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Concord Academy

School rating 4.6 / 5 by

166 Main Street Concord MA 01742 United States
Boarding
9th to 12th
Day
9th to 12th
Gender
Coed

Academic

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CA's teaching style had a huge influence on my learning experience, because it was more focused on learning skills than on memorizing specific information. While many of my friends at college have said that their high school academic experience was very memorization-heavy, this was not the case for me: at CA, most of our time was spent in discussions and hands-on learning experience. I have heard the teaching style at CA described as learning how to learn, and learning skills that can be applied to a variety of situations. This teaching style helped to prepare me much better for the intense academic environment at my university, because it helped me to be prepared for a wider variety of situations. I was more comfortable writing research papers, completing longer projects, and synthesizing material than many of my classmates freshman year. However, as a science student especially, I struggled with the heavy load of memorization required for entry-level college math, science, and economics courses. The class size was always small, to encourage discussion and participation, and since many teachers lived on campus, they were typically very available to students (and if not in person, always by email). The workload was pretty heavy for high school: I usually worked about 25-30 hours per week. There was always extra help available, for free from your teacher, and for a cost from some on-campus tutors. There was such a wide range of classes available that there were pretty much less or more advanced options in every discipline, and for some students that finished the available math curriculum (which already went up to multivariable calculus), there were opportunities to create independent studies with a faculty member in any department. I would say most students graduate with some public speaking ability, because every senior gives a fifteen minute speech in front of the whole school on their chosen topic, so everyone has to practice public speaking. Everyone also gains good composition/writing skills, because we were required to take four years of English. Leadership skills are also strong, because there are so many teams and clubs at CA that almost everyone who wants to be can become a leader in at least one organization. The school does not push people to follow a specific track; instead, it pushes people to explore a wide range of topics by having minimum requirements in every discipline, even including athletics and different types of arts.

College Counseling

The college counseling program was very good and got people what they wanted for the....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

The admissions process at CA is the same as many other prep schools in the....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

The campus is extremely liberal. Basically all the students and teachers are very liberal and not afraid to really vocalize it, and in many cases, more conservative (Republican) students are made fun of. As a result, the campus lacks a diversity of opinion. There was really no bullying or hazing, and while seniors had some privileges, it was not considered a major part of student life. Essentially all day students were wealthy and white, but there was far more diversity in the boarding student population. ...

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