Statement of Purpose
Falmouth High School’s purpose is to build a community of learners reaching for their full potential. Falmouth High School recognizes the necessity of providing a challenging academic curriculum, one which fosters the mastery of knowledge in content areas. Falmouth High School also recognizes the importance of promoting the development of essential skills as well as the development of personal qualities and characteristics. Because of our school’s diverse culture and economic make-up, our purpose is to provide a broad curriculum, one that recognizes individual needs and goals while it challenges all to grow intellectually and socially as they work to meet established high standards and expectations.
Falmouth High School, situated two miles north of the town’s center, serves the town’s eight villages: East Falmouth, Falmouth, Hatchville, North Falmouth, Teaticket, Waquoit, West Falmouth, and Woods Hole. Falmouth’s year-round population is 31,101 residents. Since the town’s economic base is characterized by a strong retail and service sector, it is important to note that the town’s population experiences a dramatic threefold increase in the summer. The median household income is $64,070 (as of 2018). Falmouth’s location has supported its growth into one of the largest oceanographic and marine research centers in the country.
The Town of Falmouth has four elementary schools, one middle school, one junior high school, and one high school. The District’s per pupil costs for 2015-16 ($16,473) remained slightly above the state averages. Approximately 49% of the town budget is appropriated to the schools and accounts for about 83% of the total school budget. State funds account for nearly 8.8% of the budget, with the remainder, about 8.2%, coming from the federal government and other grants.
The School and The Students
Our school has 999 hours of instructional time. There are 180 days of school scheduled for students. The school year is broken down into thirty 6-day cycles which are comprised of letter days, A-F. There are a total of 60 hours of professional development time available every year to faculty.
Among the efforts sustained by faculty and staff at Falmouth High School to retain students and maintain their positive progress towards graduation are enrollments in the Credit Recovery Program available through online learning, as well as enrollment in a skills based workshop course in English, mathematics, or biology.
Falmouth High School’s graduation requirements have been revised. Beginning with the Class of 2013, students are required to earn 96 credits. This change aligned our graduation requirements with the minimum entry requirements for Massachusetts state universities. Students at Falmouth High School are also encouraged to participate in a number of service learning opportunities as aligned with our social and civic expectations.
Falmouth High School maintains an outstanding and rigorous academic program. We offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses. All AP and honors courses are listed by department in the Program of Studies. Falmouth High School students have continued to show marked improvement on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). In accordance with guidelines published by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary education, we create and maintain individual Educational Proficiency Plans (EPPs) for students who score below 240 in either English Language Arts and/or mathematics.
Falmouth High School routinely celebrates students’ achievements. Falmouth High School also has local chapters of the National Honor Society, the National Math Honor Society, the National Science Honor Society, the National Music Honor Society, and the National Art Honor Society. There are also co-curricular opportunities available for students.
Falmouth High School has forged a range of partnerships. Local businesses and agencies, including the Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) and Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership (WHSTEP), that collaborate with Falmouth High School. Senior students may also elect to enroll in community-based senior internships. In our support of student readiness for post-secondary education, we have also partnered with Cape Cod Community College through the College Connection Program, which offers personalized college placement assistance.