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.
As part of the application process, parents should participate in 1) a Campus Tour and 2) a Parent Interview.
Tours: there are three ways to satisfy the tour requirement
If a parent has toured in a prior year, no new tour is required.
The tour requirement can be fulfilled by attending Parent Preview, or, 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 (morning or afternoon) or, if scheduling difficulties arise, on any day following the student shadow day, but before January 31. Parent Interviews take approximately 30-40 minutes. CA understands that in some situations only one parent may be able to attend. In the case of two household families, CA prefers one consolidated parent meeting. 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.
During an Upper School applicant shadow day, students attend classes with a current CA student, eat lunch in the dining hall, tour the campus, and interview with a faculty member.
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 (for sibling applicants, please complete the student shadow day no later than January 1).
The following dates are available for a student shadow day; contact Lisa Dean at 303-914-2516 to schedule:
January: 30, 31
Families applying to more than one division (Lower, Middle or Upper School), please contact the Admission Office at 303-914-2513 to arrange a multi-divisional parent meeting 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. 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.
Upper School decisions for Grades 9-12 will be available online at 4:00 p.m. MST on Friday, February 21, 2020.
Students applying after the February 21 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.
Upper School Admission News
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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
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.