About CA

Welcome to Colorado Academy, an independent Pre-K - 12 college preparatory day school with an exceptional campus community. Here, we turn ideals into action – challenging our students to become lifelong learners, thinkers, inquisitors, and contributors. Please explore our school's innovative and rigorous curriculum, variety of artistic and athletic programs, opportunities for advanced work, student-organized service, and unique programs for learning beyond the classroom. From academic excellence to "whole person" development, there's nothing quite like the CA experience.

Fast Facts

  • Founded in 1906.
  • Located on a wooded 94-acre campus in southwest Denver.
  • Divisions:
    Lower School, Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 5: 338 students
    Middle School, Grades 6-8: 220 students
    Upper School, Grades 9-12: 410 students
  • Students: CA students are highly motivated, perform at above average to exceptional ability, and seek academic challenge and community engagement.
  • Graduates: 100% of our graduates attend four-year colleges and universities.
  • Ratio: Pupil/Teacher ratio is 9:1. Average class size is 16. Maximum class size is 21.
  • Faculty: Our teachers have an average of 17 years of classroom experience (with 10 years at CA) and 70% hold advanced degrees.
  • Facilities: Each division has a dedicated school building with classrooms, common areas, and science and computer labs, and is guided by a division principal. Students share two on-campus libraries, art and music facilities, a theater, a campus center and dining hall, and an athletic center. Our newest facility is CA’s Upper School, featuring expanded math and science labs, an innovation lab, and collaborative spaces for the humanities, with sustainable building design and construction.
  • Curriculum: Integrated and innovative, our curriculum emphasizes group and individual study of the liberal arts and sciences, engagement through experiential and service learning.
  • Signature programs: Week-long Interim trips and optional Outdoor Education programs; Summer Travel and Exchange options, student grant-making and philanthropy, extended service learning involvement, dedicated college counseling resources, Innovation Laboratory, extensive parent education options, and dozens of time-honored school traditions.
  • Transportation: Ten school bus routes serve the Denver metro area.
  • Extras: Before- and after-school care/activities and summer programs are available.

Mission Statement

A dynamic liberal arts and sciences program that challenges students ethically, academically, artistically, and athletically creates the foundation of Colorado Academy. Teachers, students, parents, and staff foster trusting and respectful relationships, enhancing our thriving school family. Students pursue excellence and seek to become life-long learners and contributors in our local and international communities.

Philosophy

Colorado Academy approaches education with a philosophy rooted in ideals and intention, and with academic challenges balanced by support and encouragement. Our purpose reaches beyond knowledge to inspire in students the desire to think, create, and innovate – developing their abilities and desires to educate themselves beyond the limits of formal education and encouraging them to view learning as a life-long endeavor.

We know we've succeeded when a CA student has the confidence to experiment, think independently, and work cooperatively; the tools to discover, analyze, and interpret the world; the sensitivity to be an informed and reflective local and global citizen; and the character to be prepared for success in a college or university commensurate with their interests and abilities.

The Six Cs

In every age group and through each discipline, we emphasize our Six Cs of 21st Century skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Cultural Competence, and Character Development. In the Middle and Lower Schools, we have named our efforts to intentionally teach students this skill set as the ThinkingLAB.
Colorado Academy is accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools. CA is a member in good standing of the National Association for Independent Schools, and is a member and co-founding organization of the Association of College Counseling in Independent Schools.