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Letter from the Director of Studies to New Families

April 2021

Dear Entering Students and Families,

Welcome to Concord Academy! I am thrilled to welcome you to the CA community and even more excited to learn alongside you this coming fall.

I'm writing to share some information about our course request process. As an alumna of CA, I remember first receiving CA's course catalog in the mail. I had butterflies in my stomach when I first cracked it open; I couldn't believe all of the courses CA offered, and my mind raced through the possibilities of what I could learn. I still get excited every time I see CA's newest course catalog each year. I imagine all of our incoming students thinking through what they might want to study, what new interests they might want to develop, and how they might want to forge their own path through CA's academic program.

So, let's get forging!

In order to create a program that speaks to both your interests and your needs, we ask every student to complete a series of course request forms. You will find all of those forms here. And you will find detailed instructions on how to complete them here.

I have also created some explainer videos to help guide you through the course request process. There is one for each grade, and you may find them here:

Additionally, we have arranged for you to work with a temporary academic advisor to help you through the process of requesting courses for the coming year. Their name and contact information were included in the email sent directly to your family. In the past, incoming students and their families have found this temporary academic advisor very helpful, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to them for guidance by email.

The deadline for returning the forms on the checklist is 3:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 12. Please download the forms you need, complete them, and email them to the registrar, Sue Sauer, at, as indicated on the checklist. We are not accepting forms in person this year. If you have questions, please feel free to email me at the address below.

On the basis of students' course requests and departments' placement-level decisions, student schedules will be created over the summer. The online bookstore will then open in early August, at which time books for the students' fall courses can be ordered. Students who wish to change their courses will have the opportunity to do so once school starts, during the drop/add period.

I hope you enjoy exploring the course catalog over the next few weeks! We look forward to getting to know you well over the coming months and years ahead.

All the best,

Alyse Ruiz-Selsky
Director of Studies


link to download the Checklist for New Families - PDF

link to Deadlines and Materials and Where to Send