Charles E Smith Jewish Day School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
Tel: (301)881-1400
  • 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 AffiliationJewish
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1965

Student Body

Total Students1117 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 33%
Students by GradeCharles E Smith Jewish Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers242 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size17 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1390
Average ACT score28
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Blue & White on Fridays)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesGurim 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 DirectorPamela Shrock
Admissions AssociateMiriam Stein - US Director


Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsBaseball, 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 Clu

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  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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