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Benjamin Franklin Charter School - Gilbert

Charter | K-6 | 472 students

Benjamin Franklin Charter School is an academically focused educational program

 
 
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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted June 24, 2013

We are excited about the construction of our new campus and look forward to it's opening this August for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year! Enrollment opportunities have increased due to this expansion. Please call 480-632-0722 to inquire about enrolling your child today.

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Posted April 25, 2014

I love this school. I gave two children that went there for first grade and finishing second grade. I will be keeping them in the school for all grades. The teachers are great, knowledgeable, and provide free tutoring for students that need help. Both of the teacher help my kids when needed to help them excell. I would definitely recommend this school. Yes, this school is focused on having each child excell and it is intense where they learn language arts and math. They also have fun things that the kids love like art, music, P.E.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

This is my sons first year and we love it! The curriculum has really helped him improve and understand what he is learning. The teachers are highly trained and love what they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

This school leaves much to be desired. They do not take the time to teach your child its hurry, hurry, hurry, and on to the next. If your child gets upset because they are not keeping up the teacher is of no help. I experienced this first hand while helping in the classroom. I'm so glad my child no longer attends this school. They cater to the A students while others go by the way side. When a school brags about their A+ ratings I d be leery as to how they received it.


Posted January 15, 2014

Great school, awesome teachers and staff! This is our ninth year at this campus and I've been very pleased with the education that my children have received here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

I am a veteran parent and on the parent board. The academic program is the best there is. I have had dealings with the executive director and find him to be egotistical and not caring about parenyts and their concerns. He can be very condescending if you approach him with issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2012

This school is very hit and miss. If you student is a great student, by all means send them. They seem to teach ahead and don't look back much. If your student is popular even better. However if you have a student that is a c student, this school will pass right by them and missing concepts that will affect your child later. Nothing is done about bullying as my son was bullied, I had multiple talks with the principle and things did not get better. This is an accurate rating as my kids went to school her from kindergarten to 5th grade. If you are lucky enough to get a great teacher which there are some in here for sure you will be great. One bad teacher will make your life and kids life really tough. We were not able to switch teachers instead the school would rather you left since they have a wait list. My students bad grades were listed on a wall for everyone to see.Between the bullying and posting bad grades on the wall for all to see my kids confidence was faltering at an all time low. The best thing I did was pull my kids out. I now have a happy healthy kid who still gets C's but gets more help to understand what he missed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2012

As a parent at BFCS of many years at Gilbert Campus their is a procedure to follow regarding these issues concerning your child. The first step should have been to first talk to the teacher and then the principal after that you can contact the administration. I know for a fact all issues have always been dealt with fairness and resolved happily. It is unkind to bash a specific person simply because of differences of opinions. We are all adults and should deal with things as such. Door #2 is an amazing person, who is highly qualified and loves the children. I feel sad when teachers are treated unfairly because of all they do and deal with on a daily basis. Please remember we all have bad days, bad moments and tough times. We are here to learn to be kind and be good examples for the children of the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2012

Amazing curriculum, great staff and teachers. I have been a parent here at BFCS for over seven years, and will continue to be one untill all my children have concluded sixth grade. Here at Benjamin Franklin Charter School teachers are trained to teach a well rounded curriculum. The renowned Spalding and Saxon math method of teaching are implemented , as well as deep study of the American constitution. The teachers follow an oustanding code of conduct, and are loving ,friendly to the children and parents. The principal is great with children , and deals with them with fairness. When problems arise he is always willing and ready to meet the child and the parents to help solve problems. I honestly have not to deal with the principal very often, because I was able to resolve most all issues by first consulting with my child's teacher. All the office staff is cordial and helpful to those that belong and are just visiting the campus. I am well pleased with the school, but most importantly with the type of education provided here. Ounce again the curriculum, the discipline, and the structured enviroment is outstanding. Visit our school and see for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2011

I have been with this school for many years. I love the academics and staff. I know that my children were loved, cared for and taught well. My older children have excelled as teenagers because of this program. This past month has been two of our families favorite highlights. Fall festival and the Veteran's Day program. What a great way to help create a family friendly environment. Thank you to the staff and all of the parent volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2011

I could not be happier with this school. I took my son out of a nearby school and enrolled him in Benjamin Franklin. He has only attended 5th and 6th grade here, the only regret I have is that I did not look into this school sooner. The academics are well above other area schools, the staff, teachers, and principal are dedicated to providing the best care and academics to the students. The functions; Fall Festival, Christmas Concert, Field Day, etc. are wonderful. Thank you to BFCS for all you have done!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

The school as a whole is better than average for sure; higher academics, great curriculum, most teachers are highly qualified and do a great job. However, in recent years (I have had kids there for 11 years now) there has been a trend toward incomplete handling of discipline issues, particularly related to bullying. I think it is a matter of policy as well as implementation and leadership by the principal. I have recently addressed this with the Board so hopefully changes will be forthcoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

I am a parent volunteer at the Gilbert campus so I am at the school at least each week helping in my children's classroom. The structure and the accelerated curriculum is what brought me to this school. The teachers communicate with me frequently. The office staff is always friendly and helpful. I see the principal in the classrooms often. He is easy to work with. I have seen great changes in my children since they have been here. It is a great campus and I would recomment any parent looking for a great education for their children to check it out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2010

I have been a parent at this school for 4 years and find it to be excellent. From the principal to the office staff to the teachers all are friendly and making sure my needs and the needs of my child are met. I could not be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2009

This school is excellent! Great homework assignments, challenging, and good teachers, way above average. School does not infringe upon parental rights and requires 100% participation or parents in most activities. I have a daughter there now for the 3rd year, my son went for two. Try Hamilton Prep Academy in Chandler for 7 - 12 grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2009

This is a great school academically. It's a very accelerated level of education. Although there is a high turnover with teachers, at the Gilbert Campus, they are all trained very well on how to implement the program by the great mentoring system in place between all 4 campus'. Overall, the school is great. My kids have been attending for 9 years and my oldest is now graduating Jr. High from the Power Campus. Very ready to attend public High School. The only issue I have, with the Gilbert campus, is the principal. He does not know how to support his teachers, support staff or parents of the students. If you have never had any 'dealings' with him, you probably would think that he is an excellent principal. But, if you have a child that needs extra attention, he is not the one you want to deal with them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2009

We have been impressed with the school overall. We brought our student to the school after attending 3 years of public school and never learning to read. Half way thru the first year and he is almost reading at his grade level. I have found the school to be very structured and strict however have observed some of there policies enforced depending on religion and politcal clout. I would recommend this school to all however be prepared for a very poorly engineered parking lot and a great deal of inconsiderate parents that do not know how to lead by example. And a staff that seems to just allow it. The principal we do have our reservations for but overall good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2008

I have seen a huge change in my grandson since starting school at Benjamin Franklin. He was enrolled at another school & was not happy at all. Now I see a self-confident, happy, proud little boy thanks to the wonderful teacher & staff at Benjamin Franklin Charter School. I couldn't be happier!


Posted January 25, 2008

My son is in kindergarten looks forward to going to school everyday. He is reading and spelling well. He likes to be challenged and the curriculum does that well so he is not bored in class. He loves Music class, PE and Art too. The Christmas concert in December was fantastic. I love the small size of this school and the teachers and staff are very friendly and helpful. I also like the parental involvement that is encouraged in the classroom and through committees. I am very thankful my son was able to get in last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2008

My children attended Ashlnd Rancj previous to BFCS. While Ashland ranch is one of the finest public schools in the state, it is still a public school. I was forced to switch schools for my children and was dissapointed. We had however looked at BFCS previously and had liked their Back-To-Basics approach. I am very pleased that the Lord intervened on my childrens behalf and decided that Ashland Ranch was not the place for them. BFCS is by far one of the best schools in the Valley. My children have thrived since starting to attend. Their cirriculun is fantastic, and the staff is truley caring and thoughtful. they push the children to live up to a higher standard. I am impressed by the advanced cirriculum that is offered here. My only regret is not enrolling them sooner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2008

Benjamin Franklin is Awesome!! The staff truly cares about the children there. My Daughter is in Kindergarten and she is reading chapter books and loves to learn! I would recommend this school to anyone that wants there children to succeed! I wish I would have known about this school earlier! I think the parents that complain about computers and other non academic things should get there priorities in line and get there kids an education! My kids will go to Benjamin Franklin forever!!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

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 65% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
79%
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 "Excelling".

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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 42%
Hispanic 12% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 46%N/A49%
Male 54%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Poetry

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Diana Danna
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 632-8716

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School leaders can update this information here.

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13717 South Val Vista Dr.
Gilbert, AZ 85296
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Phone: (480) 632-0722

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