Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) is more than just an outstanding school for students in junior kindergarten through 12th grade; it is a vibrant and dynamic community rooted in Jewish values, says Head of School Rabbi Mitchel Malkus. Established in 1965, the school’s mission is centered on both engaging students in a superior education and connecting them with the Jewish community and culture beyond campus.
“Families who choose our school want to provide their children with the very best, academically but know it is just as important to instill them with integrity, genuine concern for others and a passion for making a difference in the world,” says Rabbi Malkus.
CESJDS offers a rich curriculum that includes 28 STEM electives across Grades 5-12, and the school’s 8-1 student-teacher ratio fosters individualized attention and increased student engagement. It is also a learning community committed to diversity and inclusion.
“We are a much more diverse community — religiously, socioeconomically and politically — than people expect,” says Rabbi Malkus. “Many of our families care deeply about Jewish culture, history and identity, but aren’t religiously observant. They love CEJDS because of our community and core values.”
That sense of community has played a major role in helping CESJDS navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic has shown us that our community is an anchor at times like these,” says Rabbi Malkus. “COVID has also shown the value that independent schools bring as we are nimble and able to teach and structure our learning in ways that larger public schools are not.”
“…the school’s mission is centered on both engaging students in a superior education and connecting them with the Jewish community and culture beyond campus.”