Headmaster's Welcome

Welcome to Cushing.
What are your dreams and aspirations, and how will you achieve them?
This single inquiry defines every Cushing experience—from students delivering TEDx talks to leading service-learning trips in Tanzania, from athletes captaining Olympic teams to artists thriving at top art colleges, from student scientists researching organic antibiotics to faculty striving to prepare lifelong learners and leaders. The culture of ambition and effort propels Cushing as the most forward-thinking New England boarding school.
Unlike traditional education based on knowledge collection, Cushing is a global village where challenge and support, questions and collaboration inspire student creation of powerful knowledge, skills, and mindsets. Cushing exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders through an educational process rooted in four principles:
  • Inquiry-Based: Everything at Cushing begins and ends with inquiry. Inquiry prompts a cycle of perpetual learning in which questions drive exploration, exploration leads to understanding, and understanding inspires further inquiry. 
  • Challenge and Support: Intriguing, important, and authentic inquiry advances students to an unanswered question at the limits of their present ability and understanding. This is the point of meaningful challenge. Here, Cushing faculty support and collaborate with students so that they grow through challenge and transcend prior limits.
  • Strengths-Based: Every student is a profoundly capable learner and leader. Strengths-based education is not an ignorance of weakness; instead it builds on what students can do and leverages those strengths to increase engagement, build confidence, and accelerate achievement. 
  • Diversity: Diversity and excellence are inseparable. Diversity in every sense of the word—education, life experiences, learning styles, cultural background, etc.—instigates more meaningful inquiry and stimulates creativity. At Cushing the strengths of many support the greatness in each and every individual. 
These four core principles personalize each Cushing experience and enable every student to achieve his or her potential and promise. Every day—in classes, athletics, art studios and stages, and dorms—I have the privilege to collaborate with remarkable students and faculty on our collective journey to achieve our dreams.
So, again, what are your dreams and aspirations, and how will you achieve them? This is your most important and ever-present Cushing inquiry. Pursuing this question at Cushing will ignite your life.
Accept my invitation. Realize your best self. Come to Cushing.
Chris Torino
Christopher Torino

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Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy is a coed, college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in and out of the classroom through outstanding academic, art and athletic offerings. Visit our welcoming community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.