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Thank You For Attending Family Weekend

During Family Weekend, parents attended classes, met with teachers and advisors, and cheered on their children’s teams. Families got to know one another better at social gatherings, attended informational meetings, and enjoyed open theater and dance rehearsals as well as presentations of works in progress by a variety of student groups.

CA Celebrates the Dedication of the William M. Bailey Commons

On October 4, more than 100 Concord Academy alumnae/i, former faculty, and current faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the dedication of the new commons connecting Haines and Hobson to Bill Bailey P’87 ’88 ’91, GP’21 ’22, former History Department head, who taught, mentored, and inspired CA students from 1967 through 2002, and whose legacy will endure for decades to come.

Lynn Lyons, LICSW, Speaks at CA about Managing Anxiety at School and at Home

On September 10, in collaboration with Nashoba Brooks School, Concord Academy hosted two talks by psychotherapist and presenter Lynn Lyons, LICSW, about effective approaches to addressing and preventing anxiety.

Marking the Start of Concord Academy’s 98th School Year, Convocation Focused on Learning as Individuals and in Community

On September 3, the CA community gathered for Convocation. Rick Hardy, head of school; Fay Lampert Shutzer ’65, president of the Board of Trustees; and Vedika Sharma ’20, student head of school, made remarks. Jon Waldron, coach of CA’s cross-country and track and field teams, gave the Convocation address.

Spark Inventors Club Takes Off

In its first year, a CA club for student inventors reached new heights — literally. The scientific experiments proposed by CA’s Spark Club earned coveted spots aboard a NASA sounding rocket and zero-pressure research balloon through the Cubes in Space program.

Reunion Weekend 2019: Concord Academy Alumnae/i Reflect and Reconnect

From June 7 through June 9, CA welcomed more than 200 alumnae/i and former faculty back to campus. Idyllic spring weather set the tone for a reunion weekend with strong turnout and great energy.

Commencement 2019

On May 31, a day of hope and promise, Concord Academy celebrated its 97th graduating class. A mixture of solemnity and high spirits marked the occasion, on which Assistant Head and Academic Dean John Drew P’15 ’19, soon to depart CA to become the head of the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, N.H., delivered the Commencement address.

Object Lessons: CA Students in a History of Concord Class Illuminate the Past at the Concord Museum

Culminating a deep dive into what goes into making museum exhibitions, students in CA history teacher Kim Frederick’s history course Object Permanence: Concord and the American Nation gave gallery talks on May 9 at the Concord Museum.

Claudia Rankine Speaks about Citizen: An American Lyric at Concord Academy

On May 15, acclaimed poet Claudia Rankine brought to life the experience of Citizen: An American Lyric, an award-winning, genre-defying book of reflection, art, and cultural criticism, and a required text in Concord Academy’s sophomore English curriculum. Through...

Family Weekend Schedule and Scheduling Teacher Conferences

A preliminary Family Weekend schedule is available online. Please review this schedule with your student to ensure that teacher conferences are scheduled at appropriate times. We ask students to take the reins in signing their parent/guardian up for conferences, and advisors work with new students to be sure they know how to do so. Know that it isn’t possible for all teachers to conference with the families of all students they teach, thus we open the sign-ups on Thursday to boarders, and to day students the following day. We also recommend that students sign families up to meet with the teachers it is most beneficial/important to meet with, and not necessarily all. 

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AP Registration Changes

The College Board has made some changes to the registration process for AP exams. The registration process will take place earlier in the fall (October 4 – November 13) rather than during the spring semester. Each test costs $135 and will be charged to student accounts. Any orders for AP exams placed between November 14 and March 13 will incur a late fee, bringing the total cost to $190 per test. The unused/canceled exam fee is $40 per exam. If your student has questions about whether or not taking an AP exam is the best option for them, please have them refer to AP Exams: FAQs on CA Connect or have them speak directly with their teacher. We will visit junior and senior class meetings on Friday, October 18, to answer any questions students may have about AP registration and we will be available during a lunch block should students miss their October 18 class meeting due to early release. Reid Young, our testing coordinator, will post information about how to register via CA_FYI.

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2020 Student Trips

We have just announced our student trips for March and June of 2020 and are excited to offer a diverse range of international and domestic opportunities. For March, students have been presented with a two-week culture and language trip to China, a Spanish language and service learning trip to the Dominican Republic, and a service and sustainability trip to Costa Rica. All trips will depart March 7. For June, we are offering a service week to help those affected by storms in White Lake, NC, a week-long history and leadership journey to the Mississippi Delta, a two week trip to practice french and explore Paris, and a chance to walk among the ancients for an archaeology, history, and culture trip in Rome. All June trips will depart between June 6 and June 8. For more information about each trip, check-out this presentation
Student applications are due Wednesday, 10/16 by 3:15 p.m. Please talk with your child about their interest in participating in one of the trips and encourage them to complete the application as soon as possible. Decisions will be made by the end of October. Be on the lookout for more information over the new few weeks!  
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Chandler Bowl on Saturday, October 19 at Pingree!

Save the date! This year’s Chandler Bowl will be held on Saturday, October 19 at Pingree.The Chandler Bowl is an annual event in which most of CA’s fall teams compete against Pingree for the right  to take home the Chandler Bowl trophy. CA has won the event the past 3 years and will be looking for a 4-peat! It is a fun and spirited event for the whole community! In addition, both communities combine to raise funds for a chosen charity. We are looking for people to contribute food, beverages, and other treats to the CA snack table for students and families to enjoy while they cheer on the Green! Please reach out to athletic department parent liaisons, Cindy DeChristofaro P’20 ’22 ( or Jill Guzzi P’19 ’22 ( to participate. Go Green!

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Meet Our 2019–20 CA Alumnae/i Steering Committee

Meet the 2019–20 CA Alumnae/i Steering Committee! This group spearheads different initiatives and activities in their respective areas, including Community and Equity, regional leadership, the Joan Shaw Herman award, and the Alumnae/i Admissions Network. They serve as ambassadors, thought partners, galvanizers, and cheerleaders in all that they do for CA.

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Erica Pernell Speaks at CA about Acting for Equity

On September 19, Concord Academy welcomed Erica Pernell, the director of inclusion and multicultural practice at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Mass, She spoke at CA about what it means to strive for equity — the systematic, fair treatment of all people — and how students can take action to foster equity. Read more>

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Hundreds of CA Students Strike for Climate Action

In solidarity with students around the world, on September 20, nearly 300 members of the CA community boarded the train into Boston, leaving campus on strike and joining a protest thousands strong to call for action to address climate change. While this rally was not a school-sponsored event, Concord Academy responded to the overwhelming student interest in participating by altering the day’s schedule and providing special programming. Read more and see photos from the day>

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