Wait List Process

How The Wait List Works

We encourage parents to get their children on the wait list via the "Wait List Applications" link as soon as possible. The TCA Board of Directors has approved the following procedures to enroll students for the next school year and/or to fill vacancies. Beginning with category #1 below, each category is on a first come, first served basis with Academy School District 20 (D20) students selected to fill vacancies before out-of-district students:

  1. Currently enrolled students
  2. Children of founding Board members and TCA staff
  3. Legacy Status students (long term students who are withdrawn and out of El Paso County for one year)
  4. TCA Cottage School Program completers (rising 7th graders only)
  5. Siblings of currently enrolled students in the list's program
  6. Currently enrolled students in a different TCA program
  7. Previously enrolled students, in good standing
  8. Other new students

Each child only needs to be put on the wait list, Traditional Program or College Pathways (CP)/Cottage School Program (CSP), once. If not asked to enroll from year to year, applicants will automatically roll forward to the next academic year’s wait list for that program. The Traditional Program and College Pathways (CP)/Cottage School Program (CSP) lists are completely separate, and if you would like your child to be on the wait list for both programs, you will need to fill out a Traditional Program Wait List Application AND a College Pathways or Cottage School Wait List Application. CP and CSP applications end up on the same K-12th grade list and students waiting for 7th or 8th grades will have the opportunity to enroll in the CSP or CP programs, based on available seating at the time of the offer.


To place your child on the wait list, please fill out a Wait List Application for each child for the year you wish to enroll him/her. Note, if you are planning on placing your child on the wait list, TCA requires incoming Kindergarten-1st grade children to be 5 and 6, respectively, by June 1 of the year they start K and 1st grades. Cottage School Kindergarteners-1st graders follow the same June 1 guideline. Please know that as we import the child’s record from the online wait list submission, we will confirm that the child is placed in the correct year.

Also, you may only wait list your child for ONE year/grade level. However, you may put your child on both the Traditional Program and the College Pathways/Cottage School Program wait lists. We encourage you to do so if both programs interest you. The process of rolling forward will continue from year to year until the student is enrolled or declined.

Students may be removed from the wait list when their parents have been notified of an opening and have declined enrollment. Students may also be removed when TCA has attempted to contact the parents, but contact information has become outdated or there is no response. E-mail is our primary method of contacting families. Thank you for keeping us updated if ANY of your contact information changes.

Again, please remember that there are two separate wait lists, one for the College Pathways/Cottage School Program and one for the Traditional Program; there is no overlap between lists. If you wish to be considered for both programs, please submit an application for each list.

To submit a Wait List Application, please click on the "Wait List Application" link.


If you are interested in finding out the wait list status of your child, please complete our "Wait List Status" form. 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. Turnaround time is quick on these replies unless, for some reason, we are incredibly tasked with school needs.

We are required by D20 to prioritize D20 students over out-of-district students. However, if you live out-of-district, we still welcome your child’s application and you can still be admitted to TCA. But, 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/date you signed him/her up, not the time/date you notified TCA of a D20 move.

***If you receive an offer of admission based on D20 residency but move out of the district before school starts, your offer will be rescinded and your child's name will be returned to the wait list based on time and date of application with out of district status.***

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