REDI—Research, Entrepreneurship, Design and Inquiry—uses self-directed learning to offer students the opportunity to grow as problem solvers who are better prepared for college, careers, and life.
The REDI Lab at CA is a one-trimester “school-within-a-school” experience for Juniors and Seniors that inspires creativity, ingenuity, and success. Armed with self-awareness and a permission mindset, REDI Lab students design highly personalized projects based on their interests and passions. Along the journey, they experience true-to-life setbacks, resets, and accomplishments that evolve and shape their outcomes. REDI Lab offers two programs, Junior REDI Lab and Senior REDI Lab.

During the Winter trimester when a student's college application process is coming to a close, Senior REDI Lab students focus on entrepreneurialism by first identifying local problems then designing solutions with global connections. 

Intentionally placed in the third trimester as students are beginning to think about what comes after high school, students in the Junior REDI Lab are exposed to a design ethos and creative process for solving problems.

In both learning experiences, REDI Lab provides students with the space and time to explore what they’re curious about, conduct deep research, and design and test their ideas. Using principles and concepts taken from industry and the business world, students are given the support and tools to be reflective and practice skills that are necessary for success beyond Colorado Academy.
Past examples of projects are:
  • Exploring craftsmanship through making cowboy hats
  • Working to solve Riemann’s hypothesis
  • Designing a ride-sharing plan for private and corporate jets
  • Writing original short stories and novellas
  • Building furniture
  • Redesigning downtown buildings
  • Creating a design and business plan for a new CA natatorium
  • Making art, music, and other forms of self exploration
REDI Lab is offered at no additional cost to students who apply and are accepted, and all students stay on track for graduation. If you want to know more or get involved, please contact us!

How to Apply

Now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Junior REDI Lab Cohort. Check back here for updates, examples of student work, and exciting news about the program. 

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Application

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make the following selections on the first page of the application in order to be directed to the REDI Lab application.
    For each choice, select the following:
    • Apply Grade: choose the program for which you are applying – Junior REDI Lab or Senior REDI Lab 
    • Apply Year: choose 2021-22 (the only option)
    • Present Grade: choose 11 or 12(current grade)
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  • Parent Statement

    You can complete the parent statement online through the Application Portal

  • Teacher Recommendations Due

    You can complete the teacher recommendation portion of the application online through the application portal

REDI Lab News


REDI Lab Faculty

List of 4 items.

  • Tom Thorpe

    Director of REDI Lab
    303-986-1501 x2722
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  • Martha Smith

    Upper School Science
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  • Neethi Venkateswaran

    Upper School English & Math
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  • Amanda Zranchev

    Upper School Math
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