Michigan Avenue Campus



  • Carrollwood Day School founded as a preschool in a storefront space


  • Kindergarten program added
  • School moved into its own building on Casey Road


  • Elementary school opened on a rustic campus in Odessa


  • CDS becomes first school in Hillsborough County accredited by the NAEYC


  • Odessa campus expands to add middle school classes


  • CDS awarded first annual Rick Stowell Sportsmanship Award by the Florida West Coast League


  • CDS named National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership
  • CDS coach recognized as “Coach of the Year” by the John Lynch Foundation


  • CDS named No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education
  • CDS awarded Rick Stowell Sportsmanship Award by the FWCL
  • Two CDS middle school student-athletes named the boy and girl Middle School Star of the Year by the John Lynch Foundation


  • CDS becomes an IB World School, the first school on the west coast of Florida authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the Primary Years Programme


  • CDS moves to new campus on Bearss Avenue
  • CDS opens its high school division and welcomes its first 9th and 10th grade classes


  • CDS receives authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization for its Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme making CDS the sixth school in the U.S. to achieve the distinction of providing the full continuum of IB programmes - PYP, MYP and DP.
  • CDS awarded the FSHAA/Fred E. Rozelle Award for exemplary sportsmanship, one of the highest honors bestowed upon an athletic program in Florida. 



  • CDS graduates first IB Diploma graduates.


  • CDS undertakes extensive renovation and construction projects. The main building is renovated to make a permanent home for the growing high school. A new elementary campus is built featuring suites for each grade level, a new multi-purpose room and spacious new media center.
  • CDS adopts new logo.
  • Mary Kanter announces her plans to retire in June 2013 after completing 15 years as head of school. An international search is launched to find her successor. Ryan Kelly is named assistant head of school.


  • CDS is selected to be a model school to implement four pilot programs for the IB Middle Years Programme.
  • ECC undergoes major renovation of playground to create a "natural playground" and install a professional-grade Astroturf soccer field.


  • Ryan Kelly becomes head of school.
  • The sound and lighting systems in the theatre are upgraded.


  • New tree house is added to ECC playground.
  • CDS hosts first TEDxCarrollwoodDaySchool event. 


  • Ribbon cutting for Hayes Family Gymnasium.
  • Ribbon cutting for Wagner Athletic Complex.


  • Elementary Challenge Course constructed on Wimbledon Field.
  • CDS is designated a National School of Character, again! 
  • CDS is designated A Caring School by Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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