How to Apply to Middle School at Colorado Academy
Grades 6-8
To apply for the 2022-2023 school year, please begin at our Application Portal

We invite you to step inside our Middle School Virtual Tour Experience and spend 20 minutes exploring. You will gain great insight into the CA community and culture and be guided on how to apply.
 
Below is the Applicant Checklist when you are ready to start the process in September.

Admission Checklist & Timeline

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  • INITIAL APPLICANT FORM | DUE NO LATER THAN DEC 15

    To begin, please submit the Initial Applicant Form. You will then receive the Applicant Checklist, which outlines the remaining steps of the process. There is no application fee to apply to CA.

  • PARENT FORM | DUE BY JAN 4

    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.
  • STUDENT INTERVIEW + WRITING PROMPT | BETWEEN OCT – JAN

    You will be able to schedule the Student Visit and access the writing prompt after submitting the Initial Applicant Form.
     
  • RECOMMENDATIONS & TRANSCRIPTS | DUE BY JAN 31

    Recommendation Forms and Transcript Request Form are available once the Initial Applicant Form is submitted. Please send requests to the appropriate faculty/staff member at the applicant’s school
    • Current Humanities Teacher Recommendation
    • Current Math Teacher Recommendation
    • Current Principal/Counselor Recommendation
    • Transcripts from Current and Previous School Year (including recent student testing)
    • Optional Coach Recommendation
    • Optional Arts Recommendation
    • Optional Teacher Recommendation from a current or past teacher
  • TESTING | DUE BY JAN 31

    Submit results from any standardized testing or educational evaluation that a student has completed in the last two years.

    Examples include the WISC, DAS, CogAT, Stanford Binet, MAP testing, ERB, ISEE, SSAT, PSAT 8/9, and Pre-ACT, 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 does not have recent testing, here are some options:
    -Register for the ISEE or SSAT.
    -Register for testing with an evaluator from the DATC (Denver Area Testing Consortium).

    Please contact paige.siemers@coloradoacademy.org to request assistance if any test fee is a hardship.
  • STUDENT VIDEO | DUE BY JAN 4

    Videos provide the Admission Committee with additional insight into an applicant's personality, strengths, talents, skills, and/or challenges.

    For the Applicant
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    Please upload a short video to the application portal and address one of the prompts below. We prefer a video that is 60 seconds or less. No special equipment is needed other than a smart phone; videos should be authentic, simple, and student-made.

    Videos may be serious or funny. Thank you and have fun!
    • Tell us (or show us) how you would contribute to the CA community.
    • Tell us how someone else—a friend, classmate, sibling, grandparent, cousin, neighbor or pet—would describe your personality and character. You may include another individual in your video, and be sure to include yourself as well.
    • Tell us about what the word "inclusivity" means to you.
  • OPTIONAL PARENT TOUR & CHECK-IN | BETWEEN OCT – JAN

    If you were unable to attend Admission Preview, you may schedule a Parent Tour and Check-in after submitting the Initial Applicant Form.

    Please contact admission@coloradoacademy.org or call 303-914-2513 with any questions.
  • FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION | DUE BY FEB 15

    With over $4.3 million in tuition assistance each year, CA welcomes students and families from all backgrounds and encourages you to consider CA no matter your income.

    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 FACTS application.
    • 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 Manager Lisa Dean at 303-914-2516.
  • NOTIFICATION | FEB 25

    In conjunction with other Denver-area independent schools, Colorado Academy sends Middle School admission decisions (Grades 6-8) by email at 4:00 p.m. MST on Friday, February 25, 2022.
  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Have additional questions? Check the Admission FAQ or reach out to the Colorado Academy Admission Team.

Karen Chavez

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  • Assistant Director of Admission (MS) & Equity Initiatives

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