Falmouth Academy, MA

Falmouth Academy, MA

Co-Ed Day School, Grade 7 – Grade 12 - Head of School: Matthew Green (Upper School Head, The Haverford School, Haverford, PA)

School Profile

7 Highfield Dr
Falmouth, MA 02540
Co-Ed Day School
210 students, Grade 7 – 12
Head of School for July 1, 2018

Falmouth Academy, celebrating its 40th year, was founded in 1977 and is located on Cape Cod in Falmouth, MA. A rigorously academic day school for approximately 200 boys and girls in grades 7–12, FA believes that education should be personal and collaborative with approximately 35 students per grade and an Falmouth Academy, MAaverage class size of 12. Classes are taught in the round to promote discussion and participation – there are “no back rows” at Falmouth Academy.

The Falmouth Academy campus is situated on 34-acres near the center of Falmouth abutting 300+ acres of conservation land. Falmouth Academy boasts impressive facilities with state-of-the-art science labs, new performing arts center, two art rooms, a dark room, a digital photography lab, a computer lab, library, gymnasium, and ample classroom and office space.

Students come from all over southeastern Massachusetts but more centrally from the Cape and Islands with a small contingent of international students. Throughout its history, the school has enrolled more than 80 international students from two dozen countries. The level of international enrollment is maintained at roughly 10% of the total student body to promote successful acculturation. A generous need and merit based financial aid program makes Falmouth Academy more affordable for year-round Cape residents.

Falmouth Academy’s core curriculum requires every student to study history, English, math, science, and a foreign language. In addition to academic work, students may choose from 40 electives many of which are in arts and music. Over half the student body voluntarily participates in FA’s interscholastic athletic program. Since 1990, Mariner teams have captured 34 league championships and numerous sportsmanship awards. It is a value for FA students to be well rounded and afforded the opportunity to pursue their interests to the fullest.

Arts-Across-the-Curriculum (AAC) and Science in the Real World (SRW) are two signature programs at Falmouth Academy. AAC is where teachers collaborate across disciplines to provide artistic experiences that complement scholarship and SRW is an unparalleled science program exploring real-world problems.

The science program has produced student scientists and award winners of more than 140 top prizes at the MIT Science and Engineering Fair. This is significant recognition for any school, and especially for a school its size. Several students have gone on to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Falmouth Academy maintains close connections with the nearby scientific community of Woods Hole, providing students with unique educational opportunities including internships, mentorships, and access to labs at the world-famous Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory and SEA Education Association. Each year, more than 100 local professional scientists volunteer to judge the school science fair.

Falmouth Academy has built a reputation as an environmentally sensitive campus, winning town and state awards. It installed the town’s first 10kw wind turbine in 2007. In 2010, FA installed a 333-panel, 77 KW photovoltaic system, the first of its kind in the town of Falmouth. In addition to the school garden, there is a four season greenhouse, a vernal pool for science exploration and several student-maintained beehives.

Falmouth Academy is noted for being a positive force in the community. Students and teachers are actively involved both in school and out, and being of service to others is a foundational value. The school makes itself available as a community center for meetings, lectures, classes, and performances.

With the completion of Morse Hall and the Simon Center for the Arts, Falmouth Academy will expand its service to the Cape community as a destination for world class musicians and lecturers from various academic and artistic disciplines. Currently we have established relationships with the Cape Symphony, Film Falmouth, National Theater, and Cape Cod Theatre Project, as well as our own community offerings and a robust summer program.

The Board of Trustees seeks a permanent Head of School to begin July 1, 2018. Significant experience in a senior leadership position and outstanding personal qualities are required. An advanced degree is preferred.

Please send inquiries and/or an application including a letter of interest, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and list of five references to Deirdre Ling, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC (email: and Mary Seppala, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC (email: or

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