How to Apply to Lower School
Grades 1 through 5

Choosing a school for your child is an important decision. We welcome your interest in Colorado Academy and look forward to getting to know you and your family through the admission process.  

The application portal for the 2020-2021 admission season is now open!  Click HERE to apply.

Admission Checklist & Timeline

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    The application portal for the 2020-2021 school year is open: click HERE to apply. The initial Application Form takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and is due ASAP, 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 note that separate forms are required for admission and financial aid, though the application cycles overlap. Click HERE to learn about the financial aid process.

    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.

    Please contact Paige Siemers at 303-914-2513 to schedule a Parent Tour and/or Meeting.

    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.

    You may schedule your student's visit day through your admission portal, once you have submitted the initial application form.  Please contact Paige Siemers at 303-914-2513 with any questions. 

    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 2:30 p.m.

    Request recommendation/transcript from the appropriate faculty/staff at your child’s school after November 1
    • 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

    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 (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, call 303-914-2513 to request a waiver.

    View List of Evaluators


    Families who cannot meet the full cost of tuition at Colorado Academy are eligible to apply for financial aid. Applications for financial aid are considered separately and do not influence the admission process. Awards are made solely on the basis of need according to the guidelines of the School and Student Service (SSS) for Financial Aid, and the policies and procedures of Colorado Academy. We recommend starting the Financial Aid process after January 1, and completing the process by February 15.  Families applying after the February 15 deadline will be considered for the Financial Aid waitlist.

    Learn More About the Financial Aid Process

    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 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.

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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.
Colorado Academy
3800 South Pierce Street
Denver, Colorado 80235

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