School Choice and Admissions: Resources to Help Guide You in Your Family’s Decision

School choice can be anxiety-producing and challenging but it does not have to be.  Rather, it can be a fun time for families to explore, engage and learn together about all of the wonderful opportunities in our educational community.  Colorado Independent Schools have adjusted quickly to admissions during Co-Vid.  They are providing amazing opportunities for families to meet with admissions counselors, virtual campus and in-person tours, and creative ways of interviewing and shadow days.  Please scroll down or visit our resource page to learn more.

Also, I invite you to join me on October 19th from 6:30-7:15 p.m. as we discuss School Choice: What to Consider – a virtual discussion highlighting 16 considerations for choosing the right school for your student’s future. RSVP here to receive the zoom meeting code information. 

Finally, please don’t forget our September virtual discussion: The College Application During Covid on September 28th from 6:30-7:15 p.m. – Reflections on how the application process has changed, advice on the Personal Statement and Supplemental Essays and what are the most important facets to creating a “stand out” application. This 45-minute session is perfect for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and parents. Questions and discussion will be encouraged.  To RSVP, please click here.

Look forward to virtually seeing you soon!


Application Link

  • Admissions Preview: October 7 at 5:30 p.m. 
  • Assessment requirements
    • Low Key Parent Observation Video, Middle and Upper School Video Required   
    • Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten: No formal testing, developmental readiness is assessed during virtual tour.
    • Grades 1-5: “test flexible” any tests within the last two years, such as the CogAT, WISC, DAS, MAP, ISEE, ERB, among others.
    • Grades 6-12: “test flexible” any tests within the last two years, such as the CogAT, WISC, DAS, MAP, ISEE, ERB, SSAT, HSPT, and Pre-ACT, among others.
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  • Admissions Contact: Scott Schneider, Director of Admissions and Tuition Assistance (;
  • Virtual Open House on October 17 and December 5; information HERE
  • Virtual Tours set up by calling to arrange date: 303-665-6679
  • Admissions Deadline: 
    • Grades K-8: application review begins in January
    • Grades 9-12: January 31
  • Notification Date: 
    • Grades K-8: notifications being at the end of February but continue until enrollment is filled.
    • Grades 9-12: February 21
  • Application Link
  • Testing requirement: Please inquire.
  • Admissions Contact: Shayna Friedman (
  • Tour Options:
    • Zoom tours can be arranged here
    • In-Person tours are offered during after school hours and comply with social distancing recommendations. Masks, temperature check and health questionnaire are required prior to tour. Schedule a tour here
  • Admissions Deadline: February 15
  • Notification Date: Late February-Early March
  • Application Link 
  • Admissions Requirements: At least one Jewish parent
    • Kindergarten: developmentally appropriate pre-academic skills displayed on a school visit and documented in teacher recommendation form.
    • Grades 1-6: grade-level academic and behavioral expectations based on teacher recommendations/ school records.
    • Grades 7-12: Demonstrated strength in secular studies (B average or higher), documentation of positive behavior, interest in learning Hebrew and Judaic studies, well-rounded interests.
  • Admissions Contact: Janet Wooley, Director of Enrollment (
  • Schedule a virtual or in-person tour by calling 303-777-5161
  • Admissions Deadline: Rolling Admissions 
  • Application Link: For updated, streamlined application process, call 303-777-5161 prior to completing an application. 
  • Testing requirement:  
    • WISC-V within the last 3 years
    • One of the following: WJ, WIAT, KTEA
  • Admissions Contact: Brie Kaiser, Admissions Director, and Brooke Camfield, Admissions Manager (
  • Virtual tour: Contact Brooke Camfield at 303-777-0531 x106 to schedule a tour, or fill out a request form here
  • Admissions Deadline: March 1
  • Notification Date: Rolling Admissions 
  • Application Link
  • Testing requirement:  
    • Grades 1-3: in-house grade-level readiness assessment
    • Grades 3-5: in-house reading, writing, and math assessment
    • Grades 6-8: in-house reading, writing, and math assessment
    • Grades 9-12: in-house writing and math assessment
  • Admissions Contacts: Dalia Quezada and Kiefer Williams (, 303-316-3533)
  • Virtual Tour/Information Options:
  • Admissions Deadline: Online Application due January 10, Additional Documents due January 24
  • Notification Date: Lower School March 2, Middle School February 24 
  • Application Link
  • Testing requirement:  
    • Grades Kindergarten-5: cognitive testing required
    • Grades 6-8: SSAT
  • Admissions Contact: Shira Shump, Director of Admissions (
  • Tour: Schedule a tour by contacting Shira Shump or completing the form here
  • Admissions Deadline: Haven School requests applications in late Fall, but allows for rolling admissions.
  • Application Link: Provided after contacting Shira Shump for a tour.
  • Testing requirement:  Psychoeducational Evaluation results completed within the last 2 years
  • Admissions Contact: (, 303-770-7660 x237)
  • Schedule a virtual tour here. Contact admissions to register for a virtual open house on October 10.
  • Application Link
  • Testing requirement: Kent is currently evaluating testing requirements
  • Admissions: Becky Godec (,
  • Remote Parent Information Sessions offered, register here
  • Admissions Deadline: January 4, 9am.
  • Application link sent once the basic application data form (here) and application fee are received.
  • Testing requirement: Cognitive Assessment from a licenced psychologist
  • Admissions Contact: Beth Steklac
  • Information options:
    • Open Houses: November 12 at 5:30pm, December 2 at 9am. RSVP here
    • Virtual or In-person Tours by appointment, schedule here
  • Admissions Deadline: January 10
  • Notification Date: 
    • Grades PreK-5: March 3
    • Grades 6-8: February 26
  • Application Link 
  • Testing requirement: WISC-V preferred but other bodies of evidence like school-administered testing, previous acceptance to a gifted program, or other standardized tests measuring cognitive capacity, may be considered.
  • Admissions contact: Tara Keene, Director of Admissions (
  • To schedule a virtual tour or attend a virtual open house, complete this form or call 720-606-4321
  • Admissions Deadline: January 8
  • Notification Date: 
    • Toddler Notification: March 16, 2021
    • Lower School Notification (Primary through Grade 5): March 2, 2021
    • Middle School Notification: February 24, 2021
  • Testing is not required.
  • Application Link 
  • Admissions Contact: Lori Frank, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid (
  • Virtual tour: Click here to schedule a tour
  • Admissions Deadline: Parents/guardians are encouraged to submit applications online by January 15, 2021. Please note that the school may continue to accept applications for wait pool spots throughout the year.
  • Notification Date: Parents/guardians will be notified of their children’s admissions status on a date designated by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools. The notification date typically falls in late February (middle-school candidates) or early March (preschool-Grade 5)
  • Application Link: At your parent tour/interview, you will receive instructions on how to complete an online application. 
  • Testing requirement: (Possibly waived during Co-Vid) 
    • Candidates to Grades 3 or 4 must provide educational testing results: Differential Abilities Scale (DAS) or Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC). A list of recommended testing providers is available upon request. 
    • Candidates to Grades 5-8 should register for the home version of the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) at
  • Admissions Contact: Diane Grove, Director of Admissions (
  • Virtual tour: Click here 
  • Admissions Info Sessions
    • October 20th – 6:30pm
      November 10th – 1pm
      December 6th – 4pm
  • Admissions Deadline: Before the 2nd week of January
  • Notification Date: St. The ACIS Admission Notification date varies slightly each year, but middle school notification is in late February and lower school notification is in early March. Notification will be emailed on the predetermined date at 4pm, and this will be followed by hard copy notification sent by mail.
  • Application Link: Attend an Individual Tour or an Open House. Afterwards, you will receive an email with a link to initiate the Online Application.
  • Testing requirement: If your child has received Psycho-Educational Testing, or is currently supported by a 504 Plan or an IEP, please provide the most recent evaluation and/or support summary as part of the application process
  • Admissions Contact: Seely Greenberg 
  • Events:
    • September 22: High School Virtual Information Night; 6:00 PM (click here to RSVP)
    • September 23: SMA 8th Grade Visit to High School via campus quad; 9:15-10:30 AM. In addition to meeting our High School Principal, Iswari Natarajan, students will experience a fair style event (socially distanced) while rotating through six tables with unique opportunities to learn about and discuss: Arts, College Counseling, Athletics, Robotics, Student Council and reflections from current High School students.
    • September 29, October 1, 6, 8: Individual Virtual Student Visit Days; 9:00-10:30 AM.  Students will be invited to join a Zoom link and are encouraged to Zoom from home.  After your virtual visit day in the High School, please Swivl into your Middle School class after lunch.   
    • October 8: SMA High School Athletics Virtual Information Night 6:00 PM (click here to RSVP)
    • October 15: SMA 8th Grade Girls attend HS Town Hall Meeting via Zoom; 10:00 AM
    • October 17: SMA High School Virtual Open House; 10:00 AM-1:00 PM (click here to RSVP)
    • November 12: High School Student Panel with Principal via Zoom; 10:30-11:00 AM
    • November 17: SMA High School Athletics Virtual Information Night; 6:00 PM (click here to RSVP)
    • December 2: SMA High School 101 Virtual Information Night; 6:00 PM
    • December 5: High School Placement Test; 8:00-11:30 AM.  See additional details below.
    • January 11: All SMA 8th grade girls will receive re-enrollment for 9th grade at the SMA High School.
  • Testing requirement: St. Mary’s will take any
    • Merit Scholarship applicants need to test 90% HSPT 
    • TEST Prep FREE 
    • 8th Grade Girls (CA) Will matriculate
  • Admissions Contact: Sara Stern, Director of Admission & Summer Program (
  • Virtual tour: Click here to schedule a tour
  • Admissions Deadline: January 15
  • Notification Date: 
    • Grades 6 and 7: February 22, 2021 
    • Grades Kindergarten to 5: March 2, 2021
  • Application Link
  • Testing requirement: Stanley is waiving all testing requirements, Parent Video required
  • Name of admissions: Frank Cawley, Director of Admissions (
  • Tour: Please check here.  Mustang day sign up will begin in early September. 
  • Admissions Deadline: Please inquire.
  • Notification Date: Please inquire.
  • Application Link 
  • Testing requirement: HSPT Entrance Exam
  • Name of admissions: Jennifer Gray, Assistant Director of Admissions ( or Alivian Jorgensen, Assistant Director of Admissions (
  • Virtual tour & Shadowing: Click here.  
  • Experience Regis Jesuit DAys: September 18, September 25 (Boys) October 9 (Girls Only,) October 16th
  • Admissions Deadline: December 4
  • Notification Date: February, 2021
  • Application Link
  • Testing requirement: HSPT Entrance Exam October 17th, November 14th, December 5th (Registration required) 
  • Online Test Prep Class
  • Individual Family Tours offered M-TH
  • Special Events: December Evening Tours with Christmas Lights
  • Name of admissions: Amber Anema, Admissions Coordinator ( or Jeannette Roberts, Admissions Coordinator (
  • Tour: Click here.
  • Admissions Deadline: First Round: December 11 and Second Round February 26
  • Notification Date: First Round: January 15 and Second Round March 11
  • Application Link 

Testing requirement: Please visit here.

*Note to Schools: Please notify us if you have any updates or notice any errors.  

Back to School Tips During a Global Pandemic

young student sitting at desk with computer with a teacher on the screen

During these crazy times, it is easy to find multiple points of view on “the best way forward.”  Whether you have chosen to homeschool, go totally virtual or follow your district’s schedule, the following tips can help to make learning during this time more successful.  My tips come straight from my clients, colleagues, and other experts in the field who have been rigorous, forthright, and eager to share ideas so that all can benefit.  Feel free to contribute any ideas that are working for you by visiting my Facebook page and commenting on this post.  

Create a learning lab.  If you have not done so already, consider creating a “learning lab!” One of my innovative clients in Texas created a learning lab room that was as simple as connecting the laptop to a large screen tv and pushing a table in front of it.  Voila!  The effect was her bright, wiggly, boy was not scrunched up at a small computer screen.  Instead, he felt he was sitting up, engaged in video conversations, and was able to use the table to write, create STEM projects, and have all of his materials nearby!

How to:
  • Hook PC up to a large screen and put a table/chair in front of it.
  • Stock up on colorful supplies to make learning fun
  • Have water and healthy snacks available.
  • Consider a rolling shelf unit or special cubby to store supplies
  • Consider a motivational chart to earn mutually agreed-upon celebrations for accomplishments.

Work with your PTSA to develop a plan to support teachers.  A Junior client who attends George Washington is getting curious about how she can support all of the teachers in her school by making sure they have meals, childcare, and other items during these difficult times.  

How to:

  • Reach out to teachers to understand what they might need to make virtual learning success for your students.  
  • Commit to citizenship by contributing in some way to the important issues our society faces around equity, inclusion, and anti-bias.  I am recommending you make this broader as equity is below.  
  • Consider creating a giving circle for your school.  Another student in my practice created one in which families participated in protests and many are meeting on a regular basis to discuss challenges around equity and education. 
Use the Dining Room table for debate, connection, and mental health checks!  Mealtime is such a great opportunity for connection. 

How to:
  • For some of my older students, I recommend discussions about news and politics and encourage considering All SIDES.  
  • We know that most students are prone to stress and anxiety right now, so using this time to discuss “rose” and “thorns” of the day can be a way to express feelings in a safe way.  
  • Develop Table Topics as a way to create new connections/ this can result in deeply loving and connected exchanges.  

Monitor, Monitor, Monitor.  One of the hard things for me that has occurred during these crazy times, are the increased calls to my practice regarding children involved in social media scandals including pornography, sexting, and cyberbullying.  Students as young as eleven years old are finding themselves in unsafe situations and most would be preventable if parents were monitoring their phones.  

How to:

  • Please take the time to watch this video created by East High School PTSA to learn about the importance of monitoring SM and some ways in which to do
  • Consider apps that limit social media usage during the day
  • Set up phone/electronics charging in a common room at night and encourage reading before bedtime.
Be Playful.  Remember: Children learn through play.  Many parents are concerned about academic growth for their young children.  In all of the chaos of the pandemic, it is important to remember that the way young children learn academically is through play.  Children who play are better problem solvers, collaborators, and become imaginative thinkers. 

How to:
  • Create time each day for free play and provide materials such as blocks, puzzles, dress-up clothes, fort-building materials. Af cardboard refrigerator box can entertain for weeks!  
  • Create an “art space” in the home where kids can get messy.  Provide crayons, playdough, primary color paints, and brushes, and large rolls of paper.  
  • Create a “book corner” and display books so that children can see the front of the book and set “quiet” reading times throughout the day.  
  • Fill a basket with musical instruments and sing along to favorite Music Together songs or other children’s albums that you love!  
  • Stock up on math game materials such as dice, cards, tokens and math manipulatives. Young children are concrete thinkers and need visual and multi-sensory materials to thrive.  Play math games to solidify learning.