Carpe Diem School is a relatively young school situated in the Garden Route which was founded on 15 July 2000. The school was officially inaugurated on the 6th of August 2000 by the then acting minister of Education, mrs. Helen Zille. Before this, there was no school available for learners with intellectual-, physical or learning impairments other than the schools of skill which caters for the higher functioning older learners. Therefore lower functioning learners had to go on to Cape Town from a very young age for accessible education
The school building, the previous premises of Kruinsig Childcare School, had to undergo extensive modifications and repairs for the establishment of the wonderful and accessible facility that is Carpe Diem School today.