Cushing Academy

39 School Street, P.O. Box 8000
Ashburnham, MA 01430
Tel: 978-827-7300
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 400 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 and develops curious, creative and confident learners and leaders."
Definition of Terms 
2015 School Data
Cushing Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 11-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1865 1910
Campus Size 162 acres 121 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 400 students 300 students
% Students of Color 15% 20%
% International Students 35% 20%
% Students Boarding 85% 67%
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics 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 15 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 70% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $42 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$53,700 $49,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$38,450 $28,400
% Students on Financial Aid 25% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $24,000 $21,000
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate 48% 56%
Director of AdmissionsKisha Watts
Associate Director of AdmissionsMeredith Carlisle

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 17 14
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 42 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 boarding school is The Winchendon School (6.9 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • 6.9 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 250 students172 Ash Street
    WinchendonMA 01475
  • 15.3 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 120 students222 Isaac Frye Highway
    WiltonNH 03086
    (603)654-9409 x 103
  • Groton School
    17.3 mi | Gr. 8-12 | 381 students282 Farmers Row, Box 991
    GrotonMA 01450
  • 17.8 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 389 students26 Powderhouse Road, PO Box 992
    GrotonMA 01450
    978 448 1530
  • 20.5 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 153 students18 Lehmann Way, PO Box 522
    DublinNH 03444
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