Since the inception of Carrollwood Day School in 1982, we have prided ourselves on being a community of learners.  We have grown from a preschool into a comprehensive program with three divisions through high school. Carrollwood Day School stands out as a leader in its commitment to educate the whole child and is recognized nationally for its academic excellence and its innovative school-wide emphasis on character development. In short, we have PATRIOT PRIDE in everything we do at CDS. 

We are excited to be celebrating 40 Years of Education With Character!

40 Years of Education With Character at CDS
Timeline 2023


Build a community prepared and inspired to better the world.


As an IB World School, we cultivate principled entrepreneurial thinkers for a global society by enriching the mind, strengthening the character, and inspiring the passions of our community.




CDS has been an International Baccalaureate World School since 2005 and in 2009 became one of only six other schools in U.S. to provide IB programme to students from preschool through 12th grade. CDS is currently the only school on the West Coast of Florida to offer the IB curriculum for ages 3 - 12th grade.

 In 2019, CDS became a member of the Cum Laude Society, the most prestigious academic award a secondary school can earn. Additionally, CDS is one of only seven Cum Laude Society/ International Baccalaureate schools in the United States. Carrollwood Day School is 1 of 3 Cum Laude Society/ IB secondary schools in Florida and 1 of only 15 Cum Laude Society/ IB secondary schools in the United States (out of approximately 27,000 public, private, and charter schools).

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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.

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.