Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School is Named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School

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Four Montgomery County schools receive the U.S. Department of Education honor, including CESJDS.

We are proud of the high level of commitment shown by our faculty, students, families and greater community to our mission, and are honored to be recognized on a national level for academic excellence and commitment to each child.

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) is proud to announce that it has been recognized as a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School, one of 50 independent schools in the nation to receive the honor.

The National Blue Ribbons Schools award is a symbol of excellence and quality that honors America’s most successful public and private elementary, middle and high schools. Now in its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized more than 9,000 schools. CESJDS’s distinction is an ‘Exemplary High Performing School.’

“This honor is a true testament to the hard work, achievement, and perseverance of our students. Our talented faculty guide each and every student to reach their maximum potential, which yields high academic outcomes and enabled CESJDS to receive recognition like a Blue Ribbon for being an exemplary high performing school,” said Rabbi Mitchel Malkus, Head of School.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos selected 367 schools for recognition by the program this year, including public and private elementary, middle and high schools across the country as well as at American military bases around the world.

CESJDS is one of four schools in Montgomery County to receive a National Blue Ribbon designation in 2020. The other schools are Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School, Our Lady of Mercy School, and St. Peter’s School. It is also one of three Jewish day schools in the country to receive the honor, the others being The Shlenker School in Houston, Tex., and Yavneh Day School in Los Gatos, Calif. Eight Jewish day schools in total have been named Blue Ribbon Schools since 2013.

“We are proud of the high level of commitment shown by our faculty, students, families and greater community to our mission, and are honored to be recognized on a national level for academic excellence and commitment to each child,” said Malkus.

About CESJDS
CESJDS is the premier JK-12 independent Jewish day school in North America. Our mission is to engage students in an outstanding and inspiring general and Judaic education. CESJDS achieves academic excellence through an integrated curriculum, anchored in Jewish values.

About the National Blue Ribbon
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools in 38 years of existence.

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