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 under the close supervision of their teachers
  • Manage time effectively
  • Speak confidently with adults
  • Participate actively in school and the wider community as students and volunteers
Average Class Size: 13   Smallest Class: 3   Largest Class: 17
We know that a good education is personal, which is why Falmouth Academy is small enough for everyone to know who you are.

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  • Average SAT Scores (2019-2024)

    SAT Mean for the Class of 2024
    EBRW - 647 | MATH - 609

    PSAT for the Class of 2024
    Mean - 1156 | Commended Students - 3
    (86th National Percentile)

    SAT Middle 50% Classes 2019-2023
    EBRW - 600-710 | MATH - 530-690
  • National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP)

    NMSP honored one student in 2022, three in 2021, three in 2019, two in 2018, and five students in 2017 as Commended Students.

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

    Falmouth Academy’s integrated college preparatory curriculum emphasizes problem-based learning and writing across the curriculum. This sequential course of studies establishes the academic foundation while reinforcing the value of membership in a shared intellectual community. All students take the same highly challenging heterogeneous courses in English and history in grades 9-12 and science in grades 9-10. Modern language, mathematics, and upper-level science are tracked courses, and students are placed in these courses based on prior coursework and teacher recommendations.

    Falmouth Academy does not offer AP courses because we are philosophically committed to work emphasizing depth of knowledge, group discussion, extensive writing, and interdisciplinary, project-based research. Students may sit for AP exams in several subjects including Calculus, English Literature and Composition, French Language and Culture, and German Language and Culture.

    In the past five years, Falmouth Academy students have taken 124 AP exams and have earned a score of 3 or above on 73% of these tests

    All Falmouth Academy courses are equivalent to Honors level or above and advanced courses are similar to AP courses in workload and academic challenge.
  • Science Honors

    11 semifinalists/4 finalists
    National HS Science Competitions
    (Intel, Google, Siemens, Westinghouse)

    19 invitations/17 awards

    International Science & Engineering Fair

    1 Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award

    2016 Google Science Fair
    11 FA students published in high school scientific research in scholarly journals

    163 top prizes (1st-3rd)
    MA Science & Engineering Fair
  • Modern Language Honors

    Falmouth Academy offers classes in French, German, and Spanish.  20 students were commended by the American Association of Teachers of German for excelling in the 2022 National German Exam. 5 students received gold, 10 received silver, and 5 received bronze.
    16 FA students were recognized for outstanding achievement for the first time by the National French Exam taken by 42,000 students nationwide, with 3 receiving gold, 7 silver, 2 bronze, and 4 certificats d’honneur.
  • Performing and Visual Arts

    Students in all grades participate in FA's signature program, Arts Across the Curriculum. Instead of having students study art in academic classes, we invite students to actually create the art. The Arts Across the Curriculum program engages multiple intelligences through the arts and exposes all students to the traditional subject matter in a tactile, sensory, and expressive way. By doing so, learning is deeply embedded—and often inspired.

    FA's drama department produce and perform three plays a year, two open to the whole school and one for middle-school students only.

    In 2017, FA completed a performing arts center, which includes a music room, black-box theater, design shop, gallery space, and a state-of-the-art control room for lighting and sound.

    In 2021-22, 5 students were named to Senior and Junior District Music Festivals and 1 was named to All-Cape Music Festivals.

    6 students won 8 awards in the 2021 Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, including 2 gold, 3 silver, and 3 honorable mentions.

    6 students won 9 awards at the 2022 SISAL (small independent schools art league) Art Competition, including best in show, first place for drawing, second place for printmaking, third place for photography, and six honorable mentions. 
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  • Athletics

    Falmouth Academy competes in soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and cross country and has a tennis club. The high school teams play in the Cape and Island League as part of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). 

    • boys varsity lacrosse and soccer teams qualified for the MIAA tournament. 
    • a boys varsity soccer player was named league MVP
    • the lacrosse tri-captains were named to the all-league team
    • boys middle-school soccer won the Cape Cod Super Six Championship
    • a cross-country runner competed at states, where she ran a personal best
    • 20 fall sports players were recognized as league all-stars
  • 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.

By the Numbers

School & Campus
Founded in 1977
Campus: 34 acres
Current Building: 1989
Additions: 1977(gym), 2006 (science wing, library, art studios), 2015 (meeting hall), 2017 (performing arts center)
Classrooms: 18
Art and Music Rooms: 4
Sports Fields: 4 including cross-country track


Middle School (7-8): 60
Upper School (9-12): 126
Total Enrollment: 188
Diversity: 12%
International: 4%
Towns represented: 22
Average class size: 13
Smallest class size: 3
Largest class size: 17
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition: $34, 260
Percent of students awarded aid: 50%

Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff: 59
Faculty with advanced degrees: 28
Faculty with doctoral degrees: 6
Faculty who have been at FA for 15 or more years: 17
Student-teacher ratio: 5:1
"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
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