How to Apply to Lower School
Grades 1 through 5
You've learned a lot, liked what you've seen and are ready to begin the application process. Once you've created an account through our School Admin portal, you'll be guided through the steps we require for completing your application.

You'll have until January 31, 2021 to finish these steps, so feel free to begin now. Below you'll see an application checklist to help get you started. Your first step is to submit your initial application, but after that you may complete the items in any order.

Admission Checklist & Timeline

List of 8 items.

  • APPLICATION FORM

    For the 2020-2021 school year, you are welcome to submit an application for 1st grade. Families interested in grades 2-5 may apply to the wait pool in the event that openings become available this summer. Click HERE to access the application portal.

    While the campus is closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Admission team is working remotely and can answer questions through email or Zoom calls. 

    For the 2021-2022 school year, the application portal will open in early August. If you'd like to be notified of when the application portal opens, submit an inquiry form HERE.
  • PARENT STATEMENT

    As parents, you can provide us with insights about your child and your family that no one else can. Your statement will help us learn about your child and your family more personally.  

    Please note that the Parent Statement Form is available to you once you submit the initial student application form.  It is helpful, although not required, to have the Parent Statement completed prior to a student's visit.
  • PARENT TOUR AND INTERVIEW

    While the campus is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Admission team is working remotely and can answer questions through email or Zoom calls. Note that CA will only schedule a Zoom parent interview if we know for certain that there is an opening in the grade of interest. 

    You may learn more about our campus HERE and hear directly from our teachers about  "Why I Teach."

    Click HERE to access the application portal.
  • STUDENT VISIT

    While the campus is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Admission team is working remotely and can answer questions through email or Zoom calls. Note that CA will only schedule a Zoom interview for an applicant if we know for certain that there is an opening in the grade of interest for the 2020-2021 school year. Click HERE to access the application portal.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS / TRANSCRIPTS

    Request recommendation/transcript from the appropriate faculty/staff at your child’s school
    • A Recommendation from your child's Current Teacher
    • Transcripts and School Records from this school year and last school year
    • Optional Principal/Counselor recommendation
    Request Transcripts and Teacher Recommendation
  • APPLICANT TESTING

    For Applicants to Grades 1-5, one of the following tests listed below is recommended, although CA will also accept results from any other recent standardized testing the applicant has taken:
    • Differential Ability Scales (DAS), or
    • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V), or
    • ISEE exam: this is an option for Grade 5 applicants only; the ISEE may be taken instead of cognitive testing.  Register at www.iseetest.org (please see APPLICANT TESTING for Grades 6-12 for more information).  
    Families may choose an evaluator on their own and request that the results be sent directly to Colorado Academy, or select one of the evaluators from the Denver Area Testing Consortium. This testing is a cognitive assessment conducted on a one-to-one basis and is not designed to be a comprehensive evaluation, but rather a screening for admission purposes.   

    If the testing fee is a hardship, contact admissions@coloradoacademy.org or 303-914-2513 to request a waiver.

  • FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION

    Separate online forms are required for admission and financial aid, though the application cycles overlap. We recommend starting the Financial Aid process after January 1, and completing the process by February 15, to be considered in the first round of Financial Aid decisions.  Families applying after the February 15 deadline will be considered for the Financial Aid waitlist.

    Learn More About the Financial Aid Process
  • DECISIONS

    CA informed families of Lower School admission decisions at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.  

    Please note: Students applying after the March 3 notification date will be considered for admission from the wait pool if a space becomes available. There can be wait pool movement in the spring or summer, and we encourage you to apply if interested.
     

Caren Salzer

Director of Lower School Admission & Financial Aid

Contact regarding: Questions about the Lower School curriculum or programs, and the admission or financial aid process.

Contact information: 
303-914-2549
Meet the Admission Team
CA Admission Calendar

 

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