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FHS Student & Family Handbook

Falmouth Learning Outcomes

  • Clear and effective communicators: Understand the attributes and techniques that positively impact constructing and conveying meaning for a variety of purposes and through a variety of modes. 
  • Self-directed and lifelong learners: Understand the importance of embracing and nurturing a growth mindset. 
  • Creative and practical problem solvers: Are skilled at selecting and applying a process of problem-solving to deepen understanding and determine whether redefining the goal is a better way of addressing a problem situation and continuing to consider other alternative solutions until one resonates as the best one. 
  • Responsible and involved citizens: Understand the interdependence within and across systems and brings to each situation the appropriate actions. 
  • Integrative and informed thinkers: Are skilled at using complex reasoning processes to make meaning. 

Falmouth's Beliefs and Practices

  • Student learning and growth is our common goal.
  • Students learn best when they are engaged.
  • Students learn in a variety of ways and at different rates.
  • Students need practice and feedback before being expected to demonstrate learning.
  • Students need to develop habits of work.
  • Professionals use evidence from student work, behavior, and feedback to inform decisions.

Equal Educational Opportunities

The Falmouth School Department is committed to providing equal educational opportunities as required by federal and state laws for all students, regardless of race, color, sex, or national origin. Students or families/caregivers should direct any questions or concerns to the building principal.

Frequently Used Contacts

FHS Main Office: 207-781-7429
FHS School Nurse: 207-781-1321
FHS Student Services: 207-781-7429 x5687
Transportation: 207-321-0030
Athletics: athletics.falmouthschools.org 

Calendars & Schedules

Falmouth Schools District Calendar - Year At A Glance
School & District Monthly Events Calendar 
Falmouth High School Bell Schedule

Learn more about District and FHS communication with families.

Select a heading below to read sections of the FHS Student Handbook or access a PDF of the full handbook.

Student Behavior Expectations

Ethical and responsible behavior is an essential part of the educational mission of the Falmouth Schools. To that end, this system-wide Code of Conduct has been developed with input from school staff, students, family/caregivers, and community members. The Code defines our collective expectations for students, staff, family/caregivers, and community members' behavior and provides the framework for a safe, orderly, and respectful learning environment.
 
Standards for Ethical and Responsible Behavior
The Code of Conduct is intended to support and encourage all school  community members to meet the following community wide standards for ethical and responsible behavior:

Respect  -  Honesty  -  Compassion  -  Fairness  -  Responsibility  -  Courage

Disciplinary Procedures

Student Drug, Alcohol, & Tobacco Use Policy

Activities, Clubs, & Athletics

Student Life

Student Services

Graduation Requirements

All students must complete the following to graduate:

All students will demonstrate achievement of the standards of the Maine Learning Results.  The high school diploma signifies that the graduate has completed the requirements described in this policy and is ready to enter a postsecondary educational program or a career as a clear and effective communicator, a self-directed and lifelong learner, a creative and practical problem solver, a responsible and involved citizen, and an informed and integrative thinker.

Falmouth High School offers multiple pathways to allow students to demonstrate proficiency on expected learning standards and satisfy graduation requirements. Student pathways may include, but are not limited to, the following learning options:

  • Falmouth High School Program of Studies courses
  • Independent study courses approved by the school
  • Individualized learning plans
  • Dual enrollment or early college courses
  • Career and technical education
  • Accredited online learning programs
  • Alternative or at risk programming
  • Apprenticeships, internships, field work, or exchange experiences approved by the school

To earn a diploma from FHS, students must meet academic distribution requirements and also experiential learning requirements.

Experiential learning requirements for all students are as follows:

  1. Complete Discovery Program requirements;
  2. Complete career and education development requirements; and,
  3. Complete at least 30 hours of community service.  Students who enter FHS after 9th grade will have their community service requirement prorated.

Academic distribution requirements for students in the classes of 2024-2026 must earn 20 total credits and must include the following:

  •  English Language Arts (4 credits)
  •  Mathematics credits (3 credits)
  •  Science and Technology (3 credits: 2 years of lab science required; engineering or technology courses can fulfill 1 credit)
  •  Social studies (3 credits, US History is required) 
  •  Visual and Performing Arts (1 credit)
  •  Physical Education (1 credit) and Health (.5 credit)
  •  Electives (4.5 credits)

Academic distribution requirements for students in the classes of 2027 and beyond must earn 23 total credits and must include the following:

  •  English Language Arts (4 credits)
  •  Mathematics credits (3 credits)
  •  Science and Technology (3 credits: 2 years of lab science required; engineering or technology courses can fulfill 1 credit)
  •  Social studies (3 credits, US History is required) 
  •  Visual and Performing Arts (1 credit)
  •  Physical Education (1 credit) and Health (.5 credit)
  •  Electives (6.5 credits)
  • World Languages and Culture (1 credit)