The Cushman School

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The Cushman School
592 Northeast 60th Street
Miami, Florida 33137
United States
Founded 1924
Founder Dr. Laura Cushman
Headmistress Ms. Arvi Balseiro
Grades Primary, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Gender Male and Female
School colour(s) Blue and white
Mascot Cushman Cougar
Team name Cushman

The Cushman School is a private school in Miami, Florida. Founded in 1924, the school serves about 500 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

Arvi Balseiro is the school's headmaster. She is the third Head of School in the school's 90-year history and a successor to Dr. Joan Lutton who mentored Arvi for 25+ years. Dr. Joan Lutton was the Head of School for 32 years. The founder, Dr. Laura Cushman, was Head for 57 years.


The Cushman School was founded in 1924 and is the oldest PK-8 private school in Miami. The school is expanding and will open its doors to high school students in 2017. The school was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1991-1992,[1] is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.

The Cushman School is Miami-Dade County's oldest continuously operating private school.

The school consists of several small buildings, a mix of old and new structures, in a historic section of northeast Miami. Since its opening in 1924, the school has introduced approaches to education that include an educational psychology calling for broad student input in the learning process. Dr. Laura Cushman believed that every student was capable of helping to chart his or her educational path.[2]


The curriculum includes Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Latin. Cushman is a laptop school with students in grades 5-8 working on their own laptops in every class.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Cushman School has sports including cross country, volleyball, swimming, track and field, soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, beach volleyball and cheerleading. These sports are only played by 5th graders, 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Distinguished alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ George, Dr. Paul (200). The Cushman School. The Cushman School. p. 175. 
  3. ^ George, Paul (2006). The Cushman School. The Cushman School. p. 175. 

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