Cushing Academy’s Headmaster Christopher Torino calls his school a boarding school that is “devoted through and through to students.”
That’s why the Ashburnham, Mass. boarding and day school operated an on-campus bookstore to give students and families access to the course materials they need for classwork. But working with publishers and vendors to stock and sell small orders to the school’s 400 students while combatting online competition was no longer a viable option.
Now, Cushing Academy is able to more efficiently serve its students. The school has partnered with MBS Direct to offer the course materials students need in a variety of cost-saving options in one convenient online store.
“We have an average class size of just 12 students, and sourcing small quantities of books can be difficult,” said Heather Hill, Director of Marketing and Communications. “Additionally, more and more families now obtain their educational material on their own and online — in some cases this means not securing the correct editions, which then becomes an issue in the classroom. We chose to change our current model to make for a more efficient and seamless process for all.”
Cushing Academy has operated as an independent co-educational boarding and day school for 9-12th grade and post-graduate students since it was founded in 1865. With such a long-standing history, a strong and innovative curricula, and renowned programs in arts and athletics, the school has attracted students worldwide. Its current student body comes from 31 countries, 28 states and five continents.
The transition to an online bookstore model means those families from all over the globe will have better access to Cushing Academy’s official bookstore, as well. Now any family with an online connection can access their student’s bookstore and order the course materials they need for their classes, in their choice of format.independent co-educational boarding and day school for 9-12th grade and post-graduate students since it was founded in 1865. With such a long-standing history, a strong and innovative curricula and a renowned athletic program, the school has attracted students worldwide. Its current student body comes from 31 countries, 28 states and five continents.
“We are looking forward to offering an expanded buyback program and multiple ways in which students can obtain their educational materials, whether they choose a new book, used book, rental or E-book,” Hill said. “We also want to make every effort to offer the best and most efficient solutions for our families and faculty in the ordering and purchasing process.”