About

At a Glance

Academic profile

Falmouth Academy is an educational institution carefully designed so that teachers and students know each other and work together.  Our students learn to:

  • Read closely to understand the shape, style, and substance of the text
  • Write skillfully by reviewing, revising, and rewriting
  • Manage time effectively
  • Speak confidently with adults
  • Participate actively in school and the wider community as students and volunteers
Average Class Size: 11   Smallest Class: 4   Largest Class: 17

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  • Average SAT Scores (Class of 2021)

    Evidence-based reading & writing: 654

    Math: 662
  • Average SAT Scores (2017-2021)

    Evidence-based reading & writing: 664

    Math: 633
  • National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP)

    NMSP honored three students in 2021, three in 2019, two in 2018, and five students in 2017 as Commended Students.

    Falmouth Academy regularly ranks in the top ten of Massachusetts high schools, public and private, in the percentage of the senior class recognized by the NMSP.
  • Rhodes and Fulbright Scholars

    Two Falmouth Academy alumni have been named Rhodes Scholars—one as a student at Wellesley College and one at Princeton University—and nine have received Fulbright scholarships.
  • AP Exams

    Falmouth Academy teachers develop their own curricula to emphasize discussion, writing, editing, depth of knowledge, and research that is interdisciplinary and project-based.  We do not offer AP courses, but we do offer our students the opportunity to take AP exams.

    Students may take AP exams in English Literature and Composition, Calculus AB, French Language and Culture, and German Language and Culture.

    In the past five years, Falmouth Academy students took 51 AP exams. 96% scored at 3 or above, and 73% scored a 4 or 5 (Scores of 3 or higher indicate college-level proficiency.)
  • Science Honors

    International Science and Engineering Fair
    FA students have earned 19 invitations and won 18 awards between 1988-2019.

    American Junior Academy of Science, Google, Intel, Siemens, Westinghouse
    Since 1994, Falmouth Academy has had eleven science talent-search semifinalists and four finalists in these national research-based high school competitions. A Falmouth Academy student won 1st prize in the 2016 Google Science Fair.

    Massachusetts State Science Fair at MIT
    Falmouth Academy students have earned 163 top prizes (1st-3rd) at the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair.

    In 2021, 13 students presented projects at the MA State Science and Engineering Fair. Two students received 1st place, 1, one received 3rd place, and two received honorable mentions.

    Published Student Scientific Research
    Eleven students have published in scholarly journals while attending Falmouth Academy.
  • Modern Language Honors

    Eighteen students were commended by the American Association of Teachers of German for excelling in the 2020 National German Exam for High School Students. Three students received gold, two received silver, and five received bronze.
  • Activities & Electives

    Sports teams are open to all students (grades 7-12) and Falmouth Academy (FA) offers boys and girls varsity, JV, and middle school teams in soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and cross country. FA teams are competitive frequently participating in post-season play and known for good sportsmanship. Since 2016, two teams were ranked in the top 20 by the Boston Globe. 

    FA introduced tennis as a club sport in 2019-20.

    Over 50 electives are offered for discovery and enrichment. They range from art and music to curling and forensic science. There is something for everyone. 

    Drama and Stagecraft are open to all students (grades 7-12) after school.

    In spring 2021, eight pieces of artwork by Falmouth Academy students won awards in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Regional Art Awards and two were honored at the Small Independent School Art League Competition. 

    During the 2019-20 school year, 12 student musicians were chosen for the All-Cape Music Festival and 4 students were named to the Senior and Junior Southeast District Music Festivals. One student was named Concertmaster for the All-Cape Music Festival.



"We cherish so many facets of the school— from course offerings to the top-notch Science Fair to all the great after-school events, including those in which parents participate.”
- Caroline and Reiner Fenske, Edgartown

2020-21 By the Numbers

Enrollment
Middle School (7-8): 81
Upper School (9-12) : 119
Total Enrollment: 200
Diversity: 12%
International: 4%
Male: 50%
Female: 50%
Towns represented: 21
Average class size: 11
Smallest class size: 4
Largest class size: 17
 
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition: $33,355
Percent of students awarded aid: 50%

Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff: 59
Faculty with advanced degrees: 30
Faculty with doctoral degrees: 6
Faculty who have been at FA for 15 or more years: 15
Student-Teacher ratio: 5:1
 
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