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Serving Infants through 8th grade, Country Day World School is a leader in experiential learning that offers unmatched opportunities for students in global studies, animal science and related interdisciplinary studies. The integration of premier Montessori education for Infants through 3rd grade with the innovative, progressive education in the Upper School for grades 4th-8th makes the World School an unparalleled institution of teaching and learning. The World School team is proud to offer an advanced, unique approach to private school education in Tampa Bay. 

Country Day World School is accredited in the state of Florida by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) & internationally by AdvancED/Cognia.



A truly educated individual and lifelong learner is motivated from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. Country Day World School’s education philosophy integrates current research, technology, and trends with established Montessori doctrine. It supports our Mission and guides the development of our environment, our educational methods, and our curriculum. The school promotes student-centered learning, where the student is the worker, researcher, and active learner, with the teacher as the coach or guide. This results in greater cognitive engagement and long-term educational gains. It also provides a “ceilingless” opportunity for academic progress based on the strengths of each child. While Country Day World School embraces Montessori curriculum as the superior educational model in achieving these goals, we are committed to continually evolving our teaching methods and best practices based on leading research and technology.


Country Day World School is a community where each student is a recognized participant, known to other students, faculty, and staff. Small student-teacher ratios allow for maximum attention to each child’s individual needs. Grouping classes in two to three-year age groups encourages student-centered, individualized learning, provides teacher continuity, and enhances social & emotional development. In addition to focusing on the potential of the child, we foster an environment where families are encouraged to be involved in the education process and treated as important members of the learning community.



Founded in 1974 as a Montessori pre-school and Kindergarten, Country Day World School has a long history of providing premier Montessori education. Since taking over in 1992, the current school leadership has grown the school to serve Infants through 8th grade while evolving the curriculum with modern best practices and technology to provide an unparalleled, world class education.



World School + Global Studies

Country Day World School is one of the only Pk-8 schools in the U.S. where students study both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, travel internationally and participate in International Model UN with schools from around the world.

Animal Science + Equestrian Programs

Our campus is a model of excellence in experiential learning, where students care for barn animals on campus while studying anatomy, physiology, genetics, data science and other advanced science. Students can also join the CDS Riding Academy, a program dedicated to teaching horsemanship with an option to join the IEA riding team.

STEM + Technology

We are leaders in STEM education, building innovative, creative, and logical thinkers. Our Upper School students have won numerous awards in bridge building, Lego robotics, and Science Olympiad.


Country Day World School values freedom of expression through visual, musical and performing arts programs. We are proud to nurture young artists whose work has been on display in prominent museums around Tampa Bay.

The Four Pillars of Wellbeing

The World School’s focus on whole child development is guided by the Contentment Foundation’s Four Pillars of Wellbeing. Students and faculty together explore science based practices in building mindfulness, community, self-curiosity, contentment and balance.


Head of School

Michelle Brown became the Head of School in June 2022, after serving as Director of the Upper School.  Mrs. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from Missouri State University. She then went on to earn a Masters in Secondary Education and Mathematics. She also holds a postgraduate Specialist in Education Leadership degree, which involved completing doctoral course work with a focus on curriculum, instruction and assessment. As a passionate educator and academic, Mrs. Brown has made numerous contributions to education, having presented papers at leading conferences, including the Annual Critical Questions in Education Conference, the Annual Eastern Educational Research Conference, and the Annual Florida Council of Independent Schools conference.
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