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Cushing Academy?

ChloeSongChloeSong Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2013 in Prep School Admissions
Is anyone here familiar with Cushing Academy? I'm thinking about applying for its rolling admissions. So far I gathered that its a second tier BS with a strong emphasis on sports.
Any info on academics, reputation, residential life, matriculation, etc. will appreciated. :)
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  • sullivan09sullivan09 Posts: 85Registered User Junior Member
    I was going to apply to Cushing. My dad babysat a couple of the teachers there so I was really welcomed when i visited. It's a really small school, with an average matric. i think it's a great school
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Posts: 16,910Registered User Senior Member
    Cushing is a wonderful school and one of the few that will take (a couple) kids midyear and is able to be a little more flexible with admissions. It is a nurturing environment with good academics and athletics.
  • newyorker22newyorker22 Posts: 268Registered User Junior Member
    Sullivan, Cushing is actually not a small schoo. 400 student, I believe, which is fairly large for a boarding school
  • sullivan09sullivan09 Posts: 85Registered User Junior Member
    I meant like campus wise
  • keylymekeylyme Posts: 2,825Registered User Senior Member
    I would consider 400 students small.
  • ChloeSongChloeSong Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    So its a nurturing environment but is just average in academics?
  • ChloeSongChloeSong Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    -bump-

    It's kind of a silly question but are the academics "good" or great?
    Is Cushing considered a competitive good school or an average boarding school?
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Posts: 16,910Registered User Senior Member
    Check out their college matriculation list and their average SAT (but keep in mind the SAT average goes down with a large percentage of internationals).
    I think Cushing has strong academics. It's not Exeter, but it's fine.
  • fun is funfun is fun Posts: 1,035Registered User Senior Member
    What do you find so good about that list?
    Cushing is, WADR, a third tier school in almost every respect.

    Lust look at their WTBY amd Bunkel...oh never mind,
  • SportGirl17SportGirl17 Posts: 69Registered User Junior Member
    Cushing is OK to good academically, and college matriculation is pretty good. The school has a very warm, friendly atmosphere, and the athletics there are exemplary.
  • keylymekeylyme Posts: 2,825Registered User Senior Member
    Their matric list is a heck of a lot more impressive than most of the public schools in the area.
  • fun is funfun is fun Posts: 1,035Registered User Senior Member
    Jeez, I would hope so...
  • keylymekeylyme Posts: 2,825Registered User Senior Member
    Well, you asked what she found good about the list. If it's a lot better than the public, then I suppose the school must be somewhat academically credible. I'm sure it's a good fit for plenty of kids.
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Posts: 16,910Registered User Senior Member
    I get a little frustrated by the seeming need to rank these prep schools academically. All the ones discussed on this forum offer an excellent education and are filled with kids whose parents are committed to the education of their kids, and kids who know they need to work hard to remain in the school. The faculty are dedicated and are willing to live in (often) small towns with a rather limited sphere in order to teach. The faculty and their families are heavily involved in the lives of the students and in residential life. The quality of classroom teaching is extremely high. There are always exceptions, but I believe the quality of education at any of the boarding schools we discuss here is superior to just about any public school and many private day schools. Some of the boarding schools take only the absolute top testing students, others are more committed to accepting a range of abilities and value some diversity. There are differences, but this does NOT mean you get a "bad education". That's why I have trouble "ranking" or even saying that one school is "better" than another. Unless you can show me a school with terrible faculty where the kids all test poorly and colleges hate to accept the students, then don't worry about the education you will get at Cushing, NMH, Blair, Williston etc.
  • bbRncbbRnc Posts: 11Registered User New Member
    D's friend goes there- and I think she loves it!
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