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.