Cushing Academy

39 School Street, P.O. Box 8000,
Ashburnham, MA 01430
Tel: 978-827-7300
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 445 students
"Founded in 1865, Cushing is an independent, college preparatory school for girls and boys in grades 9 through 12 and post-graduate.
Our beautiful 162-acre campus is located in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour west of Boston.
Cushing is the school that students from all over the world go to get connected – to a superior college preparatory school, to a worldwide network of classmates, and to a school that will prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century."

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Definition of Terms 
2013 School Data
Cushing Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1865 1907
Campus Size 162 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 445 students 300 students
% Students of Color 11% 18%
% International Students 30% 20%
% Students Boarding 85% 67%
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Acadmics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:8 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 14 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 68% 65%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $18 million $14 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$52,350 $47,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$37,500 $26,300
% Students on Financial Aid 23% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $24,000 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate 48% 57%
Director of Admissions Deborah Gustafson
Adam Payne
Associate Director of Admissions Meredith Carlisle  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 17 13
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 41 24
ExtracurricularsA Capella Singing Group, Aerobics, Big Friends / Little Friends, Black Student Union (BSU), Book Lovers on Thursday (BLT), Chamber Music, Christian Fellowship, Community Service, Current Events Forum, Cushing Chorus, Dance Performance, Ethics Committee, Extreme Baseball League, Figure Skating, Horseback Riding, Instructional Ice Hockey, Instructional Tennis, Instrument Ensemble, Kush (Radio Station), Literature Live, Martial Arts, Model U.N., Multicultural Awareness Club, Muslin Student Association, Open Doors,

College Matriculation

Year: - 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

  • 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 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.

  • LD types supported: Language Based Learning Differences and Academic Support

Nearby Schools:

The nearest school is The Winchendon School (7.1 miles away)
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  • GrotonGroton School
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  • GrotonLawrence Academy
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