Our Heritage

heritage main pictureDespite adapting to a globalizing world, 21st century Cushman isn’t so different from its roots. From teaching Industry, Courtesy, Responsibility, and Scholarship, to holding assemblies and encouraging our students to shake hands upon entering the classroom, The Cushman School’s dedication to these very roots is what has made it one of the best schools in the country.

As hard as we work to bring new ideas and technologies into our classrooms, we work even harder to educate our students about Dr. Cushman’s Philosophy and the rich history of The Cushman School. Our heritage isn’t just a pedigree—it’s the story of a vision that was brought to fruition more than nine decades ago. And this very vision is what we use today to guide your children through the most important years of their lives.  Based on the beautiful community of people that Cushman has developed since Dr. Cushman first opened her doors in 1924, we’d say that it’s a vision that works. 

Traditions of Excellence

The Cushman School enjoys many academic, seasonal and civic traditions that provide cultural awareness and celebrations of accomplishment. Students begin and end each day with a flag ceremony. They are greeted by their teachers and shake hands prior to entering their classrooms. Every Monday morning is “All School Devotions.” The entire student body gathers for a student-led presentation regarding pillars of good character as well as an acknowledgment of birthdays, athletic awards and academic achievements. At times, special recognition occurs for those who have demonstrated extraordinary industry, courtesy and responsibility. Cushman’s goal of developing the whole child is reinforced by these and many other traditions.

Crossover marks a significant rite of passage for each student as he or she moves from the Primary to Elementary School.

• During annual Oratories, the students in first, fourth, seventh and eighth grades choose poems, speeches or songs to memorize and deliver on-stage to their peers and families.

Grandparents’ Day is a coveted assembly prior to the Thanksgiving holiday that honors grandparents and recognizes those that served in the military.

• The Reading Round-Up peaks students’ enthusiasm about reading as parents and community authors read to students under the campus oak trees while dressed in their rodeo attire.

May Day signifies the official start to spring with a festive performance highlighted by singing, dancing and the intertwining of colorful ribbons around the maypole by Primary School students.

• The Spring Play is an annual on-stage performance and includes the entire Elementary School as cast members.

Birthday Ribbons are given out to students at morning flag to celebrate their special day.

• Each year, Middle School students participate in Service Learning Projects like the Holocaust Documentation or America’s Moms for Soldiers that provide students with tremendous global perspective.