Driving the project is the need to expand the learning experience beyond the classroom by encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration.
With its Colonial houses framing the school’s Main Street campus, Concord Academy’s residential life program offers a home-like atmosphere to boarders and exposes day students to a wide world of perspectives. The buildings are more than houses. They enliven a campus that is open to the entire CA community seven days a week. Helping the school fulfill its mission, they stand at the heart of CA’s identity as a warm, supportive community.
CA plans to renovate its historic student houses, which are in critical need of attention, to improve the quality of life for all students. “Every enhancement we have made to Concord Academy’s campus has been community-centered,” says Don Kingman, director of campus planning, design, and construction. “We never look at a project as separate from the life of the school.”
This plan is no exception. Driving the project is the need to expand the learning experience beyond the classroom by encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration. Upgrades to the physical structures will create flexible common rooms that might serve as additional classrooms or as gathering spaces for student groups, which in CA’s culture of engagement are always in demand. In an effort to continue to attract and retain the best teachers, the plan also calls for enhancing apartments for house faculty.
Rick Hardy, head of school, says, “Our plan for CA Houses will ensure that Concord Academy’s distinctive residential model continues to center and inspire the school’s entire living and learning community.”
The CA Houses plan was approved by the Board of Trustees in early October. Construction began on Bradford House in mid-October. For the full details of the plan, please see this PowerPoint.