This year’s Formal will take place at the Hilton Woburn on Saturday, April 29. Students, accompanied by CA chaperones, will enjoy an evening of dining and dancing from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.

The tradition of the Formal at Concord Academy is that it is a gala event open to students in all grades. A student need not have a date in order to attend, and more often than not our students attend on their own or with a group of CA friends. In those instances where a CA student would like to invite a guest who does not attend CA, we ask that parents call one of us to talk about the school’s expectations. These conversations must take place no later than Monday, April 24.

Because it is the school’s desire to avoid the potential hazards so often associated with high school “proms,” we would like to share some important guidelines with you:

1. Recognizing that cars and teenagers are a worrisome combination, we have arranged for transportation to the venue. To ensure your children’s safety, students must go to the Formal on a coach bus arranged by the school. Seniors have the privilege of going by limo (at their own arrangement and expense).

2. Students are asked to arrive at Concord Academy by 5:30 to ensure a 5:45 p.m. departure from the school. Many students use the time on campus prior to departure for pictures. All students attending will need to either sign up for the bus or confirm that they are being transported by limo. Limos are for seniors only and must arrive at the venue by no later than 6:00 p.m. Students are not permitted to drive on their own to the Formal; students are permitted to drive to and from the CA campus to board the coach bus.

All buses will leave the venue by approximately 11:00 p.m. and return to Concord Academy by 11:30 p.m. Students are permitted to drive home from Concord Academy once the buses return to campus. When reviewing these details with your student driver, please be mindful that Massachusetts law restricts students under 18 years of age from driving after 1:00 a.m.

3. Faculty chaperones will accompany students on the buses to and from campus as well as during the Formal.

4. Senior boarders may blue slip (make overnight plans to be off campus) and depart from the Formal without an adult, as long as they have secured parental permission in advance of the Formal. Other boarding students may blue slip from the Formal, but must leave accompanied by an adult (someone over age 25). Such arrangements must be confirmed with the school by Monday, April 24.

5. All school rules apply during the Formal. We ask for parents’ particular vigilance in preventing students’ consumption of drugs or alcohol before arriving at the buses or Formal venue. Students suspected of consuming drugs or alcohol will not be permitted to enter and will face formal disciplinary action from the school. If such consumption were to occur at a private residence, it also exposes the host to civil liability under current Massachusetts law. Our expectation is that any gathering after the Formal will be alcohol- and drug-free and appropriately chaperoned, with adults visible and present. The school will be confirming all such arrangements and day parents are encouraged to do the same by phoning the parent hosting such gatherings.

If you have any questions about this year’s Formal, please do not hesitate to call or email one of us directly. This annual event has the reputation of being special, fun, and safe. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure that this remains true.

Jenny Chandler
Dean of Faculty

John Drew
Assistant Head/Academic Dean

Sally Zimmerli
Acting Director of Student Life