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CDS At-A-Glance

Carrollwood Day School is a non-sectarian, co-educational, independent day school serving students from two-years-old through high school. Carrollwood Day School stands out as a leader in its mission to educate the whole child.

RECOGNITIONS

  • In 2003, Carrollwood Day School was named a National School of Character in recognition of its innovative school-wide emphasis on character development.
  • Based on CDS students' high academic achievement, Carrollwood Day School was named a 2004 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Carrollwood Day School is the first school in Florida authorized by the prestigious International Baccalaureate Organization to offer all three IB programmes for students in preschool through high school and is the sixth school in the U.S. to achieve this distinction.
  • In 2007-08 the CDS championship athletic program received the Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award from the FHSAA for exemplary sportsmanship.
  • In 2010-11 the CDS middle school athletic program received the Rick Stowell Sportsmanship Award for the fourth time from the FWCL for exemplary sportsmanship.

SCHOOL SPIRIT

  • Colors: Crimson and Grey
  • Team Name: The Patriots
  • Mascot: Riot the Eagle

OUR CAMPUSES

  • The Early Childhood Campus, located on Casey Road, is home to our youngest students from two-years-old through kindergarten.
  • Our pastoral 37.5-acre school site on Bearss Avenue in North Tampa provides state-of-the-art classrooms for our 1st through 12th grade students.
  • In January 2012, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Bearss Avenue campus marking the completion of a major expansion. A new elementary school campus was dedicated along with a new performing arts theatre in the main building.  Extensive renovations to the main building also enabled the entire high school to move into newly designed classrooms, science labs, and fine arts studios.
  • In 2012, ECC underwent major renovation of playground to create a "natural playground" and install a professional-grade Astroturf soccer field.
  • In April 2016, the Hayes Family Gymnasium opened.
  • The Grand Opening of the Wagner Athletic Complex on the Bearss Avenue campus was held in September 2016, providing a true "home of their own" for CDS football, soccer, and baseball teams.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Enrollment for 2016-2017:  1,030
  • Early Childhood average student to teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Elementary average student to teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Middle School average student to teacher ratio: 9:1
  • High School average student to teacher ratio: 10:1
  • High Level IB courses: 22
  • Faculty with advanced degrees: 42%
  • Arts: Visual arts, drama, instrumental music
  • Athletics: 12 competitive sports for middle and high school, 1 club sport (equestrian), and an intramural sports program in 4 sports for elementary and early childhood
  • Faculty, staff and administrators: 183
  • Foreign languages: Spanish and French
  • Student to teacher ratios include classroom, special and resource teachers.

TECHNOLOGY

Carrollwood Day School incorporates technology in the learning environment by offering wireless computing on our campuses, as well as three state-of-the-art computer labs, elementary MakerLab, high school Center for Innovation, mobile laptop carts and iPads in our elementary school, and a 1:1 iPad and MacBook program for students in grades 4 - 12. Early childhood through high school classrooms are equipped with a variety of technology resources including LCD projectors, interactive white boards, scientific probeware, ELMO document projectors, and digital microscopes.

ACCREDITATIONS

  • Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
  • Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
    • October 2013.  Carrollwood Day School completed a joint in-depth self study and evaluation visit and earned re-accreditation from the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS ) and full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
  • International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
    • April 2008.  Carrollwood Day School has been an IB World School since March 2005 when it became the first school on the west coast of Florida authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme for preschool students through grade 5. In February 2008, CDS became authorized to offer the Diploma Programme for grades 11 and 12 and in April 2008, CDS received authorization to offer the Middle Years Programme for students in grades 6 - 10. Carrollwood Day School is the only school on the west coast of Florida to offer the full five-year MYP programme. CDS is the first IB World School in Florida fully authorized to offer the complete continuum of IB programmes and the sixth school in the U.S. to achieve this distinction. 
  • National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC)
    • January 2008.  Following an extensive self study and evaluation visit, CDS’s Early Childhood Campus was re-accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). CDS is one of the first programs in the country to earn the mark of quality represented by the reinvented NAEYC accreditation system.  CDS received commendations in each of the ten program standards covered in the evaluation.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC)
  • Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB)
  • Florida League of IB Schools (FLIBS)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • Florida High School Athletic Association, Inc. (FSHAA)
  • Florida West Coast League (FWCL)
  • National Honor Society (NHS)
  • Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica
  • The International Thespian Society

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.
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