Concord Academy has amazing faculty members who are great resources for new students, and incredible facilities to spur success in academics, arts, and athletics. To help incoming students become familiarized with our faculty and campus, the Centipede has created a “Who’s who” and “What’s what” guide.
Here are some key members of the administration that will help new students with their transition into CA. Grant Hightower, Interim Dean of Students, is in charge of all aspects of student life, as well as the Discipline Committee. Alexa Holmes is the Director of Community and Equity, and also coaches field hockey, skiing, and softball. Henry Fairfax is CA’snew Head of School, and lives in the white house in front of the tennis courts. Jeff Desjarlais, head of CA’s Health Department, and JV volleyball coach, works on the third floor of the SHAC in the counseling department. Sue Johnson, head of CA’s Athletics Department, works on the SHAC’s second floor. Martha Kennedy, CA’s librarian, is a fantastic resource for finding books and other writing resources. Rob Monroe, Dean of Academics, works in the academics office which is located in the upper Stu-Fac.
CA’s campus is also home to a surplus of acronyms, many of which may seem confusing. The MAC stands for the “Math and Arts Center,” and is located between the Main School and the SHAC. The Visual Arts Department primarily uses classrooms on the basement and first floor, and a majority of math classrooms and offices are on the 2nd floor. The P.A.C. means the “Performing Arts Center,” also known as our auditorium, located behind the Stu-Fac. Morning announcements, theater productions, and guest speakers are what the space is most commonly used for. The SHAC is the “Students Health and Athletic Center,” and is home to the student Health Center, Fitness Center, and gymnasium. The squash courts, locker rooms, spaces to relax with friends, and the athletic trainer’s office are all located in the SHAC. The MSL stands for the “Main School Lobby,” and is a common place for students to put their backpacks during lunch and break. The Stu-Fac is the “Student-Faculty Center,” which in other words, is CA’s cafeteria. All meals in the Stu-Fac are open to both day and border students, even on the weekends. The DO stands for “Diversity Office,” and is located in the basement next to the creative computing classroom and vending machines. The DO is CA’s POC affinity space, meaning that only students who identify as people of color are welcome to use this room.
CA has incredible faculty and campus resources that new students are heavily encouraged to use. So, take advantage of these opportunities as they will facilitate the transition into becoming about the people and places of CA!