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"Our position on the college admissions process centers on discovering the most competitive match/fit for each student." 
Joe Runge, Director of College Counseling

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Cum Laude Society Seal

Carrollwood Day School is the most recent secondary school in the United States to be inducted into the Cum Laude Society. This is the highest and most prestigious academic honor a secondary school can earn in the United States. Carrollwood Day School is 1 of 3 secondary schools in Florida and 1 of 15 in the United States (out of 27,000 public, private, and charter schools) to earn Cum Laude Society membership and be an IB (International Baccalaureate) qualified institution.

Carrollwood Day School's college counseling philosophy centers on a five-year developmental program that is designed to deconstruct and demystify what has become a complex process involving many moving pieces. We holistically invest in “slow dripping” information to parents and students as they begin their tenure in the upper school. It is our goal to discover the most competitive match/fit for each CDS student. As college students spend 90% of their time outside the classroom, it is imperative to not only seek a challenging and scholarly environment, but one that feels comfortable and manageable both inside and outside the classroom. 

Fitzharris Family

"Our children started at CDS mid year following an international move. Immediately they were made to feel welcome and teachers, staff and students provided support to ensure they integrated immediately, both in and out of the classroom. Our son started in his Junior year and decided to apply to college in America. Despite being a late applicant the guidance and expertise from the College Counseling team helped him secure a place at his first choice university! Both children also took advantage of the many extra curricular activities on offer, playing in athletic teams, trying new sports and being part of the amazing drama and musical performances! There is something for everyone at CDS!"

- The Fitzharris Family

“My eyes light up when I see ‘International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme’ on a transcript. Students who apply to Michigan State University with IB credentials are assumed to be mature, curious, and creative. They have proven to be successful in a rigorous program that is both broad and deep in its content and intellectual challenge. On campus, IB graduates move with ease in a diverse and global university that demands intercultural skill and adaptability. The challenge of completing an IB diploma means that a student has engaged in the kind of rigorous work that is likely to help them become not just an outstanding college student and citizen of the world, but an exceptional one.”

Michigan State University
Pamela Horne
Assistant to the Provost for Enrollment and Director of Admissions



2019 graduates admitted to a 4-year college or university


2019 graduates admitted to a Phi Beta Kappa institution, representing the top 290 schools in the U.S.


2019 graduates received at least one unsolicited merit-based scholarship


2019 graduates acceptances to international schools


CDS was accepted into the Cum Laude Society. This is the most prestigious academic award a secondary school can earn.


Different college and universities were applied to by class of 2019


2019 graduates were awarded in unsolicited merit-based scholarship offers


Average four-year award per 2019 graduate



Joseph Runge
Dawn Bickoff Senior Associate Director of College Counseling
Drew Guarino Associate Director of College Counseling

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