Cushing Academy

Ashburnham, Massachusetts, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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Cushing Academy, an independent, coeducational boarding school for students in grades 9-12 and post-graduate, centers its curriculum around the Cushing Institute for 21st Century Leadership. Designed to foster and develop leadership skills which today’s students will need to thrive amid the challenges and opportunities of this new century, the Institute shapes all of Cushing’s demanding and provocative course offerings and directly engages students with distinguished speakers, internships, and global travel. Founded in 1865, the Academy is home to students from over 28 countries and 26 states, with rigorous and renowned programs in academics, arts and athletics. The 162-acre campus is located in a bucolic setting approximately one hour west of Boston, Massachusetts.

P.O. Box 8000, 39 School Street, Ashburnham, Massachusetts, USA 01430

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Director of Admission: Deborah Gustafson
Admissions Phone:978-827-7300Fax:978-827-6253
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: February 01
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes

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  • Founded: 1865
  • Campus Size: 162 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: AISNE
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 9th-post-grad
Girls     122 40 162
Boys     235 39 274
Total     357 79 436

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $52,350
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $37,500
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 23.00%
  • Average Awarded: $23,000
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 0.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $5,000
  • Current Endowment: $24,000,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $0

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 83

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 54.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 8/1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Number of AP Courses Offered: 11

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Learning Differences Support
Foreign Languages:
Humanities/Social Sciences:
Computer Studies:
Performing/Visual Arts:
Special Programs:
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • US Government & Politics
  • Latin Literature
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Music Theory
  • Physics B
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • US History

Department Director: Barry Connors

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 11

Average Students Per Dorm: 52

No. of Girls Dorms: 3

No. of Boys Dorms: 8

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life


  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)

Clubs and Organizations

  • Community Service
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • International Clubs
  • Literary Magazine
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Peer Counseling
  • Photography
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Student Radio Station
  • Yearbook

Arts Department Director: Robert Johnson

Athletics Department Director: Bill Troy

  • A Cappella Group
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Dance
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Figure Skating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Hockey
  • Martial Arts
  • Outdoor Education
  • Snowboarding
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weight Lifting

Department Director: Richard Henry

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Bentley College
Boston College
Boston University
Cornell University
George Washington University

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

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Summary: Every summer, students from around the United States and the world come to Cushing Academy for five weeks to learn, make new friends and have fun. We offer programs with serious academic components: Prep for Success, for girls and boys ages 12-13; Studio Art, for girls and boys ages 13-18; College Prep, English as a Second Language, and Critical Skills all for girls and boys ages 14-18. Beyond the classroom, Cushing provides exciting trips throughout New England and the Northeast, myriad athletic opportunities and memorable special events. All students participate in campus activities and excursions and enjoy an outstanding summer with young people from across the country and around the world.

Department Director: Margaret Lee

Cushing Summer Session

June 30, 2013 to August 02, 2013

Registration Deadline: June 30, 2013
Tuition: $6,895
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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