Carrollwood Day School began as a preschool with a group of small children who asked big questions. In more than 35 years, that has not changed. Our early childhood program is still about asking big questions and nurturing a small child's curiosity and confidence.
One thing that has changed is our backyard. It has become much larger. In fact it is global, which is why beginning with our early childhood program, our curriculum builds on the framework of the International Baccalaureate programmes. Beginning in preschool we introduce our students to inquiry-based learning as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). It is the first step in an international education that begins in early childhood and lasts a lifetime.
Kindergarten School Day: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Preschool School Half-Day: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. [Toddlers & PreK 3]
Preschool Full-Day: 9:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. [Toddlers, PreK 3 & PreK 4]
Early Childhood Curriculum
In the earliest years of our Lower School, our goal is to provide the tools and opportunities to support children as they grow into independent, self-confident learners as they construct knowledge of their world. Our academic program uses developmentally appropriate practices that integrates the core subject areas and combines the components of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) to help children build their first steps in gaining an international education with good principles and attitudes and a positive sense of themselves and others.
Our early childhood program provides a warm environment that fosters each child’s natural curiosity, developing critical thinking and research skills that engenders a love of learning not only everyday but for a lifetime.
Early Childhood Goals
to develop executive functioning skills to assist with taking the initiative in making choices and decisions and using time and energy effectively
to develop self-discipline and the ability to identify, pursue, and complete self-chosen goals and tasks with originality and responsibility
to develop the ability to work with other children and adults in group planning, cooperative efforts, and with shared leadership
to openly inquire and develop knowledge of the physical world
to develop comfort with physical movement
to develop the ability to express thoughts, ideas and feelings; to speak about, dramatize, and represent experiences in order to communicate them to others
to develop the ability to comprehend others' spoken, written, dramatic, and graphic representations
to develop the ability to apply his or her reasoning abilities to a wide range of situations, using a variety of materials
to develop creativity, initiative, spirit of inquiry, and openness to knowledge and other people's viewpoints
Below are key programs that support an enthusiasm for learning and help develop and achieve our goal of a balanced and strong foundation for lifelong learners.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) with integration of core subject areas including science and social studies
Language Arts - Being A Reader, Being A Writer, Making Meaning, Handwriting Without Tears (HWT)
As a visitor to Carrollwood Day School’s Early Childhood Campus, the first thing you will see is toddlers through kindergarteners actively engaged in an environment created by warm and loving teachers. Look a little closer and you realize these are really young scientists, architects, authors, community leaders and more, hard at work practicing the skills necessary to become caretakers of the future.
Extra Curricular Activities that are available to our ECC students are:
We also know that our strong character development initiative is a major factor in our students’ beginning and ongoing success in school and in life. People who possess high morals and are confident in themselves are more likely to take intellectual risks and to become leaders. We build the foundation for children to think critically, to work together purposefully, to welcome any and all intellectual challenges, and to be come responsible contributing citizens.
CDS is closed
CDS willremain closed through Friday, September 30thto allow ample time for our campus facilities crew and our community responders to complete their clean-up work without interference, and to allow any of our Patriot families who evacuated to travel back to town safely when road conditions allow. This includes any after-school and athletic events.