Community Day School

6424 Forward Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217-0152
Tel: (412)521-1100
Grades: NS-8
Community Day School is a nurturing, academically excellent Jewish day school for the 21st century.
From Early Childhood through Middle School, we inspire our students to love learning through innovative teaching methods and hands-on discovery.
CDS is a welcoming community where Pittsburgh families who span the spectrum of Jewish belief and practice can learn and connect along with their children. As our students grow in knowledge from preschool through 8th Grade, they grow as people - finding their passions, embracing their Jewish identities, and preparing for successful and meaningful lives.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Solomon Schechter Day Schools (SSDS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Religious Affiliation Jewish
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1972

Student Body

Total Students n/a
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
1%
State avg.: 22%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 48 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
70%
Average Class Size 14 students
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Khaki pants and collared shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $15,680
Tuition Notes Early Childhood tuition ranges from $7,000 to $10,600
% on Financial Aid
60%
Admissions Director Sarah DeWitt

Sports

Total Sports Offered 9 sports
Sports Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Ultimate FrisbeeArcheryBaseball,
BasketballCheering,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
LacrosseSoccer,
Ultimate Frisbee

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Band, Drum Ensemble, Green Team, Homework Club, Middle School Musical, Student Council Band, Drum Ensemble, Green Team, Homework Club, Middle School Musical,
Student Council,

School Notes

  • Excellence in academics
  • At Community Day School, we are committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. It starts with a rigorous secular curriculum integrated with a relevant Jewish education rich with meaning. Our academic program challenges and inspires students to love learning through intellectual inquiry and hands-on discovery. The result? By every measure, CDS graduates have the skills, knowledge, and values to become the confident leaders and innovative thinkers of tomorrow.
  • Innovative and child-centered
  • CDS students benefit from small classroom sizes-a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio-and passionate faculty who are the core strength of our school. We offer enrichment opportunities for high-ability students and extensive learning support to meet the needs of every child. Our IGNITE program provides an experiential, inquiry-based learning experience for all students, and robotics instruction is integrated across the curriculum.
  • Diverse and caring community 
  • We are truly a Community Day School, open and welcoming to children from across the range of Jewish practice and belief. Our goal is to ensure that all students, regardless of their personal observance, can feel at home at CDS and develop a meaningful connection to and understanding of Judaism. We also pride ourselves on being a joyous and vibrant community for your entire family.
  • Affordable for more families
  • Because we believe so deeply in the impact of what we do, we seek to offer a Community Day School education to every Jewish child in the Pittsburgh area through our robust tuition assistance program. We are committed to making the school financially accessible to families who are doing their utmost, yet are still unable to handle the full cost of tuition.
  • Dual-language advantage
  • A growing body of research supports the powerful impact of learning two languages on a child's cognitive development. From Early Childhood through Middle School, our immersive and engaging Hebrew program connects students with their centuries-old heritage and also uniquely prepares them to think critically, communicate, and work in our 21st-century world.
  • CDS students benefit from small classroom sizes-a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio-and passionate faculty who are the core strength of our school. We offer enrichment opportunities for high-ability students and extensive learning support to meet the needs of every child. Our IGNITE program provides an experiential, inquiry-based learning experience for all students, and robotics instruction is integrated across the curriculum. 
  • First-Year Free--Yes, free!
  • If your child currently attends almost any other school in Allegheny County, you can make the switch to Community Day School in grades 3 to 7 at no cost for the first year. It`s not a gimmick, but rather our promise to you of the exceptional value you will discover in a CDS education.
  • Preparation for success
  • When you choose Community Day School, you are building a foundation of character and self-confidence that helps children understand who they are and who they are meant to become. Our graduates are artists, athletes, musicians, inventors, scholars, and leaders at Pittsburgh`s top public and private high schools. They use their gifts and knowledge to succeed at the finest colleges and in their chosen professions. And CDS students are the future of strong, vibrant Jewish communities.
  • Easy to reach
  • Located just off the Parkway East Squirrel Hill exit, free bus transportation from your school district makes our beautiful campus convenient and accessible from across the East End, the Monroeville, Plum, McKeesport, Woodland Hills, and Fox Chapel areas, and other locations throughout Pittsburgh.
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