Q: How old must my child be to attend kindergarten at CJDS?
A: Your child must be five years old by September 1 to start kindergarten that year.
Q: How many classes does CJDS have for each grade level and how many students are in each class?
A: We have one class per grade. Each class is capped at 20 students.
Q: How diverse is the school environment?
A: We are proud of our ethnically, religiously, economically diverse, and inclusive community. CJDS families come from all over the country and around the world, and they reflect a wide range of Jewish observance and practice. Our families come from 18 different zip codes around Columbus, and about 65% of current families receive some form of financial assistance.
Q: Do you have tuition assistance?
A: Yes! Please visit our Tuition Assistance page for information about how to apply. 65% of our current families receive some sort of assistance. CJDS accepts the Ohio Ed Choice Scholarship.
Q: Where do students go after CJDS?
A: Many of our graduates go on to public school in sixth grade. Our students are also accepted at premier private schools around Columbus, including Columbus Academy, Columbus School for Girls, the Wellington School, and Marburn Academy.
Q: Do students take standardized tests?
A: Yes. Beginning in third grade, students take the IOWA test. Traditionally, our students score in the top percentiles in the nation on this test.
Students who accept the Ed Choice Scholarship are also obligated to take the Ohio State tests.
Q: Does CJDS offer extracurricular programs?
A: Yes! We offer several wonderful clubs and activities for students to enhance their experience at CJDS both during the school day and after school . If you need extended day coverage, we partner with the JCC for their Kaleidoscope program that operates until 5:30pm.
Q: Is bus transportation available to CJDS?
A: Buses are available from the Bexley and New Albany School districts. If you are from a different area and are interested in a bus, it may be possible to arrange one if there are enough students coming from your area. Please contact us and we’ll see what we can do!
Q: Do students need to bring a lunch, or is there a hot lunch program?
A: Due to COVID 19 Our Hot Lunch Program is not available. In healthier times, we partner with the JCC to provide a Kosher Hot Lunch option for $5 a day. Click here for a menu sample and more information. Students can also bring a packed lunch (vegetarian or dairy only) from home.
Q: What time does school start and end?
A: School starts at 8:10 am and ends at 3:30 pm. On Fridays, we end at 2:30 pm to get everyone home in time for Shabbat.