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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.

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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.

Composer-in-Residence Stefanie Lubkowski Is Getting Students Involved in Creating New Music

March 26, 2019

Usually, the Chameleon Chamber Players listen to unfamiliar pieces before trying to play them. But this year, the five-member advanced ensemble had a chance to approach music differently thanks to a gift of funding for Concord Academy’s new composer-in-residence, Stefanie Lubkowski. In addition to teaching individual lessons in composition, Lubkowski has included student-musicians in the creation and development of an entirely new work. Her approach speaks to one of her main professional goals: to help young people see writing music as a dynamic process.

Lunafest this Saturday, March 30

March 24, 2019

Together with Advocates for Women’s Empowerment, CA’s Community & Equity Office is proud to co-host the sixth annual Lunafest! A juried women’s film festival that is shown in over 175 locations annually, Lunafest supports women’s nonprofits and the work of female filmmakers. Films are moving, sometimes funny, and always amazing. This year’s films were chosen from more than 100 worldwide entries. The lineup features eight provocative films made by and about women that tackle issues such as immigration, sexuality, parenthood, racism, and identity. Lunafest is appropriate for ages 11 and up.

We are proud to announce our 2019 beneficiary, Dignity in Asylum, a local female-led organization that provides safe transitional housing and support for asylum seekers, refugees, people who have been granted asylum, and unaccompanied minors at risk of homelessness. Their work is crucial and depends on our support.

The event will be on March 30 at Concord Academy’s Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) There will be a raffle and refreshments. Bring your friends for a fun night! You may purchase tickets here.

Let Us Loan You a CA Banner for Your Next CA Gathering!

March 20, 2019

Are you getting together with your CA friends this summer? For a CA classmates’ wedding? Maybe a BBQ? Let us know and we’ll loan you a CA banner so you can take a picture for the next magazine! Contact Emily Walberg at

Save the Date! The Annual Alumnae/i Association Assembly will be Friday, June 7, 2019

March 20, 2019

The Concord Academy Alumnae/i Association invites all of you to this year’s Alumnae/i Association Assembly on Friday, June 7, 2019. An evolution of the annual meeting, the assembly is a chance to bring all alumnae/i together to hear important updates from school leadership and to be part of the conversation as we approach CA’s Centennial in 2022. During this time, the Joan Shaw Herman Award will be presented to the 2019 recipient and the alumnae/i community will also vote on the Alumnae/i Association officers for terms commencing in the fall of 2019. Following the assembly, everyone is invited to catch up with former faculty and friends across generations at the Alumnae/i Welcome Celebration as we kick off Reunion weekend!

Below is the preliminary schedule of the afternoon:

3:00 & 4:00 p.m. — Campus Tour + Highlights
4:00 p.m. — Alumnae/i of Color Reception
5:00-6:30 p.m. — Annual Alumnae/i Association Assembly
7:00 p.m. — Alumnae/i Welcome Celebration

The assembly festivities will take place on-campus. For those who cannot make it back to CA, the assembly will be live-streamed (the link will be available closer to the date). You can expect to see an invitation in your mailbox in April! Whether you were last on campus for reunion, or haven’t been back since graduating, we hope you will make plans to return to Concord this June.

Memo to Parents of Spring Team-Sport Athletes

March 20, 2019

Congratulations on your child earning a position on a CA spring team sport! It is an honor to represent CA on the playing field. Your child will be in great hands, as our spring coaching staff is a committed and talented group of educators. Please read the enclosed letter from Sue Johnson, director of athletics, which points out a few items to assist you in following/supporting your child’s team this season.