I have 4 children who have or are attending this school. It's been a good experience. There is no such thing as a perfect school but BFCS-Power is a great one.
Some pros: great front office staff & principal. The teachers obviously feel supported so they can focus on teaching (i.e. they are well-trained and the school is run well without drama). I've been impressed with the curriculum -- it gives a very solid foundation and I feel tries to strike a balance between mastering essential knowledge and using it creatively. There are lots of opportunities for parent involvement and some very dedicated parents who have made a big difference -- running club and an enhanced art program are some recent good additions. Also, no extra financial obligations or lots of fundraisers -- yay! I like that my kids have all had good supportive friends who come from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, etc. Also, great P.E. department and Mrs. Just runs a fabulous music department. I'm not up on the orchestra but the choir & band rival many Jr. High ones I've heard.
As I mentioned, there is no such thing as perfect. If I could change anything it would be less homework in the older grades but as I talk with friends at other schools I think that is a problem at a lot of schools. For my child who struggled doing homework I would just inform their teacher that they would only be spending the maximum time required by the school handbook to work on homework and teachers were supportive of that. My other critique would be that I wish the science curriculum was more interactive across the board. My experience is that some teachers incorporate more extracurricular materials than others.
BFCS offers a very solid education. My kids who have moved on have excelled. I feel like they were given the foundation and tools they need to really take advantage of educational opportunities in Jr. High, High school & beyond.
BFCS sets a very high standard for student behavior. when the middle school moved to the new building and they added more classes at each grade my kids cold pick the kids that moved in from public school out of a lineup just by their behavior.
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.
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!