Carrollwood Day School offers transportation to and from the Bearss Avenue Campus on a fleet of school owned buses. This service is maintained for the convenience of CDS families. CDS has established bus stops at various locations on each of our bus routes. Compliant with State guidelines, CDS may not pick up students at their residence. In addition to the route bus stops, there is a shuttle between the ECC and Bearss Avenue Campus to assist families with children enrolled at both campuses.
For families that do not use the CDS bus service, Carrollwood Day School encourages all parents to carpool whenever possible. In an effort to "go green," CDS will make available resources for parents to help find carpool partners effective and easy. Please contact the Admissions Office if you would like to be added to the carpool list.
Why Take the Bus?
It’s Safe — According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, students are about 20 times more likely to arrive safely at school taking the bus compared to being driven by a parent. Additionally, all drivers undergo comprehensive safety certification training/testing.
Go Green — Riding a bus is a simple but effective method to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve traffic congestion. According to the American School Bus Council, one school bus will typically take 36 cars off the road.
Save Time & Money — Having your student take the bus may actually save you money. The “What is the Real Cost” section is an estimate of the costs associated with driving your student to and from school each day using two common mileage cost measures. Even before considering your personal time savings, it is less expensive to pay for CDS bus service on a total cost basis if you live in Zone 1, 2 or Zone 3.
- Zone 1 currently includes several pick-up/drop-off locations close to the Eagles and or in the West Chase area. Other pick-up/drop-off areas will be added based on demand.
- Zone 2 currently includes pick-up/drop-off locations in the Cheval & Lutz area. Other pick-up/drop-off areas will be added based on demand.
- Zone 3 currently includes pick-up/drop-off locations serving the New Tampa area at Arbor Green, Hunters Green and Tampa Palms. Other pick-up/drop-off areas will be added based on demand.
- ECC Shuttle transports preschool and kindergarten students between the Bearss Avenue campus and the ECC before and after school. Safety approved bus car seats are provided.
Meet Our Transportation Director
Dennis McGlinsey has been an integral part of the Transportation Department since 2013. He handles multiple aspects of CDS transportation needs, including maintaining bus fleet, safety training for drivers and riders, mapping day-to-day bus routes, and specialized trip planning.