The first words of our mission statement are, "Cushing Academy exists for students," and this is the daily focus of life at our school. This goal of putting every student as the primary focus sets the tone for all that occurs on our beautiful campus. Unique to Cushing, this phrase is a constant reminder to reinforce our singular focus to support student learning and experiences.

At Cushing, learning does not stop when classes end, but instead continues in the art studio, dining commons, dormitories, on playing fields, and in those moments when laughter is shared among friends. When you attend Cushing Academy, our focus is narrowly on you. Your good days, sick days, successes, failures, struggles, and victories… we will be right beside you through it all, continuing that learning process. Your experience as a Penguin will be unique, enjoyable, and memorable, as you pursue your passions, discover new interests, and make lifelong friends from all over the world.

As you browse our website, I hope that you can see yourself as a member of our student body, and a part of all the lessons, in and out of the classroom, that are available here. It is also my hope that you are encouraged to learn more by joining us on campus for a visit.

I am honored to lead Cushing Academy and to be a part of a team of committed and experienced faculty and staff who are ready to focus on your success and learning. We hope to see you soon!
All my best,
Randy R. Bertin, Ed.D.
Head of School

Dr. Bertin is Cushing Academy's 13th Head of School. Click here to read the announcement of his appointment.

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  • About Dr. Randy Bertin

    Dr. Randy Bertin has been a leader in independent boarding schools for the past two decades. Before joining Cushing Academy as 13th Head of School on July 1, 2018, he spent twelve years at Besant Hill School of Happy Valley in Ojai, California, serving seven of those years as Head of School.
    During his tenure as Besant Hill Head of School, Randy was recognized for his leadership and is one of only two independent school heads to receive the CASE District VII CEO Leadership Award. He was also awarded the honor of Head of School Emeritus at Besant Hill. Before becoming Head of School, Randy served in multiple leadership positions including Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Director of Advancement, and Assistant Head for Advancement. He also served as the school’s Varsity Boys Basketball Coach from 2007-2011, earning California Southern Section Division V coach of the year in 2010. Randy previously had a seven-year career at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, MA, serving in many roles including Certified Athletic Trainer, Residential Faculty, Teacher, Coach, Sophomore Dean, Director of Athletics, and Development Officer.
    Randy is an expert in the areas of School Leadership, International Fundraising, and Boarding School Admissions, and has presented several times on these topics. Other topics that he has presented and written about have included the Head of School’s Role in the Admissions Process, Financial Health Indicators for Heads of Schools, Integration and Immersion of International Students at Boarding Schools in the United States, and Perceptions of Independent School Leaders in California: Global Issues.  
    He lives on campus with his wife, Karen, and their four children.

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.