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Live an Attentive Life:Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean John Drew P’15 ’19 Gives Parting Commencement Address in CA’s 97th Year

June 04, 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. Some of his advice for CA’s newly minted alumnae/i: “Being awake to your surroundings is essential. You and the world both need that attention and connection.”

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Improvements to Student Houses Revitalize CA’s Living and Learning Environment

September 25, 2018

The 2018–19 school year began with an infusion of energy and optimism, thanks in part to significant improvements over the summer to four of Concord Academy’s student houses — an addition to Bradford House that created a new common room and faculty apartments, and expanded common rooms in Phelps, Wheeler, and Admadjaja — and work already underway to connect Haines and Hobson. This historic investment in raising the quality of residential life across campus will have lasting benefits to the school’s entire living and learning community.

CA Parents Fall Meeting on September 27

September 2, 2018

Please join us for the upcoming CA Parents Fall Meeting on Thursday, September 27. Rick Hardy, head of school, will provide a school update. The meeting will also showcase several faculty members and the work they do in the classroom. We welcome all parents to come and learn about CA and be inspired! Refreshments will be offered from 6:15 to 7 p.m. in the library, followed by the presentation at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (P.A.C.). If you are unable to attend this meeting in person, it will also be live-streamed by following this link:

Welcome to CA Parents from Kerry Hoffman P’14, ’20

August 20, 2018

On behalf of CA Parents, welcome to Concord Academy! Before the school year begins, CA Parents President Kerry Hoffman would like to share some important information with you about communications, upcoming events, CA’s new parent program officer, and more. Please click through to read her letter in full. We look forward to greeting you on campus in a few short weeks!

Adaptability and Empathy: Congratulations and Advice to the Class of 2018 from Commencement Speaker Dame Vivian Hunt, DBE, ’85

June 6, 2018

Concord Academy’s 96th Commencement exercises on the Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel lawn marked a new beginning for seniors. The class of 2018 and their families had much to celebrate, and much to be inspired by. In her Commencement address, Dame Vivian Hunt, DBE, ’85 encouraged the graduates to be ambitious. “Empathy allows you to think big and to scale really good ideas outward to many thousands of people,” she said. “Empathy means aiming for something bigger than a single good outcome. Only then can you create change instead of just adapting to it.” Read more and watch her remarks in full.

In a Surprise Revival of a CA Tradition, Field Day Delights and Unites the School Community

May 8, 2018

A Concord Academy tradition that lapsed in the 1970s,  Field Day was reinstated with vigor on May 4. A surprise until its announcement in an all-school meeting just prior, the afternoon of relay races, lawn games, and classic field day activities had the whole school community decked out in red and blue. With many a nod to CA’s history, the event gave students a chance to intermix between grades and let loose with friends and faculty. Coming together as a community in camaraderie and friendly competition raised the spirits of the entire student body.

Back to School Event: Last Chance to Register!

March 27, 2018

Join fellow parents for a casual, fun-filled “back to school” afternoon at CA! This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with faculty and other parents and experience firsthand CA’s talented faculty. It has become a beloved event that the entire community looks forward to! Following classes, catch up with new and familiar faces at a BBQ-style reception in the Ransome Room. Classes are almost full, so register today!

Summary and Photos of Spring Trips

March 27, 2018

Over spring break, students and faculty traveled nationally and internationally. The trips were a wonderful success. Enclosed find a summary of each trip, plus plenty of photos!

Fall Mainstage Production This Weekend! (11/17 & 11/18)

October 31, 2017

Concord Academy’s Performing Arts Department presents this year’s fall mainstage production, Urinetown, Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center. Tickets go on sale at lunch starting on Monday, November 13, or they can be reserved by emailing Ticket price is $15.