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Students performing in Into the Woods Jr.

Through the arts, CDS students build confidence, express themselves, put their creativity into action—and of course, have fun. The visual, musical, and performing arts are an integral part of our academic program, and our dedicated educators nurture each student's unique artistic voice on a journey of self-discovery, innovation, and Jewish connection.

Two students in EC Gesher class working on painting project


Our art curriculum is designed to ignite the imagination and nurture artistic talents in a diverse range of mediums, from painting and sculpture to ceramics and multimedia art. Students explore the elements and principles of design and also develop a deep appreciation for the cultural and spiritual dimensions of Judaism through the lens of art.

Students perform in Into the Woods Jr.

Performing Arts

The spotlight shines brightly on our Middle School students during the spring musical, with recent shows including Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, and Alice in Wonderland. Performances are staged in the Miriam and Paul Kossis Performing Arts Center. Our students rehearse, perform, and collaborate, learning not only the artistry but also the teamwork and dedication that bring a production to life.

Students learn guitar in music class


Community Day School offers an integrated global music program in a Jewish context that inspires our students to love learning music. It is taught through the Orff Schulwerk approach that builds musicianship by integrating music, movement, speech, and drama. Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally as students become more confident musicians and creative problem-solvers.

Student learns cello as part of Instrumental Music program

Instrumental Band

In addition to Music as part of our curriculum, students in Grades 3-8 may also participate in Instrumental Music (Band), learning to play violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, or trumpet. Being involved in a school band program helps to foster a lifelong appreciation of music and group-playing encourages unity and a spirit of cooperation. Chanukah and Spring Band Concerts are highlights of the year.