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.

Below we list the minimum expectations for your laptop or another device.
Web Browser: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox.

Wifi Connectivity: 802.11 A, B,G or N wireless card.

Good Working battery with ability to last through the academic day.

Your machine must be running a current active virus protection application.

VGA dongle/adapter:
You must be able to connect to the audio visual systems in the classrooms for presentations. These systems use a VGA connector, be sure to bring the proper dongle/adapter to connect your machine or device. If using an Apple laptop with El Capitan or above you will not need an adapter of this type as you can connect via the Apple TV's utilizing Airplay.

Productivity software: Faculty at Cushing use Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint as well as the iWork suite of applications on MacBook Pro laptops. We also use the Google apps suite and GDrive for online user storage and backup. You should be able to format your papers, spreadsheets and presentations so teachers are able to receive them in the format they desire when submitted. Cushing provides access to Google Apps via a single sign-on from the portal pages as well as free access to the Office 360 apps for students on MyCushing. Please see the Technology Department for help with this software. Students who pursue portfolio art, digital photography or digital video can see the Technology Department regarding use of Adobe creative suite products which we provide for students participating in these creative endeavors.

English Language Support: for assistance with network issues and software your machine or device must be in English.

Windows 10 or Mac OS X.x
- for assistance with network issues and software support you must be using one of these operating systems. We highly recommend for Mac OS X machines have the operating system El Capitan or above to take advantage of the features of Airplay in our classrooms.

Highly Recommended:

Support Package: If you decide to bring your own machine or device and not participate in the support program be prepared to support your machine or device. Bring your CDs, receipt from purchase, serial number and literature from your machine so you can contact the manufacturer in case of issue. This will be the responsibility of the student if you don't bring a machine purchased through the Cushing Laptop Program.

8GB USB Flash Drive:
Drive to be used for collaborative projects in class and backup storage of homework files. Additionally, the school provides storage space for all users on a Google Drive for backup of school related work.

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.