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The Cushman School

An Identity Linked to Excellence

Our Mission & Philosophy


Dr. Laura Cushman came to Miami to teach in 1913. She began a little school on her porch in 1922. From this, The Cushman School was established in 1924 on what is now Biscayne Boulevard at about 38th Street. When the widening of Biscayne Boulevard forced its removal, the school was relocated to its present site. Dr. Cushman's philosophy remains in force in the school today:

"Our first aim is that all teachers and pupils in our school should preserve a happy attitude. We believe that a child whose environment is conducive to character development and intellectual growth is a happy child.  If a child is not happy, we will seek the underlying causes without ceasing until he or she is adjusted satisfactorily.

"A school seeks to develop the child mentally, physically, and in character growth. To do this, the child must be placed in happy surroundings, be properly adjusted to his work, and have wholesome participation in living experiences. The creation of such a school life is our aim."

Laura Cushman has been an inspiration to generations of Miami children.


The mission of The Cushman School is to develop all students as responsible citizens and effective future leaders who maintain a positive approach to life.

The educational environment at our school fosters in students the qualities of virtue, responsibility, respect for self and others and nurtures the student in intellectual, physical and spiritual growth.


  • A happy attitude.
  • Acceptance of the tasks of growing and learning as a personal responsibility.
  • Industry and perseverance in accomplishing these accepted tasks.
  • Honesty with self and with others in every phase of living.
  • Growth in ability to attack learning problems and to use judgment in changing situations.
  • Self-control and poise.
  • Wholesome personal habits.
  • An attitude that seeks to understand others' points of view and is ever tolerant and kind.
  • Gracious, unfailing courtesy.
  • Appreciations that enrich life.

A child who reaches a high level of achievement according to the above standards will, of necessity, be doing the best academic work of which he or she is capable.

The “Pledge for Success” reinforces Cushman’s commitment to nurturing students who are responsible, active members of our school’s community. The “Pledge for Success” is referred to daily, and the demonstration of its tents is expected.