CDS students consistently outperform students at independent and suburban public schools nationwide on the ERBs, which are highly regarded standardized tests considered the “gold standard” among private schools.
- Lower School students average 1.5 years of growth on Gates-MacGinitie reading tests.
- ERB combined Math scores: CDS Middle School ranks in the 88th percentile on average compared to the 84th percentile for independent schools nationwide.
- ERB combined Language Arts scores: CDS Middle School ranks in the 88th percentile on average compared to the 85th percentile for independent schools nationwide.
- CDS 8th Grade scored higher than their peers nationwide by a full 3 percentile points in combined Math and 3 percentile points in combined Language Arts.
Destination High School
Community Day School students attend the best private and public high schools in the Pittsburgh region:
% attending Pittsburgh Allderdice High School: 72.7%
% attending independent schools: 14.5%
% attending suburban high schools: 5.1%
% attending city magnet schools: 4.6%
Approximately 3.1% of graduates have attended charter high schools and schools outside of Pittsburgh
(Data from 2008-2023 graduates)
Top College and Universities
CDS graduates capable, confident and proud 8th graders who launch into their high school and college careers with great success. As our alumni attend top colleges and universities throughout the country and participate in educational and service experiences in Israel and worldwide, we feel great pride in their accomplishments.
As a Partner School, we infuse Facing History and Ourselves content and pedagogy school-wide, using the lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. Launched in 2008, the network includes nearly 150 schools across the North America, South Africa, and Great Britain. The program has been demonstrated to lead to increased teacher effectiveness and commitment, improvements in students’ academic and civic learning outcomes, a safer and more respectful classroom environment, and a transformed school culture.