A School Expert’s Review of Concord Academy

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Concord Academy faculty and students focus on today, celebrating and living in the moment with an eye toward the future. CA allows students to do well at being themselves. Concord Academy students grow into themselves with CA helping them discover and get there. CA adults think of themselves as partners in a student’s growth.

Teachers come to Concord Academy because they have the freedom to invent one-of-a-kind classes; work with engaged students who have the ambition to learn; and work in a school that appreciates dedication to teaching.

Concord’s curriculum features no AP classes, no academic prizes and no class rankings. As a community, Concord Academy does not believe in teaching to the test. Instead, CA offers advanced courses, designed by their teachers, that are often more rigorous than AP classes. Students in these advanced courses, can take AP exams. When they do take the AP exams, 80% of these CA students earn scores of 4 or 5 (out of 5). CA teaches students to be inspired by the desire to do their best work – not by competition to be on top.

CA graduates become independent thinkers, creative problem solvers, difference makers, and self starters. Students, teachers, and graduates share a passion for learning for learning’s sake that lasts long beyond the high school years.

Everyone ‘goes beyond’ in academics, athletics and they have a strong visual and performing arts program. CA’s climate feels progressive and arts strengths can be important. The school doesn’t have Saturday classes and all students have daily jobs.

The beautiful campus is in downtown Concord, MA . On campus, the student health and athletic Center offers a gym, basketball courts, volleyball court, dance studio and a fitness center, squash courts, a wrestling center, training room, class room space, and locker rooms. Off campus, there is a beautiful new athletic facilities – soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey fields with natural turf, a baseball field, 6 new tennis courts, and a field house.

Boarding students live in houses with a mixture of 9-12 grade students.

Concord Academy is a great choice for a boarding student who’s a self-starter academically and personally. CA students are given plenty of responsibility and autonomy and must use it responsibly.

Marylou Marcus

Marylou Marcus draws on 25+ years as an independent school educator & Director of Admission & Financial Aid when working with a family to find the best private school fit for their child. Contact Marylou for help in your search for the right prep school or visit www.AQeducationalconsulting.com to learn more about her work with families.

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