International Baccalaureate


Carrollwood Day School is honored to partner with the IBO to create a better world through education.

CDS has been an IB World School since March 2005 and was the sixth school in the U.S. fully authorized to offer the continuum of PYP-MYP-DP programmes and the first IB World School in Florida to achieve this distinction. 

IB is observing its 50th anniversary this year and CDS is proud to be part of this history.

International Baccalaureate Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

What is IB?

IB Learner ProfileThe International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) assists schools in their endeavors to develop the individual talents of young people and teach them to relate the experiences of the classroom to the realities of the world outside. In 2003, Carrollwood Day School made the decision to pursue becoming an IB World School because the IB programmes strengthened and enhanced our nationally recognized academic program and character development initiative.  Essentially the IB programmes provide an approach rather than a curriculum.

IB strives to develop students to become critical and compassionate thinkers, life-long learners, and informed participants in local and world affairs, conscious of the shared humanity that binds all people together while respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that makes for the richness of life. The IB programmes, while demanding, are not elitist programmes for exceptionally gifted students only. The IB draws from research and best practices from around the world to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework that can enhance the ability to learn for all students.

Primary Years Program (PYP):

The PYP is a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning designed for children ages 3 - 12. The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child. It offers a framework that meets children's several needs: academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural. Traditional academic subjects are part of the program but it emphasizes the interrelatedness of knowledge and skills through a transdisciplinary program of inquiry.

In March 2005 Carrollwood Day School became one of the first schools in Florida fully authorized by the IBO to offer the IB Primary Years Programme.

Middle Years Programme (MYP):

The MYP addresses the unique needs of students in grades 6 - 10. This period, encompassing early and mid-adolescence, is a significant phase of personal and intellectual development. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts. The MYP helps students develop learning attitudes and skills that will enable them to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. The students' experience with the MYP culminates in their sophomore year with a yearlong Personal Project. This project provides students with a wonderful opportunity to shine: to choose and explore a topic that showcases their unique interests and talents.

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.  

Diploma Programme (DP):

The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of studies that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary school students. The IBO's reputation for rigorous assessment gives IB diploma holders access to the world's leading universities and solid preparation for high achievement once enrolled.  Unlike most IB schools, at CDS the IB Diploma Programme is designed to be inclusive so a student can register as a full IB Diploma candidate or as an IB Course candidate, based on their individual needs for academic rigor. (Click here to download the CDS IB DP Admission Policy.) While universities highly regard full Diploma students, they also recognize that the IB Certificate represents an additional challenge and demonstrates a student’s investment of time and academic effort to earn more than just a simple high school diploma.

In February 2008, CDS became fully authorized to offer the prestigious IB Diploma Programme.

The IB Continuum:

With the PYP, MYP, and DP IB programmes in place at CDS, students flourish in a rich continuum of learner-centered education that begins in preschool, continues through high school graduation, and will last a lifetime. The IB learner profile is at the heart of this common framework and infuses all elements of the PYP, MYP and DP programmes at CDS. 

The programmes move purposefully from skill-based to content-based learning. As they progress through the three levels of IB, students learn how to learn, begin to understand language and culture, and appreciate a holistic approach that does not lose depth. Various studies show that IB Diploma students have higher college acceptance rates and perform better in post-secondary education than their peers. These students will be well prepared for their future in a changing world.

Information for Parents

IB Parents PageVisit a special page on the IB website just for parents!  This page was created to help parents understand and make the most of the IB programmes offered at Carrollwood Day School. In addition to information about each of the programmes, parents can read about the transition to higher education and tips on how to guide their child to be successful in the IB programme.

Click here for IB Parent Page

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