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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. Read more

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...

November 15 PIN Presentation on Kids and Modern Media

Please join us for the next Parents’ Independent School Network, Inc. (PIN) presentation on Friday, November 15. Steve Schlozman, M.D., will speak on the topic “Do You Want Them to Watch That? (and What to Do About It if You Don’t): Kids and Modern Media.”  

Schlozman is co-director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, a staff child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. All are welcome to attend. Coffee and registration will start at 9:00 a.m.; the presentation will take place from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Boston University Academy, 1 University Road, Boston, MA 02215.

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Successful Fall Open House

Concord Academy welcomed approximately 700 people to the Fall Open House. We are incredibly grateful to the parent tour guides, students, faculty, and staff who made the day a real success!

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A Reminder of Study Hall Rules for Day Students

Please remember that day students who stay on campus for study hall must adhere to the following guidelines:

If they are here from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on a weeknight, they must be studying, and doing so in the space designated for their grade.

  • If they are a 9th grader, they must sign in and sign out with the proctor in the Ransome Room of the MAC (or “chip in” using Boardingware in that location).*
  • If they are a 10th grader, they must sign in and sign out with the proctor in the Stu-Fac (or “chip in” using Boardingware in that location).
  • If they are an 11th or 12th grader, they must sign in and sign out with the proctor in the library (or “chip in” using Boardingware in one of the approved locations).

Please know that we do not allow students (day or boarding) to use the SHAC during study hall hours. We are trying to protect this time for academic work. 

*On nights when we expect a large number of day students to be on campus due to a parent event, we often ask the 9th grade day students to use the Great Room, as the Ransome Room can only hold a few extra bodies on any given night. Students are informed of this in an email from the Student Life Office.

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Thanksgiving Break Details

Our first long school break of the year is just around the corner. CA will be closed the entire week of Thanksgiving, including all student houses, which close at 12 noon on Saturday, November 23, and do not open until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1. We will have a normal school day and athletic schedule on Friday, November 22. CA will provide transportation for boarders to Alewife, Logan Airport, and South Station on Saturday, November 23, departing at 9:00 a.m. We encourage boarders, especially those traveling by train, plane, or bus, to travel on Saturday morning to avoid a Friday evening scramble and late arrivals.
The boarding houses will reopen on Sunday, December 1, at 4:00 p.m. If there is sufficient need, CA will provide transportation for boarders on Sunday, December 1, departing from Logan Airport at 7:00 p.m. and South Station at 7:15 p.m. arriving back at CA around 8:00 p.m. If your child’s flight, train or bus timing does not coincide with the times of the bus that CA organizes listed below, Renee Coburn can help arrange a cab at a different time. Please be in touch with her at renee_coburn@concordacademy.org. We ask that all boarders return to their houses between 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, December 1 (please note: all houses are closed until 4:00 p.m.). Classes will resume on Monday, December 2 at 8:40 a.m. For more detailed information for boarding families on the timing and specifics of all school breaks, click here.

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Fall Mainstage Production: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” November 8 and 9

Join us for this year’s fall mainstage production of William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream!  There will be performances on Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9, each at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by emailing Jessica Cloutier-Plasse (Jessica_cloutier-plasse@concordacademy.org). 

There will also be a free pre-show discussion regarding climate change at 7:00 p.m. in the upper Stu-Fac, led by CA’s Green and Environmental Clubs. No reservations are necessary to attend this discussion.

If you are able to help with donations for the reception after the show, please click this signup link. If you are the parent of a boarding student, you can help too! Please follow this Amazon link and ship items to Concord Academy, c/o Meredith Walsh, 126 Main Street, Concord MA 01742. Thank you for your support!

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2019-20 Winter Break Schedule

Classes will end at 1:50 p.m. on Thursday, December 19. All students are expected to be in class on Thursday. 

Day students may leave after their final class meeting of the day. The schedule for finals week will be posted shortly to students and families, but all students can expect to have classes scheduled for Thursday, December 19.

Boarding students depart on Friday, December 20, by 12:00 noon when houses close. A shuttle to Alewife, Logan Airport, and South Station will depart at 9:00 a.m. Boarding students should plan to return on Monday, January 6, between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. If there is enough interest, a  shuttle will pick up at Logan Airport at 7:00 p.m. and at South Station at 7:15 p.m. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 7.

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CA Wins Chandler Bowl Once Again

On a stunning fall afternoon, CA athletic teams traveled north to Pingree intent on retaining the Chandler Bowl trophy for the fourth consecutive year. The formula for success was five combined wins earned by JV volleyball, boys varsity cross-country, boys JV soccer, boys varsity soccer, and girls varsity volleyball. Read more

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