How to Apply to Middle School at Colorado Academy Grades 6-8
Thank you for your interest in Colorado Academy! Our admission season for the 2024-2025 school year completed on January 15.
Prospective families may still apply to the wait pool by submitting Step 1: Student Form and completing the items on the applicant checklist. We will wait to schedule the student visit until we anticipate an opening.
Submit Step 1: Student Form due as soon as possible. Once submitted, login to your account and complete the remaining steps of the application process on or before January 15. There is no application fee to apply to CA.
As parents/guardians, your responses on the Parent/Guardian Form will help CA learn more about your child and your family. The Parent/Guardian Form is available once you submit the Student Form and is due on or before January 15.
Recommendation Forms* and Transcript Request Form are available once the Student Form is submitted and are due on or before January 15. Please send requests to the appropriate faculty/staff members at the applicant’s school:
Current English or Social Studies/History Teacher Recommendation
Current Math Teacher Recommendation
Current Principal/Advisor/Counselor Recommendation
Transcripts from Current and Previous School Year (including student testing)
Optional Coach Recommendation
Optional Visual or Performing Arts Recommendation
Optional Additional Teacher Recommendation from a current or past teacher
*Colorado Academy is among several Denver-area independent schools using Common Recommendation and Transcript Request Forms to reduce the workload for an applicant’s current teachers and school staff. Once you have created an account in the application portal, you will be able to submit requests for recommendations and transcripts using the common forms.
CA is test-type flexible and will accept results from any standardized testing or educational evaluation that a student has completed in the last two years. Testing results are due on or before January 15.
Examples include the WISC, DAS, CogAT, Stanford Binet, MAP testing, ERB, ISEE, SSAT, PSAT 8/9, and Pre-ACT, and any state specific standards-based assessments 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 has not completed testing within the previous two years, here are some options: -Register for the ISEE or SSAT. -Register for testing with an evaluator from the DATC (Denver Area Testing Consortium).
Parent/Guardian Optional Zoom Check-in scheduling calendar is available once you submit the Student Form. The goal of this appointment is to share feedback and answer any additional questions that you may have. Appointments last approximately 20 minutes. Contacte a Abel Ramirez al 303-914-2573 o por correo electrónico firstname.lastname@example.org.
With over $5.1 million in tuition assistance each year, CA welcomes students and families from all backgrounds and encourages families to consider CA no matter your income.
The Application for Financial Aid is separate from the Application for Admission, although the timing of both cycles overlaps. Families who wish to apply for tuition assistance should submit an Application for Financial Aid through Clarity Financial.
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. Please check back in November for a link to our Financial Aid Application.
Within the Clarity Financial portal, you will be asked to upload copies of your 2022 and 2023 tax returns. You will also be asked for copies of 2022 and 2023 W-2 and K-1 statements, if those apply.
CA prefers the Clarity Financial application, but, if you've already submitted a financial aid application for another school through FACTS, there is no need to fill out an additional application through Clarity Financial. You will only need to add Colorado Academy as a recipient on your FACTS application.
The deadline for the Financial Aid Application is February 15. We realize that many families have not yet completed their 2023 tax return by this deadline. The Financial Aid Committee will consider an application complete as long as we receive your 2022 tax return and your 2023 W-2 and/or Profit & Loss Statements (if you are self-employed) by February 15. The 2023 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.
Assistant Director of Admission/Middle School, Spanish Language Liaison, and CA graduate, Abel Ramirez ’16 joined the Admission team in the summer 2022. After graduation from Bates College, where he earned a BA in Rhetoric and Spanish with a concentration in Media Studies, Ramirez became a Senior Account Manager and then Senior Analyst with Accenture, where he managed a team of Digital Marketing Account Associates at a large social media platform, dealing with customer inquiries and maintaining effective client relationships.
Ramirez has held internships at several nonprofits, including KIPP Colorado Schools where he wrote successful grant proposals, and Aurora Community Connection where he was responsible for the written Spanish translation of online articles and also provided live Spanish interpretation and translation. Outside of work, Ramirez enjoys watching films and photographing Colorado’s great outdoors. He is excited to use his language fluency, community engagement, and digital media skills to introduce new families to CA.
Abel Ramirez, Subdirector de Admisión/Escuela Intermedia, enlace del idioma español, y miembro de la clase de graduados de 2016, se unió al equipo de Admisión en el verano de 2022. Después de graduarse de Bates College, donde obtuvo una licenciatura en retórica y español, Ramirez trabajó como analista en Accenture, donde dirigió un equipo de asociados en una plataforma de redes sociales, consultando y manteniendo relaciones efectivas con clientes.
Ramírez ha realizado pasantías en varias organizaciones sin fines de lucro, incluyendo KIPP Colorado, donde escribió propuestas de subvenciones exitosas, y Aurora Community Connection, donde fue responsable por la traducción al español del sitio web y también proporcionó interpretación y traducción en vivo del inglés al español. Fuera del trabajo, a Ramírez le gusta ver películas y fotografiar el hermoso aire libre de Colorado. Está emocionado de usar sus habilidades para presentar CA a nuevas familias.
Applying to multiple divisions (e.g. Grade 3, Grade 7, and Grade 9)? Please contact Paige Siemers in the Admission Office with questions.