Library & Technology

The Fisher-Watkins Library is a robust learning environment, providing the sophisticated online Discovery Service for research, a growing book and media collection, and a variety of programming.

The library supports all aspects of the school's curriculum while fostering a lifelong love of reading and learning. Group and individual instruction are available both in the library settings and in collaboration with teachers in their classrooms.

Students, faculty, staff, and parents are all welcome to use the library and participate in our programs and events.

Library Staff

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    Joel Pettit 



Essential to teaching and learning, technology is a key component of a Cushing education. Our wireless campus allows students to work virtually anywhere. Our classrooms are equipped with SMARTBoard technology or Epson Interactive projectors and our digital library gives students access to millions of texts and data sources from computers and e-readers. On our intranet, MyCushing, faculty post syllabi and assignments, and students and parents can track assignments, progress, and school information. Lesson plans are brought to life within our learning management system which also provides for online assessment in the classroom for immediate student to teacher feedback. We use Google Apps for Education for email, calendaring, sheets, presentations, docs, document storage, and sharing. We also offer Microsoft Office 365 and the Adobe creative suite for our students to download and use on their own computers while they are students at Cushing Academy.

The Cushing Laptop Program was established to enhance our students’ education and learning opportunities and to ensure success in today's information-rich world. Our Laptop Program also encourages personal growth by helping students improve their skills in communication, creativity, organization, media literacy, research, writing, and learning. Every new Cushing student is required to bring a networked computer or another compatible device to campus. We recommend Apple 13" Macbook Pro laptops which are supported through the Technology office if configured with Apple Care warranty. Students may choose to bring another laptop or device as long as it meets the minimum requirements. These laptops will be essential tools in students' academic life at school.

Cushing purchases Apple Macbook Pro 13” laptops for our faculty, which is why we recommend this model for the entire community. The Technology Office will provide loaner service on a first-come, first-served basis for students using this model with an active Apple Care or Apple Care + warranty. (The maximum three-year Apple Care + warranty is recommended.) Students may bring a laptop model of their own choosing that meets the minimum requirements listed below, but these will not be supported or serviced by the Technology Office. Of course, we will do our best to help all students.
Additionally, all students enrolled in a mathematics course are required to own a Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus or TI-84 graphing calculator.

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
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.