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"In our five-year developmental model, our goal is to match each student's achievement profile and their aspirations for their future with myriad college or university options to ensure their best academic and social fit." Drew Guarino, Director of College Counseling

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The College Counseling Philosophy

Carrollwood Day School's college counseling department focuses on a developmental model for students beginning as early as eighth grade. In an effort to simplify an increasingly complex college admission landscape, we invest in providing a gradual release of information that is relevant to each student's grade level to ensure that they are fully prepared for their transition to higher education. It is our goal as a department to find the most competitive fit institution for each CDS student by matching each student's aspirations with a plethora of colleges and universities that will allow students to thrive. We are proud to say that 100% of our students have been admitted to a four-year college or university since the first upper school graduating class in 2009.

College Representatives

Thank you for your interest in visiting Carrollwood Day School. We look forward to seeing you soon! Click here to request a visit, read our school profile, and see a campus map.

College Counseling Timeline

The Carrollwood Day School college counseling department believes that planning for a collegiate career should start before the upper school journey begins, which is why we have a very unique timeline for college planning. Read more about how the CDS specialized program starts in 8th grade.

Financial Aid and Bright Futures

Families often ask about Financial Aid and what the process looks like. Read more about the types of financial aid available and how to determine what will work for your student and family.


SCOIR is a comprehensive database used by students and parents in conjunction with college counseling to store important academic information such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, and school documents such as our profile, to assist students in the application process. Both students and parents also have individual accounts where they can research colleges/universities, follow institutions they are interested in, and review historical admissibility data. Please contact your college counselor to obtain login information to create your SCOIR account. 


Links for students and parents

With all the information out there, we've made it easy for you to find what you're looking for. Click here to find all the links for the college counseling process. 

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Stay up to date on the latest CDS College Counseling news. Whether we have colleges visiting us (on campus or virtually), special announcements about or school or our students, this is the place to find it!

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Admitted to a four-year college or university since the first Upper School graduating class in 2009.


2020 graduates admitted to a Phi Beta Kappa institution, representing the top 290 schools in the U.S.


Students from the class of 2020 who received a Florida Bright Futures Academic or Medallion Award.


International schools admitted to by CDS graduates in the last three years.


Students from the class of 2020 who applied to an out-of-state college or university.


2020 graduates attending an out-of-state college or university.

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Schools in the United States to earn Cum Laude Society membership and be an International Baccalaureate (IB) qualified institution.


Average four-year unsolicited merit-based award for seniors in the class of 2020.

College Counseling Calendar

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Florida Southern College
Villanova University
College of Charleston
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Drew University
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American University
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Eckerd College
Drexel University
SUNY at Binghamton
Northwestern University
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Kenyon College
University of Miami
Butler University
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