English as a Second Language

Program Overview

Cushing Academy offers an outstanding English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Designed to meet the needs of students from the advanced intermediate to the advanced level, the program aims to prepare English language learners for mainstream courses, active participation in the school community, and successful transition to living and learning in the United States.

Cushing's ESL program reaches far beyond the classroom, offering a variety of resources and support for international students, such as an international student advisor, help sessions, and guidance in the college application process. Most international students are involved in the popular International Club, which plans popular activities, including the annual international night dinner, festive Lunar New Year celebrations, and entertaining off-campus excursions. 

The Cushing faculty recognizes the special needs and concerns of international students and their families. They take pride in providing support and guidance in all areas of cultural and academic adjustment. Students enrolled in the program find a wonderful sense of community at Cushing, where diversity is widely celebrated. 

Upon arrival at Cushing, new international students participate in special orientation sessions. During this time, students take a series of placement tests in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and mathematics tests. The results are used to create an appropriate challenging schedule for each student.

ESL classes typically have 10 or fewer students, allowing for individual attention and close monitoring of students' progress.

The Academy also offers TOEFL Review and an intensive summer program, with multiple levels of English instruction. 

In addition to developing their skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension, students learn academic skills that will benefit them in all their courses, including time management, test-taking strategies, researching and online library use, paraphrasing, and outlining. 

The use of technology is incorporated into all classes, and faculty members employ a variety of applications and learning tools such as PowerPoint, Quizlet, Pronunciation Power, and GoogleDocs. Students use the Internet as a research tool, and are required to use the Academy's online student portal where class syllabi and assignments are posted on a daily basis.

Note: There is a $5,200 fee for enrollment in the Academy’s ESL program. 
Click here for a list of tuition and fees.

English as a Second Language Faculty

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Bruce Sinclair

    Bruce Sinclair 

    Dept. Head - ESL
    Gettysburg College - B.A.
    School for International Training - M.A.T.
    University of Massachusetts-Amherst - Ed.D.
  • Photo of Stirling Ince

    Stirling Ince 

    ESL Teacher
    Wesleyan University - B.A.
    State University of New York-New Paltz - Ed.M.
  • Photo of David Branham

    David Branham 

    ESL and History Teacher
    University of Texas at Austin - B.A.
  • Photo of Tanapat Treyanurak

    Tanapat Treyanurak 

    ESL and Science Teacher
    Hamilton College - B.A.

Cushing Academy

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Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.