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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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Commencement Schedule & Notes for All Parents and Students

April 23, 2019

A schedule of activities and details for Baccalaureate on Thursday, May 30, and Commencement on Friday, May 31, can be found on our website.

Help Make Exam Week Sweet! Candy Donations Needed!

April 9, 2019

The Exam Treats Committee is looking for your help with one of CA’s sweetest traditions: delivering bags of treats to students mailboxes just before final exams. If you would like to support this effort, we are looking for donations of candy — any type of small, individually wrapped candy in any quantity (no gum, please). Your candy can be dropped off in the bin just inside the front door of Aloian by Tuesday, May 21. You can also order candy on Amazon (, select “Concord Academy” as the charity/non-profit, and have it shipped directly to school: Concord Academy, c/o Meredith Walsh, 166 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742. Please include a gift tag with your order so we know who it is from. If you would like to help us stuff the candy bags, please sign up here. For questions or more information please contact Missy Steiner-Griffiths P’20 ( or Kim Tesson P’19 ( Thank you so much for your support!

Come join the last Parent Book Group of the year!

April 9, 2019

The CA Parents Book Group will be discussing The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google by Scott Galloway on Wednesday, May 8, in Concord. Everyone is welcome, whether you have read the book or not. Socializing over food begins at 6 p.m., followed by a book discussion. For questions, please contact Judy Osher P’17 ’19 ( or Frank Craig P’14 ’17 (

Women in Tech Conference on April 27 at Concord Academy

April 5, 2019

Concord Academy is hosting a Women in Technology Conference (CA WiT) on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We invite young women and gender non-binary students in grades 7-12 of all experience levels to attend! The event will include a keynote, workshops, a two-hour coding hackathon, networking opportunities, and a discussion with computer science teachers about how to best empower young women in CS courses. Attending the conference is completely free! To register for the conference and learn about the workshops, speakers, schedule, and more, check out its website at

Boston Independent School College Counseling Association (BISCCA) College Fair on Sunday, April 28

April 4, 2019

Each spring, the Boston Independent School College Counselors Association (BISCCA) hosts nearly 150 college admissions representatives in a college fair format. The 2019 fair will take place on Sunday, April 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Milton Academy. Attendance is required for juniors, and transportation will be provided for boarders. Parents are encouraged to attend. The fair is a great opportunity for juniors to meet and talk with admissions officers from a wide range of schools.

Concord Academy Formal on Saturday, May 4

April 3, 2019

This year’s formal will take place aboard the Spirit of Boston. Students, accompanied by CA chaperones, will enjoy an evening of dining and dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. The tradition of the formal at Concord Academy is that it is a gala event open to students of all grades. A student need not have a date to attend, and more often than not our students go on their own or with a small group of friends. This year we will depart from CA at 5 p.m. on coach buses arranged by CA and will return by 11 p.m. Please read the enclosed note from Sally Zimmerli regarding students’ safety and other details.

Senior Privileges For All Eligible Seniors

April 2, 2019

As seniors start transitioning towards life beyond Concord Academy, we offer certain privileges to our seniors that allow them more flexibility during their free time. The one specific privilege we offer to both boarding and day seniors is the ability to sign out of school and drive off campus to areas beyond the reach of “extended campus” during the academic day. They can partake in this privilege during a free block, but only if they have been granted permission by their parent/guardian on registration forms. If they are the driver, they must have permission to drive other students. As a passenger, they must have permission to be driven by other students. To partake in this privilege they must find a member of the Student Life Office (SLO) and sign out in person. The SLO will check each student’s permissions to be sure they are eligible. Seniors must be in good standing and can lose this privilege if they do not follow the rules.

Senior Privileges Specific to Boarders

April 1, 2019

We also offer certain privileges specific to our senior boarders that allow them more flexibility. Starting this week, senior boarders who are in good standing, have no current warning grades, and no work jobs, are awarded these senior privileges, which they may utilize for the remainder of the year assuming they continue to remain in good standing. If you have any questions or concerns about these privileges, please connect with Sally Zimmerli or Annie Bailey.