How to Apply to Upper School
Grades 9 through 12

We welcome your interest in Colorado Academy and look forward to getting to know you and your family.  We encourage you to save the morning of Friday, October 25, or Wednesday, October 30, for our annual Admission Parent Preview to learn more about our community.

The application portal for the 2020-2021 admission season will open in early September 2019.

Admission Checklist & Timeline

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    The application process for the 2020-2021 school year will open in early September.* 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 HERE to learn about the financial aid process.

    Parent/Guardian Statement
    As parents, you can provide us with insights about the applicant 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.

    As part of the application process, parents are asked to participate in 1) a Campus Tour and 2) a Parent Interview.
    Tours: there are three ways to satisfy the tour requirement—
    1. If a parent has toured in a prior year, no new tour is required.
    2. The tour can also be fulfilled by attending one of the Fall Parent Preview Days.  
    3. Alternatively, a private tour may be scheduled for the same day as the Parent Interview.
    Parent Interviews:
    Parents may schedule the Parent Interview for the same day as their child’s shadow day (morning or afternoon), or, if scheduling difficulties arise, on any day following the student shadow day, but before January 31.  Parent Interviews take approximately 30-45 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 contact Lisa Dean at 303-914-2516 to schedule. 

    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.

    The Upper School student shadow day is designed to give applicants a "Day in the Life of CA" experience.  Applicants attend classes with a current CA student, eat lunch in the dining hall, tour the campus, and interview with a faculty member.

    Once you schedule an appointment, you will receive an email outlining the details of the visit. The Online Application Form must be submitted at least one week prior to the visit, or by December 15, whichever comes first.  Please complete the Student Shadow Day no later than January 31.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
    Please contact Lisa Dean at 303-914-2516 to schedule a visit.

    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.

    Recommendation Forms and the Transcript Request Form are available to you once you submit the student's initial Application Form.  Please send requests to the appropriate faculty/staff at your student’s school. 
    • 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).  Please note that 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.  Please call the Admission Office at 303-914-2513 to request a waiver code 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 and under 200 megabytes.  Videos can be funny or serious; the goal is to allow your personality to emerge.  Thank you, and have fun!
    • Share a story about an act of kindness or an act of courage that you have witnessed sometime in the last year.
    • Tell us how a friend, classmate, sibling, grandparent or cousin would describe your personality and what they most value about you as a person.  Feel free to interview family members.
    • Demonstrate a special talent or skill of which you are proud.
    There is an upload feature within the online 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.

    Learn More About the Financial Aid Process

    Upper School decisions for Grades 9-12 will be available online at 4:00 p.m. MST on Friday, February 22, 2019.

    Please note: students applying after the February 22 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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Upper School Admission Contacts

Heidi Chesley
Director of Upper School Admission and Financial Aid
303-914-2572 direct

Contact regarding: Upper School questions, admission and/or financial aid process.
Lisa Dean
Office Coordinator
303-914-2513 office
303-914-2516 direct

Contact regarding: Scheduling a visit, tour, interview, online application, and/or applicant materials.

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.
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3800 South Pierce Street
Denver, Colorado 80235

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