Summer Session 2021
Online Session

Explore Program

Courses for students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade
In the registration process, Middle School students will select one of the four courses offered in the Explore Program.

List of 4 items.

  • United States History & Culture

    For successful completion of the United States History & Culture class, students should expect to spend between 18-23 hours per week on coursework.

    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 this summer online course 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 this summer online course, students will better understand the ideas, movements, and events that shaped—and continue to shape—American culture and society.
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

    For successful completion of the STEM class, students should expect to spend between 18-23 hours per week on coursework.

    The summer online 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 this summer online course, 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.
  • Literature & Writing

    For successful completion of the Literature & Writing class, students should expect to spend between 18-23 hours per week on coursework.

    By reading a broad selection of classic and contemporary literature, you will deepen your understanding of the people and 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?
    Throughout this course, you will collaborate with your classmates and think deeply about the literature in order to arrive at answers to these questions and others.

    The reading list typically includes works from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. While you discuss and analyze the literature, you will also:
    • Refine your grammar
    • Build your vocabulary
    • Sharpen your eye for detail
    • Hone your logic, discussion, and debate skills
    Another goal of this course is to strengthen your writing skills. You will write frequently, drafting and redrafting analytical essays, personal response essays, short stories, poems, and editorials. Through daily practice, you will become familiar with the different purposes for writing and will develop your own voice and sense of style. At the conclusion of this summer online course, you will have an extensive portfolio of your critical, creative, and personal writing.
  • English Language Learners

    For successful completion of the English Language Learners class, students should expect to spend between 18-23 hours per week on coursework.

    Recognized throughout the world for excellence in teaching and learning, Cushing’s English language classes and workshops for English Language Learners are highly recommended for students who plan to continue their education in the United States.

    By enrolling in an ELL summer online course, you can significantly increase your English proficiency. Small class sizes and skilled, supportive teachers are the keys to the success of this program. Faculty in this program have extensive experience teaching, both during the academic year and during Summer Session Online. For this reason, we can create homogeneous classes tailored to meet your needs. You are tested soon after enrolling to be sure you are placed in the correct level of instruction. In addition, teachers meet regularly to discuss your progress and facilitate placement changes, if needed, as your skills improve during the program.

    Each level of the summer English Language Learner online program includes an emphasis on listening and speaking, reading and writing, and English language workshops.

    Listening and Speaking
    The Listening and Speaking component of this course helps students at all levels to develop academic vocabulary and increase confidence in spoken English. Using a wide array of themes and class activities, beginning level students build fluency by listening for central ideas, understanding important and relevant details, and making inferences from the text or narrative. Intermediate level students learn important language usage and develop the basic skills of everyday conversation in various real-life scenarios. The advanced level challenges students in a more academic setting with a focus on taking comprehensive notes, organizing and synthesizing information, and building discussion and listening comprehension skills in various settings.

    Reading and Writing
    The Reading and Writing component of this course helps students at all levels to develop critical comprehension and compositional skills. Beginning level students read a series of popular books to help build their fluency and understanding, as well as their vocabulary. Basic writing skills are developed using grammar and mechanics to construct topic and concluding sentences, among other essay components. Intermediate students expand their reading skills using various media sources, including newspapers, websites, periodicals, and essays. Writing skills at this level will employ more advanced grammar and mechanics to enhance paragraph and short essay development. Advanced students continue to develop close reading skills, including literary analysis and comprehension through short stories, poems, and mini-novels. Writing skills progress through longer assignments, including the development of comprehensive introductions, sequenced body paragraphs, and effective conclusions. Students at the advanced level are also expected to improve their work through the revision process.

    English Language Workshops
    The English Language Workshops focus on public speaking, argument and debate, creative writing, and American culture. The public speaking sessions include reading, viewing, and reciting excerpts from well-known speeches. Daily activities improve enunciation, volume, rate, tone, and eye contact. Students will then use these skills to write, revise, and deliver an original speech. The argument and debate sessions include close research on a given topic, working cooperatively with your team to develop an argument, and gaining communication skills through discourse and expression. The creative writing sessions introduce the elements of short stories (plot, setting, characters), narrative essays, poems, and other common genres in this style. Using this information, students will write, revise, and present an original story or essay that is peer-reviewed and evaluated at the end of the program. Lastly, the American culture workshop uses American film, music, art, television, and other media sources to help students learn and understand specific idioms, dialects, and colloquial expressions, as well as non-verbal communication.
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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.