Lower School (Kindergarten-Grade 3)

Welcome to CDS Lower School!

We subscribe to the belief that children at very young ages are capable of highly complex thought and analysis, and our primary grades allow time and space for such complexity. Our warm, caring faculty in Kindergarten to Grade 3 help our students to navigate the broader horizons of independent learning and to explore their broader world using their increasingly sophisticated skills. 

The opportunities for building a solid foundation for lifelong learning in primary school are recognized worldwide. We invite parents into collaboration with our educators as together we nourish our students’ hearts and minds during these formative years. We ignite their imaginations and love of learning, confidence in themselves as thinkers, and belief in themselves as people who can make a positive difference. 

CDS Lower School takes students along a path through hands-on exploration, creativity, technological experiences, engaging academics, and vital socio-emotional support. Being part of Community Day School also means being part a vibrant, dynamic Jewish learning community, where kindness and "menschy" behavior are fundamental to our daily life. As educators, we join with families to create a strong guiding partnership to nurture children through this life-changing journey.

Enjoy the time you spend learning about CDS, and I look forward to welcoming you here to see our Lower School in action. 

— Tzippy Mazer, Head of Lower School 

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Lower School

Tzippy Mazer Headshot

Tzippy Mazer was appointed Head of Hebrew and Jewish Studies in 2004, infusing her passion and knowledge of Jewish traditions, values, and text, as well as Hebrew language and Israeli history and culture, throughout Community Day School. Mrs. Mazer has been an educator at CDS for more than 40 years, first joining the school as a teacher in 1976. She assumed the title of Head of Lower School in 2014, where she works closely with educators in Kindergarten to Grade 3 to deliver an educational experience with high academic expectations in warm, nurturing, and inclusive classrooms. Mrs. Mazer holds a B.S. and M.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Duquesne University.