Cumberland Academy was transformed from a small private school established in 1996, into East Texas’ first premier charter school in 1998. Since its inception, Cumberland has always sought to achieve the vision of its founders, Dr. and Mrs. James Cotton. This vision is to serve every student’s unique and dynamic learning needs. Through small class sizes, innovative technology and passionate educators, all students have the opportunity to reach their maximum potential. We embrace and welcome all students. During the winter of 1995, Dr. and Mrs. James Cotton became discouraged that two of their children’s needs were not being met by the local public school system. They met with a number of local educators and decided to form a private school in order to ensure the educational success of their children, as well as others in the East Texas area.
Our Vision is to empower student success by providing a nurturing environment that inspires lifelong learning while using innovative technology to develop 21st century skills and fostering an appreciation of the arts.
The Mission of Cumberland Academy is to create schools of excellence with a shared commitment among staff, students, parents and the community, that fosters a nurturing environment incorporating strong core values and high academic expectations. Our aim is to develop a community committed to promoting service, cultivating responsible citizens and establishing pathways for students to achieve their maximum potential.