Educating our children in the richness of their past, the diversity of their present and the possibilities for their future.
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Chicago Jewish Day School has been able to continue its growth due to the support of the Annual Campaign. The Annual Campaign fills the “gap” that is not covered by tuition. This allows any student to receive a Jewish education, faculty and staff to receive a competitive salary and so much more.
There are many ways to give to CJDS. You can make a gift in honor or memory of a loved one, you can help grow our giving tree by supporting the specific area you feel passionately for, or you can give to the area of greatest need. For additional information, please contact Esther Solooki, Director of Annual Giving, at 773-271-2700.
Chicago Jewish Day School’s Giving Tree consists of unrestricted funds supporting faculty and students through the school's operating budget. Should designated contributions exceed a fund's budgeted limit within a fiscal year, the school directs the use of such funds to the Area of Greatest Need.
Categories of Giving
Area of Greatest Need
This fund supports the school’s greatest needs and priorities. It sustains many of the qualities that families and students value most about our school: a warm, caring community; a foundation to build a strong Jewish identity; and individualized attention from dedicated faculty to meet the needs of each student.
Currently, over half of our families receive tuition assistance. Our goal is to provide a Jewish education to all families seeking one for their children.
Judaic Studies and Hebrew are central to a CJDS education and are integrated with our General Studies curriculum. Through our Israel education program, we are also able to host Israeli shlichim, emissaries, and provide our Grade Eight students with a meaningful trip to Israel.
We employ armed off-duty police officers on site at all times in order to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff.
Transportation (Bus Program)
Busing has made CJDS more accessible to our families, allowing us to reach a geographically diverse population. We have four buses that serve families living as far south as the Chicago Loop and as far north as Deerfield.
The arts program is important for developing abstract and critical thinking skills in addition to fostering creativity in our students. In middle school, students work on the musical and integrate their skills in art, music, costume design, backstage management, and more.
Science and Technology
Students gain a firm understanding of key scientific concepts and the process of scientific identification at CJDS. Technology is used to enhance classroom instruction and to support experiential learning, in addition to being an integral part of our curriculum.
Curriculum Enhancement & Student Services
CJDS is on the cutting edge of education, and we are constantly updating our curriculum. Through our expanding REACH department, we ensure that all students requiring extra support receive necessary services.
Athletics are vital for the education and physical development of CJDS students. Engagement in sport reinforces lessons learned in other disciplines, such as the importance of collaboration and effective leadership. Many of our students participate in our basketball, volleyball, and cross country teams.
Recruitment & Retention of Faculty/Staff
It is a priority for CJDS to recruit and retain excellent faculty and staff. We aim to provide competitive salaries and benefits, and to offer innovative and sophisticated professional development opportunities.
Chicago Jewish Day School is temporarily closed, but our learning continues. On Wednesday, March 18, CJDS implemented eLearning for all students. Please visit our eLearning & Information Page for the latest CJDS updates.
We encourage all community members to follow guidelines set in place by our local public health officials related to social distancing.
Interested in Admission for 2020-2021? Please contact Director of Admissions, Cortney Stark Cope.