Academic and Enrichment Programs for Ages 11 – 18
Morning Programs

Core Courses

Core Courses- The heart of the academic program
Choose one of these five core courses.

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  • Literature & Writing

    By reading a broad selection of classic and contemporary literature, you will deepen your understanding of people and the issues they face as they pursue their dreams. Since one of the important goals of the course is to expose you to the world’s different cultures, you and your classmates will explore answers to age-old questions:
    • How are we the same?
    • How are we different?
    • What can we learn from each other to make the world better?
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  • United States History & Culture

    This survey of the history of the United States explores the political, social, ethnic, cultural, and economic aspects of the American experience. Topics of study in the early weeks of Summer Session include: the Colonial Period, the American Revolution, and the Constitution. As the weeks unfold, our exploration of American history continues with a study of the Civil War and Reconstruction, as well as the Industrial Revolution, the Gilded Age, and the Progressive Era. As we move through the 20th century, particular attention is given to the impact of both world wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War period, and the cultural and social revolution of the 1960s. At the conclusion of Summer Session, students in this course will better understand the ideas, movements, and events that shaped—and continue to shape—American culture and society.
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

    The Explore STEM class combines science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to pursue student-driven, inquiry-based projects using real-world applications This interdisciplinary course employs a format that includes problem inquiry, research, proposal, testing, and conclusion, and strikes a balance between independent discovery and carefully guided instructor support. In addition, students will engage the scientific method, practice drawing and creating, and develop important teamwork and collaborative habits. In this process, students will gain meta-cognitive skills through iteration, self-reflection, and peer evaluation. By the end of the summer, STEM students gain a new perspective of the interconnectedness of the world around them, with new skills, knowledge, and habits to meet the challenges of more advanced course work in secondary school.
  • Mathematics

    If you want a head start with math before beginning high school, this course provides a sweeping review of mathematics typically covered in middle school and then moves into areas such as algebra and geometry. The class focuses on fractions, decimals, operations using negative numbers, word problems ,and basic equations. You become familiar with fundamental algebraic and geometric skills, including factoring, graphing, and formulas for solving the equations most often covered in these courses.

    If you choose this course, you are placed appropriately to ensure that you have the necessary comfort level with mathematical computation.
  • English Language Learners

    Our English for Language Learners summer program is recognized throughout the world for its excellence. Through a carefully planned curriculum that engages you in learning and helps you explore your interests, Cushing’s immersion experience in American English can dramatically increase English proficiency in just five weeks.
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  • Robotics

    Do you enjoy learning about how things work?  Do you love solving puzzles or finding solutions to problems?  Do you prefer learning by doing?  Do you envision a career in the sciences, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science?  If so, you will LOVE this dynamic class in Cushing’s Explore Program. 
    For two full hours each morning, you will work in teams designing and building robots with LEGO Mindstorms.  In the process, you will learn the basic components of robotics and the fundamentals of programming your robots to perform simple actions.  As your designs take shape, you will also reinforce your understanding of STEM.   More importantly, you and your teammates will have fun engaging with each other in the daily challenges and the weekly competitions, some of which you will devise. 
    After learning the basics, you will build three-wheel robots that feature touch and light sensors, bumpers, motorized claws, and gears (including spur, bevel, worm, and rack and pinion).  Not only will you calibrate the sensors, but you will also program your robots to carry out specific tasks.  For example, you might “teach” your robot to follow a black line, or to collect and deposit objects.  As you become more skilled, you will execute more complex tasks, including those involving “gearing up” and “gearing down.” Your teacher will video the daily challenges and weekly competitions so that you have a record of how much you have learned over the five weeks.
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Ashburnham, MA 01430-8000

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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.