Charles E Smith Jewish Day School

1901 E Jefferson Street
Rockville, MD 20852-0208
Tel: (301)881-1400
Grades: PK-12 | 1117 students
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School seeks to engage its 950+ students in an exemplary and inspiring general and Judaic education.
Our faculty work determinedly to instill feelings of joy and self-confidence in each child, and through an integrated curriculum, inspire the growth and success of confident and compassionate thinkers, anchored in Jewish values.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Solomon Schechter Day Schools (SSDS)
State or regional independent school association
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious Affiliation Jewish
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1965

Student Body

Total Students 1117 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade Charles E Smith Jewish Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 242 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 17 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1967
Average ACT score 28
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Blue & White on Fridays)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Gurim Junior Kindergarten -$19,850 Lower School (K-5) - $24,810 Upper School (6-11) - $31,820 Grade 12 (first semester) - $16, 270
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Pamela Shrock
Admissions Associate Miriam Stein - US Director


Total Sports Offered 12 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 26 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. A Capella Choir, Art Club, Ceramics Club, Collage - Literary Magazine, Computer Club, Debate Team, Dimensions - Yearbook, Fencing Club, Intramural Sports, Israel Awareness Club, Jazz Band, Junior Statesmen of America, Knesset (student government), Lion's Tale - Newspaper, M'AT Community Service, Math Team, Melting Pot - Romance Language Magazine, Mock Trial, Outdoors Club, Peer Tutors, Poetry Club, Reflections - Literary Magazine, Robotics, Talmund Club, Theater, Video/Photo Club Art Club, Ceramics Club, Computer Club, Debate Team, Fencing Club, Jazz Band, Math Team, Mock Trial, Outdoors Club, Peer Tutors, Poetry Club, Robotics, Talmund Club, Theater, A Capella Choir,
Collage - Literary Magazine,
Dimensions - Yearbook,
Intramural Sports,
Israel Awareness Club,
Junior Statesmen of America,
Knesset (student government),
Lion's Tale - Newspaper,
M'AT Community Service,
Melting Pot - Romance Language Magazine,
Reflections - Literary Magazine,
Video/Photo Club,

School Notes

  • Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) is the only pluralistic JK-12 community day school in the Washington, D.C. area, and one of only a few in the United States.
  • We are a welcoming, inclusive community united by our shared Jewish values, and we embrace a wide spectrum of Jewish backgrounds, beliefs and practices. Our comprehensive dual-curriculum invokes deep and critical thinking, and our students are guided by dedicated and gifted faculty. CESJDS graduates emerge as confident and compassionate life-long learners who lead positive change in the world. 
  • Inquiry, creativity and collaboration take place everyday on two campuses located in Rockville, Maryland, less than 10 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.
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School Reviews

5.0  3/15/2013
I absolutely love this school. As a Freshman at JDS, I can honestly say I have had the best experience at the upper school, as well as the lower school. I have become close with every single one of my teachers. Not to mention my fellow students. We are one community. One family. We are united in the fact that we all share a common history and background. It does not matter if you are Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, etc. You are accepted here. And I can honestly say I am extremely happy that my parents sent me to the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in kindegarden. I would not have my excellent GPA, my dedicated teachers, my amazing friends, and the chance to pursue anything I wanted, if I had gone to another school.
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