Student Support

Emphasizing Insight and Real-World Preparedness
Colorado Academy emphasizes a “whole person” approach to education, wherein students will meet the challenges of modern life armed with knowledge of their physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development; become knowledgeable about educational, occupational and social opportunities; learn decision-making skills; and combine these insights into personal plans of action.

Academic Support

The School Counseling Department at Colorado Academy is responsible for the development and administration of a developmentally based counseling program that supports the mission of the school and considers the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial changes that shape student behavior. This department, comprised of three school-based mental health professionals, provides a comprehensive counseling program which assists our students in meeting the challenges through targeted counseling, as well as through consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators, and community resources. CA takes a proactive and preventive approach to supporting student mental health and learning.

Although parents may not be advised of every student-counselor interaction, they will always be notified when there is any question of student safety. Students and parents are encouraged to contact us for more information about available resources.

Advisory

Studies have shown that consistent interaction with an adult advisor helps keep a student on track academically, socially, and emotionally through his or her school years. While not every student connects with every adult, all students should have a teacher, advisor, counselor, principal, or coach to whom they can turn for support. This connection changes a school from someplace you go to do “stuff” into a community of active and engaged learners.

Our Middle and Upper School advisory programs foster an intentionally supportive and caring atmosphere, an essential ingredient of a student's educational experience at CA. Each student is assigned to a small advisory group, facilitated by a faculty advisor, which meets every morning to “check in,” connect with peers, and discuss various topics. This advisor is the student’s “go to” person for both small questions and bigger conversations about character development, interpersonal issues, and academic support. Advisors also run study hall sessions. Student self-evaluations and regular contact with parents are primary parts of the program.

Wellness

The School Counseling Department provides the CA community with a wide range of health and wellness programming on the following topics:

  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Human Sexuality
  • Mental Health
  • Safety
  • Life Skills
  • Healthy Living
  • Learning Differences
If you have questions about how CA can help your student be healthy and safe at our school, including allergen avoidance and medication administration, please contact us.

Counseling Staff

List of 4 members.

  • Mrs. Liza Skipwith 

    Director of Counseling Services & US Counselor
    American University - B.A.
    Loyola University - M.S.
    At CA Since: 2006
    Bio
  • Mr. Gabe Bernstein 

    Twelfth Grade Dean & Academic Coach
    Pennsylvania State University - B.A.
    Springfield College - M.A.
    At CA Since: 2013
    Bio
  • Kate MacKenzie 

    Middle School Counselor
    Susquehanna University - B.A.
    University of Denver - M.S.W.
    At CA Since: 2014
    Bio
  • Ms. Kate O'Donnell 

    LS Counselor
    Gettysburg College - B.A.
    University of Denver - M.S.W.
    At CA Since: 2009
    Bio