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CDS At-A-Glance

Carrollwood Day School is a non-sectarian, co-educational, independent day school serving students from two-years-old through upper school. Carrollwood Day School stands out as a leader in its mission to educate the whole child.


  • In May 2017, Carrollwood Day School was named a "National School of Character" by  Each year, and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development programs and a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities. Sheril Morgan, Director of Schools of Character for, wrote, "What a phenomenal accomplishment! Our evaluators were very impressed with your team’s hard work and dedication. It is quite a feat to be named a National School of Character more than once. It took a great deal of commitment and teamwork to continue this legacy of character development, and you should be celebrated!"
  • In 2016, Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, recognized CDS as "A Caring School." CDS has partnered with Making Caring Common since 2014 to purposefully maintain our caring, inclusive school community where students feel safe, supported, and connected. As an MCC Caring School, we use data to better understand how students, staff, and parents experience our school community and have access to a library of research-based strategies and insights from leaders in the field.
  • In 2003, Carrollwood Day School was named a National School of Character in recognition of its innovative school-wide emphasis on character development.
  • Based on CDS students' high academic achievement, Carrollwood Day School was named a 2004 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Carrollwood Day School is the first school in Florida authorized by the prestigious International Baccalaureate Organization to offer all three IB programmes for students in preschool through grade 12 and is the sixth school in the U.S. to achieve this distinction.
  • In 2007-08 the CDS championship athletic program received the Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award from the FHSAA for exemplary sportsmanship.
  • In 2010-11 the CDS middle school athletic program received the Rick Stowell Sportsmanship Award for the fourth time from the FWCL for exemplary sportsmanship.


  • Colors: Crimson and Grey
  • Team Name: The Patriots
  • Mascot: Riot the Eagle


  • The Early Childhood Campus, located on Casey Road, is home to our youngest students from two-years-old through kindergarten.
  • Our pastoral 37.5-acre school site on Bearss Avenue in North Tampa provides state-of-the-art classrooms for our 1st through 12th grade students.
  • In January 2012, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Bearss Avenue campus marking the completion of a major expansion. A new elementary school campus was dedicated along with a new performing arts theatre in the main building.  Extensive renovations to the main building also enabled the entire upper school to move into newly designed classrooms, science labs, and fine arts studios.
  • In 2012, ECC underwent major renovation of playground to create a "natural playground" and install a professional-grade Astroturf soccer field.
  • In April 2016, the Hayes Family Gymnasium opened.
  • The Grand Opening of the Wagner Athletic Complex on the Bearss Avenue campus was held in September 2016, providing a true "home of their own" for CDS football, soccer, and baseball teams.


  • Enrollment for 2018-2019:  1,086
  • Early Childhood average student to teacher ratio: 7:1
  • Elementary average student to teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Middle School average student to teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Upper School average student to teacher ratio: 9:1
  • High Level IB courses: 30
  • Faculty with advanced degrees: 49%
  • Arts: Visual arts, drama, instrumental music
  • Athletics: 13 competitive sports for middle and upper school and an intramural sports program in 4 sports for elementary and early childhood
  • Faculty, staff and administrators: 168
  • Foreign languages: Spanish and French
  • Student to teacher ratios include classroom, special and resource teachers.


Carrollwood Day School incorporates technology in the learning environment by offering wireless computing on our campuses, as well as three state-of-the-art computer labs, elementary MakerLab, upper school Center for Innovation, mobile laptop carts and iPads in our elementary school, and a 1:1 iPad and MacBook program for students in grades 4 - 12. Early childhood through upper school classrooms are equipped with a variety of technology resources including LCD projectors, interactive white boards, scientific probeware, ELMO document projectors, and digital microscopes.


  • Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
  • Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
    • January 2019.  Carrollwood Day School completed a joint in-depth self study and evaluation visit and earned re-accreditation from the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS ) and full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
  • International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
    • April 2008.  Carrollwood Day School has been an IB World School since March 2005 when it became the first school on the west coast of Florida authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme for preschool students through grade 5. In February 2008, CDS became authorized to offer the Diploma Programme for grades 11 and 12 and 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. CDS is the first IB World School in Florida fully authorized to offer the complete continuum of IB programmes and the sixth school in the U.S. to achieve this distinction.


  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST)
  • Florida High School Athletic Association, Inc. (FSHAA)
  • Florida League of IB Schools (FLIBS)
  • Florida School Music Association
  • Florida West Coast League (FWCL)
  • The International Thespian Society
  • Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC)
  • Mid-South Independent School Business Officers (MISBO)
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • National Business Officers Association (NBOA)
  • National Honor Society (NHS)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • National Student Council Association
  • Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB
  • Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica
  • Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC)
  • Sunshine State Athletic Conference (SSAC)


Non-Discrimination Policy
CDS admits qualified students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin and is non-discriminatory in all policies and school administered programs.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Carrollwood Day School embraces and celebrates the rich diversity of our students, employees, and families from all backgrounds. As an International Baccalaureate continuum school, CDS strives to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment where each person is valued. We work to intentionally develop cross-cultural competency and appreciation of differences within all constituents. We value the influence of a wide range of experiences and perspectives in our classrooms, relationships, and interactions as we prepare our students to contribute to a diverse and interconnected world.

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