Concord Academy

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Concord Academy
Concord Academy, MA.jpg
Main Gate
166 Main Street
Concord, Massachusetts 01742
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
Teaching staff 45.4 (FTE)
Gender Co-educational
Enrollment 378 (2013-2014)
Student to teacher ratio 8.3
Campus size 39 acres (160,000 m2)
Color(s) Green     , White     
Athletics conference Eastern Independent League
Mascot Chameleon

Concord Academy is a coeducational, independent, college preparatory school for grades nine through twelve, located in Concord, Massachusetts. The school enrolls 378 boarding and day students as of 2013-2014.[1]

In 1971, Concord Academy became the first all-girls' boarding school in New England to shift to a coeducational model.[2]


Concord Academy ranks in the top 15 of U.S. boarding schools for student SAT scores, and SSAT scores.[3] To foster love of learning and a non-competitive environment, the school does not compute class rank and awards no academic, arts, athletic, or community awards during the school year or at graduation.[4]

The school eliminated all AP courses several years ago due to the lack of depth in their curricula. They were replaced by advanced courses designed by teachers, though the school still offers AP exams.[5] Eighty percent of the students taking an AP exam score a 4 or 5.[6]


The demographic breakdown of the 378 students registered for the 2013-2014 school year was:[1]

  • Asian - 23.3%
  • Black - 2.6%
  • Hispanic - 5.0%
  • White - 61.7%
  • Multiracial - 7.4%


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.[citation needed] Teams compete in the Eastern Independent League (EIL).[7]

Student life[edit]

The dress code at Concord Academy is casual. Boarding students live in three girls houses and three boys houses, each holding an average of 25 students.[8] A little more than a third of the day students commute to school via the MBTA Commuter Rail. [9]

Students participate in a variety of clubs, performing arts groups, and other activities.[8] The campus is a short walk from restaurants and shops in Concord and students have easy access to Cambridge and Boston via the MBTA Commuter Rail.[10]


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. The campus is a three-minute walk from the center of Concord and a five-minute walk from the MBTA Commuter Rail stop in Concord. [10]

The campus includes multiple buildings, such as the PAC (Performing Arts Center), the SHAC (Student Health and Athletic Center, the main school, the newly built CA Labs, and the MAC (Math and Arts Center). The Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel is a 19th-century meetinghouse that 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.[11]

The new thirteen acre Moriarty Athletic campus, a mile from the main campus, includes six tennis courts, a baseball field, a field hockey field, and two soccer/lacrosse fields. A field house contains changing rooms, a training room, and a common room with fireplace. These new facilities freed up space on the main campus for expansion of academic and arts facilities.[12]

School mascot[edit]

Concord Academy's mascot is the chameleon, chosen for the adaptability it implies.[13]


  • 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 [15]

1987-J. Josephine Tucker Library dedicated

2000—Jacob A. Dresden named head of school

2004-05—Renovation and expansion of Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel[15]

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

2017–Renovation of the science center now known as CA Labs

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 Gender-Sexuality Alliance.


  1. ^ a b c "Search for Private Schools - School Detail for Concord Academy". Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  2. ^ "All Girls Concord Acad. will accept boys in '71". Boston Globe. Boston, MA. 1970-05-19. p. 43.
  3. ^ "Highest SAT Scores", Boarding School Review. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  4. ^ "When Everyone Is Simply the Best". Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  5. ^ "AP classes: A problem for Massachusetts high schoolers?". Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  6. ^ "The 24 smartest boarding schools in America". Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  7. ^ "". Archived from the original on January 12, 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Concord Academy". The Association of Boarding Schools. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  9. ^ Henry Schwan. "MBTA postpones schedule changes on commuter rail". Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  10. ^ a b "Concord Chamber Music Society". Archived from the original on 2016-02-08. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  11. ^ "Campus". Concord Academy. Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2012-10-04.
  12. ^ "Concord Academy - Moriarty Athletic Campus". Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  13. ^ “Leapin’ Lizards,” by Ingrid von Dattan Detweiler, Class of 1961, from the Winter 2008 Concord Academy magazine
  14. ^
  15. ^ a b "Concord Academy: History". Retrieved 27 August 2015.

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