Cushing Academy

5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
39 School Street, P.O. Box 8000
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.
  • Our beautiful 162-acre campus is located in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour northwest of Boston.
  • Mission Statement: Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders.

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  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    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 Stars  
    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. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
Cushing AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18651910
Campus Size162 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment400 students313 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Dress code details at
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:81:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1517
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$8,575
(Summer Session day student tuition: $3475 3-week Summer Session boarding tuition: $5100 3-week Summer Session day student tuition: $2200 (limited number of 3-week spaces) See website for fees and optional services)
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details


Endowment Size$42 million$19 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(See website for fees and optional services)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(See website for fees and optional services)
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Director of AdmissionsCatherine Pollock

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1915
SportsAlpine Skiing, Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations3924
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Black Student Union, Book Lovers on Thursday (BLT), CA Super Fans, Christian Fellowship Club, Community Service Club, Current Events Club, E-sports Club, Ethics Committee, Film Club, Kindness Club, Literature Live, Model UN, Multicultural Awareness Club, Open Doors, Organic Garden, Planet@CA (environmental club), PRIDE, Student/Faculty Senate, The International Club, The Literary Magazine, The Peer Support Group, The Yearbook, Tour Guides, Young Ambassadors

Arts and Music Programs:
A Capella, Chamber, Cushing Chorus, Dance Club, Instrumental, Portfolio, Spring Theater Workshop, Technical Theater, Winter Musical

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Aerobics, Extreme Baseball League, Instructional Ice Hockey, Instructional Tennis, Outdoor Program, Snowboarding

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
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School Notes

  • Mission Statement: Cushing Academy develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. 
  • Founded as a coeducational institution in 1865, Cushing Academy offers a transformative learning experience for students in grades 9-12 and PG. With an average student/teacher ratio of 8:1, Cushing`s 400 students 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 options that are tailored to students` needs and a dynamic five-week summer program. Cushing boasts a long tradition of excellence in athletics and is home to an expansive visual and performing arts program. Home to students from 28 states and 30 countries, Cushing`s 162-acre campus features several brand new, state-of-the-art facilities including a new field house, dining commons, dormitories, turf field, and a renovated ice arena. Cushing Academy is located one-hour northwest of Boston. Prospective students and families are invited to attend an Open House. Details at
  • LD types supported: Language Based Learning Differences and Mild Learning Differences
  • Cushing Academy accreditations: NEASC

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