Just as you may want to get to know our school, our admission process helps us get to know you and your child. Our process is carefully designed to engage you in the same kind of interaction you and your family would have with our faculty and staff if you decide to enroll at Colorado Academy. We welcome your interest! Find out more by exploring our website, reading our admission magazine (located on the right side of this page), and visiting our campus.
If you are interested in applying for the 2016-2017 school year, please see our online checklist of application steps on the How to Apply page.
Catherine Laskey has been at CA since 1995 and has served as Director of Admission & Financial Aid since 1997. Catherine oversees student recruitment and marketing initiatives for the school. During her first two years at CA, Catherine also taught French and history in the Upper and Lower Schools. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Catherine graduated from Duke University as an Angier B. Duke Scholar, with majors in French and Political Science. Prior to CA, Catherine worked in admission at The Madeira School in McLean, VA. When she is not leading admission tours, Catherine enjoys camping and other activities with her family.
Ms. Heidi Chesley
Director of Upper School Admission & Financial Aid
University of Colorado - Boulder - B.S. Trinity College - M.A. Harvard Law School - J.D.
Heidi Chesley is the Director of Upper School Admission and Financial Aid at Colorado Academy. Before joining the CA community, she served as a Partner in the Boston office of the international law firm, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, and as a Partner in Gordon & Rees LLP in Denver. She has also worked as the Director of Admissions at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT, and as a Director and Teacher for Citizen Schools Program, an after-school apprenticeship and mock-trial program for inner-city students in Boston, MA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, her Master of Arts in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA. Chesley is also a Boettcher Scholar.
Director of Lower School Admission & Financial Aid
Caren Salzer brings 24 years of experience working in an independent school setting to Colorado Academy, where she serves as the Director of Lower School Admission and Financial Aid. Salzer, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, previously worked for CA as a Middle School math and Core teacher, as well as an advisor. She has also worked as the Development Director and the Director of Admission for the Montessori School of Evergreen. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, skiing, mountain biking, photography, knitting, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Ms. Lisa Dean
Admission Office Coordinator
University of Colorado - Boulder - B.A. Regis University - Master of Non-Profit Management
Lisa Dean, Admission Office Coordinator, began in 2005 in the admission office. She manages the office and supports prospective families through the application process. Lisa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Colorado-Boulder and graduated with a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Prior to CA, Lisa worked as a volunteer and special events coordinator for several area nonprofit organizations.
Paige Siemers joined CA in the fall of 2014 as the Administrative Assistant in the office of Admission and Financial Aid. Siemers has worked in a similar capacity at Mullen High School and also has worked as the Assistant to the Director of Summer Programs at CA. She was a professional marathoner for nearly five years and worked as a cross-country track and field coach and also in retail and sales in fitness and running. Siemers holds a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Kansas and is a graduate of Mullen High School.
Catherine Laskey, Director of Admission & Financial Aid
The central ingredient to success at CA is a child’s insatiable desire to learn. With support from their home environment and the expertise of our faculty, CA students take advantage of the abundant opportunities for personal growth on our campus. Students also learn from each other, which is why we carefully craft the composition of each class to provide an eclectic mix of talents, backgrounds, and perspectives.
H.O.P.E. is a student run organization that annually hosts low income families from around the Denver metro community for one day during the holiday season. Through the generous contributions from the CA community, on Dec. 5, 2015, we will provide families with a warm meal, clothes, diapers, toiletries, shoes and books that they would not be able to have otherwise.
Sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Dr. Christine Carter is the author of Raising Happiness and The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work. Join us on December 10 as Dr. Carter, who also writes an award-winning blog, discusses finding happiness and a better work-life balance.