• Cushing
English as a Second Language

Program Overview

Cushing Academy offers an outstanding English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Designed to meet the needs of students from the advanced intermediate to the advanced level, the program aims to prepare non-native speakers of English for mainstream courses, equal participation in school activities, and successful transition to life in U.S. universities.

Cushing's ESL program reaches far beyond the classroom, offering a variety of support services for international students, such as an international student advisor,  extended afternoon help sessions, and guidance in the college applications 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 celebrations, 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. 

Upon enrolling at Cushing, international students take part in a special orientation to ease their adjustment into a new cultural and academic environment. 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.

ESL classes typically have ten or fewer students, allowing for individual attention and the consistent monitoring of students' progress.

The Academy also offers TOEFL Review, ESL U.S. History, and an intensive summer program, which typically features eight levels of ESL instruction. 

In addition to developing their skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening  comprehension, students learn academic skills that will benefit them in all their courses, such as time management, test-taking strategies, researching and online library use, paraphrasing, and outlining. The use of technology is incorporated into all classes, and faculty members employ a variety of applications and learning tools such as PowerPoint, Quizlet, Pronunciation Power, and Smartboards. Students use the Internet as a research tool, and are required to use the Academy's online student portal where class syllabi and assignments are posted on a daily basis.

Note: There is an $9,000 fee for enrollment in the Academy’s ESL program.

List of 4 members.

  • Bruce Sinclair 

    Dept. Head - ESL
  • Stirling Ince 

    ESL Teacher
  • David Branham 

    ESL Teacher
  • Janet Gross 

    Library Director

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.