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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.

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College Counseling Timeline

The Carrollwood Day School college counseling department believes that planning for a collegiate career should start before the upper school journey begins, which is why we have a very unique timeline for college planning. Read more about how the CDS specialized program starts in 8th grade.

Financial Aid and Bright Futures

Families often ask about Financial Aid and what the process looks like. Read more about the types of financial aid available and how to determine what will work for your student and family.

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. 



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
Danielle Cohen, College Counseling Associate


"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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