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Middle School

Students presenting Chanukah Shark Tank concept

CDS Middle School (Grades 6-8) is a dynamic, inclusive community where students are encouraged to express themselves, where their voices are heard, and where they can be their authentic selves. 

Middle School students study language arts, math, Hebrew, science, Jewish texts, social studies, Spanish, Facing History & Ourselves, the arts, STEM, health, and more.

Jewish values and traditions are woven into the fabric of daily school life, helping students develop a strong moral compass that guides their actions both in and out of the classroom.

Here, students are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to excel in high school and beyond—and empowered to become compassionate and responsible citizens of the world.

Inspiring Curriculum

Robust academic program

Students explore the world, question, analyze, and learn how to think critically

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Students collaborate on Pi Day Activties

Journey Toward Jewish Identity

Embracing their heritage

Meaningful studies and experiences foster a deep sense of Jewish pride


Student carries the Torah

Athletics & Enrichment

Beyond the classroom

Extracurricular programs, Chugim (clubs), and leadership opportunities ignite the spark of curiosity

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Students celebrate at Ultimate Frisbee game

Rooted in Community, Prepared to Soar

Learning Specialist works with Middle School Student on Pi Day

Student Support

The dedicated team of learning specialists in our Academic & Emotional Services Department works collaboratively with faculty and parents to meet the individual needs of students with diverse learning styles and support skill-building in social-emotional development.

7th graders on Washington, D.C. Field Trip

Class Trips

6th Grade enjoys two days of outdoor adventures at Camp Eder environmental learning center, 7th Grade spends four days of discovery and fun in Washington, D.C., and after graduation, 8th Grade travels to Israel for two weeks in the capstone CDS experience.

Students celebrate at Middle School Purim events

Building Community

Located on our 3rd Floor, CDS Middle School is a magical place with programs developmentally designed to meet the needs of 11-14-year-olds. Students feel safe and comfortable to be themselves, take risks, and build friendships that last a lifetime.

Middle School student and teacher in dialogue

Faculty Advisors

Faculty advisors truly get to know each student through our Kehillah program, meeting regularly in individual and group settings to ensure that every child is thriving. This Advisory program is grounded in the principles of the Responsive Classroom approach to build a positive community.

A Day at a Glance

Students working in science lab

Sample 6th Grade Schedule

Classes meet on a rotating basis through an 8-Day academic cycle in our student-centered schedule.

Meet Middle School Head Mark Minkus

Mark Minkus

Mark Minkus was appointed Head of Intermediate School and Middle School in June 2012. He comes to Community Day School with more than 20 years experience as Head of School at an independent, religious day school. He has a bachelor's degree in Education from Slippery Rock University and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College. For the last three decades, Mr. Minkus has helped teachers grow through professional development and challenged students to reach their potential through high expectations and the implementation of a rigorous curriculum.