How to apply to Upper School at  Colorado Academy 
Grades 9-12
Thank you for your interest in Colorado Academy. Our admission process for the 2024-2025 school year has begun. Prospective families will be able to tour campus and visit CA once the Step 1: Student Form is submitted. We look forward to getting to know you!

Admission Checklist & Timeline

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    Submit Step 1: Student Form.* There is no application fee to apply to CA. Once the Student Form is submitted, you may log back into your account and complete the remaining steps of the application process. 

    *The application deadline for the 2024-2025 school year was January 15. After the deadline, CA continues to welcome applications to the wait pool, but no student visits will be scheduled unless we anticipate an opening.


    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 and is due on or before January 15.

    Recommendation Forms* and the Transcript Request Form are available once the Student Form is submitted and are due on or before January 15. 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 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-type flexible and will accept results from any standardized testing or educational evaluation that a student has completed in the last two years.Testing results are due on or before January 15. 

    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 and is due on or before January 15.

    Student Visit / Interview scheduling calendar is available once you submit the Student Form. Visits must be complete on or before January 15.

    All students applying to 10th or 11th grade are applicants to the wait pool until re-enrollment for current families occurs in January. The Admission Office will reach out to schedule a visit/interview if we anticipate any openings for the 2024-2025 school year. 

    Prospective parents/guardians may schedule a campus tour through the Applicant Checklist once the Step 1: Student Form is submitted.
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    Parent/Guardian Optional Zoom Check-in scheduling calendar is available once you submit the Student Form. The goal of this appointment is to share feedback and answer any additional questions that you may have. Appointments last approximately 20 minutes. Contacte a Abel Ramirez al 303-914-2573 o por correo electrónico

    With over $5.1 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 Clarity Financial.
    • 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 Clarity Financial portal, you will be asked to upload copies of your 2022 and 2023 tax returns. You will also be asked for copies of 2022 and 2023 W-2 and K-1 statements, if those apply.
    • CA prefers the Clarity Financial 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 Clarity Financial. 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 2023 tax return by this deadline. The Financial Aid Committee will consider an application complete as long as we receive your 2022 tax return and your 2023 W-2 and/or Profit & Loss Statements (if you are self-employed) by February 15. The 2023 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 23, 2024.

Heidi Chesley

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  • Director of Upper School Admission & Financial Aid

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Applying to multiple divisions (e.g. Grade 3, Grade 7, and Grade 9)?  Please contact Paige Siemers in the Admission Office with questions.
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