The Summer Session 2020 application is open and online. Be assured enrolling is risk-free, as described in this letter from the Director (March 16, 2020). 
Be sure to apply early and reserve your seat for the Best Summer Ever!
Morning Programs

The Connect Program

Academic skill-building courses for all learning styles

For students entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade
Learning is a cumulative process. Throughout our lives, we build on existing knowledge and skills to master progressively more complex operations and tasks. For this reason, the Summer Session Connect program is based on the belief that the process of learning is as important as the content learned. Learning how to learn may be one of the most important skills you can acquire as you prepare for greater challenges in high school, college, and life. Cushing Academy gives you the tools you need to participate more fully, enthusiastically, and successfully in your college preparatory curriculum.

The Connect program encompasses three key components: strategies to improve English language skills, review and practice of mathematics skills, and study techniques. At the start of the program, we assess your academic skills and place you in appropriate English, mathematics, and study technique courses.
Students enrolled in the Connect program participate in all three courses each morning: English language skills, Mathematics skills, and Study Techniques.

Once you are placed in appropriate classes, your teachers help you understand and appreciate your particular learning style and set reasonable and attainable personal goals. This approach helps you to capitalize on your strengths, recognize your weaknesses, and formulate an action plan for achieving academic success.

Connect Classes

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  • English: Reading & Writing

    This course is designed to help you strengthen your reading and writing skills. You learn a variety of reading strategies in order to build your reading efficiency. You acquire techniques that help you improve comprehension and enjoy reading. Using short fiction and novels as the basis for your reading and writing assignments, you learn the critical vocabulary necessary to analyze literature in more depth and to communicate that understanding more successfully.

    You also learn how to write clearly and concisely for various audiences and purposes. Through writing assignments based on your reading, you become familiar with the writing process, including prewriting, outlining, drafting, editing, and revising. Finally, you learn how to communicate effectively in discussions by supporting your ideas with evidence from the texts under study. Throughout the summer you are given an opportunity to interpret literature while expanding your critical reasoning skills. With consistent effort, you become a more capable writer, a more discerning reader, and a more articulate class participant. In just five weeks, not only will you more clearly and confidently articulate an organized analysis of a literary text, but you will also support it more convincingly.
  • Mathematics

    This class focuses on filling in gaps to help you progress satisfactorily during the academic year. For example, if you have mastered algebraic concepts and are able to solve equations, but you still do not have automatic arithmetic skills or want to learn better how to manipulate fractions or to determine the order of operations, this class is for you. In short, this class helps you to develop your mathematical competence while reviewing or previewing content areas in Pre-Algebra, Algebra I or II, Geometry or Pre-Calculus.
  • Study Techniques

    Students in the Connect program spend part of the morning in study techniques workshops. Using the English and Math class assignments for material, our Connect faculty help students develop a variety of strategies for improving organization and time management, reading comprehension, vocabulary and word skills, written expression, note taking, test preparation, and performance. Faculty monitor each student’s progress closely and work to develop individually-tailored plans to build critical academic skills and self-confidence in the learning process.
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Cushing Academy Summer Session

39 School Street
Ashburnham, MA 01430-8000

Tel: 978.827.7700
Fax: 978.827.7087

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.