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.

2022-2023 Tuition and Fees

Mandatory Fees

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$1,000 Deposit

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.

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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
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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.

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Toddler Only    
     2 Day Half-Day   $7,100
     2 Day Full-Day   $8,000
Toddler, PK3, PK4    
     3 Day Half-Day
        (Toddler & PK3 only)
     3 Day Full-Day   $11,700
     5 Day Half-Day
         (Toddler & PK3 only)        
     5 Day Full-Day   $15,300
Kindergarten   $16,300
Elementary   $19,900
Middle School   $22,100

Upper School

  • ​​Preschool age cut off is September 1st of the school year for which you are enrolling.
  • Tuition includes the annual security fee.
  • 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.

Tuition Discounts

  • 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. 

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Additional Fees

Billed monthly based on usage unless specified otherwise

ECC Before School Care
Lower School After School Care
After School Enrichment Camps
Athletic Participation Fee
(Grades 1 -12)
MS & US Overnight Class Trips
Summer Camps
Transportation (school bus) Fee
Annual Giving

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Tuition Management

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.


Merit Scholarships

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 annually 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