Our Facilities

Cushing Academy’s campus exudes the beauty of a classic New England boarding school while also featuring cutting-edge facilities that support our mission to provide students with an unparalleled educational and residential experience. 

Since 2016, a multi-year renewal plan has updated and expanded many of Cushing’s facilities while preserving our proud traditions and the essence of our campus. These new facilities and upgrades contribute to our investment in resources for current and future Penguins.

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Academic Facilities

Main Building

Cushing’s Main Building is a hub of campus activity, hosting the Admissions and administrative offices, numerous classrooms, Cowell Chapel (our auditorium), the Vernon R. Tate ‘57 Gallery, the spacious Fisher-Watkins Library on the lower level, and more. The Main Building features our iconic clock tower, the image of which is inextricably associated with the Academy and one of the many parts of campus that maintains our historic roots.

English Building

The English Building contains multiple English and Humanities classrooms and is the home of our renowned Academic Support Program.

Emily Fisher Landau Center for the Visual Arts

The Emily Fisher Landau Center for the Visual Arts offers state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including dedicated studios for pottery and sculpture; digital and traditional photography; painting and drawing; metalsmithing; and glass. The Maude Bowen Carter Gallery offers a professional gallery experience for student and alumni art shows. 

Joseph R. Curry Academic Center

The Joseph R. Curry Academic Center (or “the JRC,” as many call it) is our newest academic facility and is home to our math classrooms and science laboratories. The JRC also features our 11,520 square-foot Performing Arts Center, which includes theatre and dance studios, practice and recital rooms, a multi-track recording studio, and an audio visual production lab. In addition, given the building’s close proximity to Quimby Field, the JRC provides quick access on its lower lever to locker rooms for turf sport teams.

Athletic Facilities

Quimby Field

Quimby Field is home to fall and spring games and practices for soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse, as well as “turf nights,” impromptu soccer and frisbee games, and a variety of weekend activities. Quimby Field features extensive lighting and was recently renewed with high-tech synthetic turf and a new scoreboard.

Six Natural Grass Fields and Six Tennis Courts

Our grass fields include competition-ready baseball and softball diamonds and soccer fields. 

Theodore L. Iorio Arena

Iorio Arena is a multi-million dollar facility for hockey, figure skating, and recreational skating, with cardio fitness studios, team locker rooms, reception areas, and offices. Iorio Arena was recently outfitted with numerous upgrades, including new ice; a new arena floor; a state-of-the-art Crystaplex dasher board system; seamless acrylic shielding system; new protective netting; and energy-efficient LED lighting.

Watkins Field House

A 30,000 square-foot, $12 million athletic facility completed in 2016, Watkins Field House houses two courts for basketball and volleyball, a fitness studio, a strength and conditioning room, an athletic training center, and locker rooms.

Heslin Gymnasium

Heslin is one of our original gymnasiums (there also once was a gym in the lower level of the Main Building), and its basketball court and locker rooms continue to serve our teams. Each fall, Heslin is the site of a delightfully fun and spooky student event called “Haunted Heslin.”

Residential Life and Dorms

Fisher-Watkins Dining Commons

Our recently renovated Fisher-Watkins Dining Commons features a 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art kitchen and servery, a dining hall, and three classroom spaces. The lower level of the Dining Commons is where you can find our Student Center, Campus Mail Room, Campus Store, and Gaming Lounge. The courtyard of the Dining Commons serves as a vibrant community space where Penguins can socialize and recharge amidst their busy schedules.

Drew Common

This green at the center of campus is a key part of life at Cushing as a gathering place for casual hangouts, activities, and celebrations including Reunion and Graduation. 


Cushing has nine dormitories: Alumni Hall, Ashburnham House, Cooke Hall (expected to open in fall 2021), Lee House, Lowe Hall, Price Hall, Sanborn House, Sawyer-Hopkins Hall, and Schottland House. The number of students in a house or dorm ranges from 4 to 86 and includes single and double rooms. Every dorm has a common room and live-in faculty dorm parents (and often pets!).


Cushing in Autumn

Flickr album: Around Campus - October 20, 2020 | Height: 500px | Theme: Justified


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