8 who reside in Duval County.  The school opened in August 2011.


The Duval Charter School at Baymeadows will provide students with the necessary tools and skills needed to develop superior levels of achievement. We strive for academic, social and physical excellence by providing a quality and challenging curriculum. We promote positive moral and social values, foster an atmosphere of self-discipline in a safe learning environment, and maximize individual productivity to meet the needs of a changing global society. Duval Charter School at Baymeadows students will be able to maximize their potential for successfully ascertaining their goals with confidence and intrinsic motivation, thereby enabling each student to become a lifelong learner and strong functional contributor to their local community as well as their global community.

What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools of choice, but each charter school is governed independently. Unlike traditional public schools, every charter school must demonstrate success, or it will lose its charter.

The Duval Charter School at Baymeadows is a member of the Charter Schools USA family of schools. CSUSA is one of the largest providers of charter school management services in the nation. CSUSA manages private and municipal charters for grades Pre-K through 12.

Bayberry Road

Paralleling Baymeadows Way to the west, Bayberry Road is dominanted by flexible warehouse and distribution facilities.

Although headquartered in downtown, Jacksonville-based Stein Mart's distribution center is located in Deerwood Center.  Stein Mart was founded in 1908 by Sam Stein, a Russian immigrant who opened his first store in Greenville, MS.  Today, Stein Mart has grown to include over 260 stores in 30 states.

Pella, IA-based Pella Company is a privately held window and door manufacturing company with manufacturing operations across the United States.  Pella is one of the many companies that take advantage of distribution facilities in Deerwood Center.

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