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The Cushman School

An Identity Linked to Excellence

Character Comes First

For 96 years, Character Has Always Come First

While the world continues to change exponentially, and The Cushman School continues to evolve its campus, technology and programming to meet the growing needs of its learners, the development of our students’ character continues to be relevant and critically important.

Ninety-six years ago, our founder, Dr. Laura Cushman, believed that a child who demonstrates personal and joint responsibility and accountability, is courteous, empathetic and kind and demonstrates industrious behavior will achieve his or her personal academic best. These endeavors—industry, courtesy, responsibility, and scholarship—continue to serve as the pillars of every aspect of our program, and School life.

From even the youngest age, students learn how to apply the practice of these endeavors into their daily life at home and school. It’s so important that beginning with grade four, students are assessed monthly on their demonstration of the Four Endeavors through the Honor Card system. Through this evaluation, a student can earn the right to serve as a member of The Cushman School Student Council. This character first philosophy develops a ‘happy’ child and continues through high school.

Take a walk through our campus, on any given day, and you’re sure to feel our school culture through our smiling students and the entire Cushman family!

The Pledge for Success:

I will wait my turn to speak.

I will treat others the way I would like to be treated.

I will respect the diversity of all people.

I will remember that I have people who care about me in my family, school and community.

I will try my best.