Carrollwood Day School welcomes all prospective applicants and families. The school seeks to admit those students who show the potential to grow significantly while at CDS. Students must be academically on or above grade level. Students who require specialized instruction or are unable to function adequately in the classroom are not considered for admission.
Each division – Lower School (Early Childhood and Elementary), Middle and Upper School – has slightly different admissions procedures, so please visit the page for the division in which you are interested. Regardless of the age of the student, Carrollwood Day School strongly recommends a personal tour for the parents prior to submitting an application. Families will receive an admissions packet during their visit. The application can be completed and mailed back. Beginning in kindergarten, all applicants are required to meet with a member of the CDS admissions team to complete a developmental/learning assessment.
After the application has been submitted, an optional half-day visit for MS and HS applicants in their current grade can also be arranged. Experiencing our learning environment first hand is a key component in the school selection process.
Call the Admissions Office at 813.920.2288.
Dawn Schweitzer, Director of Admissions [Middle School & Upper School Admissions]
Michelle Cáceres, Director of Admissions [ECC and Elementary Admissions]
Charlotte Benziger, Assistant Director of Admissions
Vianca Danner, Admissions Associate for Middle & Upper School
Jess Nugent, Admissions Associate for Lower School
Rachel Paggio, Admissions Assistant
CDS admits qualified students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin and is non-discriminatory in all policies and school administered programs.
CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOL DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE MCKAY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.