Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in Carolina Day School! We are looking forward to working with you and getting to know your family during the admission process.

Create your My CDS account to apply and begin your next steps. Once you have applied, a detailed checklist with action items will be provided.  From there, your My CDS account helps you stay informed during the admission process.

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How does the admissions process work?

To see an overview of the admissions process, please select the entry point that applies to your child—Lower School (PK3–5), Middle/Upper School (Grades 6–8), or Key School (Grades 2–8). 

Application Fees

  • Apply by October 31: No application fee

  • Apply after October 31: $50 application fee per applicant*

  • International applicants: $50

*There is no application fee for families relocating from within the United States.

Application Dates

We suggest that families apply as soon as possible since the availability of enrollment spaces, tuition assistance funding, and scholarships awards (for Upper School students) may be limited.