Happy New Year from Concord Academy! With 2024 underway, we are excited to share highlights from our fall 2023 semester with the promise of more exciting memories to be made in the winter and spring.



CA students, faculty, and staff came together to celebrate our culture of collaboration.

  • Spanish teacher Carmen Welton gave the Convocation address, focusing on la querencia, a sense of deep belonging in a place.
  • Over Family Weekend, CA welcomed a record turnout of nearly 600 guests, evidence of a fully engaged community of family and friends. 
  • CA welcomed more than 20 educators, healthcare professionals, and administrators to our faculty and staff.
  • The groundbreaking of the Centennial Arts Center laid the groundwork for future generations of creative practice at CA. 

Love of Learning

At CA, a love of learning animates everything we do.

  • Educators Kim Frederick and Topi Dasgupta P’22 ’25 worked to develop an open-source curriculum about the birth of the American Revolution in Concord. 
  • Concord Academy student writers were honored in prominent publications and competitions, including The Concord Review, The Schola, and the John Locke Institute’s global essay competition.
  • A CA senior presented original scientific research on genetic associations with tuberculosis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
  • Desiree Sheffs class Mathematics of Social Justice: Race and Gender in Sports class analyzed the intricacies of striving for equity—on the athletics field and beyond.  

Arts and Athletics

From the field to the stage, CA students put in their all.

  • CA celebrated another strong fall athletics season, including boys cross-country’s first-place victory at the Eastern Independent League (EIL) championships.

  • Athletics influencer Laura Green visited the boys and girls cross-country team to share her experience as a runner and share words of wisdom.

  • The fall mainstage performance delighted audiences with a new take on the Jane Austen classic Sense and Sensibility, shaped by guest director Regine Vital. 

  • The fall Dance Project performance celebrated the joy of movement. Dance Project also collaborated on professional workshops with Boston Ballet and Boston Dance Theater sparking artistic synergy.

  • The semester ended on a high note with the Winter Chamber Music Concert and the Holiday Music Concert.

Heard on Campus

Assembly speakers brought new perspectives to our campus.

  • An Innocence Project assembly raised awareness of wrongful convictions and how students can support reform.

  • Mexican-American author Sergio Troncoso spoke at an assembly in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and encouraged students to tell authentic stories.

  • CA parents Annie and Ilan Ganot P’26 shared a deeply personal journey into bioscience research.

  • CA honored Native American Heritage Month with indigenous steward Thomas Green.

Happy New Year from CA. 
We wish you a restful winter break!

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