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

Affording CESJDS

Learn more about tuition & fees and our tuition assistance program.

Please visit the "FAST Application" tab for information about submitting your tuition assistance application.

Tuition Assistance at CESJDS

Through our close partnership with families, we commit to providing a predictable, dependable, and transparent financial aid process throughout your family's tenure at the school.

Through our close partnership with families, we commit to providing a predictable, dependable, and transparent financial aid process throughout your family's tenure at the school.


The vibrancy of our Jewish future can be assured only by recognizing the unique contribution of every Jewish family to that future. CESJDS recognizes the investment our families make in providing a Jewish day school education for their children.

Our robust tuition assistance program ensures accessibility to a CESJDS education for almost half of our families annually. Our Board of Directors, donors, and the entire community are committed to making a CESJDS education affordable for as many families as possible. The academic diversity of our student body is enhanced by the economic diversity preserved through this program. Every family and every student are equally important to the mission of our school.

We encourage you to explore the information provided here, and to reach out to Megan Guernsey, Enrollment Coordinator at mguernsey@cesjds.org or 301-692-4870 with any questions you may have about our tuition assistance program.

Is the tuition assistance program right for me?

Families often ask, “Will I qualify for aid?”

Many are surprised at the depth of our program and the number of families we are able to assist. Please refer to our tuition calculator as a general guide.

See the FAQs tab for answers to more of your questions.

Tuition Assistance Filing Instructions for 2020-2021

Parent GuideBegin FAST applicationResume FAST application

 

To ensure a smooth processing of your application and avoid unnecessary delays, it is imperative that you complete and submit all applicable parts of the application and submit all required documents online. Please read the parent guide before you begin.


As a service to our families, FAST provides you access to your most recently submitted application in the event you would like to apply to another FAST client school. Just use the FAST link and input the pin number provided in the email you will receive after the application is submitted. If you have questions, please contact the FAST 24-hour helpline at 1-877-326-FAST (3278).


All current tuition assistance families: please complete and submit your online application to FAST no later than December 31, 2019. The School will advise families with timely applications of their tuition assistance decisions on February 14, 2020.


All prospective families: please complete and submit your online application to FAST no later than January 31, 2020. The School will advise families with timely applications of their tuition assistance decisions on March 6, 2020.


View additional filing instructions.

 

Important Dates

December 31, 2019: FAST Applications and tax/supporting documents due for current families.

January 31, 2020: FAST Applications and tax/supporting documents due for prospective families.

February 14, 2020: Current families are notified of Tuition Assistance Awards with their Enrollment Agreement

February 28, 2020: Enrollment contracts due for current families

March 6, 2020: Current families are notified of Tuition Assistance Awards with their Enrollment Agreement

March 20, 2020: Enrollment contracts due for prospective families

FAST FAQs

Domestic Students 2020-2021 Tuition
Gurim Junior Kindergarten $23,470
Lower School (Kindergarten-Grade 5) $29,340
Upper School (Grades 6-11) $37,620
Grade 12 (first semester) $19,240
International Students - Non-Boarding 2020-2021 Tuition
Gurim Junior Kindergarten $23,470
Lower School (Kindergarten-Grade 2) $32,300
Lower School (Grades 3 - 5) $34,030
Upper School (Grades 6-11) $37,620
Grade 12 (first semester) $19,240
International Students - Boarding 2020-2021 Tuition
Upper School (Grades 9 - 11) $57,620*
Grade 12 (first semester) $29,240*

*Subject to change; please inquire with Admissions office.

Special Fees 2020-2021 (for all students)  
Application Fee (per student) $100
Family Enrollment Deposit $500
Parent Association Dues (per student, limit $60 per family) $20
Student Tablet/Technology Fee
Grade 5
Grades 6-8

$75
$125
Textbooks (for all students)  
Lower School No Charge
Upper School (Grades 6-11) $250
Upper School (Grade 12) $125
Senior Capstone Israel Trip Fees 2019-2020 Tuition
Israel and Eastern Europe Programs $14,000
Israel Program only $11,000
Eastern Europe Program only $3,000

*Program cost includes airfare

Transportation 2020-2021 (for all students) Route Service Shuttle Service (Intercampus or Metro)
First Rider $2,200 $380
Second Rider $1,160 $380
Additional Riders (each) $120 $380
Seniors $1,100 (one semester) $380
CESJDS Tuition Calculator

In order to better serve our families and streamline our financial procedures, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School partners with FACTS Management Company to manage tuition payments. You will enroll with FACTS along with submitting your enrollment application.

CESJDS offers three payment plan options:

  1. Payment by check in two installments:

    30% due June 10
    70% due October 10
  2. Payment by bank drafting:

    10 equal monthly installments by direct debit on the 10th of each month beginning June 10.
  3. Tuition assistance application submitted:

    12 equal monthly installments by direct debit on the 20th of each month beginning June 20.

See below for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about tuition assistance. For questions related to FAST, please see the "FAST Application" tab for additional FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions