How to apply to Upper School at  Colorado Academy 
Grades 9-12
We invite you to step inside our Upper 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.
For the 2023-2024 admission season, CA's application portal will open after September 1, 2022. The deadline to complete the Applicant Checklist below is January 15, 2023. 

Admission Checklist & Timeline

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    The Student Form is the first step to completing the application process. Once the Student Form is submitted, you will unlock access to the remaining steps of the application. 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.

    Recommendation Forms* and the Transcript Request Form are available once the Student Form is submitted. 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/Advisory/Counselor Recommendation
    • Transcripts from Current and Previous School Year (including recent student testing)
    • Optional Coach Recommendation
    • Optional Visual and/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-flexible and will accept 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, HSPT, PSAT 8/9, 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).

    Please contact to request assistance if any test fee is a hardship.

    The Student Video Prompts are available once the Student Form is submitted.

    One of the best ways to learn more about Colorado Academy is to attend Admission Preview on one of three dates: October 19, October 27 or December 6. Admission Preview is open to prospective families interested in the 2023-2024 school year and beyond. Parents/guardians as well as interested students ages 10 and up are invited to attend. 

    Please contact or call 303-914-2513 with any questions.
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    Once the Student Form is submitted, you will have access to the Student Visit/Interview Calendar.

    We invite applicants to visit on a day when school is in session. If applying from out-of-state, and you would like to request a Zoom interview/visit, please contact Paige Siemers to schedule.


    With over $4.5 million in tuition assistance each year, CA welcomes students and families from all backgrounds and encourages families to consider CA no matter their 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 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 as you are completing the form: START APPLICATION
    • Within the SSS portal, you will be asked to upload copies of your 2021 and 2022 tax returns. You will also be asked for copies of 2021 and 2022 W-2 and K-1 statements, if those apply.
    • CA prefers the SSS 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 SSS. 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 2022 tax return by this deadline. The Financial Aid Committee will consider an application complete as long as we receive your 2021 tax return and your 2022 W-2 and/or Profit & Loss Statements (if you are self-employed) by February 15. The 2022 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.

    In conjunction with other Denver-area independent schools, Colorado Academy sends Upper School admission decisions (Grades 9-12) by email at 4:00 p.m. MST on Friday, February 24, 2023.

Heidi Chesley

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  • Director of Upper School Admission & Financial Aid

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