Welcome to Upper School Admission!

Despite the pandemic that has changed our world, the CA Upper School community is alive with learning, creativity, critical thinking, vibrant class discussions, collaboration, innovation, and commitment to social causes. 

CA is a dynamic school with a growth mindset that can pivot in response to any challenge that comes our way. We also encourage you to keep the “long view” and remember that you are selecting an Upper School for a number of years into the post-pandemic future. Small classes, engaged students, exceptional teachers, limitless opportunities: we welcome your interest in the CA Upper School for 2021-2022!

If you're ready to apply, you'll find detailed application information on our How to Apply page.

I look forward to getting to know your family, introducing you to CA, guiding you through the application process, and answering your questions.

Thank you for your interest in CA.

Jump into Upper School life in this video:

Heidi Chesley

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  • Director of Upper School Admission & Financial Aid

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How to Apply to Upper School - Grades 9-12

Admission Checklist & Timeline

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    For the 2021-2022 school year, the application portal is open for applicants to the wait pool. Once you submit the initial Application form, you will then receive access to the Applicant Checklist which outlines the remaining steps of the process.


    As parents, you can provide us with insights about the applicant that no one else can. Your responses will help us learn more about your child and your family. The Parent Form is available to you once you submit the initial application form.

    The Admission Office will contact families to schedule an interview if we anticipate wait pool movement.  The short writing prompts and instructions are listed in the applicant checklist. 

    Please contact Lisa Dean at 303-914-2516 with any questions.


    Recommendation Forms and the Transcript Request Form are available once the student's Application form is submitted. Please send requests to the appropriate faculty/staff member at the applicant’s school
    • Current Humanities Teacher Recommendation
    • Current Math Teacher Recommendation
    • Current Principal/Counselor Recommendation
    • Transcripts from Current and Previous School Year including recent student testing
    • Optional Coach Recommendation
    • Optional Arts Recommendation
    • Optional Teacher Recommendation (from a current or past teacher)

    Submit results from any standardized testing or educational evaluation that a student has completed in the last two years. Examples include the WISC, DAS, CogAT, Stanford Binet, MAP testing, ERB, ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, PSAT 8/9, and Pre-ACT, among others. There is no need for the applicant to take more than one test, and the Admission Committee does not prefer one test over another.

    If the applicant does not have recent testing, here are some options:
    -Register for the ISEE or the SSAT.
    -Register for testing with an evaluator from the DATC (Denver Area Testing Consortium).

    Please contact paige.siemers@coloradoacademy.org to request assistance if any testing fee is a hardship.

    Videos provide the Admission Committee with additional insight into an applicant's personality, strengths, talents, skills, and/or challenges.

    For the Applicant
    Please upload a short video about yourself and address one of the prompts below. We prefer a video that is 90 seconds or less. No special equipment is needed other than a smart phone; videos should be authentic, simple, and student-made.

    Videos may be serious or funny. Thank you and have fun!
    • Tell us (or show us) how you would contribute to the CA community.
    • Tell us about something new you would like to try and why.
    • Tell us how someone else—a friend, classmate, sibling, grandparent, cousin, neighbor or pet—would describe your personality and character. You may include another individual in your video, and be sure to include yourself as well.
    • Tell us (or show us) what you have learned about yourself during the COVID pandemic.

    The Admission Office will contact families to schedule a check-in if we anticipate wait pool movement.

    Please contact Lisa Dean at 303-914-2516 with any questions.
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    With over $4 million in tuition assistance each year, we welcome students and families from all backgrounds and encourage you to consider CA no matter your income.

    The Application for Financial Aid is separate from the Application for Admission, although the two cycles overlap. Families who wish to apply for tuition assistance should submit an Application for Financial Aid through SSS (School and Student Service for Financial Aid).

    • We recommend starting the application after January 1 as it is helpful to have end-of-year tax documents available as you are completing the form: START APPLICATION
    • Within the SSS portal, you will be asked to upload copies of your 2019 and 2020 tax returns. You will also be asked for copies of 2019 and 2020 W-2 and K-1 statements, if those apply.
    • CA prefers the SSS application, but, if you've already submitted a financial aid application for another school through FACTS, there is no need for you to fill out an additional application through SSS. You will just need to add Colorado Academy as a recipient of your FACTS application.
    • The deadline for the Financial Aid application is February 15. We realize that many families have not yet completed their 2020 tax return by this deadline. The Financial Aid Committee will consider your application to be complete as long as we receive your 2019 tax return and your 2020 W-2 and/or Profit & Loss Statements (if you are self-employed) by the February 15 deadline. The 2020 tax return should then be submitted as soon as it is completed.
    • Completing the Financial Aid application by the deadline allows the Financial Aid Award to be communicated at the same time as the Admission Decision.
    • Questions? Contact Lisa Dean at 303-914-2516 and she will help you or direct you to the appropriate Financial Aid Director.

    In conjunction with other Denver-area independent schools, Colorado Academy sends Upper School admission decisions (Grades 9-12) by email at 4:00 PM on Friday, February 25, 2022.
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