All students begin their Summer Session journey by choosing a morning program. With a wide variety of available classes and subject areas, students can build a unique and individual course of study that is challenging, enriching, and engaging, intentionally designed to meet their academic goals and personal pursuits.
For students entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade
Upper School students spend their mornings fully engaged in one of our dynamic and enriching summer programs. In the application process, students will choose one morning program from the list below.
Excel Program - Offers a wide array of College Prep and Academy courses for credit, preview, or enrichment. Through a dynamic and supportive learning process, you will be challenged, engaged, and inspired—and will emerge better prepared for the rigors of a college-level curriculum.
United States History*
Responding to Literature*
Business, Finance, and Economics
S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, math)
Immerse Program - English language classes, workshops, and cultural immersion for English Language Learners
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. Through a carefully planned curriculum, Cushing’s Immerse program in American English can have a dramatic and enduring impact upon your fluency.
You can significantly increase your English proficiency in our three- or five-week program. Small class sizes and skilled, supportive teachers are the keys to the success of this program. Faculty in the Immerse program have extensive experience teaching, both during the academic year and during Summer Session. For this reason, we can create homogeneous classes tailored to meet your needs. You are tested upon arrival and carefully evaluated each week to make 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.
Connect Program - Academic skill-building courses for all learning styles
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.
Express Program - Multi-media studio art courses and portfolio development—from beginning to advanced
Are you an aspiring artist? Have you always wanted to improve your artistic skills? The only prerequisite for enrollment in Cushing’s Express program is a desire to learn. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced studio artist, your vision of yourself as an artist is enhanced by this program. This course introduces you to the fundamentals of color, composition, line, and space as used in drawing, painting, pottery, and metalsmithing. During the span of this summer program, you learn the techniques that are introduced in class through hands-on practice. Not only do you gain a new appreciation for your improving talents, but you also sharpen your eye for the beauty all around you.
Offered to students with a range of artistic abilities and interests, the Express program is an intensive academic art curriculum that exposes students to a variety of media.
For students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade
Middle School students spend their mornings engaged in a variety of learning environments, all designed to prepare them for future academic success. In the application process, students will choose one morning program from the list below.
Explore Program - Classes, workshops, and field trips designed to spark curiosity, develop skills, and build confidence for future academic success.
With individualized instruction and support, students in the Explore program will discover new and exciting frontiers in a variety of subject areas. In the application process, students choose one major and one minor class from the lists below:
Literature and Writing
E.L.L. (English Language Learners)
United States History and Culture
Legends in Literature
Solve it – with Science
Solve it – with Logic
Create Program - Age-appropriate, multi-media studio art classes, workshops, and field trips for aspiring artists
The Create program introduces aspiring artists to the fundamentals of color, composition, line, and space as used in drawing, painting, pottery, and other media. In this morning art program, you learn the techniques that are introduced in class through hands-on practice. Not only do you gain a new appreciation for your improving talents, but you also sharpen your eye for the beauty all around you.
Afternoon Classes & Activities
After morning classes, we switch gears a bit. In the afternoon, we offer academic classes to sharpen skills or explore a new subject, performing and visual arts classes to find inspiration and flex your creative muscle, and athletic activities to maintain fitness and increase your energy level.
- Advanced Math
- 3D Printing and Design
- Ethical Dilemmas in Fiction
- Investing 101
- Public Speaking
- SAT Prep
- SSAT Prep
- TOEFL Prep
- Writing Workshop
- Word Power
- Music Portfolio
- Graphic Design
- Jewelry Making
- Painting and Drawing
- Aerobics -Yoga/Zumba
- Theater Workshop
- Video and Film
- Basketball - Competitive
- Basketball - Recreational
- Soccer - Competitive
- Soccer - Recreational
- Ultimate Frisbee