Admissions Process 

ECC studentsCarrollwood Day School welcomes all prospective applicants and families. The school seeks to admit those students who show the potential to grow significantly while at CDS. Students must be academically on or above grade level. Students who require specialized instruction or are unable to function adequately in the classroom are not considered for admission.

Each division – Lower School (Early Childhood and Elementary), Middle and Upper School – has slightly different admissions procedures, so please visit the page for the division in which you are interested.  Regardless of the age of the student, Carrollwood Day School strongly recommends a personal tour for the parents prior to submitting an application. Families will receive an admissions packet during their visit.  The application can be completed and mailed back.  Beginning in kindergarten, all applicants are required to meet with a member of the CDS admissions team to complete a developmental/learning assessment. 

After the application has been submitted, an optional half-day visit for MS and HS applicants in their current grade can also be arranged. Experiencing our learning environment first hand is a key component in the school selection process. 

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Non-Discrimination Policy

CDS admits qualified students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin and is non-discriminatory in all policies and school administered programs.

CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOL DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE MCKAY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.

Contact

Call the Admissions Office at 813.920.2288.

Dawn Schweitzer, Director of Admissions [Middle School & Upper School Admissions]

Michelle Cáceres, Advancement Coordinator for Admissions [ECC and Elementary Admissions]

Julie Johnson, Advancement Associate for Admissions

Lower School - Early Childhood Campus (ECC) Admissions

ECC Boys

Click here to apply online.

Preschool (Toddlers/2 year olds, Nursery and Prekindergarten)

  • Tour school. Contact Admissions office to schedule; at conclusion of visit family will be given a code to submit an online application to the ECC.

  • Apply Online (If you do not already have a CDS My Backpack account, you will be directed to create an account before completing the application.)

  • Click here to submit online payment of $75 application fee.

Kindergarten (must be 5 by September 1 of the school year they are entering)

  • Tour school. Contact Admissions office to schedule (813.920.2288); at conclusion of visit family will be given a code to submit an online application to the ECC.

  • Apply Online (If you do not already have a CDS My Backpack account, you will be directed to create an account before completing the application.)

  • Click here to submit online payment of $75 application fee.

  • Contact Admissions to schedule an appointment for the applicant to meet with the Principal to complete a developmental assessment.

Waiting Pool

Once a class has reached capacity, qualified applicants are placed in a waiting pool.  When an opening arises in a particular grade, the Admissions Committee reconvenes to determine which candidate in the waiting pool will fill the position.


 

Request InformationContact the Admissions Office |  Call Michelle Cáceres at 813.920.2288 ext. 240

Lower School - Elementary School Admissions

Elementary Art

Click here to apply online.

Grades 1 - 5

  • Tour school. Contact Admissions office to schedule; at conclusion of visit family will be given a code to submit an online application to the ECC.

  • Apply Online (If you do not already have a CDS My Backpack account, you will be directed to create an account before completing the application.)

  • Click here to submit online payment of $75 application fee.

  • Once your application has been submitted you will receive an email to schedule the learning assessment.

  • Submit previous two (2) years’ transcripts (when applicable)

  • Submit Student Evaluation form from applicant’s current teacher. 

1:1 Technology Program

Waiting Pool

Once a class has reached capacity, qualified applicants are placed in a waiting pool.  When an opening arises in a particular grade, the Admissions Committee reconvenes to determine which candidate in the waiting pool will fill the position.


Request InformationContact the Admissions Office |  Call Michelle Cáceres at 813.920.2288 ext. 240

Middle School Admissions

MS History

Click here to apply online.

Grades 6 - 8

  • Tour school. Contact Admissions office to schedule; at conclusion of visit family will be given a code to submit an online application to the ECC.

  • Apply Online (If you do not already have a CDS My Backpack account, you will be directed to create an account before completing the application.)

  • Click here to submit online payment of $75 application fee.

    Once your application has been submitted you will receive an email to schedule the learning assessment and a shadow date.

  • Submit previous two (2) years’ transcripts (when applicable)

  • Submit Student Evaluation form from applicant’s current teacher. 

1:1 Technology Program

Waiting Pool

Once a class has reached capacity, qualified applicants are placed in a waiting pool.  When an opening arises in a particular grade, the Admissions Committee reconvenes to determine which candidate in the waiting pool will fill the position.


Request InformationContact the Admissions Office |  Call Dawn Schweitzer at 813.920.2288 ext. 204

Upper School Admissions

High School Open Lockers

Click here to apply online.

Grades 9 - 11

  • Tour school. Contact Admissions office to schedule; at conclusion of visit family will be given a code to submit an online application to the ECC.

  • Apply Online (If you do not already have a CDS My Backpack account, you will be directed to create an account before completing the application.)

  • Click here to submit online payment of $75 application fee.

  • Students must download and complete the HS Application Part II

  • Once your application has been submitted you will receive an email to schedule a shadow date.

  • Submit previous two (2) years’ transcripts (when applicable)

  • Submit Student Evaluation form from 2 of applicant’s current teachers (Math and English).

  • Download Transcript Release form and give to the records office at applicant’s current school.

  • 9th grade applicants only: Register to take the SSAT and have results forwarded to CDS. You can register online at www.ssat.org. Please be sure to designate Carrollwood Day School (code #2137) on the test form. 

IB Diploma Programme Admission Policy

1:1 Technology Program

Waiting Pool

Once a class has reached capacity, qualified applicants are placed in a waiting pool.  When an opening arises in a particular grade, the Admissions Committee reconvenes to determine which candidate in the waiting pool will fill the position.


 

Request InformationContact the Admissions Office |  Call Dawn Schweitzer at 813.920.2288 ext. 204

 

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