Community Day School Love the learning, Live the Values 

In today's challenging world, choosing a Community Day School education is the best gift you can give your child.
 

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Academic advantage

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At CDS, we are committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. It starts with a rigorous secular curriculum integrated with a relevant Jewish education rich with meaning. Our outstanding academic program challenges and inspires students to love learning through intellectual inquiry and hands-on discovery. By every measure, CDS graduates have the skills, knowledge, and values to become the confident leaders and innovative thinkers of tomorrow.

Diverse, caring community

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We are truly a Community Day School, open and welcoming to children from across the range of Jewish practice and belief. Our goal is to ensure that all students, regardless of their personal observance, can feel at home at CDS and develop a meaningful connection to and understanding of Judaism. We also pride ourselves on being a joyous and vibrant community for your entire family.

Passionate, expert faculty

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Behind the success of Community Day School is the commitment of our award-winning faculty. With nearly 65% of the faculty holding advanced degrees, CDS teachers demonstrate that high expectations and a passion for learning are not just what they teach, but values they live.
 

Values you share

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At Community Day School, students do more than learn about Judaism—they live its rhythms and values every day. CDS is a vibrant, inclusive community that celebrates the Jewish diversity of our families while helping our students connect through a common language and shared heritage. In an inspiring and joyful environment, students study Jewish texts and become knowledgeable about Jewish ritual practices through hands-on experiences that create cherished memories. 

Dual-language benefit

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A growing body of research supports the powerful impact of learning two languages on a child's cognitive development. From Early Childhood through Middle School, our immersive and engaging Hebrew program connects students with their centuries-old heritage and also uniquely prepares them to think critically, communicate, and work in our 21st-century world.

Innovative & child-centered

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CDS students benefit from small classroom sizes—a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio—and passionate faculty who are the core strength of our school. We offer enrichment opportunities for high-ability students and extensive learning support to meet the needs of every child. Our IGNITE program provides an experiential, inquiry-based learning experience for all students, and STEM instruction is integrated across the curriculum.

Preparation for success

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When you choose CDS, you are building a foundation of character and self-confidence that helps children understand who they are and who they are meant to become. Our graduates are artists, athletes, musicians, inventors, scholars, and leaders at Pittsburgh’s top high schools. They use their gifts and knowledge to succeed at the finest colleges (view 2018 college decisions) and in their chosen professions. And CDS students are the future of strong, vibrant Jewish communities.

Affordable for families

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Because we believe so deeply in the impact of what we do, we seek to offer a CDS education to as many Jewish children as possible in the Pittsburgh area through our robust tuition assistance program. We recognize the unique contribution of every family to the vibrancy of our school community, and we are committed to making CDS financially accessible to those who unable to afford full tuition. 

Easy to reach

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Located just off the Parkway East Squirrel Hill exit, free bus transportation from your school district makes our beautiful campus convenient and accessible from across the East End, the Monroeville, Plum, McKeesport, Woodland Hills, and Fox Chapel areas, and other locations throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area.