Falmouth Academy

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Falmouth Academy
Falmouth, MA, USA
Type Private
Established 1979
Headmaster Mark W. Segar
Number of students 215
Campus type Rural
Color(s)          Blue and white
Team name Mariners

Falmouth Academy (FA) is a non-profit, coed, private college-preparatory school for day students in grades 7–12 located in Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod.

Falmouth Academy was founded in 1977 as a small and rigorously academic day school. Its first classes were held in the basement of a retirement home; two years later, FA moved to another rental property on the Massachusetts Military Reservation in Bourne, Massachusetts. In 1985, Josiah K. Lilly III gave Falmouth Academy 34 acres (140,000 m2) next to prime conservation land, nearer to the town center and between Falmouth centers for medicine and the arts. Four years later, the school moved into the new 16-classroom building in time for the opening of the 1989–1990 school year. Since then, the building has undergone two significant renovations. The first, in 1997, added a gymnasium to accommodate its sports teams. The second was a three-story, 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) addition in 2006 that included science labs, art rooms, offices, a computer lab, and a library named in honor of its fifth headmaster, Bruce E. Buxton, and his wife, Patrice. Mr. Buxton served as headmaster from 1982 through 2005; the role is now held by David C. Faus.[1]


Falmouth Academy defines itself as a reading and writing school, but students also enjoy a diverse curriculum that includes mathematics, science, and the arts. Its core curriculum requires each student to take English, history, science, mathematics, and a foreign language for at least five years out of six. There is also a strong focus on the skills of writing, close reading, research, and effective management of time. Cooperative learning and independent research are also central to the curriculum. Students may take up to four elective courses each year, as well as physical education, in addition to their core academic courses.[2]

The average class size is twelve students and a majority of its graduates go on to highly-competitive colleges. Falmouth Academy also enjoys membership in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE). It has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).[3]

Student body[edit]

FA students come from a broad area of southeastern Massachusetts that is roughly bordered by Martha’s Vineyard, Mattapoisett, Middleboro, Duxbury, and Brewster. The school has also hosted more than 60 international students from about 24 countries.[4]

Approximately 35 percent of students at Falmouth Academy receive financial aid.[5] The tuition for the 2009–10 school year was $22,070 plus a $100 book deposit.[6] There are currently five students who do not identify as Caucasian, composing 2% of the total student body.


  1. ^ "History - About Falmouth Academy". Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Introduction - About Falmouth Academy". Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "FA by the Numbers - About Falmouth Academy". Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "History - About Falmouth Academy". Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "FA by the Numbers - About Falmouth Academy". Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Admissions - Falmouth Academy". Retrieved 24 September 2009. 

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Coordinates: 41°33′35.45″N 70°37′23.55″W / 41.5598472°N 70.6232083°W / 41.5598472; -70.6232083