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Tuition & Affordability


Invest in your child's future

We recognize that sending a child to Jewish day school requires careful financial planning for every family. This valuable investment made in your child’s formative early years will pay dividends for a lifetime.

Most parents have questions about the cost of a private school education. Aligned with our core Jewish values and mission, we are committed to being an inclusive and diverse community. More than half of current CDS families can afford an exceptional CDS education through our robust tuition assistance program, enriching the classroom for all.

If you believe CDS may be a good fit but worry the full tuition is out of reach, please do not hesitate to visit or apply to our school. Many families who might not expect to be eligible for “financial aid” still may qualify for a tuition adjustment.

Tuition & Fees: 2024-2025 Academic Year

Grade Level Tuition & Fees
Grade 8
Full Day Hours - $20,550 
7:55 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. Monday-Thursday*
7:55 a.m. - 2:35 p.m. Friday
Early Childhood Full Day Hours - $14,300
7:55 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. Monday-Thursday*
7:55 a.m. - 2:35 p.m. Friday
Early Childhood Core Hours - $12,500
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Early Childhood
(3-Year-Old Only)
Half Day - $8,550
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
All Families
  • Security fee - $360
  • Parent Association membership dues per student - $36
  • Staff appreciation contribution per student - $36

* 8:30 a.m. start on Wednesdays for Professional Development

Extended hours are available for an additional fee through our Extended Day and after-school programs. 

Costs above tuition

5th Grade
$240 Gettysburg trip 

6th Grade
$450 Camp Eder trip
$180 B’nai Mitzvah fee
$800 Israel Trip contribution

7th Grade
$900 Washington, D.C. trip fee $800 Israel Trip contribution

8th Grade
$250 graduation fee
$4,000 estimated Israel trip fee (prior year contributions and Passport to Israel funds will be applied against this amount)

Planning for the future

At CDS, we are committed to the principles of predictability and transparency. Potential future tuition increases are capped, providing you with a general guideline to use to anticipate tuition in the years ahead.

And you don’t have to worry about your tuition assistance fluctuating greatly. We guarantee that annual awards will not be reduced in future years unless your family’s financial situation improves or the family’s number of students enrolled decreases.

Discuss the possibilities

Sarah DeWitt

Sarah DeWitt

Director of Enrollment Management