As a school, Cushing Academy is dedicated to educating the whole child; therefore, we have created a web of support that includes the whole community. Both students and adults are available to help meet the needs of individuals in a variety of areas. In particular, students will be assigned a faculty member and a grade dean to help them navigate their time at Cushing. Of course, students may also call on the support of many other adults—including teachers, coaches, and administrators—at any time.
Every student at Cushing is assigned a faculty advisor. This relationship provides Cushing students with the support and encouragement that will help them achieve their fullest potential. An advisor, in conjunction with a grade dean, serves as a point-person on campus for her/his advisees. Advisors touch base with their advisees weekly, and they often gather their advisory group (4-5 students per group) for conversation, dinner, or special events.
Each grade has a grade dean who is responsible for the following:
- Monitoring academic progress of each student in his/her respective grade.
- Conducting meetings of concern and periodic progress meetings.
- Coordinating meetings with teachers, parents (if necessary), and/or students needing help.
- Serving as the lead advisor for that grade; developing class morale; supervising class meetings and activities; working with class officers planning and running meetings.
- Coordinating with the Deans in the Student Life and Academic Offices.
- Handling minor disciplinary or attendance issues.
- Serving as a point person for parents, guardians, and families for individual students.
Parents/guardians with questions and/or thoughts regarding their child should feel free to contact their child’s advisor and/or grade dean.