Charles E Smith Jewish Day School

  • 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.

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Charles E Smith Jewish Day School places among the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.State or regional independent school association
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
AIMSMDDC (Assoc. of independent Maryland and DC Schools)
Religious AffiliationJewish
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1965

Student Body

Total Students924 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
2%
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Charles E Smith Jewish Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers242 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
81%
Average Class Size17 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1390
Average ACT score29
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Blue & White on Fridays)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesGurim 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
49%
Admissions DirectorPamela Shrock - LS Director
Admissions AssociateMiriam Stein - US Director
Endowment Size$16.5 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered14 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
GolfIce Hockey,
SoccerSoftball,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter TrackWrestling,

Extracurriculars

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

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 Location Miles Grades Students
  • Potomac
    Grades: NS-12 | 436 students
    5 miles
    8224 Lochinver Ln
    Potomac, MD 20854
    (240) 395-0698
    5 NS-12
    436
  • Sandy Spring
    Sandy Springs Friends Middle School
    Sandy Springs Friends Middle School Photo - Men's Varsity Soccer Tournament victory
    (African Methodist Episcopal)
    Grades: PK-12 | 603 students
    7.5 miles
    16923 Norwood Road
    Sandy Spring, MD 20860
    (301) 774-7455
    7.5 PK-12
    603
  • Silver Spring
    Grades: NS-12 | 283 students
    4.6 miles
    13500 Layhill Road
    Silver Spring, MD 20906
    (301) 576-2800
    4.6 NS-12
    283
  • Silver Spring
    Grades: PK-6 | 80 students
    8.2 miles
    10309 New Hampshire Avenue
    Silver Spring, MD 20903
    (301) 434-0373
    8.2 PK-6
    80
  • Rockville
    Grades: 6-12 | 60 students
    1.3 miles
    5100 Randolph Road
    Rockville, MD 20852
    (301) 770-5335
    1.3 6-12
    60

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
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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.
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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.
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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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