Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School is an institution committed to excellence and anchored in Jewish values. Everything we do is through the lens of our core values, from the classroom to the athletics fields to the cafeteria. We are developing mensches, people of integrity and honor. Respect and courtesy precedes all learning at CESJDS.
CESJDS is more than a school that you will attend. It`s a community where you will grow from within, develop lifelong friendships, and explore your passions in the company of faculty and staff that will help you cultivate your own success.
We are one of the largest independent Jewish day schools in North America, located in Rockville, Maryland. Our two expansive campuses are just 10 miles from the Nation`s Capital, and we take advantage of Washington, D.C. as an extension of our classroom.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 884 students
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
1965
Awards
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2020

Student Body

Total Students
884 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
2%
State avg.: 38%
Students by Grade
Charles E Smith Jewish Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
242 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
81%
Average Class Size
17 students
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
1353
Average ACT score
31
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Tuition Notes
Junior Kindergarten -$25,820 Lower School (K-5) - $30,220 Upper School (6-11) - $38,750 Grade 12 (first semester) - $19,820 Senior Capstone Trip (second semester) - $12,600
% on Financial Aid
50%
Admissions Director
Dorie Ravick - Lower School
Admissions Associate
Emma Hart - Upper School
Endowment Size
$35 million

Sports

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

The Portrait of a CESJDS Graduate articulates the broad knowledge, skills, habits of mind, and character traits that guide our vision for students as we foster the growth of confident, compassionate thinkers who engage the world through Jewish values.
  • Independent, Creative, and Critical Thinker
    • Exhibits diverse and broad knowledge with the passion and skills for lifelong learning.
    • Evaluates ideas and information from diverse sources for validity, relevance, and significance.
    • Formulates questions and problems clearly and precisely.
    • Reaches well-reasoned and creative evidence-based conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards.
    • Uses information to strengthen comprehension and deepen awareness.
    • Exhibits the ability to analyze and synthesize information.
    • Displays an innovative and growth mindset.
  • Knowledgeable, Engaged, and Passionate Jew
    • Embraces pluralism in Jewish life.
    • Reads, explains, interprets, and makes personal meaning from a wide range of Jewish texts.
    • Speaks, reads, writes, and understands Hebrew.
    • Has a personal connection with and nuanced understanding of Israel, its people, history, and culture.
    • Demonstrates knowledge of Jewish history and literature and their impact on Jewish life.
    • Participates in and builds Jewish communal life.
    • Has the skills to engage in Jewish ritual/spiritual practice.
  • Effective Communicator
    • Reads for comprehension from various literary sources and styles.
    • Listens actively to advance understanding.
    • Demonstrates a genuine desire to learn and share ideas in a variety of conversations and group discussions through participation and inquiry.
    • Speaks in a purposeful manner to inform, influence, motivate, or engage listeners.
    • Writes effectively for various audiences and with personal voice.
    • Uses technology and digital tools appropriately to explore, research, and exchange ideas.
    • Uses oral, written, and artistic forms to express feelings and convey meaning.
  • Thoughtful and Reflective Collaborator
    • Works interdependently within a group to promote learning, increase productivity, and achieve common goals.
    • Respects divergent thinking to engage people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs in thoughtful discussion.
    • Seeks and uses feedback from others to self-reflect and adapt ideas.
  • Ethical, Responsible, and Compassionate Global Citizen
    • Has the skills and social understanding to lead.
    • Understands and appreciates identity as a rich mix of national, regional, cultural, ethnic, religious, gender, orientation, socioeconomic, and other factors.
    • Shows awareness, respect, and knowledge of diverse perspectives, peoples, places, and cultures.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to tikkun olam (social responsibility) through acts of tzedakah (creating a just world).
    • Advocates for and has the confidence to stand up for their beliefs.
    • Integrates and applies Jewish values in daily life and decision-making.
    • Understands and appreciates the foundations of the United States, our democracy, and values.
    • Exhibits empathy and compassion toward others.
    • Demonstrates knowledge of and care for the environment.
  • Focused and Resilient Individual
    • Persists to accomplish difficult academic, social, and personal challenges.
    • Self-advocates and seeks assistance to overcome difficulties.
    • Engages in healthy and positive personal habits and relationships.
    • Takes appropriate risks to pursue goals and growth.
    • Has a positive self-image and a well-adjusted social, emotional, and spiritual life.
    • Successfully employs time-management and organizational skills.
    • Exhibits skills and strategies to identify and cope with stress.
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5  
I am an alum parent who has my last student getting ready to graduate and I could not be sadder! It has been a pleasure watching all three of my children grow as students and well-rounded human beings while attending CESJDS. They have learned how to be great thinkers, self-motivated, hard-working, and all-around good people - I believe it is in large part to this school.
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5  
My 4 children attended CESJDS from Kindergarten through 12th grade. They benefited greatly from the small classes, stimulating curriculum, relationships with teachers and friendships that they formed during their time here. CESJDS provided all of them a unique educational and social experience that had had a lasting impact on each of them. They benefited from extra curricular experiences that might never have been able to participate in if they attended a school that was less inclusive of student abilities and talents. The 3 month experience during their senior year in Israel and Eastern Europe was life changing to all of them in different ways and has played a role in shaping the continuing Jewish journey that they are each on. We couldn't have been happier with our choice of CESJDS for our family.
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5  
I have two children at CESJDS and am so happy with the decision to join this community! My family has really found our place at the school, which is warm and welcoming. My kids are happy - they love their classes and their teachers and want to go to school each day (which is amazing!) One of my kids is really engaged in the STEM program. They are coding and doing challenging assignments, which she finds really interesting and fun. My other kid is more into arts and there are lots of classes and opportunities for him to explore. He brings home incredible work that now hangs on my kitchen walls!
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5  
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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 884 students
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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