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Bruchim ha’bayim (welcome) to our admissions page!

Cortney Stark Cope

Thank you for your interest in Chicago Jewish Day School! We are thrilled to welcome students and faculty back to school to begin our 20th year. Watching our students engage joyfully in learning and collaborate with their peers and teachers is incredible and something I can’t wait for you to see.

As the only multi-denominational school in the city of Chicago reflecting the full diversity of our Jewish community, Chicago Jewish Day School integrates General and Judaic Studies through an active, experiential, and collaborative approach that focuses on deeper meaning and relevancy. As such, we turn to sacred texts to guide us. This year, our theme is "Hevei mitalmidav shel Aharon, ohev shalom v'rodef shalom” which translate to "Be of the students of Aharon (the High Priest), loving peace and pursuing peace" (Pirkei Avot 1:12). This theme represents how Jewish texts transcend time and provide relevant messages for our modern world. At a time when the world is experiencing so many challenges and strife, we commit to empowering our students to see themselves as peacemakers whether in their school community, their local communities, or in the world community.

As we celebrate our 20th year, there has never been a more exciting time to be part of the Chicago Jewish Day School community. We have served as an educational model for schools throughout the country and continue to provide the most innovative, student centered, inquiry based curriculum available.

Learn more about Chicago Jewish Day School by attending our Prospective Parent meeting on November 1st at 7:30pm or by scheduling an in person tour. I offer tours every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning by appointment. Email me to find a time to tour or to RSVP, or submit an inquiry.

I can’t wait to meet you and show you why your family belongs at Chicago Jewish Day School. 


Cortney Stark Cope (
Director of Admissions

Fall 2022 Video: Focusing on What Matters

Fall 2022 Video: Focusing on What Matters

First Week Back, 2020-2021 School Year


CJDS 2019-2020 Video

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Admission Resources

Curriculum Overview:
Learn more about our Junior Kindergarten through Grade Eight curriculum.

Admissions Application:  Please complete an application if you are interested in applying.

Tuition Information:
Tuition assistance is available, as Chicago Jewish Day School is committed to working with families so that children can take advantage of a CJDS education.
2022-2023 Tuition and Fees