Frequently Asked Questions
CJDS believes in educating the whole child. We provide a rigorous, up-to-date 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 among his or her peers.
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.
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.
For the fifth year in a row, CJDS students’ average CTP IV and ERB scores outperform those of national independent schools.
CJDS offers pre-care starting at 7:30 a.m. Options for afterschool 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 afterschool classes that are offered there. Students in grades 2-5 can enroll in Study Hall Monday – Thursday from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
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.
Yes. Many field trips are taken throughout the year and beginning in second 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.
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 honor societies and hold leadership positions in both Jewish and secular organizations.
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. Click here to learn more.
Yes. Our cafeteria offers a hot lunch choice each day. Other options include a sandwich and salad bar.
CJDS students are offered a variety of options for afterschool clubs. Chess club, yoga, Zumba, and student council are some current options.