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Concord Academy

01.0 Expectations and Standards

Mission Statement

Concord Academy engages its students in a community animated by a love of learning, enriched by diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, and guided by a covenant of common trust.

Students and teachers work together as a community of learners dedicated to intellectual rigor and creative endeavor.  In a caring and challenging atmosphere, students discover and develop talents as scholars, artists, and athletes and are encouraged to find their voices.

The school is committed to embracing and broadening the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and talents of its people.  This diversity fosters respect for others and genuine exchange of ideas.

Common trust challenges students to balance individual freedom with responsibility and service to a larger community.  Such learning prepares students for lives as committed citizens.


Covenant of Common Trust

The Covenant of Common Trust is essential to the Mission of Concord Academy (the “school”), founded on the principle that members of the community will treat others with respect and dignity in all interactions.

Every aspect of Concord Academy life depends upon the adherence to a covenant of common trust, which is guided by the twin principles of honor and good sense.  The school relies on the mutual respect of all community members, including a genuine concern for the emotions, possessions, and personal rights of all persons.  Implicit in this statement is the importance of honoring differences in individuals and allowing for the development of each individual’s full potential within the context of community responsibility.  The school can achieve its collective goals only if all its members respect one another.  While each person strives to reach individual goals, they must bear in mind the goals of the community.  

We expect our students to be rigorous in their academic honesty and scrupulous in their behavior, and the school articulates those expectations through explanation, discussion and tradition.  The school also reinforces these standards through its rules, which establish the framework in which the best interests of all persons are served.  The following acts are examples of behavior that endanger the safety and continuity of the community and consequently are not tolerated:

  • lying;
  • cheating;
  • stealing;
  • plagiarism;
  • disrespect;
  • violations of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP);
  • hazing, bullying, fighting, and vandalism;
  • harassment, particularly on the basis of race, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression;
  • sexual violence.

In addition, the school adheres to all federal, state, and town laws. Concord Academy believes that its rules codify the honor and good sense it expects of its students and help satisfy the school’s role as both an educational institution and a caretaker for students under the school’s jurisdiction.

Concord Academy is strongly opposed to and deeply concerned by the dangers inherent in the use of alcohol or other drugs, and does not tolerate their use on or off campus.

It is the responsibility of all persons to act in accordance with the school’s rules and expectations, which have been designed to ensure the safety and continuation of the community, and to maintain an environment where learning and trust are of the utmost importance. All students are subject to the school’s rules and expectations, regardless of whether they are on or off campus.