Residential Life

At the heart of the Academy is a close-knit, residential community. Cushing’s campus is abuzz with activity from dawn until dusk, as students participate not only in classes but also in afternoon activities and optional events such as theatre, clubs, and impromptu games. Drew Common is the epicenter of activity, particularly during the warmer months, when you will find students playing Frisbee, soccer, and Extreme Baseball—the official student-run game of Spring Term. The Joseph Treadwell Student Center (located on the lower level of the the dining hall) sponsors a variety of events such as dances, movies, and trips to Boston, local malls, and sporting events. 

The mission of our residential life program is to promote the health, safety, and educational advancement of our community by creating an environment that educates the mind, shapes the character, nurtures creativity, and fosters the well-being of each student.

Living on campus and in dormitories is one of the many reasons why Cushing Academy is a special place to learn and grow. It is an environment where students can develop lasting relationships, discover their passions, develop and grow their talents, and learn to take intellectual risks. As a boarding school it is important to have residential expectations and rules that we all agree to follow and uphold so that we can ensure the personal and collective safety and health of all who live in our community.

Students who live in the dorms have the right to live in an environment that is clean, conducive to learning, and safe. While Proctors, Dorm Heads, and Dorm Parents play leadership roles in creating and maintaining this environment, all students play a vital role in upholding our fundamental expectations of care, honesty, and inclusivity.

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.