International Students

International Student Services

Cushing offers a variety of support and services for international students, such as an international advisor, assistance in making travel and visa arrangements, and guidance in the college application process. Most international students are involved with the popular International Club, which plans a variety of activities such as the annual international night dinner, festive Lunar New Year celebration and dinner, 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 adjustment as students get accustomed to the United States educational system and boarding school life. Students enrolled in the program find a wonderful sense of community at Cushing where diversity is widely celebrated.
International Student Entry into the United States
In order for an international student holding a foreign passport to enroll at a school in the United States, they must obtain an F-1 (or student) visa. Cushing Academy is approved by the Department of Homeland Security to provide an I-20 to newly enrolled students; a document an international student will need in order to apply for a the F-1 Visa. For more information please visit the State Department website.

New International Student Orientation
New international Cushing students arrive early on campus to attend a special three day orientation to ease their transition into their new cultural and academic environment and to take placement testing (see description below). To further assist with their transition a tour introduction to Boston is provided and Cushing provides shuttles to Wal-Mart and Target to assist students who wish to obtain essential dormitory materials. Cushing will also assist with transportation from the airport to Cushing for international students traveling without a parent.

Placement Testing
During the orientation, new international students take a series of listening, speaking, reading, and writing tests, which are designed to determine their proficiency in the English language and the appropriate sequence of classes.

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Cushing offers an Advanced Intermediate and Advanced English as Second Language level classes. A student's enrollment in these classes will be determined based on preliminary testing during orientation. In addition to providing classes, the ESL department collects passports and I-20s for safe keeping; organizes and advises the international club and arranges TOEFL testing and transportation.
Health Services and Health Insurance
Cushing has an on-campus Health and Wellness Center that is staffed by a registered nurse 24 hours a day while school is in session. A physician is on campus a few times a week. Heywood Hospital is located just four miles from campus should a student require additional medical evaluation and/or treatment. International students will receive student health insurance through Healthcare Student Resources, and it is exclusively designed for students attending Cushing Academy. For more information contact:

Clifford Allen Associates
Applying for Admission
Please visit the admissions page at to submit your online application.

Chinese Applicants
In order for the Cushing Academy to better facilitate the interview process for our students from Mainland China, we have partnered with Vericant. Please click here for more information.

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.