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Believe in the transformational power of a CDS education

Community Day School is the singular co-ed, independent Jewish day school in Pittsburgh. For nearly half a century, we have educated thousands of children to become critical thinkers, inspired learners, confident Jews, and compassionate leaders.

Built on a foundation of Jewish values and tradition, CDS is a forward-thinking school focused on academic excellence. As the only school of our kind in western Pennsylvania, we play a critical role in the vitality of Jewish Pittsburgh and the region at large, transforming the lives of our students today and for generations to come.

This is an urgent and exciting moment for CDS.

We do not ask for donations lightly. We have been fiscally responsible and weathered challenging economic times, working always for the good of our students and a sustainable future.  And it's working. CDS families are overwhelmingly happy because—by every measure—their children are developing the knowledge, skills, and families they need to thrive and succeed. It all happens within the enfold of a joyous, inclusive, and vibrant Jewish community. In true testament to their belief in our mission and strong desire to give back, nearly 100% of CDS parents made a gift to our Annual Campaign in the recent fiscal year.

You may ask, "Why give?" Doesn't tuition cover all of Community Day School's operating expenses?" The simple answer is, "No."

Excellence has a high price, and in the interest of affordability, the cost of educating one student at CDS exceeds even our full tuition. In contrast to most independent schools and in reflection of our values, CDS is also committed to offering every Jewish child an outstanding education regardless of financial means.

Since tuition alone does not balance our budget, we depend on vital support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, state educational improvement tax credits, and the generosity of people like you—and the generous donors below—to meet the shortfall.

Meet our donors

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"We give because we want to ensure that every family who wishes to can benefit from the unique and amazing gifts of a Community Day School education, just as our children have." — CDS alumni parents Lisa and Marc Tannenbaum

“I believe in the care and extraordinary education that my grandsons have received from the faculty and staff and want to ensure the continuity of CDS for future generations.” — CDS alumni grandparent Barbara Trachtenberg 

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"My grandsons have been out of Community Day School for four or five years now, and we are committed to the school as much as ever right now. I believe in its philosophy and in Jewish education and in everything that CDS stands for, and I love being able to give back.” — CDS alumni grandparent Barbara Parker

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"I have literally grown up at CDS, where I have always felt safe, nurtured, inspired, and challenged. I am confident that Community Day School has equipped me to succeed in my journey ahead as a student, and more importantly as a member of the Jewish community. And no matter where this journey takes me, CDS will always be my home, my roots, and my foundation."  — CDS alum Madison Zunder