CA Houses

"We use the term houses very intentionally. They don’t function like dormitories. We’re creating a human-scale family atmosphere and trying to preserve and strengthen that."

– head of school rick hardy

Our student houses are as valuable as learning tools as they are living spaces, and they feature prominently in our plan to expand the opportunities for learning outside the classroom.

Concord Academy’s approach to residential life is uniquely effective in the independent school universe. With its Colonial houses framing the school’s Main Street campus, the program offers a home-like atmosphere and local family connections to boarders while opening day students’ lives to a wide world of perspectives and possibility outside their sphere of experience.

The presence of boarders and resident faculty enlivens a campus that is open to the entire CA community seven days a week, expanding the learning experience beyond the classroom and encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration.

Director of Operations Don Kingman sums up CA’s philosophy when he says, “Every enhancement we have made to Concord Academy’s campus has been community-centered. We never look at a project as separate from the life of the school.”

It will not be surprising, then, that CA’s plan to improve its historic student houses, which are in critical need of attention, is meant to improve the quality of life for all students. The plan includes a curricular component, an enhancement to adult housing in an effort to attract and retain the best faculty, and new spaces for boarding and day students to gather, both formally and informally.

 

GOALS OF THE PROJECT

  • Boarders and day students will enjoy larger, more welcoming spaces across the entire campus to engage in informal activities and share their views and perspectives with each other.

  • Flexible gathering spaces within houses will allow effective implementation of a Life Skills curriculum for all students.

  • Living conditions within the houses will be improved by eliminating basement rooms; upgrading kitchens; improving access to educational technology; and updating infrastructural systems.

  • Living conditions within the houses will be improved by eliminating basement rooms; upgrading kitchens; improving access to educational technology; and updating infrastructural systems.

  • The number of faculty apartments will increase from 39 to 42, increasing CA’s ability to attract and retain the best faculty.

  • The new faculty apartments will guarantee the presence of three house parents in every campus house, increasing adult interaction with students.

  • Green space at the western end of campus will be preserved, setting the stage for a future West Campus, complete with a quad, that will achieve the ultimate goal of making CA’s Main Street campus more balanced and coherent.

CA HOUSES: Living and Learning

A Community-Centered Renovation Plan Takes Shape

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 … READ FULL STORY