A JK-12 pluralistic school that engages students in an exemplary and inspiring general and Jewish education.

Lower School

CESJDS achieves academic excellence through a rich and rigorous General and Judaic Studies curriculum designed to promote inquiry, critical thinking and solid 21st-century skills in a world of rapidly changing information. Lower School students start their journey to become skilled readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists and artists, anchored in Jewish values and knowledge. Our integrated curriculum approach highlights experiential learning across all subjects to help students see connections and develop a deeper understanding of core skills and concepts.

A CESJDS education is designed to assure that our students are well grounded in essential skills and creative in spirit; that they will know the academic disciplines while learning to work diligently and persevere; that they will succeed according to standardized scholastic measures but excel, too, in realms like citizenship and menschlekhkeit that are not quantifiable. Through our character education program “middot tovot”, we cultivate specific מידות – Middot – qualities of character in classrooms, on the playing fields and in the relationships formed at school. We design our curriculum to allow children to explore and learn in an environment that balances structure with choice, and the individual with the community.

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Rabbi Matthew Bellas
Rabbi Matthew Bellas
Lower School Principal