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What is the key to understanding each other? What allows us to open ourselves to the diverse experience and perspectives of others? How can we create a community strengthened by our differences, rather than one divided by them? How can we engage in difficult conversations around important—and even polarizing—issues in ways that support, respect, and validate all our community members, their belief systems, and backgrounds?

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Campus directory on CA quad

How do you help families make an informed decision about their children’s education when facing our largest-ever applicant pool and less in-person opportunities to authentically connect? Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Heather Clarkson reveals how CA’s admissions team leveraged our core values and learning community to help interested families determine if we were the right choice for them. Read it on CA Curious.

The cargo ship Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal

When technology plays a critical role in the learning environment, it falls to Information Services to ensure that CA's students and staff are properly equipped for today and tomorrow. As Karen McKenzie, CA's Director of Technology and Innovation explains, keeping the entire campus up to date is no small task -- especially when global supply chains are disrupted. Read it on CA Curious.

Christina Polge

Earlier this month, Christina Polge (’22) was revealed as the winner of the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Sherry Pruitt Award, earning the top prize statewide amongst high school and undergraduate college students for her poem manifest destiny. The poem, written for the Upper School Crisis During Leadership program, paints a vivid and often heartbreaking portrait of the United States’ westward expansion.

Leadership During Crisis students study the coup d'etat in Wilmington, NC

What are the traits of a leader who responds effectively to a crisis, and what are the hallmarks of a successful response to a crisis? How do we inspire and instill these traits and skills in our next generation of leaders? After much consideration and collaboration by the Center of Community Engagement team, a potential answer: a new, interdisciplinary, experiential cross-grade level curriculum that engages students in the complex intersectionalities of race, gender, and class relations in America. As Dr. Michael McElreath and Palmer Seeley explain, the Upper School’s Leadership During Crisis students recently had the chance to present their lessons and insights gained in the course of a productive and eye-opening year to the NC Association of Independent Schools Diversity & Inclusion Conference. Read it on CA Curious.

Campus view of cherry blossoms blooming in front of the Admin building at sunset

After nearly a year on the back burner, the time has come to bring accreditation front and center once again. Dean of Faculty Martina Greene shares the myriad changes to both the way accreditation is being conducted and how the review will account for all the ways 2020 affected our practices, including our commitment to and prioritization of anti-racism and equity work. Read it on CA Curious.


CA Community, We awoke this morning to devastating news, the horrific murder of eight individuals, including six Asian and Asian American women in Atlanta. Since the start of the pandemic, anti-racist organizations have noted a staggering increase in violence and harassment against Asians and Asian Americans—some reporting a 150% increase in reported incidents alone. And, […]

Kevin Rowsey - Ubuntu

The Middle School’s annual Ubuntu program is CA’s celebration of community that allows students to experience different cultures, food, work, and other topics through different lenses. This year, each Middle School grade attended virtual discussions with scholars, activists, and artists whose work serves to inspire us to think about ourselves, our roles in our communities, and our place in history.

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