As parents, you can provide us with insights about your student 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 Applicant Form.
Applicants to Lower School will have the opportunity to visit in person or on Zoom. Once the Initial Applicant Form is submitted, families will be able to schedule a Student Visit through the Applicant Checklist.
This year, a component of the visit will also include a request for parents to submit three short video clips of the applicant participating in developmentally appropriate activities at home; these short videos will help us get to know your child better. Birth Date Information:
Applicants to Pre-K must turn four years old by September 1 of the year they start Pre-Kindergarten.
Applicants to Kindergarten must turn five years old by September 1 of the year they start Kindergarten.
For Applicants to Pre-K and Kindergarten: Developmental readiness is assessed by our teachers during the Student Visit, and no other formal testing is required.
For Grades 1-5, CA will accept the results from any testing that an applicant has completed within the last two years, such as the CogAT, WISC, DAS, MAP, DIBELS, ISEE, ERB, 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 submitting CogAT, MAP testing and/or other standardized testing (such as the ERB) from the applicant's current school, request that the school send those results along with report cards and attendance records through the Transcript Request Form.
The Application for Financial Aid is separate from the Application for Admission, although the timing of the two cycles overlaps. 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 while you are completing the form: START APPLICATION
Within the SSS portal, you will be asked to upload copies of your 2020 and 2021 tax returns. You will also be asked for copies of 2020 and 2021 W-2 and K-1 statements, if applicable.
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 FACTSapplication.
The deadline for the Financial Aid application is February 15. We realize that many families have not yet completed their 2021 tax return by this deadline. The Financial Aid Committee will consider your application to be complete as long as we receive your 2020 tax return and your 2021 W-2 and/or Profit & Loss Statements (if you are self-employed) by February 15. The 2021 tax return should 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 Financial Aid ManagerLisa Dean at 303-914-2516.
Colorado Academy alum Aidah Clinton serves as the Assistant Director of Admission, Lower School. Prior to CA, Aidah was the National Alumni and Family Engagement Manager for ACE Scholarships, a Denver-based service organization that provides scholarships for children from low-income families to attend private schools. Clinton earned a B.S. in Urban Studies and Affairs, with a minor in Administrative Justice, from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was also a member of the Varsity Soccer team. She has also served as a head coach for Mustang Sports Club, and attended CA in Lower and Middle School, as a member of the Class of 2006. Clinton is experienced in cultivating and managing strong relationships with students and families, qualities which serve her well in her engagement with prospective Lower School families at CA. She is excited to introduce new students to CA’s Pre-K-12 community as they begin their journey of lifelong learning.