Why should I enroll my children at the Charlotte Jewish Day School when I have a fine public school in my neighborhood?
CJDS believes in educating the whole child. We provide a rigorous up-to-date, gifted curriculum in a nurturing and stimulating environment that promotes optimal learning. Our small class sizes allow for individualized, differentiated instruction. Our teachers modify content, process and product as needed to accommodate different styles of learning. With an eye toward the individual student we closely gauge academic, social and creative development challenging each student at their individual level. Through project based learning and makerspace initiatives, CJDS provides opportunities for our students to master the 21st century skills of critical thinking, creativity, team building, communication, technology and collaboration.
Daily Judaic studies and a dual-language Hebrew Immersion curriculum develops problem solving skills and a love of Judaism. A CJDS graduate has a strong Jewish identity, is a lifelong learner, and a leader amongst his/her peers.
Will my family feel comfortable even though we do not have a kosher home?
CJDS students are taught what they CAN do, rather than what they CANNOT. We teach what we have in common, understanding that each family makes their own decisions and that those decisions are respected.
How much of the day is spent on Judaica and Hebrew language?
About 1/3 of each day is spent studying Hebrew and learning Jewish history, sacred text, holidays and customs. Critical thinking and interpretation skills are developed through their daily Torah study. The time at school is maximized to benefit both Judaic and General Study disciplines. For example, in Kindergarten Judaica, the students write a Megillah (scroll) for Purim using and reinforcing the writing skills they learned in Language Arts.
How well do CJDS students perform on standardized tests?
For the fifth year in a row, CJDS students average CTP IV and ERB scores out-perform those of national independent schools.
Is there a pre-care and after-care program?
CJDS offers pre-care from 7:30 am. Options for after-school activities include a variety of student clubs and a daily study hall. In addition, our easy accessibility to the Levine Jewish Community Center allows our students to take advantage of all the after-school classes that are offered there. Students in grades 2-5 can enroll in Study Hall Monday through Thursday from 3:00-4:00pm.
Is Charlotte Jewish Day School associated with a particular movement of Judaism?
No – CJDS is a community day school. Our students come from all of our local synagogues and bridge the spectrum from unaffiliated to Orthodox. Students are taught what we all have in common, allowing each family to explore their own path of Judaism.
Do students take field trips?
Yes – many field trips are taken throughout the year and beginning in 2nd grade, an additional overnight trip is an option. The CJDS school bus provides flexibility in the planning of exciting and innovative trips allowing our students to take advantage of the greater Charlotte community.
Where do CJDS students attend middle school?
After graduating from CJDS, our alumni attend both public and private middle schools in the area. Students currently attend Providence Day School, Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte Preparatory School, Carmel Middle School, Charlotte Secondary School, Jay M Robinson Middle School and many more. They are also well represented in school honor societies and hold leadership positions in both Jewish and secular organizations.
What is the Tuition Affordability Program?
We have a holistic affordability program that works with families to make it possible for them to provide a Jewish education for their children. Providing quality education for your children is a commitment we share as we understand the financial obligation you make when providing a strong foundation for your family. We recognize the challenge in having to make choices and want every family to feel that CJDS can be a viable option for their children. We take into consideration the number of children in a family, the total number of family tuition years at CJDS, adjusted gross income and a variety of other factors.
The process is completely confidential. We use a third-party company in conjunction with guidelines established by the school, to work to make CJDS a realistic option for our families.
Does CJDS have a lunch program?
Yes—our cafeteria offers a hot lunch choice each day. Other options include a sandwiches, and a salad bar.
Does CJDS have after-school clubs and activities?
CJDS students are offered a variety of options for after-school clubs. Chess club, yoga, Zumba and student council are some current options.