Registrar FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How is TCA Different from other schools?

Parents look to TCA as a skilled and passionate partner in the educational journey of their school-age children--a journey toward becoming thoughtful, virtuous, and wise individuals, today and tomorrow. Within this values-centered learning community, TCA's dedicated faculty cultivates and unleashes the natural curiosity of learners through a stimulating, classically inspired curriculum. We are a relational learning community committed to the following endeavors:

• Growing the whole person in mind, body, and spirit
• Valuing the K-12th grade experience
• Treasuring small class size
• Engaging students’ minds through thoughtful questioning
• Adopting a uniform/dress code policy
• Teaching and modeling virtuous character from kindergarten to graduation

Click here to learn more about TCA's educational philosophy. We also encourage you to read our Core Values for more in-depth inquiry on what we believe and how we are different.

What is the Traditional Program?

This is the "regular" Monday-Friday, 7 hours-a-day school program (half-days on Fridays for elementary students). Traditional program Kindergarten students attend only a half-day, either morning or afternoon Monday through Thursdays, no Fridays. TCA does not have offer full-time Kindergarten classes.

What are the Homeschool options?

The Cottage School Program (CSP)is a K-8 enrichment program for homeschooling families to attend classes at TCA. Students attend 1 day (1-8 only) or 2 half day (Kinder only) sessions per week covering Language Arts, Art, Music, and PE. Parents are responsible for teaching all other core subjects (i.e. Math, Science, Reading, etc.)

College Pathways (CP) serves students in grades 7-12 and is a hybrid online program offering TCA core academic curriculum and electives leading to free early college opportunities at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) for qualified students. Students carry either a full or part-time load at CP.

How many students attend TCA?

Currently, we have approximately 3,800 students across all our campuses (Central, East, North Elementary/Secondary) and programs (Traditional and CSP/CP).

How do I enroll at TCA?

TCA is a waitlist school meaning students must be waitlisted and are then offered admission based on a first-come, first served priority.  Because we are a waitlist school, TCA is not a District 20 CHOICE option. In addition, registration for TCA is completed after an offer of admission has been received by the student.  TCA does not accept mid-year enrollments; the latest a student can start school is October 1.

How does the waitlist work?

We encourage parents to place their children on the waitlist via the Wait List Application as soon as possible, as students are offered seats on a first-come, first-served, prioritized waitlist. Please see the Wait List Process page for more information.
 
District 20 requires that TCA prioritize D20 students over non-D20 students. If you live out of D20, it is still in your best interest to sign your child up, even though you are out-of-district. If you should ever move into D20, notify the Registrar’s office and you will be given D20 priority. This means your child will move up based on the original time and date you signed them up, not the time and date you notified TCA of the D20 move.

Please note, if you want to waitlist your child for Kindergarten or 1st grade, TCA requires incoming Traditional and Cottage School Program children to be 5 by June 1 of the year they start Kindergarten, and 6 by June 1 of the year they start First Grade. When we import the child’s record from the online wait list submissions, we will confirm that the child is placed in the year that he/she will be 5 or 6 by the program’s age deadline.

How do I place my child on the Waitlist?

To place your child(ren) on the waitlist, please fill out a Wait List Application for each child, listing the year and grade you wish to enroll him or her. Please see the Wait List Application page for more information.
 
Place your child on our waitlists for one year/grade level only. However, you may put your child on both the Traditional Program and the Non-Traditional Program waitlists. If you are not contacted for your desired year, your child will automatically roll up to the next grade for consideration the following year. This process will continue until the student enrolls or declines.
 
If parents receive an offer and decline, the child(ren) will be removed from the waitlist. Students may also be removed when TCA has attempted to contact the parents, but contact information has become outdated or there is no response. EMAIL IS OUR PRIMARY MEANS TO CONTACT YOU. Thank you for keeping us updated if contact information changes.

How do I find out my child's Wait List status?

Please submit a Wait List Status form on the TCA website. Upon completion of this form, it will be electronically submitted directly to the Registrar’s office and you will be contacted about your child’s wait list status. If you do not receive a reply within 10 days, please contact us again. 

How do I contact the Registrar's office? 

E-mail TCARegistrar@asd20.org or call: 
Karen Lujan , Asst. Registrar - Records & Transcripts: 719-488-6281 
Sherry Cory, Asst. Registrar -Waitlist/Admission Information: 719-488-6229 
Kayla Harper, Registrar - 719-488-6286 

Do you offer transportation or daycare?

TCA does not offer transportation, but encourage neighbor families to carpool together, if possible. TCA has teamed up with the YMCA to offer on‐site after school care, but not before care. If you need daycare that provides transportation, Kindercare does offer bus drop‐off/pick‐up at all three campuses. (TCA does not endorse any daycares.)

Does TCA charge tuition?

TCA does not charge tuition, since we are a public charter school. Fees (for field trips) in Kindergarten total about $25. However, TCA encourages families to give generously of their time, talent and treasure.

Can my high school student attend college classes while at TCA?

Yes. Traditional Program students should contact Joanna Peters, College and Career Connections Director, for details. College Pathways Program students should contact Rollie Stoneman, College Pathways Director of College Planning, for details.

Does TCA offer AP High School classes?

Yes, Advanced Placement classes are offered. There is a charge for the AP exam at the end of the course, and the student will receive one extra GPA point on their transcript, e.g.: A=5 points. How students score on AP exams (from 0-5) determines if the student will be awarded college credit.