Summer Student Handbook

Mission Statement
Cushing Academy, founded as a coeducational boarding school in 1865, exists for students, their academic growth and their personal development. We are dedicated to educating the mind, shaping the character, and nurturing the creativity of young men and women. In a community that is academically and culturally diverse, we challenge each individual, support excellence in every aspect of the learning process, and promote active participation in all areas of life and learning. We offer a demanding college preparatory curriculum, teach skills that build confidence, and instill values that endure.
The Cushing Summer Session Community
The Cushing Summer Session community consists of students, faculty, staff, and their families, which comprise a diverse and dynamic group from across the United States and around the world.  Our community ris enriched by many cultures, traditions, and value systems. Given the nature of our community, students are expected to respect the differences they see, to address misunderstandings responsibly, and to be courteous in all of their interactions both online and offline.  We believe that every member of our community contributes to our campus atmosphere, so we expect all of our students and faculty to uphold the values and standards set forth in this document. 
The Handbook identifies policies, procedures and rules designed to provide for the safety and welfare of both the individual student and our community. Standards of responsible conduct and behavior are outlined and apply to all Cushing Academy Summer Session students whether on campus, participating in school sponsored activities or in the environs of the school.  In certain circumstances, those standards may also apply in non-school related situations.
Cushing Summer Session has the right to alter, apply, or vary from these policies, procedures, and rules in its discretion for the protection, safety, and well-being of its students and of the school community.
Enrollment Policies
Enrollment is the affirmation by the parents and the student that they accept the structure of Cushing Academy Summer Session and that they, individually and collectively, agree to abide by all established policies and procedures of the Academy as outlined in the current Handbook and elsewhere in our published materials. Failure by the parents, the guardian or the student to comply with the Academy’s policies may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including the dismissal of the student from the Summer Session. If a student leaves before the end of the session for any reason, the tuition is nonrefundable.
Cushing Academy, founded in 1865, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. The Cushing Academy Summer Session is in compliance with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the local board of health.
Decisions are made without regard to race, religion, sex, creed, national origin, or any other protected category under applicable law. Cushing Academy Summer Session has no restriction on its admission policy regarding race, religion, sex, creed, national origin, or any other protected category under applicable law. Candidates are judged soley on the basis of their application materials, teacher recommendations, academic achievements and their readiness for their chosen program of studies. We seek students who are seriously interested in their core program and who indicate their readiness for their chosen program of study they will be mature members of the Cushing student body.
Any questions or concerns regarding the Summer Session may be sent to Director of Summer Programs, c/o Cushing Academy, P.O. Box 8000, Ashburnham, MA 01430 or emailed to

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.