Preparing students to thrive in a complex, ever-changing world is at the heart of a Community Day School education. CDS students are taught how to communicate for impact, and they are guided in how to use their voices to effect change. Leadership opportunities take many forms at CDS across all grades, from the classroom to the athletic field to Jewish spiritual life on campus.
Student Council is an active Middle School organization that creates and leads programming and service projects for CDS and the Pittsburgh community. Annual events include hosting food drives, attending regional conferences, planning Middle School dances, and raising funds for cancer research. Intermediate School students can also participate in Jr. Student Council to build their leadership skills.
Tefillah (prayer) Council members help lead and coordinate services at Community Day School each morning and during Family Kabbalat Shabbat. They also infuse the Jewish life of the school with ruach (spirit) and promote student unity by organizing events like the Middle School Purim Shpiel and Talent Show and Chanukah Shark Tank.
Ellen Weiss Kander Student Ambassador Program
Honoring the legacy of Ellen Weiss Kander z"l, Student Ambassadors in Grades 6-8 are chosen for their leadership qualities, communication skills, and commitment to CDS values. They assist during events and school tours, sharing their authentic insights into student life and academic programs. The 5th Grade "Step Up to Student Ambassador" Program also provides leadership training.