• Cushing
Academic Support Program

Program Details

Program offerings
For over 30 years, our program has been the best of its kind and is designed to address each student's learning style through the provision of individualized strategies, skills, accommodations, and instructional support. 

Cushing's Academic Support faculty work as learning specialists, educational counselors, and advisors. By helping students navigate life and academics in a boarding school environment, our faculty members strive to prepare students to become independent lifelong learners.

How does it work? 
Each student is placed with a learning specialist who, as an academic coach, uses current research in brain-based learning to provide instruction and advice, reviews setbacks for better understanding of what and how to change, and celebrates successes.

Students meet with their learning specialist four times each week during a regularly-scheduled class period.

Using the students' content area class assignments for materials, learning specialists help students develop a variety of strategies for improving organization and time management, reading comprehension, vocabulary and word skills, written expression, note taking, test preparation and performance.

Learning specialists monitor each students' progress and receive regular communication about performance from content teachers. 

The successful Academic Support student leaves Cushing and/or transitions from the program with:
  • Independence
  • Autonomy
  • Self-reflection
  • Self-assessment
  • Self-advocacy
  • Organization
  • Time management skills
  • Reading strategies
  • Writing strategies
  • Math strategies
  • Research skills
  • Study skills
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Technology competency
  • Effective communication skills
  • Metacognition
Program Outcomes
As a result of the Academic Support Program, students will have a greater awareness of themselves as learners--understanding their strengths, challenges, and learning styles; acquiring the ability to use strategies independently and effectively; and gaining confidence and self-awareness to prepare for success in life at college and beyond.
Recent academic support student college matriculation
  • American International College
  • American University
  • Champlain College
  • Clark University
  • Creighton University
  • George Washington University
  • High Point University (3)
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2)
  • Keene State College
  • Lafayette College
  • Marist College
  • Merrimack College
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Saint Anselm College
  • Saint Mary's College
  • Stonehill College
  • Suffolk University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Tampa (2)
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • Wheaton College

Academic Support Team

List of 5 members.

  • Kathleen  Haywood 

    Academic Support - Dept. Head
  • Deborah Harmon 

    Academic Support Teacher
  • Jessica Devin 

    Academic Support Teacher
  • Shawn Gebhardt 

    Academic Support Teacher
  • Brad Caswell 

    Academic Support Teacher

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy is a coed, college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in and out of the classroom through outstanding academic, art and athletic offerings. Visit our welcoming community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.