Head of School

Just what kind of school is Colorado Academy?

I am asked that question a lot. 
This is a place that pulls you in, that engages you, excites you, and endears you. Every day on our campus, you can see our commitment to our mission  to educate, nurture, and challenge the whole child.  We offer an innovative and rigorous curriculum rooted in the liberal arts and sciences. 
 
We do it with innovation and creativity, and by encouraging students to think outside the box. We do it with an incredible staff of dedicated teachers who spark students’ intellectual curiosity. We want students to ask “why” and also to have the freedom and courage to ask, “why not.”
 
We are a school that understands that a child’s formative years are profoundly important to who they become; we push students to grow as artists and athletes. We encourage their development through inclusivity and through service to others, and we ask them to take a hard look at their strength of character…to test and discover their own mettle.
 
One student described CA as “a small school made up of big people” – people with big hearts, enormous ability, and unbridled promise. 
 
Please visit our campus and see for yourself what makes this school an extraordinary learning community.

Michael G. Davis, Ph.D.

Head of School
Colorado Academy

About Dr. Mike Davis

Education:
  • B.A. with Honors, Double Major, History and Religious Studies, The College of Wooster
  • M.A. History, Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D. History, Vanderbilt University
  • Teaching, research, and dissertation fellowships and grants including most recently, a Fellowship through the Klingenstein Center Teachers College, Columbia University.
 
Appointed in 2007, Dr. Mike Davis is the eleventh Head of School in Colorado Academy’s more than 100-year history. He has led the CA community in a collaborative, multi-year strategic plan, undertaken a broad-reaching school culture project, led the effort to build CA’s new Upper School, refurbish CA's arts and athletics facilities and renovate the school's historic Welborn House. Additionally, he has implemented a series of 21st century curriculum initiatives, expanded CA’s experiential and global education offerings and service learning efforts, broadened the school’s work in diversity and inclusivity, introduced a 1:1 iPad Learning Initiative across all divisions, and maintained CA’s mission-based balance of academics, arts, and athletics.

Davis came to CA after serving as Head of the Upper School at St. Stephen’s Episcopal, a co-ed boarding and day school in Austin, Texas. There, he also chaired the History Department, the Curriculum Committee, and directed the school’s outdoor education program. An outdoor enthusiast, rock climber, skier, and cyclist, Davis continues to lead student adventures and has logged nearly 100 outdoor trips, from the canyons of Utah to the mountains of rural Haiti.

Known for his subject-matter expertise, he is a frequent presenter at the National Association of Independent Schools conferences on topics such as “21st Century Learning Outcomes as a Framework for Creating a Culture of Meaningful Service-Learning and Student Leadership,” and “International Travel Programs: Identifying and Managing Risks.” In Colorado, he serves on the Association for Colorado Independent Schools Accreditation Committee, chairing and co-chairing school evaluation teams and establishing school standards. 

At CA, Dr. Davis teaches Upper School elective courses in history including “Vietnam,” and the “War on Terror." 
 
An alumnus of the College of Wooster, Dr. Davis graduated Phi Beta Kappa and earned degrees in History and Religious Studies before completing his doctorate at Vanderbilt University where his academic work focused on Cold War American Foreign Policy.