Concord Academy

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Concord Academy
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Concord, Massachusetts
United States
Coordinates 42°27′33″N 71°21′17″W / 42.45917°N 71.35472°W / 42.45917; -71.35472Coordinates: 42°27′33″N 71°21′17″W / 42.45917°N 71.35472°W / 42.45917; -71.35472
School type Private, Day & Boarding
Established 1922
Status Open
Faculty 61
Gender Co-educational
Enrollment 377
Average class size 12
Student to teacher ratio 6:1
Campus size 39 acres (160,000 m2)
School color(s) Green     , White     
Mascot Chameleon
Average SAT scores 2089

Concord Academy is a coeducational, independent, college preparatory school for grades nine through twelve, located in Concord, Massachusetts. Founded in 1922, the school currently enrolls 373 boarding and day students from eight countries and twenty states. The school motto is "Learning for Learning's Sake".[1]


Concord Academy is a prestigious school and ranks in the top tier of U.S. boarding schools for student SAT scores, and SSAT scores.[2]


Concord Academy students play on twenty-eight teams in twenty-three sports; about 75 percent of students play on at least one team each year. Teams compete in the Eastern Independent League (EIL).[3]

Boarding/day hybrid[edit]

In the 2009–2010 school year, Concord Academy's student population consisted of 217 day students and 156 boarding students.[4]


Concord Academy's primary campus is located on 39 acres (160,000 m2) between Main Street and the Sudbury River in the center of Concord, Massachusetts. Concord Academy’s campus includes eleven historic houses on Main Street, all built as family homes between 1780 and 1830.

Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel. This 19th-century meetinghouse was transported to Concord from Barnstead, New Hampshire in 1956. It serves as a meeting place three times per week for the entire Concord Academy community.[5]

The CA Campus includes multiple buildings, such as the PAC (Performing Arts Center), the MAC (Math and Arts Center), and the Moriarty Athletic Campus.

School mascot[edit]

Concord Academy's mascot is the chameleon, chosen for the adaptability it implies.[6]


  • The Centipede, Concord Academy’s student newspaper, is published approximately eight times a year.
  • The Chameleon, a literary and artistic magazine, is published annually.
  • The Scallion, a satirical newspaper playing on the title of The Onion (a scallion is also called a green onion, alluding to Concord's school color), has published as frequently as six times a year and as infrequently as never. Its slogan: “Yeah. We Said It.”
  • Drop, a magazine that reviews, critiques and recommends the latest music that students are listening to.


Concord Academy was established as a school for girls in September 1922. Enrollment grew gradually from three in 1924 to twenty in 1948. The school's headmistress for the first 15 years was Elsie Garland Hobson, followed by Valerie Knapp (1937–40) and Josephine Tucker (1940–49). Tucker imposed the advisor system and ended the giving of prizes at commencement. Under Elizabeth Hall (1949–63), student population increased.

1981—Thomas E. Wilcox named headmaster

1984—Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel dedicated [7]

1987-J. Josephine Tucker Library dedicated

2000—Jacob A. Dresden named head of school

2004-05—Renovation and expansion of Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel[8]

2007—Purchase of additional 13.6-acre (55,000 m2) property near main campus

2009—Richard Hardy named head of school; began July 1, 2009

2012—Completion of the Moriarty Athletic Campus, located 1 mile from main campus

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable teachers[edit]

  • Kevin Jennings taught at Concord Academy from 1987 to 1995, where he was chair of the history department and founded the nation's first Gay-Straight Alliance.


  1. ^ "About Concord Academy". Concord Academy. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  2. ^ "Highest SAT Scores", Boarding School Review. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  3. ^ "". [dead link]
  4. ^ "Life at Concord Academy". Concord Academy. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  5. ^ "Campus". Concord Academy. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  6. ^ “Leapin’ Lizards,” by Ingrid von Dattan Detweiler, Class of 1961, from the Winter 2008 Concord Academy magazine
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