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Carrollwood Day School began as a preschool with a group of small children who asked big questions. Since 1982, that has not changed. Our early childhood program is still about asking big questions and nurturing a small child's curiosity and confidence. CDS Lower School focuses on the whole child. Kindergarten is a pivotal year for children. Students are able to take their preschool learning experiences and, under the guidance of skillful teachers, begin to create the formal foundation for success in school and in life. Through the framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) students develop skills vital to becoming not only skillful and knowledgeable, but also self-directed, self-motivated and self-confident. We seek to develop caring and well-prepared citizens of tomorrow's world.

Early Childhood Campus



Students in PreK-3 through grade 5 learn coding


Students Kindergarten through grade 5 learn a world language


5th graders complete their Primary Years Programme by taking action to help solve a local/global problem


Device program for all students in grades 4 - 12


Meet Our Lower School Team