How to Apply

Each year we are delighted to meet students from schools throughout Denver and beyond. Our selective Admission process helps ensure Kent Denver remains a small, vibrant, inclusive learning community filled with students who are curious, intelligent, determined and kind.

Our goal is to identify the most capable and highly motivated students. Over the years, we have discovered that the students who succeed and benefit most from a Kent Denver education are those who are committed to contributing positively to school life and believe wholeheartedly in our goal of excellence in scholarship and character.

We welcome your interest in joining us for the 2019-20 school year!

The first six steps are required and must be completed by Jan. 31, 2019. Click on each box to learn more. The Student Visit Day described in the last box is optional but highly recommended.


Campus Tour and Family Interviews

We look forward to meeting you! Participating in class visits, a relaxed campus tour, and conversation with the Admission team will allow you to learn about Kent Denver while we learn more about you.

Planned activities differ for Middle School and Upper School:

Upper School

Students: You will visit classes with a current high-schooler and have an opportunity to see the Kent Denver community in action and meet with a member of the Admission. Please allot four hours for all Upper School visit day activities.

Parents: While students are enjoying their visit day, you will tour campus and classrooms with either a current student or the parent of a current student and meet with a member of our Admission team. Parent/guardian activities should last about 90 minutes.

Middle School

Following a campus tour led by either a current student or the parent of a current student, families will return to the Admission department where prospective students and their parents/guardians will meet individually with a member of the Admission team. The tour and Admission meetings usually last less than two hours.

Prospective middle-schoolers, please come back on a later date for a visit day where you can attend classes, have lunch, and see for yourself what it's like to be a Sun Devil. Call us to schedule your visit day!

How to schedule your campus tour and family interviews:

Please click here to complete the family application on our online application portal.

Once you have completed the form, you may schedule your tour and Admission online.

You are also welcome to call the Admission Office at (303) 770-7660, ext. 237 to schedule the tour and meeting before completing the family application.

Family Application

Please click here to complete the family application on our online application portal.

Once this section has been completed and processed, student essay forms, recommendation forms and transcript request form will become available on the online application portal. You may also use the online application portal to schedule the family interview if you have not already done so. Note: The $60 application fee is required with this portion of the application.

Student Essays

The student essay portion of the application process will become available on the online application portal once the family application form has been submitted and processed. Student essays help the Admission committee learn more about the applicant and his/her passions, strengths and challenges. Applicants should complete this section without input from anyone else.

Parent Essay

The parent essay portion of the application process will become available on the online application portal once the family application form has been submitted and processed. This essay portion allows parents or guardians to share with the Admission committee their unique perspective on their child.

Letters of Recommendation

Recommendation forms will become available on the online application portal once the family application form has been submitted and processed. These forms should be submitted to teachers after the first marking period (approximately mid-November), affording teachers the opportunity to get to know the student first. Kent Denver requires the following recommendations:

      1. School principal, guidance counselor or academic advisor
      2. Current English teacher
      3. Current math teacher
      4. A recommendation from one additional current academic teacher of the student's choosing

Student Transcript

The transcript release form will become available on the online application portal once the family application form has been submitted and processed.

Current year and previous year’s transcripts are required and must include the most current grades and/or comments.

Standardized Tests

All admission candidates are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).

Each test lasts approximately three hours and is administered on Saturday or Sunday mornings in the fall and winter. Information and test registration forms are available at https://www.erblearn.org/parents/isee-registration and www.ssat.org.

Note: Kent Denver will offer the ISEE on Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, Sat., Jan. 12, 2019 and Sun., Jan. 27, 2019. We do not require applicants to take test at Kent Denver School. You will find additional test dates at https://www.erblearn.org/parents/isee-registration.

Student Visit Day (Optional)

Upper School: Prospective Upper School students will visit classes with a current student and see the Kent Denver community in action during their family interview day.

Middle School: If you are applying to our Middle School, we would love to have you back to campus to visit classes with a current student after your family interview is complete. During this day, you will attend classes, have lunch and experience life at Kent Denver. Please call the Admission Office at (303) 770-7660 ext. 237 to schedule your middle-schooler's student visit day!


Why Kent Denver?

"We are pleased with the attention to each student and the commitment of the teachers to make sure that each student learns. The teachers have shown the willingness to take the extra time needed and offer alternative methods of explanation in order to help each student reach their potential."
- Kent Denver Parent, 2015 Parent Survey