39 School Street
Ashburnham, MA 01430
Founded in 1865, Cushing is an independent, college preparatory school for girls and boys in grades 9 through 12 and post-graduate.
Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders.
Our beautiful 162-acre campus is located in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, just one hour northwest of Boston.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Students: 390 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $68,300
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $46,200
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling

Alumni Reviews Review School

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Description

Class of 2016
5.00
Pitzer College
It's a place where they not only encourage students to go out and make a difference, but they help make that possible by supporting student endeavors. A lot of what happens at the school is. . .

Class of 2015
5.00
Northeastern University
For me Cushing's highlight was definitely that it had its own rink. For someone that lives the ice, like me, this was amazing. . .

Class of 1997
5.00
Providence College
Cushing Academy’s family atmosphere and welcoming community is one that sets them apart from every other prep school. The people on campus make it a special place where everyone feels part of something bigger than. . .

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2021 School Data
Cushing Academy
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1865
1907
Campus Size
162 acres
125 acres

School Calendar

View the Cushing Academy yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

Event
Date
Thanksgiving Break begins after classes (1:00 p.m.)
November 18, 2022 (Friday)
Thanksgiving Break
November 19, 2022 (Saturday)
Spring Break begins after classes (1:00 p.m.)
March 08, 2023 (Wednesday)
Spring Break
March 09, 2023 (Thursday)

Student Body

Enrollment
390 students
300 students
% Students of Color
17%
25%
% International Students
33%
20%
% Students Boarding
92%
70%
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(Dress code details at www.cushing.org/dress-code)
Casual
Average Class Size
12 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
18
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
60%
70%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$50 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$68,300
(See website for fees and optional services.)
$59,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$46,200
(See website for fees and optional services: cushing.org/admissions/tuition--fees)
$32,900
Tuition international students
$72,300
$54,500
Summer Program Cost
$8,995
(See website for more information: www.cushing.org/summer)
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Jan. 15
Director of Admissions
Catherine Pollock
Sarah Catlin

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
22
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Ambassador Program, Black Student Union, CA Super Fans, Classics Club, Community Service Club, Debate Team, E-sports Club, Economics Team, Environmental Action Coalition, Ethics Committee, Gold Key Society, Habitat for Humanity, Kindness Club, PRIDE, Student Leader Program, Writing Center Tutors

Arts and Music Programs:
A Capella, Chamber, Cushing Chorus, Dance Club, Winter Musical

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Aerobics

College Matriculation

Year:
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

  • Founded as a coeducational institution in 1865, Cushing Academy offers a transformative learning experience for students in grades 9-12 and PG. With a student-to-teacher ratio of 7:1, Cushing's 390 students-hailing from 28 states and 30 countries-are afforded individual attention and guidance within the school's rigorous academic curriculum. The Academy also offers Academic Support and English as a Second Language tailored to students' needs. A dynamic five-week summer program is also available. 
  • Cushing boasts a long tradition of excellence in athletics and is also home to expansive visual and performing arts programs.
  • Cushing's 162-acre campus features several new, state-of-the-art facilities including a field house, expanded dining commons, two new dormitories, a resurfaced turf field, and a renovated ice arena.
  • Cushing Academy is located one hour northwest of Boston. We invite prospective students and families to make an appointment for a virtual or in-person visit. Details at www.cushing.org/admissions.
  • LD types supported: Language Based Learning Differences and Mild Learning Differences
  • Cushing Academy accreditations: NEASC, NAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Bette Davis '26 - American actress of film, television, and theater
    • Nate Berkus '90 - American interior designer, author, and television personality
    • John Lilley '91 - Retired American professional ice hockey player and member of 1994 men's U.S. Olympic ice hockey team
    • His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck '99 - King of Bhutan
    • John Cena '95 - American professional wrestler, actor, rapper, and television presenter
    • Tom Poti '96 - American former professional ice hockey player and member of the 2002 silver-medalist men's U.S. Olympic ice hockey team
    • Chris Bourque '04 - American professional ice hockey forward
    • Erika Lawlor '05 - Member of the silver-medalist 2010 women's U.S. Olympic ice hockey team
    • Meghan Duggan '06 - American ice hockey forward and member of the 2010 and 2014 women's U.S. Olympic ice hockey teams (two silver medals) and captain of the 2018 U.S. women's gold-medal Olympic ice hockey team
    • Broc Little '07 - American professional ice hockey forward in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) and member of the 2018 men's U.S. Olympic ice hockey team
Profile last updated: 09/24/2021
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Students: 390 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $68,300
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $46,200
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling

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