Tuition & Aid 2020-2021

Investing in Your Child's Future

Thank you for considering a Carrollwood Day School education for your family. For most families, investing in an independent school education requires careful financial planning. As you will learn through the admissions process, families find great value in the CDS educational experience and the heuristic way in which we prepare our students for the future.

As a school, we seek to admit talented and motivated students. Central to preparing our students for this world is creating a diverse academic community. In fact, research has proven that a diverse environment leads to better learning outcomes for all students. Therefore, families who feel the full tuition cost is out of their reach should not hesitate to visit or apply to the school. We are here to help you determine the best options for your family with this very important educational investment.

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2020-2021 Tuition and Fees

Mandatory Fees

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$1,000 Deposit

For returning students, the non-refundable $1,000 deposit is applied to tuition. For new students in grades 1 -12, the non-refundable $1,000 deposit is applied to a one time matriculation fee.

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Student Services Fee

The Student Services Fee covers a portion of the following: tuition insurance, yearbook, day field trips, activities, technology infrastructure, and IB.

Lower School - Kindergarten $450
Lower School - Grades 1 - 5 $525
Middle School - Grades 6 - 8 $625
Upper School - Grades 9 - 11 $825
Upper School - Grade 12
Includes Graduation Fees


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$250 Security Fee

All students are assessed a $250 security fee annually.

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Annual Giving Support

To achieve our mission as an independent school, we ask that all CDS families make a gift to the Annual Giving Program each year. Tuition alone does not fully cover the cost of the resources needed to ensure enrichment and innovation is available in academics, arts and athletics for students of all ages. Find out more about how your gift can make an impact.

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Toddler Only    
     2 Day Half-Day   $6,420
     2 Day Full-Day   $7,320
Toddler, PK3, PK4    
     3 Day Half-Day
        (Toddler & PK3 only)
     3 Day Full-Day   $10,750
     5 Day Half-Day
         (Toddler & PK3 only)        
     5 Day Full-Day   $14,200
Kindergarten   $15,160
Elementary   $18,550
Middle School   $20,630

Upper School

  • ​​Tuition for kindergarten through Upper School does not cover cost of uniforms or daily student supplies such as pencils, notebooks, and folders.
  • Every 4th through 12th grade student will be required to have a personally owned device with certain specifications.

Tuition Discounts

  • $250 Discount for payment in full by April 1, 2020.
  • There is a sibling discount for families with 4 or more children attending CDS.

Tuition Payment Plans

As a convenience, parents can pay tuition in installments through two payment plans: Semi Annual or Monthly (9 months) for an additional fee. The administrative charge for installment payment plans are due in July. This charge covers the cost of extending the payment plan, and includes, but is not limited to fees charged by third party processors and a portion of the Tuition Refund Plan. 

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Additional Fees

Billed monthly based on usage unless specified otherwise

ECC Before School Care
$5 per student per hour

Lower School After School Care
$5 per student per hour

After School Enrichment Camps
$95 - $200 per camp

Athletic Participation Fee
(Grades 5 -12)
$175 - $600 per sport

MS & US Overnight Class Trips
$400 - $1,600

Summer Camps
$150 - $300 per camp

Transportation (school bus) Fee
$20 per trip - $2,500 round trip annual fee

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Tuition Management

Carrollwood Day School uses FACTS Tuition Management for billing and payments of tuition and fees (with the exception of lunch, camps, and overnight trips). Parents are required to set up and maintain a FACTS account for all payments.

Financial Aid

It is the desire of Carrollwood Day School to provide financial assistance to academically qualified students in need. We utilize a third party, FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment, to process our need applications and to help determine a family's ability to pay. Requests for aid generally outpace funds available, and are allocated based upon merit and spots available within a division or grade. Application and decisions on aid awards are made annually and aid must be reapplied for each year.    

Applications are reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee and remain confidential within that group. Recipients of aid awards are also expected to maintain confidentiality regarding any award they receive or they may have their award revoked. 

Carrollwood Day School follows a need-blind admissions policy. This means that students are considered for admission independently of their need for financial aid. 

For more information...
Contact the Admissions Office  |  Call Dawn Schweitzer at 813.920.2288