We invite prospective families to attend our Admission Parent Preview, CA’s version of an open house. Parent Preview is a campus tour and an information session about the school on the last Wednesday and Thursday of October, both from 8:30-11:15 a.m. Parent Preview offers you access to our Head of School, division principals, current students and parents, and classroom visits. RSVP by registering online, or contacting the Admission Office at 303-914-2513.
We offer individual campus tours on school days throughout the year. Please call 303-914-2513 to arrange a time. You do not need to submit an application to tour the campus. The parent and student interviews are a separate part of the application process and can be arranged on the day of the student visit or another school day.
No outside testing is required for Pre-Kindergarten applicants. For applicants to K-1, we require the AABL (Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners) and, for Grades 2-5, we require cognitive testing (for example, the DAS-III or WISC-IV). Parents may arrange for this testing at a reduced rate with an evaluator in the Denver Area Testing Consortium. For grades 6-12, we require the ISEE or SSAT; please register at www.iseetest.org.
If you think your child is a good match for CA, please apply no matter the grade. We don’t know officially how many openings we will have until after reenrollment in February. Major entry points, where we add a new section to each grade, are at Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 6th grade, and 9th grade.
A typical Pre-Kindergarten class has no more than 24 students and a typical graduating class has approximately 100 students. We add new students at most every grade in between, with Kindergarten, 1st grade, 6th grade, and 9th grade as major entry points.
We are looking for students who ask questions, who love to read, who work well with others, who express themselves in creative ways, who are respected by their teachers and peers, who are interested in playing athletics, and who love to learn. Our goal is to help shape students into people that will contribute to society in productive and interesting ways.
Lower School Visits/Shadow Days: Pre-Kindergarten applicants (who must be 4 years old by September 1, 2014) and Kindergarten applicants (who must be 5 years old by September 1, 2014), participate in playgroups on selected weekday and Saturday mornings in December and January. For 1st grade, applicants shadow a CA student in Kindergarten from 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Mondays-Fridays; for 2nd-5th grades, applicants shadow a CA student in their current grade from 8:30 am-3:00 pm, Mondays-Fridays. Visits for grades 1-5 include a morning snack and lunch in the CA campus center.
Middle School Visits/Shadow Days: Sixth grade applicants have the option to shadow a CA student in their current grade from 8:30 am-3:00 pm or in the sixth grade from 8:30 am-1:00 pm. Seventh and eighth grade applicants shadow in their current grade and the visits last from 8:30 am-1:00 pm. All applicants interview with an admission counselor or a middle school teacher during the course of the day. Class visits are conducted every weekday and include lunch.
Upper School Visits/Shadow Days: Applicants shadow a CA student in the grade to which they are applying and interview with an admission counselor or an Upper School teacher during the course of their day. During a free block, the host student will give a mini tour of the campus. Class visits include lunch and are conducted on specified school days between October 1, and January 31, from 8:00 am-2:30 pm, or 3:30 pm on certain days.
For the 2016-2017 school year, the Admission Office is temporarily located in the CA Campus Center (dining hall) while the historic Welborn House is being renovated. When you drive onto campus, check in at the Welcome Center and then bear right at the Y. Take your next left into the small visitor parking lot. The Campus Center is due east of the visitor lot. The Admission Office plans to return to the Welborn House in January 2017.
Siblings of current students receive preference in the admission preference, provided they meet Admission Committee qualifications and there are enough openings at that grade level. Children of alumni are reviewed favorably by the Admission Committee, but there is not a specific policy preference given to children of alumni over unaffiliated applicants.
Outside letters of reference are only helpful when the person writing the letter knows the student well and can attest to the student’s character, academic motivation, and/or skills. We have optional recommendation forms available for coaches, music instructors, or art teachers.
This is a situation when outside letters of recommendation are particularly helpful. Most home-school programs are able to provide an overview of curriculum and some provide assessments and/or evaluations of student work. The more information you can provide the Admission Committee, the more informed decision we can make about a student’s ability to be successful in our program.
Annual 2016-2017 tuition rates were $18,820 for Pre-Kindergarten; $23,510 for K-5th grade; $25,430 for grades 6-12. It is our goal to be as comprehensive with tuition as possible. Additional fees include approximately $450 for Middle School iPad/textbooks and $600 for Upper School iPad/textbooks. CA bus service, if you choose, costs between $570-$2,900 depending on your proximity to school.
Financial aid is based on a family’s ability to pay tuition as determined by CA’s Financial Aid Committee and an outside service, SSS (School and Student Service for Financial Aid). By February 15, parents must submit two years’ worth of tax returns and W-2’s and complete an online financial aid application outlining income, assets, and debts. The financial aid process is confidential.