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Letter from the Director of Studies to New Families

April 2020

Dear Entering Students and Families,

Welcome to Concord Academy! We are very happy you are part of the school community!

Given what an unprecedented spring semester this has been for many, I know it may be difficult to think about what next fall will look like. Even so, I'm writing to share with you some information about how we prepare for the fall. Entering into a new community can be an exciting time — one filled with choice, and with possibility.

In order to create a program that speaks to both your interests and your needs, we ask every family to complete a series of forms and return them to us. You can find all of those forms by visiting the following link:

all course request materials

Because we want to be prepared for the fall, the deadline for returning the forms on the checklist is 3:00 p.m. Wednesday May 13. Please download the forms you need, complete them, and include them in your mailing to the registrar, Sue Sauer, by email attachments or postal mail, as indicated on the checklist. If you have questions, please feel free to email me at the address below.

I am well aware that choosing classes at a new school might seem daunting. We guide new students and parents to understand many things over a short period of time: how our block schedule works, how the course request process works, who teachers are, etc. We understand this is an important process for you, and so we have done a number of things to make sure this process goes smoothly for you.

We have arranged for you to work with a temporary academic advisor over the next few weeks as you request classes 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 parents have found this temporary academic advisor very helpful, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to them for guidance.

Once you arrive at the school, you will be assigned an advisor for the year or beyond, an assignment guided by information we'll ask you to provide later this spring. The role of advisor is one in which we invest a significant amount of time. Advisors provide guidance, support, and mentorship on a more permanent and regular basis to our students. According to our alums, who often stay in touch with their advisors decades beyond their time at CA, advisors are a critical resource and a caring presence.

On the basis of students' course requests submitted in May and departments' placement-level decisions, student schedules will be created over the summer. The online bookstore will open in early August, at which time textbooks for the students' listed fall courses can be ordered (you will receive information this summer about the ordering process). Finalized student schedules with courses and teachers will be provided on registration day at the start of school. Students who wish to change their course requests will have the opportunity to do so once school starts, during the drop/add period in the fall.

Choosing courses to request is the first step. The forms found at this link – all course request materials – will start the process. Early in June we will contact you again for the next phase.

I hope this finds you well, excited about the coming year. Again, welcome to Concord Academy. We look forward to getting to know you well over the coming months and years.

All the best,

Alyse Ruiz-Selsky
Director of Studies
alyse_ruiz-selsky@concordacademy.org

 

Reminder: Forms are due by 3:00 p.m. May 13. For methods of transmittal, see the checklist at the link at the END of this letter.

Thank you!

 

link to download the Checklist for New Families (form) - PDF

link to Deadlines and Materials and Where to Send