Educating our children in the richness of their past,
the diversity of their present and the possibilities for their future.

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A multi-denominational, progressive Jewish day school in the city of Chicago providing a standard of excellence in both Judaic and General Studies.

We are committed to academic excellence, grounded in educational research and driven by best practice. Using a Jewish lens, integrated and experiential learning is at the core of our student-centered curriculum, which develops a passion for lifelong learning.

Established: 2003 (21st year in operation)

Enrollment: 220

Grades: Junior Kindergarten through Grade Eight


School Day:

Junior Kindergarten 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. (Monday-Thursday), 2:30 p.m. dismissal on Friday
Kindergarten-Grade Five 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. (Monday through Thursday), 2:30 p.m. dismissal on Friday
Grade Six-Grade Eight 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Monday through Thursday), 2:30 p.m. dismissal on Friday

Head of School: Judy Finkelstein-Taff

Location: CJDS Campus, 3730 N. California Ave. in the heart of the Irving Park neighborhood.

CJDS Bus Transportation: Four buses transporting students from Downtown Chicago to Skokie/Evanston and everything in between.

Student to Faculty Ratio: 5:1, ensuring individualized attention for each student. Check out their professional development and how they are always continuing their education!

Alumni: 186 (12 graduating classes)

Affiliations: Jewish United Fund (JUF), the Community Foundation for Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago (CFJE), Prizmah Center for Jewish Day Schools (includes RAVSAK, the Jewish Community Day School Network, Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE), and YU School Partnership), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Independent School Management (ISM), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Accreditations: Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) since 2011. 

Tuition: $21,690-$30,560 (not including fees). Learn more

Non-Discrimination Statement: Chicago Jewish Day School admits students of any race, sex, color, physical ability, and national or ethnic origin. We welcome students and families of all gender identity or expression and sexual orientation.