Welcome to the parent page of Concord Academy’s website. This page provides an overview of CA’s parent organization and offers some helpful tips on how to stay informed about what’s happening in the CA community. 

CA Parents. This is the parent’s organization of Concord Academy. If you are a parent or guardian of a CA student, you are automatically a member of CA Parents. If you want to learn about the community or get involved in the life of the school, this organization is the best place to start. CA Parents includes 17 committees and a parents council. The committees organize volunteers to do all kinds of things that support the school — from leading school tours for prospective students, to connecting boarding students with local “host families”, to managing a faculty/staff thank you lunch on Valentine’s Day. If you are a boarding family, there are many ways for you to participate! Boarding families serve on committees for the annual fund, the athletic teams, family weekend dinner, and parent to parent connections, among other things. Please see the Get Involved page of this website to find a complete list and a description of each committee. You may also simply attend one of the many events hosted by CA Parents throughout the year. For example, fall class socials happen in early October as part of parents weekend. Personal invitations to socials are emailed to all parents. Attending one of these gatherings is a great way to meet other parents and learn more about the vibrant, diverse life of this school. 

Stay Informed. Please read the bi-weekly parent newsletter. This publication provides important updates and announcements about school activities and community events. You may also connect with CA on social media by following the school on Facebook and Instagram. Should you have any questions about CA Parents, or how to get involved, please reach out to me or to our wonderful engagement team:

 

I look forward to seeing you at a CA Parents event very soon!   

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Kerry Hoffman P’14, ’20
President, CA Parents 
caparentspresident@concordacademy.org 

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Parents News

EIL and NEPSAC Honor CA Student-Athletes

At the end the fall 2019 season, a number of Concord Academy competitors have received special distinction from the Eastern Independent League (EIL) and New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Congratulations to all of Concord Academy’s dedicated athletes and coaches. View the awards list here>

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Fall 2019 CA Magazine

The fall 2019 issue of CA Magazine examines Concord Academy’s recently renewed mission statement and invites readers to engage in the building of a more just and sustainable world. This issue also celebrates the completion of the William M. Bailey Commons and, with it, the CA Houses initiative. Learn about student, faculty, and alumnae/i experiences and achievements, new books from CA authors, and much more. Read more>

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January CCO Workshop for Juniors and Junior Parents

We hope you can join us on Saturday, January 11, at 9:00 a.m. in the P.A.C. for the formal beginning of the college process. Required for all juniors, this meeting serves as an introduction to the year ahead. The program will feature some remarks from Rick Hardy as well as the college counseling staff, a presentation by a dean of admissions, and a Q&A panel with current CA seniors. Please note that we will start promptly at 9:00 a.m., so if you wish to have coffee or breakfast beforehand, kindly plan accordingly. The workshop will end at noon, at which time there will be two hour-long optional sessions, one regarding financial aid and another about the role of athletics in the college process. Please note that the day’s schedule does not allow for individual meetings with students and parents; we assure you that we will find future opportunities to connect either face-to-face or over the phone or Skype.

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Message for Parents of Winter Athletes

Congratulations on your child earning a position on a CA winter team sport! It is an honor to represent CA on the court, slope, and mat. Your child will be in great hands, as our winter coaching staff is a committed and talented group of educators. Sue Johnson, director of athletics, focuses on supporting the students and coaches as they pursue their team and individual goals this winter. In this article, she points out a few items to assist parents in following and supporting your child’s team in the coming weeks.

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CA Student Work in Photography Exhibition

For the second year, CA photography students will have work in the Griffin Museum of Photography High School Photography Exhibition at Regis College. Katherine Stirling-Ellis ’20 and Shanirah Rodriguez-Ponde ’20, who are pursuing independent work through departmental studies in photography this year, will each have two pieces in the juried show. The exhibition of student work from approximately 19 schools will run January 5-12, with an opening reception and presentation of awards on Sunday, January 5, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Carney Gallery at Regis College, 235 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493.

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Final Details for End-of-Semester Assessments

We have worked with students and faculty to finalize the details of the end-of-semester plan. Please use this link to view schedule details for the final weeks of the semester as well as details students have received about final assessments, including a few changes made in collaboration with students and teachers: Houses will be open more, day students can arrive and depart more flexibly, and office hours will be offered in the penultimate week.

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CA Holiday Music Concert December 13

Join us for the annual CA Holiday Music Concert on Friday, December 13, at 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel. No tickets are required.

If you are able to help with donations for the reception after the show, please click here

If you are the parent of a boarding student, you can help too! Please follow this Amazon link and items will be sent directly to CA.

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CA and the 1619 Project: The School Community Contemplates the Enduring Legacies of Slavery in American Life

November 21 provided two opportunities for the CA community to come together to consider the significance of the arrival of slavery 400 years ago in what came to be the United States, and how that history continues to shape many facets of American life. Both a student-led assembly and an evening panel discussion engaged attendees in grappling with this most difficult legacy and offered a window into some of the impactful ways history is taught at Concord Academy. Read more>

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