Mission Statement and Portrait of a Graduate

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders.

Portrait of a Graduate

The Portrait of a Graduate details and supports Cushing’s mission to educate the mind, shape the character, nurture the creativity, and foster the well-being of each student.  As a lens through which we examine ourselves and our work, this portrait guides and informs all aspects of school life. 
A Cushing graduate learns, lives, and leads by these ideals:
In my personal journey, I:
  • strive to be self-aware, self-disciplined, and self-controlled.
  • take initiative, adapt, and persevere.
  • live with optimism, passion, a sense of humor, and humility.
  • make informed choices for a healthy, balanced life.
  • advocate for myself.
  • pursue excellence in all areas of my life.
In my intellectual journey, I:
  • think critically, creatively, and reflectively.
  • listen and communicate actively, thoughtfully, and effectively.
  • take risks and grow through challenges.
  • approach lifelong learning with openness and curiosity.

In my community journey, I:
  • respect, support, and show gratitude.
  • value, engage fully in, and contribute to the diversity of my communities.
  • collaborate with others.
  • understand social systems.
  • serve others as an active citizen.
In my ethical journey, I:
  • act with empathy and compassion.
  • act with integrity.
  • act with personal and social responsibility.
  • act with courage on behalf of others and myself.

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.