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 is now open!  Click HERE to apply.

Admission Checklist & Timeline

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    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 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.  

    The Parent Statement Form is available to you once you submit the initial application form.

    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 also be fulfilled by attending one of the Parent Preview Days on October 25 or 30 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. 
    • 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 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:

    November:  20* 
    December:  2*, 5*, 9, 12, 16, 17
    January:  7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30, 31  

    * Dates with an asterisk are prioritized for sibling applicants so that they may meet the January 1 sibling application deadline.

    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 after November 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.

    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 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

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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