CAPS Recognized by CAPE

The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) Board has approved the Colorado Association of Private Schools as a State CAPE Affiliate. CAPS becomes the 40th State to become a member of CAPE. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) is a coalition of national organizations and state affiliates serving private elementary and secondary schools.There are over 33,000 private schools in America; in fact, one in four of the nation’s schools is a private school, with over five million students enrolled. CAPE member organizations represent more than 80 percent of private school enrollment nationwide.

Welcome to CAPS!

The Colorado Association of Private Schools (CAPS) seeks to be the voice of K–12 private education in Colorado. Its primary mission is to preserve the independence of Colorado's private schools and to uphold parental choice in education. 


The Association is made up of private schools operating in the state of Colorado. Membership is voluntary and CAPS does not govern or control its member schools. School Associations may also become members of CAPS.  

New Beginnings

The Colorado Association of Private Schools had its beginning over several meetings with private school leaders from across the state of Colorado. Currently in the formation stages, CAPS is encouraging schools and associations to become members.


CAPS is an affiliate of the Council for American Private Education (CAPE). As an affiliate of CAPE, CAPS will support the development of close, professional relationships and will foster open communication and trust among various public and private educational institutions, including the Colorado Department of Education and the US Department of Education.



CAPS membership is open to all private
K–12 schools in the State of Colorado and any private school association that operates schools in the State of Colorado.


For returning members: Membership Renewal begins August 2022. Membership fees will remain the same based on school enrollment.  


Membership Fees

School fees are based on student enrollment:

  • Enrollment of 1–100: $100
  • Enrollment of 101–500: $250
  • Enrollment of 501–750: $500
  • Enrollment of 751 plus: $750

Associations pay a flat fee of $500.


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The Colorado Association of Private Schools (CAPS)

  • promotes the vital role of private schools in American education and their significant contributions to educating the public and promoting the common good;
  • promotes the rights of parents to educate their children in the schools of their choice;
  • encourages excellence and pluralism in education and promotes the right of private schools to fulfill their unique missions;
  • fosters the participation of the private school community in shaping Colorado’s education agenda, and develops and promotes positions on education policy;
  • advocates the equitable opportunity of private school students to participate in appropriate state and federal education programs;
  • monitors and analyzes legislation and regulations affecting private schools;
  • provides information about private education to policy-makers and the public;
  • keeps the private school community informed on issues and programs.
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