Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Charles E Smith Jewish Day School Photo #2 - CESJDS is a JK-12 pluralistic school that engages students in an exemplary and inspiring general and Jewish education.
Charles E Smith Jewish Day School Photo #3 - The average class size at CESJDS is 17 students with an 8:1 student-to-teacher ratio
Charles E Smith Jewish Day School Photo #4 - 81% of CESJDS teachers have a master's degree or higher
Charles E Smith Jewish Day School Photo #5 - CESJDS provided $5.3 million in financial aid to families this year, with 45% of students receiving aid.
Charles E Smith Jewish Day School Photo #6 - CESJDS is a 1:1 school with students having access to iPads, Chromebooks, and laptops.
Charles E Smith Jewish Day School Photo #7 - Gurim is an experiential, child-centered Junior Kindergarten that balances academics and play in a developmentally appropriate setting.
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School seeks to engage its 900+ 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.
- Top Ranked MD School
- Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
- Students: 924 students
- Average class size: 17 students
- Application Deadline: None / Rolling
Charles E Smith Jewish Day School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for:
School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Learning Difference Programs
Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2020
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% Students of Color
State avg.: 37%
Students by Grade
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Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
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Classroom Dress Code
(Blue & White on Fridays)
(Blue & White on Fridays)
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
None / Rolling
Gurim Junior Kindergarten -$22,630 Lower School (K-5) - $28,290 Upper School (6-11) - $36,280 Grade 12 (first semester) - $18,550
% on Financial Aid
Pamela Shrock - LS Director
Miriam Stein - US Director
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Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-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
- 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.
I love JDS!!! My son started in 9th grade when we moved from Florida. The teachers, students and entire community is so warm and welcoming. My son has profoundly benefited from the values-based/character education. He also loves the dual-language environment and the superb Judaic Studies curriculum. He has gained important skills for life including critical thinking and analysis, ethical leadership and study skills. JDS also has a huge range of extracurricular and elective opportunities. I highly recommend JDS to any family, especially the high school.
I love JDS!!! My son started in 9th grade when we moved from Florida. The teachers, students and entire community is so warm and welcoming. My son has profoundly benefited from the values-based/character education. He also loves the dual-language environment and the superb Judaic Studies curriculum. He has gained important skills for life including critical thinking and analysis, ethical leadership and study skills. JDS also has a huge range of extracurricular and elective opportunities. I highly recommend JDS to any family especially the high school.
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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