Sam 24

Day Student from Newton, Mass.


Photo by Ola Oladitan 24

What are you involved in at CA?

I’m a head tour guide and a co-head of the Poetry Club and the Neurodivergent Affinity Group. I’m also a member of Model UN and a peer buddy. 

Why did you choose CA?

I chose CA because I wanted to challenge myself academically while also being engaged in a vibrant community. When looking at CA, I noticed the amount of electives that were offered each year. What amazed me is that even 9th graders can take history electives! In all electives, students are challenged because they dive so deep beyond the surface level. For example, instead of reading one memoir in a general English class like Sophomore English, you read three during the memoir elective. In terms of community, it is really vibrant and friendly. Every weekend there are a number of activities for both boarding and day students to engage in. There are a ton of clubs as well. Nearly 100! Since there are so many, I guarantee you will be able to find a club you like at CA.

How would you describe common trust? 

At CA, common trust is more than just an aspiration—it’s a reality. Not only do students trust each other not to steal or lie, but because of common trust CA students can have really meaningful conversations in a safe space. In many of your classes, you will be discussing heavy topics, and CA students trust each other not only to listen but also respect their opinions. It’s impossible to take on the world’s issues without discussing them first, but in order to have those discussions you need a trustworthy environment. 

Do you have advice for prospective students?

Don’t be afraid to talk to your teachers! They are there to help you and want you to be enjoying their class.