Putnam Science Press Briefing Nov 13 2015

Staff, parents, friends of PSA attended a press briefing on Friday morning, to formally announce the completion of the sale of Putnam Science Academy to new ownership.

On the April 1, 2015 the organization running Putnam Science Academy made it known that they intended to close the school at the end of May. This came as devastating news to all of the staff and students, particularly our junior class who would have broken graduation records this year.  The school arranged for the majority of students to transfer to what was then our sister school in NJ.

You have often heard the phrase, ‘saved by the bell’.  Putnam Science Academy, was literally saved by the last bell.  With the help of a parent, a local business man from Woodbridge CT agreed in the last week of the academic year to buy the school and to keep it running.

The sale was a complex one. The purpose of this press briefing is to formally announce that the sale of the school was completed on the 15th October 2015.  While we were unable to return the vast majority of our students, or even to recruit new students for this academic year, we are open for business, we have a very select group of students, some of whom are returning from last year, along with a number of key faculty and staff.

The Norwich bulletin published the following on their website Norwich Bulletin report on PSA reopening


Mustang Madness 2015

Last night Putnam Science Academy hosted their season opening event. Over 200 people joined in the festivities in our revamped gym.  Doors opened at 5.  Activities included face painting, a children competition with the players, local rap artists, 3-point shot, dunk contest and above all the public letter of intent signing by Mammadou Diarra to the University of Connecticut.

Channel 3 was on hand to witness the event. PSA on channel 3 News Nov 14 2015

Tyere Marshall getting in on the act.
Tyere Marshall getting in on the act.
2015 in-promto squad picture
2015 in-promto squad picture
special seating brought in for the night
special seating brought in for the night
winner of the children race
winner of the children race
Mammadou Diarra signing his UCONN letter of intent
Mammadou Diarra signing his UCONN letter of intent

PSA Renewed

We are extremely pleased to announce that effective from the 14th October 2015, the transition to new ownership and occupancy has been finalized.  A local business entrepreneur, Dr Ding, agreed to save the school from closure, in the final days of the  last academic year.  The transfer of the ownership was completed on the 14th.  Whilst we were unable to keep all of the existing students and staff, we are open for business.  We do have students attending the school.  The majority of which form an expanded elite basketball prep school squad.

The Academy will shortly be undergoing a number of physical improvements and renovations.  The existing staff, led expertly by Mr Don Cushing, until most recently, the Principal of St. Joseph School in Webster MA, are excited by the new opportunities presented under the new ownership.

The Academy is always interested in accepting suitable new students.  A vastly expanded student body is envisioned for the forth coming academic year, for both boarding and day students.

Further news and details will be forth coming, including a media event


Welcome Message

On behalf of the Putnam Science Academy staff, students and “family”, it is with much enthusiasm and high hopes that I welcome you to Putnam Science Academy as its’ Headmaster effective the 2015-2016 academic year.

It is my vision that PSA will become a place which develops and fosters happy, knowledgeable, and high achieving students who make mature, responsible, and informed choices.  Good discipline, up-to-date curriculum based on the latest technological advances, high  teaching  moral and  pride, will serve as the cornerstones from which this vision will emanate.

Our curriculum encourages all forms of creative exploration that broaden both the interests and talents of our students and our interdisciplinary curriculum requires that all of our students master college preparatory courses.

The goal of PSA is to offer a wide variety of courses ranging from the sciences to mathematics to technology to social studies and enable our students to mature both intellectually and morally.  A dedicated faculty, well versed in recent technology, make the learning process more effective, enjoyable and rewarding. In addition, consistency in all areas, attention to small details and feedback, along with a sense of ownership, will also become mainstays in this mission for Putnam Science Academy.  Included in this vision is the developing of a community perception of Putnam Science Academy enhanced by a sense of partnership and cooperation between school personnel, students, parents and community.

It is our hope that Putnam Science Academy will mirror the values and positive attitudes of the Town of Putnam, CT. and the surrounding geographical area.



Donald F. Cushing, Headmaster


Robo Mustangs Qualify for Super Regionals

On March 7th, 2015, the Robo Mustangs competed at the “Battle @ The Beach” First Tech Challenge (FTC) Connecticut State Championships which took place at Greens Farms Academy. There, they competed with 23 other teams in order to qualify for the Super Regionals. Coming back with the PTC Design Award and Inspire Award Third Place, the Mustangs qualified for the East Super Regionals. 

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National Honor Society

On Friday, December 11, the PSA Chapter was officially inducted into the National Honor Society by the members of the Serena B Mowry Chapter from Ledyard High School. A total of twenty-nine inductees took part in the ceremony and there were many important guests present, such as the mayor of Putnam and the president of the Wellspring Foundation. It was an unforgettable occasion for not only the inductees, but also for PSA. After the ceremony, all attendees were invited to celebrate the moment with each other accompanied by various appetizers and Turkish tea, prepared by the PSA Staff.