Community Day School

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.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 269 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,090
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
1972

Student Body

Total Students
269 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
5%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
Community Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
45 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
70%
Average Class Size
14 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(Khaki pants and collared shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Early Childhood tuition ranges from $10,500 to $12,240
% on Financial Aid
60%
Admissions Director
Sarah DeWitt

Sports

Total Sports Offered
6 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Green Team, No Place for Hate, Odyssey of the Mind, Student Council, Tefillah Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Drum Ensemble, Middle School Musical

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
  • Community Day School values being an inclusive and diverse community of families. More than half of current CDS families are able to afford an exceptional CDS education through our tuition assistance program, enriching the classroom for all. Many families who might not expect to be eligible for "financial aid" still may qualify for a modest tuition adjustment.
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.
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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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 269 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,090
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling

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