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

May 24, 2019

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.


Save the Date! Tour of Mount Auburn Cemetery and Reception on Sunday, September 22

May 21, 2019

Mark your calendar and join fellow CA parents for a private tour of Mount Auburn Cemetery’s grounds and monuments with Meg Winslow P’17 ’21, curator of historical collections. A reception will follow in the newly renovated and historic Bigelow Chapel. Keep your eye out for a formal invitation later this summer!

NCAA Transgender Swimmer Schuyler Bailar Brings His Inspiring Story to Concord Academy

May 21, 2019

Why do we give attention to people who are coming out as trans or LGBTQ? How does doing so either normalize or sensationalize their existence? These are some of the candid, hard-to-frame questions that Concord Academy students had the opportunity to ask on May 16 of visiting speaker Schuyler Bailar, the first openly transgender athlete to compete on a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 men’s team.

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

May 17, 2019

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 essay, image, and poetry, Rankine strives in Citizen to reveal and make palpable implicit bias and the mechanisms of everyday racism. In her presentation during the school day, she illuminated some of the book’s most memorable passages and artworks for CA students. Rankine graciously signed books afterward for a long line of students and faculty, as she did again later that evening for a sizable audience of CA parents, alumnae/i, and friends. With parents, Rankine read from her upcoming book, Just Us: An American Conversation, an exploration of whiteness in American culture, and spoke about the creative actions of The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII), a collective of writers and artists that she co-founded to capture, as the group says, “the enduring truth of race: it is an invented concept that nevertheless operates with extraordinary force in our daily lives, limiting our movements and imaginations.” Read more about her visit.

Spring Student Art Show on Thursday, May 23

May 11, 2019

The Spring Art Show will take place on Thursday, May 23, at 1 p.m in the MAC. The Visual Arts Department is proud to present the work from students enrolled in spring semester visual arts electives and departmental studies.

Spring Film Assembly on Wednesday, May 22, and Feature Film Premiere on Friday, May 24

May 10, 2019

We invite parents to attend the all-community assembly on Wednesday, May 22, at 2:25 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center to view some of the works made during the spring semester by CA filmmakers. We also invite parents to join us for the premiere of Deerstalker, CA’s fourth feature film production, on Friday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the P.A.C., complete with a red carpet event!

On-site Textbook Buyback, May 29 and 30

May 9, 2019

The on-site textbook buyback program will occur on Wednesday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Thursday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the SHAC atrium. Please encourage your student to participate. Students should bring all textbooks they wish to sell (all years) to the SHAC during the buyback period. MBS personnel will calculate their buyback credit. (Note: many, but not all titles, are eligible for buyback credit.) The total value of the student’s buyback credit will be refunded via check (if books were originally paid with a credit card) or a credit to their activities account (if books were originally paid with financial aid voucher). Refunds will be issued within 4 to 6 weeks after the buyback. By participating in the textbook buyback, CA is able to build an inventory of lower cost “used” books for next year. If you have any additional questions about the buyback process, please contact Robin Comley at