Our School


Located in the unincorporated Turners Falls village in Montague, Massachusetts, Turners Falls High School is the flagship school of the Gill-Montague School District. Our students consistently score at or above state average on achievement tests.

At TFHS, we have high expectations for our students’ academic and social performance and expect students to participate in school decision-making, take on positions of leadership, and participate in school and community service activities. Our highly qualified faculty and staff members have the experience and passion to grow thoughtful and well-rounded adults.

Mission Statement

Turners Falls High School, with the cooperation of the community, parents, and students, provides a safe, supportive environment and develops well-educated, responsible students who will become contributing members of a competitive, diverse society.

Guiding Principles

Lifetime Learning

  • We will establish in students and educators an appreciation and commitment to be a lifelong learner.
  • We will instill in our students the practice of responsible citizenship within the school, local community, and global society.
  • We will establish programs that enable students to reach their individual potential to pursue and achieve success in areas of higher education and/or the workplace.

Responsible Citizenship

  • We strive to involve parents and the community and seek their input in the development of our children's educational program.
  • We appreciate the importance of diversity in our community and will encourage students and educators to practice respect of self and others, property, and our environment.

Academic Success

  • We recognize the need to provide students and staff with equal opportunities, resources, and technologies to access information, solve problems, and develop the skills needed to compete in the future workplace.
  • We acknowledge that students must master the essential and basic skills, but just as important, they must be able to use these skills to become critical and creative thinkers.
  • We will recognize the needs of students based on developmental stage, learning styles, cognitive strengths, and weaknesses.
  • We will challenge students and staff to have high expectations.
  • We encourage our students and educators to be cooperative and develop interpersonal skills to grow in self-esteem through academic and extra-curricular opportunities.
  • We will stress the importance of hard work, independence, responsibility, honesty, and integrity essential in striving toward high academic achievement.
  • We will make our schools safe havens to take risk, foster exploration, be innovative, open-minded, and view mistakes as an opportunity to learn.