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Benjamin Franklin Charter School - Power

Charter | K-8 | 917 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
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Posted February 18, 2014

Why is everything unbending and uncaring. My wife and son both return from teacher conference crying. This is rediculous. My son spends 3-4 hours every night doing homework and we work with him the entire time. The teacher does not care what his grade is and refuses to teach. She just assigns work and expects it done. Even completed homework receives an F if there are to many mistakes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

I have been so happy with not only the quality of education, but also the environment that my children have been able to learn at Benjamin Franklin Charter School (BFCS). I love the fact that with the use of the Spalding method, it doesn't matter which teacher my child gets...he/she will be learning the same material in the same way. Because BFCS encourages parent involvement at the school, I can volunteer as much as I would like and I feel very accessible to my child and part of the team that is teaching him/her. I also really appreciate that the character values we teach our children at home are reinforced at this school. I highly recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

We moved to the area 3 years ago we first decided to send our kids to the school district school closest to our home. After sending my 2 kids the first year & then adding my 5 yr. old the following year I felt like a change was in order to better fit my kids. I knew families from church that sent their kids to BFCS and had great things to say about their experiences. The campus is close to our home, but more importantly as I learned more about the school, & made several visits I realized my kids could do better in this environment. I love the front office staff, they were helpful and kind as they answered my questions and helped us enroll! BFCS has provided my kids with great structure and expectations regarding their education. The school teaches the kids to be proud of their country, to be good citizens and to be responsible. I love the communication, environment & teachers. Each time I go to the school, I am greeted with a friendly smile. I love when I help in the classrooms (not required) and can see how and what my kids are being taught. My kids excitement about their school makes me happy. So glad we made the choice to switch; great kids & families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

This school is amazing!! Top notch staff and teachers!!! Kids are learning way above their grade level!! You can see the difference in the kids who go here compared to other schools!! Just an overall amazing school, I feel like my daughter is getting way ahead of her peers going to Benjamin franklin charter school.. I highly recommend it!! So happy they now go through high school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

I have had two kids in this school, and I think this school is excellent. I wish they had a High School. Excellent teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2012

We researched MANY schools in the area, looking for a place our children can get a quality education. Overall, we are happy with the kindergarten program. Our child enjoys going to school, and the Spalding Phonics program has helped him strengthen his reading skills. The school is very structured, the children are all well-mannered, and the staff is good. My biggest complaint? I wish the daily communication was better. However, whenever I initiate communication with my child's teacher she is always prompt and courteous getting back to me. Compared to other schools, we are HAPPY to be at BFCS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2010

My son loves this school and has already learned so much this school year. I was originally concerned that BFCS might be all work and no fun, but I was wrong!! Benjamin Franklin Charter School does an excellent job of making learning fun without losing focus on education. The Spalding Language Arts program being used is definitely top notch and fully comprehensive. I wish I could have attended a school like BFCS when I was younger. The teachers and staff do a great job of reinforcing the importance of self respect as well as respect for others and authority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2009

My daughter has completed K-2 at this school, and I love it. I love the fact that they teach to the smarter kids in the class, and expect the other kids to catch up. Instead of teaching to the 'dumbest' kid in the class, they teach to the smartest. This is a fast paced curriculum, the kids either get it or they don't. In 2nd grade, my daughter was learning stuff that her cousins who were in 3rd and 4th grades (but at other schools) hadn't even learned yet. I feel this school has excellent teachers, and they expect the kids to follow rules. The dress code is a little weird, girls can't wear capri pants. I've never been given a reason as to why not. But, that's my only complaint. Principal and front office staff are wonderful. Teachers are great, too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2009

Our twins Just finished their first year at BFCS and we are very pleased. Their teacher is excellent and they have learned more then we would have expected for one year. If you want your kids to learn the value of hard work this is the place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2008

My children have attended BFCS for years. They have learned so much, but most importantly, how to work hard. A strong education is one of the best things you can give your children and I am very thankful to have found BFCS. It's unfortunate that there are only four of them in Arizona and that more children can't get a better education. Even more unfortunate that Arizonans are settling for the public education that we have here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2008

My children have been going to BFCS for 2 years now, I have mixed feelings about the school. I've never gone to a schools where most of the teaching staff is new, meaning fresh out of school, not very experienced. If you are looking for diversity, this definitely is not the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2008

I went to BFCS from K-8 and can only say that if you wish to have an excellent education, this is the place for you. I loved all my teachers and principals. The sports program at BFCS is awesome. It gives a reason to many students to pass their classes, because if you don't, you cannot participate. Cross country rules! :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2008

We switched our children from high dollar Rancho Solano to this charter school and couldnt be any happier. After researching 100's of schools, this is by far the best of the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2007

Benjamin Franklin is a Superior school. I work with all the school in the east valley and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to send my boys to this school. The academics are equal to a very high quality private school. This school is not for everyone, but if you value education and your child this is the best. They hire quality teachers (and staff) that care about teaching our children, which takes them to the next level that prepares them for Life.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

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89%

2011

 
 
85%

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78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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92%

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87%

2010

 
 
89%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
67%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 42%
Hispanic 10% 42%
Asian 2% 3%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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22951 S. Power Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85297
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Phone: (480) 632-0722

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