The application portal for the 2020-2021 school year is now open: click HERE to apply. The initial Application Form takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and is due by December 15, 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 HEREto learn about the financial aid process.
Alternatively, a private tour may be scheduled for the same day as the Parent Interview.
Parents may schedule the Parent Interview for the same day as the applicant's shadow day (typically at 8:30 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.), or, if scheduling difficulties arise, on any day following the student shadow day, but before January 31. Parent Interviews take approximately 30-40 minutes. CA understands that in some situations only one parent may be able to attend. If a tour is scheduled for the same day, please allow at least 1 ½ to 2 hours.
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 us 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.
The Middle School Student Visit is designed to give applicants a "Day in the Life of CA" experience. Applicants attend classes and eat lunch with a current CA student as well as interview with a teacher or admission counselor. Visits may be scheduled on most days that CA is in session. The initial Application Form must be submitted at least one week prior to the visit, or before December 15, whichever comes first.
6th grade applicants have the option to visit with their peers in the 5th grade from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., which includes a tour of the Middle School, OR visit with a 6th grade student in the Middle School from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
7th and 8th grade applicants visit with their peers in the Middle School from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 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 us at 303-914-2513 to arrange a multi-divisional Parent Interview and student visits.
Recommendation Forms and the Transcript Request Form are available to you once you submit the student's initial Application Form. Send requests to the appropriate faculty/staff at the applicant’s school afterNovember 1:
Current English Teacher Recommendation
Current Math Teacher Recommendation
Current Principal/Counselor Recommendation
Transcripts from Current and Previous School Year
Optional Coach Recommendation
Optional Arts Recommendation
Optional Teacher Recommendation (from a current teacher in a subject area other than Math or English)
Either the ISEE or the SSAT is the required entrance exam for Grades 6 through 12 (and an option for applicants to Grade 5). CA will accept results from either test, and it is not necessary for an applicant to take both.
For more information and to register, use the link below. Call the Admission Office at 303-914-2513 to request a waiver if the registration fee is a hardship.
Student Video Submission (Optional for Applicants to Grades 6-12)
To the applicant: Please prepare a short video about yourself, and address one of the prompts below. The Admission Committee prefers a video that is less than two minutes. Videos can be funny or serious; the goal is to allow your personality to emerge. Thank you, and have fun!
Tell us (or show us) how you would contribute to the CA community. Feel free to demonstrate any special talents or skills, or simply use your words.
Tell us about something new you would like to try and why.
Tell us how someone else—a friend, classmate, sibling, grandparent, cousin, neighbor or pet—would describe your personality and character, including what they most value about you as a person. You may include another individual in your video, but be sure to include yourself as well.
There is an upload feature within the application portal where you may post your video. Please call us at 303-914-2516 with any questions.
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.
Middle School decisions for Grades 6-8 will be available online at 4:00 p.m. MST on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. The Admission Committee reviews all applications completed by the January 31 application deadline.
Please note: students applying after the February 26 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.
Contact regarding: Questions about applying to more than one division, and/or the financial aid process.
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.
CA Grandparents, we are excited to welcome you to campus to spend time with your grandchildren and to enjoy musical performances, remarks by Head of School Dr. Mike Davis, classroom visits, and a holiday lunch. Join us December 20 from 8:30 a.m.-1:25 p.m.
World-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist, and inventor Temple Grandin visits CA on January 16, where she will share personal stories, inventions, and facts that will blow young inventors' minds and make them soar. Grandin creates a blueprint for different ways to look at the world. And more than a call to action, she gives a call to imagination, and shows us that there is truly no single way to approach any given problem—but that an open and inquisitive mind is always key.