Cushing Academy

About Us

Students who talk about why they love Cushing Academy describe the way their experiences transform them as scholars, friends, artists, athletes, and as people who are endlessly curious and actively engaged in discovering new talents and interests. At Cushing, everyone is valued as an individual, and teachers, coaches, and mentors care about success at every level. Students are inspired to push themselves to new levels of achievement and are encouraged to pursue their passions in and outside the classroom.

Founded in 1865, Cushing Academy is an independent boarding school for students in grades 9-12 and post-graduate that offers a challenging academic curriculum and outstanding offerings in athletics and the arts. The Academy also offers Academic Support and English as a Second Language instruction. In addition to the traditional college preparatory program, Cushing allows students the freedom to explore the educational experience, by offering electives and seminars that examine subjects in-depth, and the option to engage in independent study.

Home to 400 students from over 30 countries and 30 states, Cushing is located on a 162-acre campus in a classic rural New England setting, just one hour northwest of Boston in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. Included among Cushing’s outstanding facilities are: Joseph R. Curry Academic Center for the study of math, science, and performing arts; the Emily Fisher Landau Center for Visual Arts, which, in addition to housing a professional gallery, features numerous studios for artistic expression including silversmithing, pottery, photography and glass; Quimby Field, a synthetic turf field for athletic practice, game play, and recreation; Iorio Arena, a state-of-the-art ice arena for hockey, figure skating, and community-wide events; and the Fisher-Watkins Library, a primarily digital library with hundreds of thousands of academic e-book titles, journals, and audiobooks, all instantly available to students anywhere on campus 24/7 through the library website, plus on-demand access to millions of current titles and bestsellers via our fleet of Kindle e-readers. In addition to a wireless campus network, every classroom is equipped with SmartBoard technology. The average student/teacher ratio is 8:1 and each year, approximately 100% of the senior class chooses to attend college or university.

Cushing Academy is the school that students from all over the world choose to get connected – to a superior college preparatory school, to a network of classmates, and to a school that will inspire them to transform their view of the world, and themselves.

3 Key Program Features:

  1. Digital Library, wireless campus, and SMARTBoard technology in all classrooms.
  2. In a typical year, 100% of graduating seniors attend college.
  3. Beautiful campus just 60 minutes from Boston, Mass.
  • Total Enrollment : 400
  • Type : Co-Ed
  • Boarding Grades : 9-12
  • Total Students : 400
  • Boarding Students : 323
  • Day Students : 77
  • ESL Offered : Yes
  • Summer Program : Yes
  • Avg. Class Size : 12
  • Standard Application : Yes
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