Tuition & Affordability
Investing in Your Child's Future
Thank you for considering a Carrollwood Day School education for your family. For most families, investing in an independent school education requires careful financial planning. As you will learn through the admissions process, families find great value in the CDS educational experience and the heuristic way in which we prepare our students for the future.
As a school, we seek to admit talented and motivated students. Central to preparing our students for this world is creating a diverse academic community. In fact, research has proven that a diverse environment leads to better learning outcomes for all students. Therefore, families who feel the full tuition cost is out of their reach should not hesitate to visit or apply to the school. We are here to help you determine the best options for your family with this very important educational investment.
For returning students, the non-refundable $1,000 deposit is applied to tuition. For new students in grades 1 -12, the non-refundable $1,000 deposit is applied to a one time matriculation fee.
Student Services Fee
The Student Services Fee covers a portion of the following: tuition insurance, yearbook, day field trips, activities, technology infrastructure, and IB.
|Lower School - Kindergarten||$450|
|Lower School - Grades 1 - 5||$525|
|Middle School - Grades 6 - 8||$625|
|Upper School - Grades 9 - 11||$825|
|Upper School - Grade 12
Includes Graduation Fees
$250 Security Fee
All students are assessed a $250 security fee annually.
Annual Giving Support
To achieve our mission as an independent school, we ask that all CDS families make a gift to the Annual Giving Program each year. Tuition alone does not fully cover the cost of the resources needed to ensure enrichment and innovation is available in academics, arts and athletics for students of all ages. Find out more about how your gift can make an impact.
|2 Day Half-Day||$6,548|
|2 Day Full-Day||$7,466|
|Toddler, PK3, PK4|
| 3 Day Half-Day
(Toddler & PK3 only)
|3 Day Full-Day||$10,965|
| 5 Day Half-Day
(Toddler & PK3 only)
|5 Day Full-Day||$14,484|
- Tuition for kindergarten through Upper School does not cover cost of uniforms or daily student supplies such as pencils, notebooks, and folders.
- Every 4th through 12th grade student will be required to have a personally owned device with certain specifications.
- There is a sibling discount for families with 4 or more children attending CDS.
Tuition Payment Plans
As a convenience, in addition to Full Payment, parents can pay tuition in installments through two payment plans: Semi Annual or Monthly (9 months) for an additional fee. The administrative charge for installment payment plans are due in July. This charge covers the cost of extending the payment plan, and includes, but is not limited to fees charged by third party processors and a portion of the Tuition Refund Plan.
- Fee for Semi Annual Plan: $250
- Fee for Monthly Plan: $550
- Total Tuition Costs with Payment Plans
Billed monthly based on usage unless specified otherwise
ECC Before School Care
$5 per student per hour
Lower School After School Care
$5 per student per hour
After School Enrichment Camps
$95 - $200 per camp
Athletic Participation Fee
(Grades 5 -12)
$175 - $600 per sport
MS & US Overnight Class Trips
$400 - $1,600
$150 - $300 per camp
Transportation (school bus) Fee
$20 per trip - $2,500 round trip annual fee
Average Gift = $1,600
Carrollwood Day School uses FACTS Tuition Management for billing and payments of tuition and fees (with the exception of lunch, camps, and overnight trips). Parents are required to set up and maintain a FACTS account for all payments.
Carrollwood Day School offers two unique opportunities for a select group of outstanding rising 9th grade students. The Patriot Eagle Scholarship and Robin Moir Vanguard Awards are for current CDS students who have demonstrated their readiness for a challenging high school career and are promising candidates for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. In addition, one Patriot Eagle Scholarship is awarded to an incoming, new 9th grade student. These awards are renewable anually for the three years following a recipient's freshman year if certain criteria are met.
Need Based Assistance
It is the desire of Carrollwood Day School to provide financial assistance to academically qualified students in need. We utilize a third party, FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment, to process our need applications and to help determine a family's ability to pay. Requests for aid generally outpace funds available, and are allocated based upon merit and spots available within a division or grade. Application and decisions on aid awards are made annually and aid must be reapplied for each year. CDS currently offers financial assistance only in grades 1 - 12 where there are openings.
Applications are reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee and remain confidential within that group. Recipients of aid awards are also expected to maintain confidentiality regarding any award they receive or they may have their award revoked.
Carrollwood Day School follows a need-blind admissions policy. This means that students are considered for admission independently of their need for financial aid.
For more information...
Contact the Admissions Office | Call Dawn Schweitzer at 813.920.2288
AT THIS TIME CDS DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY NEW STATE FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS.