Encourage. Empower. 


At Carolina Day, our students are learning for life.

Where will the journey of excellence take you? 

The sky's the limit.

Surrounded by experienced teaching professionals and bright, curious peers at Carolina Day School, your child's potential is limitless. Through the hallmarks of the CDS experience: academic excellence, character development, and robust arts and athletics programs, we prepare students to achieve their highest aspirations for college and beyond.

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“As I know from personal experience, a CDS education is among the greatest of gifts, a transformative experience of nurture, inspiration, and excellence that provides a template for a life of compassionate expression in our world.”

—Ethan Dunn ’85, CDS Parent
Engage Intellectually

Great schools create opportunities for students to acquire and develop the knowledge, skills and habits necessary to successfully design their own futures. We spark curiosity and ignite intellectual pursuit by asking students to question, explore in depth, consider multiple perspectives, and regularly reflect and evaluate their learning. 

Tailored Learning 

Each student is a unique learner with strengths, weaknesses, and unlimited potential for growth. Our programs in each division are carefully designed based on a keen understanding of students’ cognitive, social, and emotional development, and we design curriculum, develop programs, and create flexible classroom environments that provide each student with a greater opportunity to find success.

Embrace Challenge

Courageous learners embrace obstacles and unlock challenges by designing creative approaches and solutions. Our students engage in inquiry and exploration—both independently and collaboratively—to become self­-reliant, creative, and resilient learners who view setbacks as opportunities to pursue new paths and ideas.

Cultivate Strong Character 

Honor, integrity, and empathy, guided by respect and a deep understanding for the people and the world around us, are key to nurturing responsible students of sound character. We share a commitment to integrity, respect, good citizenship and honorable behavior through active dialogue and service to others.

Community of Belonging 

Diversity adds quality to a community by cultivating a richness of ideas, a broadening of perspectives and a respect for others. We are committed to building a faculty, student body, and school culture which reflect the diversity of the greater world around us.

Celebrate History

History, tradition, and rites of passage instill identity, create a sense of community, and foster school spirit. We value and celebrate our school traditions, which evolve and shape our community, link the past to the present, and help us understand we belong to something larger than ourselves.

Foster Relationships

Students' lives are enriched by being part of a close-­knit community where meaningful relationships with adults create a safe, caring environment to play, work, and learn. PK3–12, our unparalleled faculty/student relationships are the heart of our school; we know, love and care deeply about our students and are determined to help them find joy and success on their CDS journey and beyond.

Reach Beyond 

Co-­curricular programs reach beyond classroom walls, providing opportunities for students to initiate ideas, collaborate with others, and build leadership skills. Student clubs, community internships, service learning, and programs in the arts and athletics provide students platforms to discover interests, share talents, learn to be leaders, and turn empathy into action.

Exceptional Team

Excellent schools attract outstanding faculty members who are highly knowledgeable and passionate about their disciplines and who derive energy and excitement from engaging with students and collaborating with colleagues. We incorporate advancements in technology, authentic experience, and research-based practices to promote meaningful and relevant learning that inspires.

“One thing I hope is that when students are considering their [future] careers and the work that they do, that they’re not just considering themselves, they’re thinking about the impacts they have. Of course, I want them to do things they love, but in doing things that you love, there are ways that you can connect community-wise, globally and thoughtfully.”

—Susan White, Upper School faculty member

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