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

CESJDS Lower School Arts Program

3rd grade Native American bark artKindergarten Maccia sculptures
2nd grade African masks5th grade metal prints

Visual Arts

Learn more about our Lower School visual arts program, view our media gallery and read about projects our Junior Kindergarten-Grade 5 students work on throughout the year.

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Music & Performing Arts

Learn more about the many opportunities our Lower School students have to explore music and performing arts and view the media gallery.

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Instrumental musicJewish Music
Performing artsVocal music

Artist-in-Residence Programs

Lower School students have benefited from learning from professional experts. The Artist-in-Residence programs have provided opportunities for hands-on intensive workshops for a group of students over a period of weeks.

3rd Grade Native American Storytelling

3rd Grade Artist-in-Residence programGuest artist Ariana Ross taught third-grade students about traditional Native American storytelling techniques, and then the students learned to write and share their own stories using a format of digital storytelling. The students created "fractured folktales" based on the Native American tribes they studied.

5th Grade History Alive Wax Museum

5th Grade Artist-in-Residence programMary Ann Jung, award-winning actress and Smithsonian Scholar, worked with fifth-grade students to help each of them create a three-minute play based on research of a figure from American history. Ms. Jung taught the fifth graders about script writing, acting, and blocking/movement. At the end of the residency, each student had written and memorized a script for his/her character and performed with props and costumes at a "Wax Museum" for students and parents.

Field Trips

Students take advantage of the cultural richness of the Washington, DC area through visits to the Smithsonian and other institutions.

Field Trip to the National Gallery of ArtField Trip to the National Gallery of Art

Lower School Gallery Week

Gallery Week features at least one piece of artwork by every student in the Lower School displayed throughout the building. Parents are invited to tour this celebration of artistry all week, culminating on Dor L'Dor when grandparents can explore the galleries.