Dear Friends of Falmouth Academy,
I am excited to share with you the results of Falmouth Academy’s year-long strategic planning process. Despite the onset of the global pandemic and the intensive effort that was required to pivot in March 2020 to a remote learning environment, the work of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee proceeded without interruption. At the May meeting of the Board of Trustees, Falmouth Academy’s Strategic Vision 2020—representing the collective efforts of so many—was officially and unanimously endorsed.
The process began back in May of 2019, with the selection of our lead facilitator, Ms. Jenn Desjarlais of Cambridge Hill Partners. Together we engaged faculty, former faculty, parents, alumni, community members, and most importantly our students, many of whom participated in a facilitated strategy session of their own. With both patience and persistence, Jenn helped us frame and follow a process that honored our original goals of being thorough, transparent, and inclusive.
Yes, a lot has changed in the last fifteen months! But, against the backdrop of these uncertain times, now is actually the perfect moment for this young institution to celebrate our history, affirm our values, engage our many stakeholders, and together chart a bold path forward. Now is the moment because, simply put, there’s no time to waste.
The strategic vision we share below is deeply rooted in our mission statement, which compels us to “embolden each student to take creative and intellectual risks to engage the challenges of our times.” Herein you will learn more about the four strategic directions we will be pursuing over the years ahead: “Distinctive Place,” “Renewed Curriculum,” “Excellence in Teaching,” and “Future Sustainability.” And you will see that embedded within and integrated across each are three clear charges: to operationalize our stated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, to build on our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and resilience, and to evolve our program so that it is intentionally responsive to the multi-faceted role technology plays in the lives of current and future students.
Let it never be said of Falmouth Academy that we lack ambition! I am grateful for the efforts and wise counsel of all who participated in the process, and invite your wisdom and support as, together we move FA...