Carrollwood Day School

Carrollwood Day School Photo #1 - CDS' early childhood program builds on the children`s natural curiosity. Our teachers cultivate in them the desire and understanding necessary to continue to seek and use knowledge in an ever-changing world. Our children learn new information through their desire to problem solve and to delve further into their world.
Carrollwood Day School Photo #2 - Science is a core part of the curriculum beginning in preschool. Students in the IB Diploma Programme (grades 11 and 12) select a two-year course in chemistry, physics, or biology. In addition to learning scientific methods and research skills through practical experimental work, these courses raise awareness of the social, moral economic, and environmental implications of using science and technology.
Carrollwood Day School Photo #3 - Technology is embedded in the curriculum at all levels enabling students to learn the skills they will need to succeed in a digital world. In addition to computer labs, classrooms share laptop carts in grades 1 - 5, and the middle and upper school have a one-to-one laptop program.
Carrollwood Day School Photo #4 - Elementary students learn about beat, rhythm, and pitch through the singing of songs, movement, and the playing of instruments. Younger students begin with rhythm instruments and in third-grade students learn to play the soprano recorder. Students create grade-level curriculum-related shows that are performed in front of the elementary school and parents and there are full school performances each year.
Carrollwood Day School Photo #5 - Carrollwood Day School's MakerLab provides many opportunities for our students to create, design, and explore. Every day students can be heard sharing their exciting STEEM experiences in the MakerLab. Through trial and error, they are learning that they are creative young inventors and problem solvers. They are gaining essential skills that will use as the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
Carrollwood Day School Photo #6 - Carrollwood Day School offers a competitive athletic program for students of all skill levels. Our athletes and coaches understand the importance of representing our school well. The focus is on excellent sportsmanship, teamwork, and the development of competitive teams and individuals. CDS athletic teams regularly qualify to compete in post-season competition.
  • Carrollwood Day School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students in preschool through 5th grade the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students in grades 6 through 10, and the Diploma Programme (DP) for students in grades 11 and 12.
  • CDS was the first school in Florida authorized by the prestigious International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the full continuum of IB programming and the sixth school in the United States to achieve this distinction.
  • CDS is a community of discovery and learning, empowering individuals to make a difference, developing and refining skills needed to be constructive citizens in an ever-changing world.
  • Carrollwood Day School stands out as a leader in its mission to educate the whole child.
  • In recognition of its academic excellence, CDS was selected as a 2004 No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education and in 2017, the school was awarded the prestigious distinction of National School of Character for the second time. CDS emphasizes performance and moral character and believes that intelligence must operate within the context of high moral standards.
  • CDS stresses the importance of building an ethical learning community in its quest for academic excellence and develops the values and principles that will define its students as the future leaders of a global society.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded1981
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2004

Student Body

Total Students1,033 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Carrollwood Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers100 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Number of AP Courses29 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesIB DP Biology 11 [SL/HL], IB DP Biology 12 [SL/HL], IB DP Chemistry 11 [SL/HL], IB DP Chemistry 12 [SL/HL], IB DP Computer Science 11 [SL / HL], IB DP Computer Science 12 [SL / HL], IB DP English 11 [SL/HL], IB DP English 12 [SL/HL], IB DP English B 11 [SL], IB DP English B 12 [SL], IB DP Environmental Systems and Societies 11 [SL], IB DP Environmental Systems and Societies 12 [SL], IB DP French 11 ab initio [SL], IB DP French 11 [SL], IB DP French 12 ab initio [SL], IB DP French 12 [SL], IB DP Global Politics 11 [SL/HL], IB DP Global Politics 12 [SL/HL], IB DP History 11 [SL/HL], IB DP History 12 [SL/HL], IB DP Math 11 [HL], IB DP Math 11 [SL], IB DP Math 12 [HL], IB DP Math 12 [SL], IB DP Math Studies 11 [SL], IB DP Math Studies 12 [SL], IB DP Music 11 [SL/HL], IB DP Music 12 [SL/HL], IB DP Physics 11 [SL/HL], IB DP Physics 11 [SL], IB DP Physics 12 [SL], IB DP Physics 12 [SL], IB DP Psychology 11 [SL/HL], IB DP Psychology 12 [SL/HL], IB DP Spanish 11 ab initio [SL], IB DP Spanish 11 [HL], IB DP Spanish 11 [SL], IB DP Spanish 12 ab initio [SL], IB DP Spanish 12 [SL], IB DP Spanish A 12 [SL], IB DP Theatre Arts 11 [SL/HL], IB DP Theatre Arts 12 [SL/HL], IB DP Theory of Knowledge 11, IB DP Theory of Knowledge 12, IB DP Visual Arts 11 [SL/HL], IB DP Visual Arts 12 [SL/HL]
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(School uniforms for kindergarten - grade 12)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition Notes2017-2018 Tuition:Preschool tuition ranges from $5,390 to $11,940. Kindergarten tuition is $12,740. Grades 1 - 5 tuition is $15,590. Middle School tuition is $17,340. High School tuition is $19,970.
Admissions DirectorDawn Schweitzer
Admissions AssociateMichelle Cáceres


Total Sports Offered14 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.51 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
20/20 Club (Middle School), 3D Design and Printing Club (Middle School), Action Club / Student Council (Elementary), AV Club, Book Club (Middle School), CDS Ambassadors, Chess, Computer Programming, Dance Committee, Diversity Club, Drama Club, Environmental Clubs (High School & Middle School), Film Aficionado (Middle School), Forensics, Guitar Ensemble (Middle School), History Club, Human Rights Club, Instrumental Music Lessons, International Club (Middle School), Intramural Sports (Elementary), Jr. Thespian Troupe, Junior Spanish Honor Society, Math Club (Middle School), Middle School French Honor Society, Model United Nations, Mu Alpha Theta, National Beta Club (Middle School), National Honor Society, National Jr. Beta Club, Patriot Society (Middle School Leadership Club), Pep Squad (Elementary), SADD, Spanish Club, Spanish National Honor Society (Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica), STEM Club (Middle School), Strategy Games, String Ensemble (Middle School), Student Advisory Board, Student Council (Middle School), Student Government (High School), The International Thespian Society, Toastmasters International, Year Book Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Creative Writing Club, French Club, Girls Coding Club (Middle School), Robotics Club, Student Athletic Board, Writing / Newspaper Club (Middle School)

Recreational Athletic Programs:
French National Honor Society, Key Club

School Notes

  • CDS was founded in 1981 and currently serves students from two-years-old through high school on two campuses in north Tampa.
  • Preschool and kindergarten students attend our Early Childhood Campus at 12606 Casey Road.
  • First grade through high school classes are located at CDS's upper campus located at 1515 W. Bearss Avenue.

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    Tampa, FL 33615
    (813) 885-1673
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    9.6 miles
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    Tampa, FL 33606
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    12.6 miles
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    8.7 miles
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