Dear Junior and Junior Parent,
As we plan ahead for second semester, we want to introduce you to an optional element of the college counseling program at Concord Academy: a four-day college tour during Spring Session. (Participating students will be excused from regular Monday classes and the first two-day Spring Session class; students will participate in the second two-day Spring Session class. More details on Spring Session will follow at a later date.)
Meant to serve as a mobile seminar about the college search process, the tour will visit a range of colleges representing a variety of categories and criteria. The goal of this trip is not necessarily for students to find the perfect college (though they may) or to visit the most well-known or popular schools; rather it is to help students begin to think about what will be important to them in their searches. Past tour participants have told us how valuable they found it to investigate not only the schools already on their radars, but places they might not have initially considered.
A typical campus visit includes an information session and/or a tour of campus, and, when possible, a visit with Concord Academy alumnae/i who can lend their perspectives. In the evenings, trip participants are free to go out to dinner in small, unchaperoned groups. Lodging is in hotels, and we will require students to be back in the hotels by a specified curfew. The trip is chaperoned by the members of the college counseling office, who lead informal debriefings and discussions; there is ample opportunity for students to ask questions and learn more about the college process.
Click here to view the itinerary for our trip. Because we travel as a group and this is a fast-paced tour, deviations from the established itinerary are not permitted. Also, please understand that the trip includes unsupervised foot travel between hotels and eating establishments within walking distance of the hotels.
The cost of the trip is $500; a check in this amount (payable to ‘Concord Academy’ and marked ‘College Tour’) is due with the completed and signed forms. This figure includes chartered bus, hotel accommodations, one-way airfare, and the tour program. While the costs of some meals may be included, students are responsible for the majority of their own food expenses and will require spending money; we recommend about $30 per day. Some need-based financial aid is available; please check the box on the Registration Form if your family would like to be considered for financial support. To participate in the trip, parents and students must complete the necessary forms by the registration deadline of Monday, November 21.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.