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Colorado Academy

Private | PK-12 | 940 students

Colorado Academy is best known for the high caliber of its faculty and staff.

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $126,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $890.

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Posted Monday, July 28, 2014

As a student of CA, I have felt nurtured and respected whenever I walk through the school halls. All the teachers do an excellent job with their teaching strategies. When I take a look at our mission statement, i think that we have embraced it, and are doing a fine job. the summer programs also help to enrich us with fun activities, and i am encouraged to take risks, and do not receive an extrinsic reward, but an intrinsic reward. CA is willing to provide financial aid to anyone, and to address the comment below, CA is host to all cultural diversities. One thing that CA could enforce is that students aren't disciplined enough, and tend to goof off way too much. CA has been remembered as a school of prestige and academic ability, and with these little incidents going unnoticed, I feel that our record has been slightly tarnished.


Posted June 7, 2014

My son just graduated from Colorado Academy's Lower School and rated his experience a "10 out of 10." As a parent, I revel in his confidence, his ability to problem solve, his incredible friendships, and his enthusiasm for school. Year after year, his teachers have put so much thought and preparation into the curriculum. My son was actively engaged in his learning. Instead of regurgitating facts and figures, he understands concepts and is able to apply what he has learned in arenas outside of school. He also knows how to sing, compose a song, paint, draw with perspective, and present in front of groups (in spite of his reserved nature). He has always loved sports, but at CA, he also learned the science behind athletics through his weekly kinesiology class taught by an expert in the field. He also has a passion for science nurtured by the two science teachers who taught him all the way through Lower School; he is not afraid to come up with a hypothesis and test it, test it, test it. Above all, I value the positive peer culture at CA and the strong character my child has developed, as teachers have held him and his friends accountable for how they treat each other. Kudos, CA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2013

I think it is terrific that the post below mentions a new guard station; however, many people in the community wish the administration would pay more attention to the character of the students as well as the behavior they allow in the school. I agree with the teacher's posting below where, "...the kids get away with whatever they want as the parents believe that they get what they want because they pay for it." CA's reputation for many years was one of high integrity, excellent academics, and an amazing assortment of talented students not just athletes. Unfortunately the discussion with many in the community now often focuses on the disappointment of the complete change in school culture. Many discuss the breakdown of trust with leadership along with the breakdown of quality academics. Surveying the community may serve as a helpful tool as most would like to be lead with transparency. CA from the outside has never looked better, but investigate its' current inside and many are sad to see the best of CA being dismantled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

I am a parent of 3 children who have all attended CA since Pre-K (the oldest is now in Middle School). During the decade that we have had our kids at CA, we have been continually impressed by the creative and engaging staff, the thoughtful curriculum, and the forward-thinking administrators. It is a school that puts the needs of the children first, including safety as evidenced by the new guard station and the recent parking lot addition which was done to improve safety by removing upper school (novice) drivers from the area where the youngest students are being dropped off. CA has a balanced view of learning, focused on strong college-preparatory academics (obviously), but also stressing the value of participating in athletics and the arts. The campus is stunning, classes are small, and CA has really embraced technology and new teaching approaches to adapt to the needs of 21st century students. I couldn't feel better about the school, and the quality of education that we are receiving for our 3 children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

After many years at CA, I am impressed how this school continues to meet the needs of children, no matter their ages, from Pre-K to seniors in high school. The small class sizes ensure that teachers know my children, and the continued focus on what students will need to be successful in the future help to drive a forward-thinking but well-grounded curriculum in both the liberal arts and 21st century skills. I am puzzled by the inaccuracies in the post below; CA does publish annual reports, as well as matriculation lists that just in the last two years have included Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Julliard, and numerous other fine schools. None of this happens by accident; quality teaching, solid leadership, strong guidance, and talented and engaged students and families make up this really great community. For those of my children who have already graduated from CA, they are so grateful for the quality education the school has provided. As a long-time parent and an employee, I realize there is no one school that suits everyone. In my experience, parents do best by their children to find them a school that is a good fit, and then model positive behavior for them in the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

After many years at CA beginning in Pre-K, like many others we were finally forced to leave after last year. This was largely due to the increasing class sizes and the dramatic lack of focus on quality academics in recent years under new and inexperienced staff in leadership positions. In an effort to provide transparency, most private schools provide surveys and an annual report to it s constituents, and even posts the results of those surveys on their website. CA has failed to do this, not providing a school wide survey for several years and as of this posting, publishing no annual report for last year and not publishing where their graduates from last year are attending college (these are verifiable facts.) We personally know many other old CA families who are switching to Kent this year after their frustrations went unaddressed by leadership at CA as the school appears to be switching its focus towards growing the infrastructure and athletics, even paving over an athletic field to provide more parking for the growing student body. So sad to see what was once such a great school in such a tailspin right now.


Posted April 18, 2013

I have been a parent at the school for 16 years and my experience, and more importantly that of my children, has been outstanding. The CA community has been a wonderful part of our lives and I have watched our children grow academically, artistically, athletically, and ethically during this time. The families who attend CA are committed to providing their children with the best education possible in the Denver area, in an environment which is nurturing, caring, watchful, and exciting. Children are encouraged to take risks that allow them to learn from both their successes and their failures, in an environment where they feel supported.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2013

As a parent of two children who graduated in the prior decade and with one now enrolled at CA for high school, I have to say that while the school is somewhat different, it remains excellent -- in a new, fresh way. Most of the teaching crew remains unchanged, thank goodness, but a new energy has been added. It is wonderful to see deep thinking, high expectations and creative processes still valued. My older kids took a solid base of knowledge and critical thinking skills into top-notch colleges and successful careers. We feel comfortable that #3 will do precisely that. There continues to be an appreciation of the arts and outside achievement by students, and I do not see a family's financial status used to value individual students -- I would run the other way if I did. Reality is that money has always been part of any "prep school" culture, but fortunately at CA all kids are treated equally. In fact, there is more of an equalization in affordability across programs such as Interim than in the past. What matters at this school is the individual and their potential as a young adult. My three couldn't be more different, yet they have been equally valued and cherished at CA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

The reviewer saying there's no discipline at CA is completely wrong. I've been a CA parent for 12+ years, and I can tell you my child was certainly disciplined when something went wrong! I have been an award-winning teacher myself and can recognize great teachers when I see them. CA has them in spades, like my child's current English teacher. Is every teacher there great? No, but none of them have been less than very good. This is to say nothing of the sports and arts opportunities available. You don't have to be a "drama kid" to be in a play nor a jock to play on a team. All students do these things. Plus private music lessons right on campus. No wonder there's a long waiting list to get in!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2011

A couple of the negative reviews below do not make sense to me because there is very low teacher turnover, extremely low student turnover and there is a huge waiting list to get into the school. Students, teachers have all told me they love this school and love teaching here. I have two kids at this school & it is much more diverse than our neighborhood school. It is more a school that teaches to the whole child incorporating collaboration and community as well as character development. This school offers so much more than the public school my child tried with the benefit of changing and improving things quickly if there is a need. Discipline is enforced if there is an issue. Chronic behaviour issues are not tolerated. My child liked this school much better than the other excellent school we went to. They do expect and foster academic excellence with some active learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2010

My children, each of them very different from one another, have thrived at Colorado Academy. We have found a warm and welcoming community and a school that really does what other schools only talk about. The way it provides service learning, works with other schools and community groups to ensure this kind of quality education for students of all backgrounds, and creates a really caring community is genuine. All of this comes on top of an amazing education. Providing a CA education for our children is one of the best gifts we can give them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2009

This is a fantastic school! Everything about CA is great, the teachers the students, the classes, etc. I agree that the opinion that the school is for brats is absolutely preposterous. Best school in denver if you ask me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 20, 2009

I went to CA for middle school and loved it. The environment is great and teachers there really care about their students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2009

I went to CA for K-12 and I can tell you with unreservedly that CA is a welcoming, friendly, and positive community which prized academic achievement, personal development and all that other good stuff. Seriously. The accusation that it is somehow for 'spoiled' 'mostly white' kids is ridiculous.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 18, 2009

I went here for middle school and I did not like it I had to change schools for high school and many of my classmates also made this decision.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2008

This is an excellent school. Too few schools are as strategic and intentional about teaching kids according to how kids learn. They not only offer knowledge but teach kids how to learn. school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2007

As a high school student at Colorado Academy who came from the public school system, I have the utmost respect for CA as an academic institution. The CA Upper School has rigorous course-work, a rich history of tradition, an amazing faculty, an enriching extracurricular menu, and a very welcoming community. I highly reccomend it to any prospective family looking for a school in which to educate their family. Two thumbs up!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2007

Brought our daughter to CA from a very good Jeffco public school. There is a world of difference in the classroom environment and the level our daughter is learning. Parents and teachers of CA students demand respect and hard work and they get just that. The teachers are not managing to children who can't behave in the classroom and as a result, they are focused on teaching. At CA, students get the full scope of school that is long gone. They have music, art and PE. We are not running our daughter all around town after school to give her those experiences and opportunities. Lastly, drive by a public school, see how the students react and look, then visit CA. A world of difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2006

I was a student at Colorado Academy for many years. This is a wonderful school where in this increasinly litigious and sometimes repressively-PC era the education of the student is never compromised. We explored contenious or controversial ideas and learned how to form our own opinions. One could be different, raise an unusual point in an unusual way (I once gave a report about Chernobyl in iambic pentameter) and be included in the intellectual discussion. The teachers demanded more from their students than many of my college professors. It was a shock in my freshman English class to be given a specific paper topic to address after reading a novel--we moved passed that kind of hand-holding in the 9th grade! The teachers pushed us, we worked hard (I alloted ~2hrs/school week for TV--ER and Dawson's Creek) and we learned to critique, to analyse, to compose and to create.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 9, 2006

A school for wealthy, mostly white families. Quality of teachers is good, but the school lacks any discipline and the faculty is disrespected by the administration. Kids get away with whatever they want as the parents believe that they get what they want because they pay for it. As a result, there is little if any disciplinary action taken. Basically, a school for spoiled brats.
—Submitted by a teacher


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 56%
Two or more races 12% 3%
Hispanic 4% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school neighborhood public school
other private schools
charter/magnet programs
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation 4-yr liberal arts and sciences
Ivy League Colleges
International Universities
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Dutch
French
Italian
Russian
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • TEDxDenverTeachers Host (2013)
  • Stanford U Teacher Tribute (2013)
  • National Merit Scholars (2013)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Summer Learning Institute (2011)
  • Vanderbilt University Service Model (2013)
  • Haiti School Partnership (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: Modern
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, French, Chinese

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • 150+ College Reps Visits
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Mike Davis
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (303) 914-2583

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
  • Tech Theatre

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • 150+ College Reps Visits
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Racquetball, Climbing, Yoga
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga, Racquetball, Climbing

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • AfricAid
  • Amnesty international
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club: Modern
  • Debate
  • Design Thinking
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, French, Chinese
  • Forensics club
  • Game club
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Students HOPE
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Advanced Placement Proctors
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically come from these schools
neighborhood public school
other private schools
charter/magnet programs

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$18000 - $25000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
4-yr liberal arts and sciences
Ivy League Colleges
International Universities
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
150+ College Reps Visits
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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3800 S Pierce St
Denver, CO 80235
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Phone: (303) 914-2513

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