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

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  • Average SAT Scores (2016-2020)

    Evidence-based reading & writing: 670
    Math: 640
  • Average PSAT Scores (Class of 2019)

    Mean: 1231
    Percentile: 92
  • National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP)

    • NMSP honored five students in 2017, two in 2018, and three students in 2019 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 111 AP exams. Of those students, 88% scored at 3 or above and 62% percent scored at 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 11 science talent-search semifinalists and 4 finalists in these national research-based high school competitions. A Falmouth Academy student won a 1st prize in the 2016 Google Science Fair.
    • Massachusetts State Science Fair at MIT -
      Falmouth Academy students have earned 157 top prizes (1st-3rd) at the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair.
    • Student scientific research published-
      11 students have published in scholarly journals while attending Falmouth Academy.
  • Modern Language Honors

    Sixteen students were commended by the American Association of Teachers of German for excelling in the 20-18 National German Exam for High School Students. Six students received gold recognition and 4 received bronze.
  • Activities & Electives

    • Sports teams are open to all students (grades 7-12) and Falmouth Academy (FA) offer boys and girls varsity, JV, and middle school teams in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. 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 two sports clubs in 2019-20: Cross Country in the fall and Tennis in the spring. Cross country became a varsity sport in fall 2020.
    • 4th period is an extended time for electives. More than 40 electives are offered including studio arts, performing arts, chorus, band, yoga, beekeeping, community service, and many more. (In fall 2020, electives were moved to after-school activities due to Covid-19.)
    • Drama and Stagecraft are open to all students (grades 7-12)
    • Eleven FA students won regional awards in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing competition, including 2 Gold Keys, 5 Silver Keys, and 15 Honorable Mentions. 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): 95
Upper School (9-12) : 128
Total Enrollment: 223
Diversity: 12%
International: 7%
Male: 50%
Female: 50%
Towns represented: 22
Average class size: 11
Smallest class size: 3
Largest class size: 16
 
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition: $31,720
Percent of students awarded aid: 45%

Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff: 58
Faculty with advanced degrees: 32
Faculty with doctoral degrees: 4
Faculty who have been at FA for 15 or more years: 18
Student-Teacher ratio: 7:1
 
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