How to Apply to Lower School
Grades 1 through 5

We welcome your interest in Colorado Academy and look forward to getting to know you and your family.

2019-2020: The application deadline for the 2019-2020 school year has passed, yet we welcome your application for a place in our wait pool. The wait pool will remain active until the first day of school on August 27, 2019.

The application process for the wait pool is the same as the process during regular admission season.  Apply Now for the wait pool for the 2019-2020 school year. Please note: there is no application fee to apply to CA.

2020-2021
 The Admission team offers small group, drop-in tours over the summer; these tours are optional and provide an introductory experience to CA. Arrive at the Admission Office by 9:00 AM to join a group tour on any of the following dates:

Thursday, June 27
Tuesday, July 2
Thursday, July 11
Tuesday, July 23
Tuesday, July 30

We also encourage you to save the morning of Friday, October 25, or Wednesday, October 30, for our annual Admission Parent Preview Days for more in-depth information about CA.

The application portal for the 2020-2021 admission season will open in early September 2019.



Admission Checklist & Timeline

List of 8 items.

  • APPLICATION FORM

    Apply Now for the 2019-2020 school year.  The initial Application Form takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and is due as soon as possible, or at least one week prior to an applicant's class visit.  There is no application fee. 

    *If you are reapplying from a past admission season, please submit a new application form and then contact us to review the requirements of the process.

    Please also note that separate forms are required for admission and financial aid, though the application cycles overlap. For more information regarding the financial aid process, please click 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

    Please contact Paige Siemers at 303-914-2513 to schedule a Parent Tour and/or Meeting.  You will receive an email confirming your appointment.

    Parent Tour and Meeting: A Parent Tour and Meeting is typically scheduled at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., or 1:30 p.m. on a school day.  Please allow for an hour and 45 minutes.

    Parent Meeting Only: For parents familiar with CA or who have already toured (such as a current CA parent, or a parent who has attended/is attending Parent Preview), no additional tour is required. Please allow 40 minutes for the meeting with an admission counselor.

    Please note: we can customize visits for families applying to more than one division (i.e., Lower, Middle or Upper School) so that the visit starts and ends at the same time for all applicants; please contact the Admission Office at 303-914-2513 to arrange a multi-divisional Parent Interview and student visits.
  • STUDENT VISIT

    Please contact Paige Siemers at 303-914-2513 to schedule a student visit. You will receive an email confirming the visit which outlines the details of the day.  

    Applicants to Grades 1-5 arrive in the Admission Office at 8:30 a.m. for their visit and spend the day in a class of their current grade level.  Visitors eat lunch with their peers in the CA Campus Center. The visit ends at 12:30 p.m. for applicants to 1st grade and at 2:30 p.m. for applicants to 2nd-5th grades.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS/TRANSCRIPTS

    Please request recommendation/transcript from the appropriate faculty/staff at your student’s school.  CA accepts recommendations completed through the online application portal.  
    • 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 is required:
    • 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.   

    The DATC fee is $170; please call us at 303-914-2513 to request assistance if the fee is a hardship.

    View List of Evaluators

  • FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION - DUE FEB 15

    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
  • DECISION AVAILABLE | MAR 5 at 4:00 PM MST

    The Admission Committee reviews all applications completed by the January 31 deadline.  CA informs families of Lower School admission decisions at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.  

    Please note: students applying after the March 5 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.

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Admission Contacts

Caren Salzer
Director of Lower School Admission & Financial Aid
303-914-2549 direct

Contact regarding: Questions about the Lower School curriculum or programs, and the admission or financial aid process.
 
 
Paige Siemers
Administrative Assistant
303-914-2512 direct
303-914-2513 office
 
Contact regarding: Scheduling, cancelling or rescheduling a visit, online application, applicant materials, or alternative arrangements (for example, if you are visiting from out of town).

More than One Child?

Families applying to more than one division (i.e., Lower, Middle or Upper School), please contact the Admission Office at 303-914-2513 to arrange a multi-divisional parent interview and visits for your students.
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Denver, Colorado 80235
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