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!
Student Life

Residential Life

This may be your first time living in a communal residence hall, or you may be a boarding school veteran. Either way, here is some information you will need to know.

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  • Dormitory Rooms

    Students share double or triple rooms, and live in close proximity to faculty apartments. Rooms are furnished with a bed, bureau, desk and chair for each student. A blanket, pillow, desk lamp, fan and wastebasket are available. Sheets, pillowcase and towels are also provided. The use of electrical cooking appliances, candles and incense is prohibited by fire and insurance regulations. Students are not allowed to possess air conditioners, televisions, microwaves or refrigerators.
  • What to Pack

    During the Summer Session, students and faculty dress informally, but neatly and appropriately for an educational setting. Students should bring sufficient clothing for the five weeks and extra equipment for swimming, athletic activities, and inclement weather. Students will need appropriate dress for two formal occasions: the dinner dance aboard the Boston Harbor Cruise and the graduation dinner.

    Summer temperatures normally average 75°- 80° F (24°- 27° C), with cooler nights than days. All clothing items and personal belongings should be labeled with the student’s name.

    Pants, shorts, skirts or jeans must be in good repair, hemmed, and of appropriate size and length. Leggings or tights worn as pants and tops that expose midriffs, have low necklines, and/or are extremely revealing are not permitted during the academic day. Footwear must be worn in all school buildings. Athletic wear, hats, hoods, and bandannas are not permitted in
    the Dining Hall or in any academic building. Hairstyle is generally a matter of personal taste; however, students are expected to be clean shaven. Ears may be pierced, and girls may have one nose piercing. In addition, students are expected to abide by both the letter and the spirit of the dress code. Please note that the faculty and administration are empowered to make final
    decisions regarding appropriateness of dress. If students are asked to change, they are expected to comply immediately.

    • Laptop,tablet, and calculator
    • Traditional dress from home country for International Evening
    • Casual shoes or sandals
    • Girls - at least two dress outfits (Boston Harbor Cruise & Graduation)
    • Dress shoes
    • Boys - dress slacks, shirt, tie and sport jacket or suit
    • Athletic shoes
    • 1-2 pairs of pants or jeans
    • Pajamas
    • Two - four pairs of shorts
    • Bathrobe
    • Lightweight jacket
    • Clothes hangers
    • Sweaters
    • Alarm clock
    • Raincoat or parka
    • Watch
    • Bathing suit
    • Tennis racquet (required for tennis elective)
    • Underclothing, approximately 7 sets
    • Camera (digital or Smartphone)
    • Lightweight socks, approximately 7 pairs
    • Chargers for electronic devices
    • Lock box with key or combination for valuables
  • Computer Network

    In your dormitory room you will be able to access our wireless computer network. We strongly urge you to bring your own computer so that you can utilize the superb technological capabilities available on campus. The system is turned off from 11:15 pm and 5:00 am every day. During the time when the system is turned off, messages for students can be left by calling the school at (978) 827-7000.
  • Dress

    During the Summer Session, students and faculty dress informally, but neatly. Students should bring appropriate clothes and extra equipment for swimming and other athletic activities, as well as for inclement weather. Summer temperatures normally average 75–85°F (24–29°C), with cooler nights than days.

    You need one formal outfit for graduation dinner and the Boston Harbor Cruise. Dormitories and some classrooms are not air-conditioned, so fans are provided. Bare feet are not permitted in the Main Building, the Curry Academy Center, the English Building, the Center for Visual Arts or the Fisher-Watkins Student Commons. Athletic wear is not permitted in the dining hall. Hats, bandannas or head wraps may not be worn in any building during the academic day and are never allowed in the dining hall.
  • Laundry

    Washing machines and dryers are available in all dorms free of charge. An optional, fee-based
    laundry service is also available (see the Tuition and Fee page for more information)
  • School Rules and Regulations

    Cushing provides a supportive environment in which students may grow, knowing that they are safe and secure. To maintain this environment, we have several important rules.

    Major Rules And Regulations

    Accepted students should view the Student Handbook online. The Handbook explains the Summer Session's rules and policies and outlines the disciplinary process. 

    All enrolled students and families are expected to read this document before Registration Day.

    Based on individual and community safety concerns, the following infractions, either on campus or during a school-sponsored off-campus trip may lead to suspension or dismissal:
    • Purchasing, possessing, or consuming illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco or other controlled substances, or occupying an area which shows evidence of the recent use of prohibited substances.
    • Hazing or harassment
    • Stealing, vandalism, and destruction of school property
    • Lying, cheating or dishonest behavior of any kind
    • Burning incense or candles in dormitory rooms, engaging in activities that result in a fire hazard in any area of a building, or misusing fire alarm equipment or fire extinguishers
    • Maintaining an automobile closer to the Academy than home, or occupying a vehicle either standing or moving.
    • Hitchhiking, leaving campus with unauthorized people, or leaving campus in any vehicle, including a taxi cab, without permission.
    • Leaving the dormitories after check-in and before 6:30 am.
    • Receiving a guest of the opposite gender in dormitory rooms, or entering a dormitory of students of the opposite gender.
    • Acting discourteously to any member of the community, or using abusive language or physical antagonism.
    The Academy reserves the right to hold any student responsible for actions that would be injurious to the reputation of Cushing Academy.
  • Off-Campus Visits

    Students may be given permission to take day trips on Saturdays and Sundays. Permission for visits must be submitted by parents via signed fax or email to the Residential Life Office (978) 827-7087) no later than 24 hours before the planned visit. Parents must receive acknowledgment from the Residential Life Office as confirmation that the visit has been approved.
  • Weekend Overnights

    Weekend permissions and overnights will not be allowed until three full weeks of classes and International Night have taken place. During the first two weekends, day trips will be allowed as stated above. Permission for weekend off-campus visits must be submitted by parents via signed fax to the Residential Life Office (978) 827-7087 no later than 24 hours before the planned visit. Parents must receive an acknowledgment from the Residential Life Office as confirmation that the visit has been approved.
  • Attendance Policy

    • Students must attend the entire program in order to receive credit or a certificate of completion in their specific program.
    • Daily attendance at all classes, including afternoon electives, is required and is closely monitored by the Residential Life Office and the Director of the Summer Session.
    • While in class, students are expected to conduct themselves courteously and appropriately.
  • Study Hall

    From 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday, students are in Study Hall in the dorms. This is the time for completing homework assignments, reviewing class material, and looking ahead to the next day’s lessons. Students are in their own rooms for Study Hall and are closely supervised by the dorm faculty on duty.
    Students in the Express and Create programs will work with their teachers in the art studio three nights per week during Study Hall.
  • Day Student Policy

    Day students are welcome additions to the Summer Session community. Students driving themselves to and from campus should use the lower parking lot by the tennis courts; those being picked up and dropped off should use the bus stop in front of Alumni Hall. Day students are welcome on campus from breakfast up to evening check-in and are eligible for all school services, events and trips. NOTE: Once a day student arrives on campus, he or she may not drive his/her car until after his/her last obligation.
  • School Store

    The School Store, located in the Student Center, carries school supplies, personal items, some athletic equipment and footwear, clothing, Cushing memorabilia and a small supply of other necessities.
  • On-Campus ATM

    Students must use their own ATM debit card to get cash from the secure terminal in the Student Center. 

    We recommend that students not bring large amounts of cash on registration day.

    Students should not keep cash in any amount in their rooms. Students should place all passports, airline tickets and other valuables in the school safe.
  • Student Bank

    A student bank will be available in the Business Office.

    To set up your child’s account before Registration, send a check or make a payment online to Cushing Academy Summer Session (or the Business Office):

    Cushing Academy
    39 School Street
    Ashburnham, MA 01430
  • Health Services

    The school Health Center is located on the first floor of Sawyer-Hopkins dormitory. The Health Center is staffed by registered nurses and a physician’s service is available at all times. For health-related questions, the Coordinator of Health Services can be reached at (978) 827-7111. Cushing uses the well-equipped Heywood Hospital in Gardner, MA, for non-routine needs.

    State health regulations mandate that all students complete the school’s medical form and provide complete immunization records prior to enrollment. Copies of all immunization records must be submitted in English.

    The Health Center must be informed of any prescription drugs a student takes and any other ongoing medical needs a student may have. Medication is kept in and dispensed from the Health Center.

    Students who wear glasses should bring an extra pair and a copy of their prescription. One pair should be shatterproof for athletic purposes.

    Parents are responsible for all medical charges incurred by a student that are not covered by insurance, including transportation fees to and from the doctor’s office or the hospital.
  • Transportation

    The Summer Session staff meets all flights and for a $60 fee (one-way) provides chaperoned transportation to and from Logan International Airport (Boston) at established times for arrival and departure dates.

    If you are arriving or departing at another time, your family is responsible for securing transportation between the airport and our campus.

    Families are responsible for all costs incurred for transportation during arrival to or departure from Cushing. You may find a list of local limousine services.
  • Academic Credit

    Cushing offers one unit of secondary school academic credit for the successful completion of the full program of study in Excel Program courses. Students seeking to transfer credit to another school should make prior arrangements with that school and also notify the Summer Session Office of those arrangements before they arrive on campus.
  • Grades

    Faculty prepare two evaluations of each student: one midway through the program, which is discussed with the student but not sent home, and the other at the end of the session, which are emailed to parents. Upon request, Cushing provides other institutions with course descriptions, teacher comments and a transcript of a student’s grades.
  • Post Office

    Students are assigned a mailbox located in the Student Center. Cushing’s mail is picked up from the Ashburnham Post Office each morning, except weekends and holidays, and is delivered as soon as possible to student mailboxes.Outgoing mail, which is picked up daily and mailed from the Ashburnham Post Office, may be dropped in mailboxes in the Main Building and the Student Center. 

    All mail including FedEx, DHL and Express Mail should be addressed to: Student’s Name, Cushing Academy, 39 School Street, P.O. Box 8000, Ashburnham, MA 01430-8000, USA.
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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.