CUSHING ACADEMY
JUNE SESSION
June 8 - 26, 2020
Enrichment Programs and Activities for Boys and Girls Ages 11 – 18

The June Session at Cushing Academy offers students a wide array of classes and activities in a traditional boarding school environment.

For three weeks in June, you will engage in a dynamic learning environment tailored to your personal interests and pursuits. In addition, you will take part in fun and exciting weekend activities and events, all designed to build community, camaraderie, and life-long friendships.

International Students: Are you thinking about staying in the United States this summer? The June Session at Cushing is a great way to spend time pursuing academic and personal interests, all while exploring a region that offers a unique combination of natural beauty, historical sites, recreational activities, and cultural events.

In addition, if you choose to enroll in our full Summer Session program starting on June 28, 2020, you will extend your stay in the United States until July 31, 2020. Special tuition discounts are available for students who enroll in both programs.

Morning Classes - Upper School

For students entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade
In the application process, students choose one morning class from the options below

List of 8 items.

  • Business, Finance, and Economics

    In this comprehensive course designed for the young entrepreneur, students will examine real-world business models, recognize and research opportunities, and engage in the step-by-step process of building, marketing, and sustaining a successful enterprise based on an original idea. Along the way, students become familiar with the world of finance, including the banking system, the monetary system, the loanable funds market, and the various financial assets. In addition, an in-depth study of the basic principles of business economics accompanies this course, including the concepts of supply and demand, optimal output, profit maximization, and economies of scale. The class culminates with student presentations of business proposals to peers and faculty. This class is ideal for students considering a career in business, marketing, finance, or economics.
  • English Literature

    “Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature’s chief masterpiece is writing well.”
     — Duke of Buckingham Sheffield (1649–1720), “Essay on Poetry”

    Perhaps no other skill is as important to your academic and professional success as writing. In this course you, your classmates, and teacher pay close attention to the writing process as well as to the different kinds of writing that allow you to stretch your mind and talents.

    The course draws upon a variety of acclaimed short stories, poems, essays, and novels to illustrate various genres of writing for different purposes. After reading and discussing these works, you engage in expressive writing that comes from personal experience, including description and narration. You then turn to an extensive study and practice of the different kinds of expository writing, including definition, classification, illustration, comparison and contrast, argumentation and critical analysis. Frequent in- and out-of class essays build your ease and effectiveness as a writer.

    Having gained a solid foundation in the various modes of discourse and in the writing process itself, you explore the world of writing by composing original work in any of the creative forms that appeal to you, including fiction, poetry and drama. By the end of the course, you have built a portfolio of your writing that is bound and, if you choose, shared with the rest of your class. If you wish, you may share your work with the entire community at an all-school assembly in the final weeks of Summer Session.
  • English Language Learners

    Listening and Speaking
    The Immerse Listening and Speaking morning class helps students at all levels to develop academic vocabulary and increase confidence in spoken English. Using a wide array of themes and class activities, beginning level students build fluency by listening for central ideas, understanding important and relevant details, and making inferences from the text or narrative. Intermediate level students learn important language usage and develop the basic skills of everyday conversation in various real-life scenarios. The advanced level challenges students in a more academic setting with a focus on taking comprehensive notes, organizing and synthesizing information, and building discussion and listening comprehension skills in various settings.

    Reading and Writing
    The Immerse Reading and Writing morning class helps students at all levels to develop critical comprehension and compositional skills. Beginning level students read a series of popular books to help build their fluency and understanding, as well as their vocabulary. Basic writing skills are developed using grammar and mechanics to construct topic and concluding sentences, among other essay components. Intermediate students expand their reading skills using various media sources, including newspapers, websites, periodicals, and essays. Writing skills at this level will employ more advanced grammar and mechanics to enhance paragraph and short essay development. Advanced students continue to develop close reading skills, including literary analysis and comprehension through short stories, poems, and mini-novels. Writing skills progress through longer assignments, including the development of comprehensive introductions, sequenced body paragraphs, and effective conclusions. Students at the advanced level are also expected to improve their work through the revision process.

    English Language Workshops
    Immerse students will spend part of their morning engaged in dynamic and interactive English language workshops. These sessions focus on public speaking, argument and debate, creative writing, and American culture. The public speaking sessions include reading, viewing, and reciting excerpts from well-known speeches. Daily activities improve enunciation, volume, rate, tone, and eye contact. Students will then use these skills to write, revise, and deliver an original speech in front of the class and faculty guests. The argument and debate sessions include close research on a given topic, working cooperatively with your team to develop an argument, and gaining communication skills through discourse and expression. The creative writing sessions introduce the elements of short stories (plot, setting, characters), narrative essays, poems, and other common genres in this style. Using this information, students will write, revise, and present an original story or essay that is peer-reviewed and evaluated at the end of Summer Session. Lastly, the American culture workshop uses American film, music, art, television, and other media sources to help students learn and understand specific idioms, dialects, and colloquial expressions, as well as non-verbal communication.
  • SAT Preparation

    Focus on the verbal and mathematical skills and the test-taking techniques required for your success on the SAT. You take three or four diagnostic tests to determine progress over the summer and are given a plan for follow-up tests and additional study.
  • Studio Art

    Are you an aspiring artist? Have you always wanted to improve your artistic skills? The only prerequisite for enrollment in Cushing’s Express program is a desire to learn. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced studio artist, your vision of yourself as an artist is enhanced by this program. This course introduces you to the fundamentals of color, composition, line, and space as used in drawing, painting, pottery, and metalsmithing. During the span of this summer program, you learn the techniques that are introduced in class through hands-on practice. Not only do you gain a new appreciation for your improving talents, but you also sharpen your eye for the beauty all around you.

    Offered to students with a range of artistic abilities and interests, the Express program is an intensive academic art curriculum that exposes students to a variety of media.
  • College Prep

    The College Prep Workshop is designed to assist students with navigating the college search and college application process. The course emphasizes a reflective process with a focus on increasing self-knowledge, becoming familiar with college campuses, and understanding the college admissions process. Students gain self-awareness through activities like the Harrington O’Shea Career Decision Maker assessment, as well as with various worksheets and exercises designed to assess interests and skills. Students develop an understanding of the admissions process by reading and discussing The Gatekeepers, which provides a “behind-the-scenes” look at the admissions process at highly selective universities. Capitalizing on the close proximity to Boston, Amherst, and Worcester, students will visit over a dozen college campuses throughout the course and will participate in tours and information sessions. Students will also participate in mock college admissions interviews where they are encouraged to discuss their strengths, challenges, and goals with actual college admissions officers. Additionally, students are introduced to the Common Application and the various components, including the essay portion. Students work to complete multiple drafts of their personal narrative/college essay, beginning with the brainstorming process and including peer edits and feedback from the instructor.
  • Public Speaking & Debate

    This elective will provide useful tips and daily practice to improve your public speaking skills.  In addition to viewing, reading, and reciting excerpts of famous speeches, you will write and deliver your own.  Warm-up activities will help you to improve your enunciation, volume, rate, tone, and eye contact.  Short demonstrations and daily “pointers” will help participants to avoid distracting fillers (“ums,” “like,” and “ok?”)  and to calm their jitters.  At the conclusion of the five-week course, you will speak more clearly, confidently, and professionally.

    In preparing for team debates, students will dig deeply into several topics to fully understand these issues from many perspectives. In this process, they will gain important research skills, including how to sort through the onslaught of information online to discover legitimate sources. Additionally, students will work closely with their teammates in a cooperative environment and will improve public speaking and critical thinking skills. This class introduces students to the basic elements of argument and guides them through the steps required to engage in a successful team debate.
  • Music Ensemble

    Students in the Music Ensemble class rehearse and perform a wide variety of music that includes a repertoire of concert, chamber, and jazz styles. Students develop technical skills, musicianship, and rehearsal techniques. Class time includes faculty coaching, independent ensemble rehearsal, and individual practice. Please note: While prior ensemble experience is not required, a basic level of instrument proficiency is necessary for this class, including intermediate sight-reading skills. In addition, all string, woodwind, and brass participants must bring their own instruments.

Morning Classes - Middle School

For students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade
In the application process, students choose one morning class from the options below

List of 8 items.

  • Music Ensemble

    Students in the Music Ensemble class rehearse and perform a wide variety of music that includes a repertoire of concert, chamber, and jazz styles. Students develop technical skills, musicianship, and rehearsal techniques. Class time includes faculty coaching, independent ensemble rehearsal, and individual practice. Please note: While prior ensemble experience is not required, a basic level of instrument proficiency is necessary for this class, including intermediate sight-reading skills. In addition, all string, woodwind, and brass participants must bring their own instruments.
  • Public Speaking & Debate

    This elective will provide useful tips and daily practice to improve your public speaking skills.  In addition to viewing, reading, and reciting excerpts of famous speeches, you will write and deliver your own.  Warm-up activities will help you to improve your enunciation, volume, rate, tone, and eye contact.  Short demonstrations and daily “pointers” will help participants to avoid distracting fillers (“ums,” “like,” and “ok?”)  and to calm their jitters.  At the conclusion of the five-week course, you will speak more clearly, confidently, and professionally.

    In preparing for team debates, students will dig deeply into several topics to fully understand these issues from many perspectives. In this process, they will gain important research skills, including how to sort through the onslaught of information online to discover legitimate sources. Additionally, students will work closely with their teammates in a cooperative environment and will improve public speaking and critical thinking skills. This class introduces students to the basic elements of argument and guides them through the steps required to engage in a successful team debate.
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

    The STEM class combines science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to pursue student-driven, inquiry-based projects using real-world applications This interdisciplinary course employs a format that includes problem inquiry, research, proposal, testing, and conclusion, and strikes a balance between independent discovery and carefully guided instructor support. In addition, students will engage the scientific method, practice drawing and creating, and develop important teamwork and collaborative habits. In this process, students will gain meta-cognitive skills through iteration, self-reflection, and peer evaluation. By the end of the summer, STEM students gain a new perspective of the interconnectedness of the world around them, with new skills, knowledge, and habits to meet the challenges of more advanced course work in secondary school.
  • Studio Art

    Are you an aspiring artist? Have you always wanted to improve your artistic skills? The only prerequisite for enrollment in Cushing’s Express program is a desire to learn. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced studio artist, your vision of yourself as an artist is enhanced by this program. This course introduces you to the fundamentals of color, composition, line, and space as used in drawing, painting, pottery, and metalsmithing. During the span of this summer program, you learn the techniques that are introduced in class through hands-on practice. Not only do you gain a new appreciation for your improving talents, but you also sharpen your eye for the beauty all around you.
  • English Language Learners

    Listening and Speaking
    The Immerse Listening and Speaking morning class helps students at all levels to develop academic vocabulary and increase confidence in spoken English. Using a wide array of themes and class activities, beginning level students build fluency by listening for central ideas, understanding important and relevant details, and making inferences from the text or narrative. Intermediate level students learn important language usage and develop the basic skills of everyday conversation in various real-life scenarios. The advanced level challenges students in a more academic setting with a focus on taking comprehensive notes, organizing and synthesizing information, and building discussion and listening comprehension skills in various settings.

    Reading and Writing
    The Immerse Reading and Writing morning class helps students at all levels to develop critical comprehension and compositional skills. Beginning level students read a series of popular books to help build their fluency and understanding, as well as their vocabulary. Basic writing skills are developed using grammar and mechanics to construct topic and concluding sentences, among other essay components. Intermediate students expand their reading skills using various media sources, including newspapers, websites, periodicals, and essays. Writing skills at this level will employ more advanced grammar and mechanics to enhance paragraph and short essay development. Advanced students continue to develop close reading skills, including literary analysis and comprehension through short stories, poems, and mini-novels. Writing skills progress through longer assignments, including the development of comprehensive introductions, sequenced body paragraphs, and effective conclusions. Students at the advanced level are also expected to improve their work through the revision process.

    English Language Workshops
    Immerse students will spend part of their morning engaged in dynamic and interactive English language workshops. These sessions focus on public speaking, argument and debate, creative writing, and American culture. The public speaking sessions include reading, viewing, and reciting excerpts from well-known speeches. Daily activities improve enunciation, volume, rate, tone, and eye contact. Students will then use these skills to write, revise, and deliver an original speech in front of the class and faculty guests. The argument and debate sessions include close research on a given topic, working cooperatively with your team to develop an argument, and gaining communication skills through discourse and expression. The creative writing sessions introduce the elements of short stories (plot, setting, characters), narrative essays, poems, and other common genres in this style. Using this information, students will write, revise, and present an original story or essay that is peer-reviewed and evaluated at the end of Summer Session. Lastly, the American culture workshop uses American film, music, art, television, and other media sources to help students learn and understand specific idioms, dialects, and colloquial expressions, as well as non-verbal communication.
  • Introduction to Literature

    By reading a broad selection of classic and contemporary literature, you will deepen your understanding of people and the issues they face as they pursue their dreams. Since one of the important goals of the course is to expose you to the world’s different cultures, you and your classmates will explore answers to age-old questions:
    • How are we the same?
    • How are we different?
    • What can we learn from each other to make the world better?
    Throughout the three weeks, you will collaborate with your classmates and think deeply about the literature and life in order to arrive at answers to these questions and others.

    Though texts vary from year to year, the reading list typically includes works from the Americas, Europe, and Asia or Africa. While you discuss and analyze the literature, you will also:
    • refine your grammar,
    • build your vocabulary,
    • sharpen your eye for detail, and
    • hone your logic.
    Another goal of this course is to strengthen your writing skills. You will write every day, drafting and redrafting analytical essays, personal response essays, short stories, poems, and editorials. Through daily practice, you will become familiar with the different purposes for writing and will develop your own voice and sense of style. You will use the extensive in-house and electronic resources available in Cushing’s Fisher-Watkins Library to do research for your pieces, and at the end of June Session, you will leave Cushing with an extensive portfolio of your critical, creative, and personal writing.
  • Young Entrepreneurs

    This course guides students through the steps necessary to launch a successful business based on an original idea. Students learn how to recognize opportunities, create business plans, develop marketing strategies, and build realistic budgets to support their ideas. In this process, students learn how to identify and resolve problems in a creative and practical manner, including “thinking outside the box”. Additionally, our young entrepreneurs learn that successful businesses aren’t always about maximizing profits. Students in this class also learn that bringing their product ideas to market can provide a much-needed public service and may significantly improve the lives of others in the local or global community.
  • TOEFL Junior

Afternoon Activities

For all students
In the application process, students choose two afternoon activities from the options below

List of 12 items.

  • Badminton

    The summer Badminton activity is designed to teach students of all levels the fundamental aspects of the sport. Students will learn the rules of the game, as well as shot and footwork technique. As students advance, they will further refine individual skills, improve their physical fitness, and learn game strategy and the importance of teamwork. To apply recently acquired skills and techniques, most classes will conclude with team games.
  • Basketball

    The basketball elective course objective is that every student, no matter what playing level, will learn the skills and techniques required to advance in the sport. The content and topics covered during the basketball elective include, but are not limited to, offense, defense, transitions, boxing out, shooting, ball handling, fitness, and rules. Specifically, 5 on 5 offense and defense passing, and how to correctly shoot and handle a basketball. One-on-one discussions support players who may have difficulty understanding a particular skill or strategy. 
  • Music Portfolio

    The Music Portfolio activity offers musicians the opportunity to pursue individual and/or group study, including the development of technique, sight reading, arranging, and composing skills. Students in this class will outline goals for the five-week session and work each day to progress toward these outcomes. This activity is self-directed and is recommended for students of intermediate or advanced levels, currently studying with an instructor. Please note: this class does not include music instruction.
  • Public Speaking & Debate

    This elective will provide useful tips and daily practice to improve your public speaking skills.  In addition to viewing, reading, and reciting excerpts of famous speeches, you will write and deliver your own.  Warm-up activities will help you to improve your enunciation, volume, rate, tone, and eye contact.  Short demonstrations and daily “pointers” will help participants to avoid distracting fillers (“ums,” “like,” and “ok?”)  and to calm their jitters.  At the conclusion of the five-week course, you will speak more clearly, confidently, and professionally.

    In preparing for team debates, students will dig deeply into several topics to fully understand these issues from many perspectives. In this process, they will gain important research skills, including how to sort through the onslaught of information online to discover legitimate sources. Additionally, students will work closely with their teammates in a cooperative environment and will improve public speaking and critical thinking skills. This class introduces students to the basic elements of argument and guides them through the steps required to engage in a successful team debate.
  • Soccer

    The Cushing Summer Soccer Program is focused on the advancement of many of the basic skills necessary to play at the highest level. Every day there is a focus on a specific skill set, and each drill/game is done with the advancement of that skill in mind. A typical day will consist of a quick stretch to start, followed by 2-3 drills designed to reinforce skills. The first drill is focused on getting the players moving; the second drill will consist of more challenging techniques to reinforce skills; and the third drill is typically focused on implementing new skills into a game-like scenario. By the end of the summer, students will have a well-developed sense of the game of soccer and gain a comprehensive understanding of the importance of teamwork.
  • Strength Training

    Strength training is an introductory course designed to help each student improve muscular strength, gain knowledge and understanding of weight training theory and practice, and develop a personalized weight training program. In addition, the course aims to help students understand basic anatomy and the application of exercise physiology, gain fundamental knowledge of physiological principles, strength training benefits, strength training effects, and strength training principles. Finally, the course guides students in creating an individualized program based on personal goals, including emphasis on developing muscle strength, muscle endurance, muscle size, muscle flexibility, or a combination of these objectives.
  • Tennis

    The summer tennis class is designed to teach students of all levels the fundamental aspects of the sport.  The class teaches students the rules of the game, parts of the court, tennis etiquette, and match scoring.  The students also learn, or further develop, all the different strokes in tennis, including forehand, backhand, serve, volley, overhead, return of serve, lob, and drop shot.  The different grips for each stroke and types of spins that can be used are also incorporated into the tennis strokes instruction.  Other areas that are covered include stretching exercises, tennis specific warm-ups, and training activities.  Lastly, to apply many of the new skills developed during the previous weeks, students participate in the end-of-the- summer tennis tournament (both singles and doubles). 
  • Volleyball

    The summer volleyball program focuses on introducing and mastering the basic skills necessary to understand and play the sport. Through a series of demonstrations, drills, game-like scenarios, and scrimmages, students are able to demonstrate proficiency in passing, setting, serving, hitting, and blocking. The program is tailored to each student’s skill level to allow for proper challenge and growth. The program concludes with a Student vs. Faculty volleyball game—a great way to highlight their skills during a fun and exciting community event.
  • Painting and Drawing

    No matter how much experience you have with art, you will have a chance to enhance your creative skills through the study of painting and drawing. Learn the use of line, value, color, and composition so that your artistic talents can reach new heights!
  • Photography

    This class will introduce students to the basic principles of photography and its use as a form of communication. Students will develop techniques for shooting, learn about aperture, shutter speed, depth of field and motion, and composition. Students do not need a hi-end digital camera—a simple point and shoot camera, or mobile device will work just fine!
  • Pottery

    Develop techniques for hand-building clay pots as well as glazing them. This course is designed for beginning as well as advanced students. Sign up early as this popular course fills quickly.
  • Theatre Workshop

    f you choose this course, you will be involved in all phases of a dramatic production including acting, set building, design, lighting, costumes and makeup.
Beyond the Classroom
For one day each week during the June Session we step outside the classroom to explore educational destinations throughout New England. These program-specific field trips build on and support the daily work in the classroom. Trips include: The Freedom Trail, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, and Old Sturbridge Village.

Student Life
One of the unique aspects of living and learning in a boarding school environment is the endless opportunities to engage in the community outside of daily classes. Whether it is through dormitory life, meals in the Dining Hall, weekend trips and activities, or extra-curricular programs, students will build lasting friendships and develop important life skills in a close-knit and welcoming community.
 
Weekend Events and Activities
Classes are just a part of your life at Cushing Academy during the Summer Session. We firmly believe that a well-rounded summer school experience should allow time for play as well as for work, and we continue to maintain a healthy balance between the two.
 
On weekends, we offer a host of activities to appeal to every interest. For the adventurous, we organize whale watching and paint ball excursions, as well as trips to Six Flags and Sky Zone amusement parks. Of course, the summer would not be complete without shopping trips to Copley Square and Newbury St. in Boston, as well as to local malls and outlet stores. Catch the most popular movies at our local 12-cinema theater, go roller skating with friends at Roll on America, or enjoy the diverse and delicious local cuisine. In addition to these options, students can make trip or activity suggestions to our Director of Student Activities—or as he is better known on campus, “Mr. Fun!”.
Full 3-Week Boarding Tuition $7000

The tuition covers the following:
  • All morning program classes and workshops
  • All afternoon classes and activities
  • All meals
  • Furnished dormitory room (boarding students only)
  • All books and supplies
  • Athletic practice uniforms
  • Three-week health insurance supplement (International students only)
  • Linens
  • On-campus social and athletic activities
  • Bus transportation for all off-campus activities, events, and excursions
  • Educational field trips
*Note: any ticket/admission charges for optional weekend trips are not included

Optional Services
Airport Pick-up Fee (June 8 only) $60
Airport Drop-off Fee (June 26 only) $60

The online application form, along with the $60 processing fee, should be completed and submitted as early as possible. We begin our admission process in March. Applications are evaluated as soon as they are received.

Within
two weeks of acceptance, a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $1400 is due. To ensure the student’s admission, the remainder of the non-refundable tuition is due on or before May 1, 2020. Please note: If a student leaves before the end of the session for any reason, the tuition is nonrefundable.

All payments must be in U.S. dollars and should be made payable to “Cushing Academy Summer Session.” Payments can be made by personal check, online using a credit card, or by wire transfer. A wire transfer should be made in the name of the student to TDBank, Worcester, MA, Swift# NRTHUS33XXX, Routing #211370545, Account #9003901. 

June Session Schedule

Arrival & Registration
Monday, June 8, 2020
 
Classes Begin:
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
 
Departure:
Friday, June 26, 2020
 
Daily Schedule
  • Breakfast: 7:45 – 8:45
  • Morning classes: 9:00 – 12:00
  • Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00
  • Afternoon Activities: 1:30 – 4:30
  • Dinner: 5:00 – 6:30
  • Dormitory Check-in: 8:30
  • Quiet Hours: 8:30 – 9:30
  • Lights Out: 10:30

Cushing Academy Summer Session

39 School Street
Ashburnham, MA 01430-8000

Tel: 978.827.7700
Fax: 978.827.7087
summersession@cushing.org

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430
978-827-7000
admissions@cushing.org

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.

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