Jewish Community Day School, founded in 1996 by a group of dedicated parents, is a place where children master a rigorous academic curriculum while developing a strong ethical foundation. Its small class size allows teachers to give students individual attention as they develop academically, intellectually, socially and spiritually. With an average student to teacher ratio of 8 to 1, JCDS ensures that every child is known, nurtured and challenged to achieve.
Jewish Community Day School provides elementary school-aged children with stellar academics along with the skills and habits of mind they need to thrive in their world. Inquiry-based teaching inspires meaningful learning that can be applied to real-world problems. Local, national and global connections are fostered as students reach beyond the classroom walls via field experiences and real-time digital learning.
Our curriculum is guided by Common Core Curriculum Standards, State of Louisiana standards, and by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Pluralistic and egalitarian, JCDS Hebrew language and Jewish studies programs support creative expression, critical thinking, and personal meaning-making. Jewish values encourage compassion, deep thinking, responsibility and respect.
Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) is the Jewish day school of Greater New Orleans. Our mission is to instill a love of learning, invigorated by academic excellence. JCDS is grounded in Jewish tradition where we foster spirituality (emunah), dedication to repair our world (tikun olam) and commitment to the entire Jewish people (klal Yisrael). JCDS is a nurturing school where families of all backgrounds are welcomed, and children are prepared to be engaged, compassionate leaders of their communities in the United States, Israel, and the world.
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Student Teacher Ratio
5 : 1
62% Male / 38% Female
Percentage of Student Body
Black or African American
JCDS students enjoy activities during and after the school day that enrich their learning. Each week, students participate in Art, Technology, Library, Music, and Physical Education classes. Our location inside the Goldring Woldenberg Jewish Communty Campus (JCC) gives our students access to a full sized basketball court, soccer, baseball, and football field, and a swimming pool where students swim two months out of the year.
After school activities are designed according to student interest and support parents who prefer to extent their child's school day. These activities include, but are not limited to study hall in our Berenson Library, Garden Club, Jump Rope Club, Art, Ballet, Drama, and Sports. By also joining the JCC, at a reduced JCDS family price, your child will have access to after care and mini camps.
Our JCDS Mid-Winter's Children's Choice learning experience that enables students to delve deeply into a topic each afternoon for an entire week. This past year, students chose between Green Dream: a Jewish Organic Garden, Art Studio, and Robotics.
Associations & Memberships
The Jewish Community Day School Network (RAVSAK)
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