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Concord Academy

Day Parents FAQ

Due to the evolving situation around Covid-19, the information found on this page is subject to change. Please see our Healthy Concord webpage for the most up to date information about Concord Academy’s response and reopening plans. 

What time will my child need to be at school? When will my child be coming home at night?

Each day begins promptly at 8:40 with either a senior chapel talk or announcements. Your child’s schedule in the afternoon will vary depending on their afternoon activities. Classes end at 3:10 p.m. each day with afternoon activities typically ending between 4:45 and 6:15. Study hall is from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. each weekday night, thus day students who remain on campus after 7:30 p.m. must sign in with the proctor and study in an approved location. Please note that study hall is required of all boarding students, and a quiet, studious environment is vital to their success as students. Day students who remain on campus are expected to follow all boarding rules during study hall hours. If they are disruptive we will ask them to depart campus.

How do I purchase a monthly T pass?

You can find information about obtaining a Monthly T Pass here.  

How do I set up a carpool to CA with other families from my area?

Please email Registrar Sue Sauer at sue_sauer@concordacademy.org who will generate a list for you of students in your area for the 2020-21 school year.

Does CA ask students to do summer reading?

Yes we do, and summer reading lists for each grade level can be found here.

When will my child learn their schedule, advisor, and teachers for the fall?

When the bookstore website goes live in early August, students may know their courses based on what books they need to order. They will receive a copy of their schedule along with the name of their advisor and teachers at registration. There will be an opportunity to meet your child’s advisor later that afternoon. If you are not able to attend the afternoon orientation on the day of registration, your child’s advisor will reach out to you.

How do we order books for classes this fall?

Online ordering information will be shared with parents via an email in early August. Students will be able to order their books at the school’s online BNC bookstore at that time.

What if the books appear to coincide with classes my child did not expect?  What if their level placement for language or math is not what was expected?

Your child will have an opportunity to tweak their schedule during the first week of school during our “ADD/DROP” session. While students will attend the classes listed on their schedule until a change is made, they should speak with their advisor, teachers, and department heads to facilitate a move that may be needed. Schedule changes cannot be made until school begins during the "ADD/DROP" period.

What should my student have for the first few days of school - pencils, pens, binders, a laptop?

Students should come to the first meeting of each class with a binder or notebook and writing implements to take any early notes required. Teachers will let students know at their first class meeting what school supplies they will need for their course. These items are available at local stores within walking distance of campus.

Students find it very helpful to have a portable device, as campus has wireless access. Students use a variety of laptops, chromebooks, and tablets on campus, so feel free to select the device most compatible with your child's needs. The Financial Aid Office will communicate with those on Financial Aid to relay details about a Technology Grant - funding which can be used to purchase a computer.

During Orientation and in the first few days of school, the Information Technology Team will connect with all new students. The team will relay advice and additional helpful details about technology. Students have free access to many printers across campus, and many documents are turned in electronically. Students may also access computers in Concord Academy’s computer labs and across the street in the Concord Free Public Library. For short term needs, students may borrow a Chromebook from the CA Library but should not rely on this as their primary device.

Should my student have a cell phone?

We recommend that students have a cell phone, as this is an excellent way for adults to find a student if they need to connect, and for families and friends to stay in touch. However, do not expect to communicate with them during the academic day, as their classes are their priority and they are not allowed to use their phones during class. At the beginning of the year, we ask students to program specific numbers into their phone so they can easily reach an adult on campus if needed. Unfortunately, cell coverage on campus, and in the town of Concord, can be spotty in some locations.

Does CA have a dress code?

In daily dress we expect clothing to be appropriate and it is understood that underwear is not outerwear. Students may not appear with bare feet in the school buildings or in the dining hall.

Can day students spend the night with boarders in their houses?

Yes, day students are welcome and encouraged to spend the night in the houses. For a weekend overnight, the boarding host should obtain approval from their roommate(s) and the house faculty on duty that evening. The house faculty on duty and the parent/guardian of the days student must communicate by email or through the house duty phone before 8pm. Pre-approval can also be obtained from Annie Bailey, Director of Residential Life or Sally Zimmerli, Dean of Students.  

We also have "Day-Boarder Switch Night" which enables a day student to spend a school night in a boarding house with a friend assuming they get the required permissions. They should obtain a form from the Student Life office.

Can a boarder spend the night at a day students house?  

Yes, boarders are encouraged to spend the night at a day student's house when possible, as it can be a nice chance to connect with other families. The boarder must simply follow our guidelines for requesting an overnight, so the house faculty can call the host to confirm plans. Please be aware that there are some weekends when boarders will need to stay on campus. Additionally, during a weather emergency, we may ask students to stay on campus for added safety depending on the situation. If a boarder wishes to stay over on a week night, they should fill out a "Day-Boarder Switch Night" form found in the Student Life Office.

What is the school policy regarding boarding students visiting the homes of a day student?

Boarding students may visit the home of a day student if they obtain proper permission from their house faculty, which will include a call to the host. A hosting parent must be home and willing to supervise.

How important is it for me to attend Family Weekend? 

Family Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for you to experience your child’s daily routine. Family Weekend begins on Thursday evening with parent socials and continues on Friday when families attend classes with their child, meet with advisors and teachers, watch athletic and performing arts activities and join together for a community dinner. On Saturday, families are welcome to watch sports practices and competitions, depending on the schedule. Families receive more specific information about Family Weekend early in the fall. While we are happy to have parents at other times throughout the year, the opportunities that exist on Family Weekend do not exist as readily at other times.

How can I get connected with other parents and get more involved with the CA community?

As part of Concord Academy’s Parent-to-Parent program, parent volunteers will contact new families over the summer, at the start of the school year and periodically throughout the year to welcome new families to the school and answer questions. They can be another resource if families have any questions.