Cushing Academy

5.00 (2 reviews)
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.

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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. . .
Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Cushing AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG5-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18651907
Campus Size162 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment390 students300 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. » 18
Student : Teacher Ratio7:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1818
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$50 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(See website for fees and optional services.)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(See website for fees and optional services:
Tuition international students$72,300$54,500
Summer Program Cost$8,995
(See website for more information:
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsCatherine Pollock
Sarah Catlin

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1916
SportsAlpine Skiing, Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations2223
ExtracurricularsClub 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:

College Matriculation

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

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
  • 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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