Concord Academy’s Strategic Planning Overview

Concord Academy’s Strategic Planning Overview

Concord Academy has launched a strategic planning process that will chart a course for the school for the next five years and beyond. Setting the strategic direction of the school is one of the most important responsibilities of the Board of Trustees and is being undertaken in close collaboration with Head of School Henry Fairfax. The work of translating aspirations into action is often unseen, but it is vital to the health of CA.

With the pandemic behind us, new leadership in place, and a nearly completed capital campaign providing forward momentum, now is an opportune time for us to establish a vision and priorities for CA for the coming years. The school we know and love has over a century developed a clear mission and distinct ethos that sets it apart among top independent boarding and day schools in the Boston area. We know from personal experience that CA has an enduring influence on shaping lives of purpose. That’s why we’re excited that our entire community will contribute to establishing specific mission-informed goals. We’re committed to managing a transparent and collaborative process that ensures all voices are heard and optimizes the success of the resulting plan.

The strategic planning process we’re engaged in is rooted in CA’s mission and would not be possible without the earlier insight and dedication of the Mission Review Task Force, whose work culminated in 2019 in the mission statement that guides CA today. We’re deeply grateful to all who engaged in that important cultural reflection and values-defining work and to our partners on the Strategic Planning Committee, who are listed below.

Strategic Planning Communications

January 17, 2024: Strategic Planning Announcement

February 20, 2024: Survey to Current Parents, Recent Parents of Alum, and Faculty/Staff

Six-Month Timeline

December 2023

→ Conduct one-on-one interviews across the community
→ Gather and analyze internal and external data sources to assess school health and market context

January 2024

→ Conduct group interviews with faculty, staff, students, and alums.

February 2024

→  Distribute faculty, staff, and parent surveys to capture a broader set of perspectives
→  Board review of initial findings

March – April 2024

→  Strategic Planning Committee, incorporating rich community input, identifies key strategic priorities

May 2024

→  Finalize Strategic Plan proposal
→  Present Strategic Plan to the Board for approval

June 2024

→  Share approved Strategic Plan with the CA community
→  Begin detailed implementation planning 

Strategic Planning Committee

Dennis Goldstein P’20 ’25
Trustee, Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair

Podie Lynch ’67
Trustee, Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair

Jennifer Pline, P’13 ’15
Board of Trustees Co-President

Jen Burleigh ’85
Board of Trustees Co-President

Henry Fairfax
Head of School, Dresden Endowed Chair

Sara Staats
Strategy Consultant with Altshuler Staats LLC

Justin Bull P’25
Visual Arts Faculty

Amy Fredericks P’20
Chief Financial and Operating Officer

John Grossman P’17 ’19 ’26

Grant Hightower P’26
Assistant Head for Student Life

Karen McAlmon ’75

Kevin Parke P’12 ’15

Alyse Ruiz-Selsky ’05
Director of Studies

Sabrina Sadique
English Faculty

Kevan Turman
Associate Head for Community Engagement & Business Development

Carmen Welton
Modern and Classical Languages

Sarah Yeh P’24 ’27
Associate Head for Teaching, Learning, and Faculty