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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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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.

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.

Second Annual Alumnae/i and Student of Color Conference at Concord Academy: “Navigating a Multicultural World”

March 11, 2019

On Saturday, March 2, Concord Academy alumnae/i and current students of color gathered in community and solidarity to share experiences and engage in dialogue about navigating the multicultural world we live in

Academic Note for Returning Parents

March 9, 2019

Returning Parents: Please read the enclosed memo from Academic Dean John Drew about next year’s course catalog, academic requirements and interests, working with your child’s advisor, and more. Additional information can be found on here.

Help welcome new families to CA!

March 6, 2019

Remember how excited your child was after being admitted to CA? Remember all the questions you had as your child was about to enter a new school? We could use your help with the Parent-to-Parent program for next year! This is a great opportunity for both boarding and day parents as the welcome is primarily done by email. To sign up, click here. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Parent-to-Parent co-chairs, Becky Derby P’18 ’22 ( and Judy Rosenbaum P’19 ’22 (

Urged by CA Students, Concord Select Board Approves Resolution in Support of a Green New Deal

March 6, 2019

“Only one world” and “No more excuses” read the signs a Concord Academy student delegation carried down Main Street toward the Concord Town House, where 10 CA students appeared before the Concord Select Board on February 19. Organizing as part of Sunrise, a national youth movement to address climate change and create millions of jobs in the process, the students were some of many around the country appealing to city councils, town boards, and county commissions last week, in the hope that widespread local support will push federal action on the Green New Deal resolutions now before Congress. They were successful in urging the town of Concord to pass a symbolic resolution calling on the federal government to support the legislation.

Academic Progress Reports Available March 8

March 6, 2019

Concord Academy provides academic progress reports for your children electronically in PowerSchool. These spring interim reports will be available through the portal starting on Friday, March 8. Please understand that these comments are meant to be tentative, informal evaluations that precede the more thorough evaluations provided at the end of the second semester.