Community Gatherings


Each Friday, our entire community gathers for assembly in Cowell Chapel. Assemblies are used for making a variety of announcements, such as upcoming events, important school news, student accomplishments, birthdays, and fundraisers. (And as is tradition, there’s a round of applause after each announcement.)

Community Lunch

Tuesdays at lunch, all students and faculty share a meal together in the Fisher-Watkins Dining Hall. This seated meal brings faculty members and students together for who may otherwise not have the opportunity to interact during their typical weekly schedule. Table assignments rotate throughout the year, pairing together unique groups of students and faculty members.  It is a weekly opportunity for our School to connect, break bread and grow even deeper.

Formal Dinners

Starting in the 2019 academic year, Cushing Academy revived the tradition of formal dinners for students and faculty. Cushing's commitment to these dinners dates back to its founding in 1865. This tradition deepens Cushing's sense of community by enabling students, who are randomly assigned to tables headed by a faculty member, to talk and break bread with peers from around the world. These dinners take place on Mondays during the fall and spring terms.

Dorm meetings

In addition to our all-community events, our boarding students will also gather in their dorms for occasional meetings. These events help build a sense of connection among the residents of the dorm and give the faculty in the dorms the opportunity to review rules or make announcements about life in that dorm. Sometimes dorm meetings are just for the sake of having fun... and they usually involve food!

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

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.