Community Day School Love the learning, Live the Values 

The gift of a Jewish day school education is your best investment in your child’s future.

Tuition dollars enable CDS to provide outstanding academics in a dynamic and engaging learning environment, while making a profound impact on our students’ Jewish knowledge and identity. Tuition allows us to sustain our individualized approach to education, invest in stellar teachers and innovative curricula, and commit to the technology and resources that prepare our students to meet the complex challenges of the 21st century.

Two girls mix chemicals in the Lower School Science Lab

We recognize and appreciate that choosing to send a child to Jewish day school reflects a significant commitment for every family. This investment in your child’s formative early years is a gift that lays the foundation for a successful future in high school and beyond. Our families know they can measure the value of a CDS education in each graduate’s skills, confidence, strong character, and Jewish connection.

Tuition Information

At Community Day School, we are committed to providing an exceptional, personalized education that meets the needs of each child and family. It is also our mission to bring this same commitment to the affordability of a CDS education. Please click below to read about our tuition and costs.

2019-2020 Tuition

Kindergarten-Grade 8
Full Day Hours - $17,135    

7:55 a.m. - 3:35 p.m., Monday-Thursday
7:55 a.m. - 2:35 p.m., Friday

Early Childhood

Full Day Hours (3-Year-Old Class and Pre-K) - $11,590

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Friday

Core Hours (3-Year-Old Class and Pre-K) - $9,945

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Half Day Hours (3-Year-Old Class Only) - $7,650

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

Extended hours are available for an additional fee through our Extended Day program.

2019-2020 Fees

All students

$36 Parent Association membership dues
$18 staff appreciation contribution

5th Grade

$250 Gettysburg trip fee 

6th Grade

$300 Strawberry Hill trip fee
$180 B’nai Mitzvah fee

7th Grade

$740 Washington, D.C. trip fee

8th Grade

$250 graduation fee
$3,800 Israel trip fee

Applying for Tuition Assistance

Awards of tuition assistance are offered on the basis of demonstrated financial need, and we encourage all families concerned about affordability to apply. 

Please use the confidential third-party  FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment Application to apply for tuition assistance (a $30 processing fee applies). The FACTS analysis helps us to objectively assess what a family is able to contribute toward education expenses.

For more details, read our FAQ about tuition assistance at CDS.

First-Year Free Program

If your child currently attends school in Allegheny County (excluding other Jewish day schools), you can make the switch to Community Day School in Grades 3 to 7 with no tuition for the first year through our First-Year Free Program. It’s not a gimmick, but rather our promise to you of the exceptional value you will discover in a CDS education.

Middle School Lock

The CDS Middle School aims to support the developmental needs of early adolescents, as we challenge and stretch both their minds and spirits. Our exceptional academic program and extracurricular offerings develop critical thinking skills, promote a love of learning, and nurture self-confidence as these young adults experience this unique time of greater independence and responsibility.

To make a CDS Middle School education affordable to more families, we implemented a lock on the published tuition price for students in Grades 6-8. The Middle School Tuition Lock means the published tuition price your family pays for a child entering 6th Grade is the same rate you will pay for the duration of their Middle School years.

This program is our way of investing in students and showing you, tangibly, that we are committed to making our school affordable throughout your child’s experience at CDS.

Planning For The Future

At CDS,  we are committed to the principles of predictability and transparency.  Potential future tuition increases have been capped at no more than 3 percent, providing you with a general guideline to use to anticipate tuition at Community Day School in the years ahead.

And you don’t have to worry about your tuition assistance fluctuating greatly in future years after your initial award. 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

Community Day School is committed to helping every Jewish family in Pittsburgh realize the dream of a CDS education for their children.

Our school values an inclusive, socioeconomically diverse community. We currently award tuition assistance to approximately 60 percent of our students. Our robust tuition assistance program is made possible through the generous financial support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and community donors, as well as state Educational Improvement Tax Credit funds received from the Pittsburgh Jewish Educational Improvement Foundation.

Learn more about affording CDS