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K-6
Public charter
Gilbert, AZ
Students enrolled: 472

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13717 South Val Vista Dr.
Gilbert, AZ 85296

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(480) 632-8716
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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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
October 07, 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
November 02, 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
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
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
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
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
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.

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no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating September 04, 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.

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August 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 04, 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
April 02, 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
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!

- submitted by a community member
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
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
no rating 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
August 31, 2007
We love our school! The teachers are attentive, organized, and truly care about their students. The office staff are knowledgeable and friendly; the principal is caring and involved. The students are challenged to excel in all areas and most rise to the occasion. Ben Franklin has a back-to-basics curriculum with a school-wide emphasis on values and patriotism as well. Twice a week with an incredibly gifted music teacher leads a true music class. The students' December concert could rival any high school's. The children are happy and for the most part seem to get along with each other. What more could one want? OK, so a few more after school programs might be nice, or maybe computers in the classrooms, but my son can play on a soccer team outside of school or learn on our computer at home. Believe me, this school is awesome.

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August 28, 2007
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August 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2007
We love the Saxon math and spaulding programs, the teachers and staff are great. My child has been here for 4 years and is excelling. The education they are getting here versus public school is higher most of the time, at least on math & reading. This school doesn't have computers or computer classes and is unwilling to add it to their curriculum. The teachers don't even have computers in their classrooms unless they bring them.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2006
When this school was first conceived of, those of us parents who rolled up our sleeves and made it happen wanted the best possible education in the best most supportive environment possible for our children. I am so proud when I see our first Kindergarten class, now in their Junior year, thriving and preparing to become the effective, well mannered, self disciplined adults any parent would want their child to become. What started by clearing a barnyard at the Museum on Horne, has a become a shining success and example of what can be achieved when you work hard and never give up. Academically and socially our children are way ahead of the game! Thank you and Way To Go Gilbert BFC!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
The curriculum is superior to the local public schools. Most of the students are working 1-3 grades ahead. The old addage rings true, 'expect much, you'll get much, expect little, you'll get little.' The expectations are higher and most kids respond to the challenge.

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July 19, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
July 07, 2006
We have been at this school since 1999. I loved this school in the beginning, but unfortunately I feel the religious beliefs of some teachers are being brought into the classroom and favortism of this regigion is evident. Academically I am happy with the school, but please lets keep the regligion out. I also found the labeling of

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June 04, 2006
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March 11, 2006
I think the advanced classes will help my child organize and learn great study habits. Parent involvemant is huge which is nice you basically know everyone because you are always seeing each other.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
Great School with a dedicated principal and staff. I love it!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2006
Excellent academically. Instills values in students. A lot of parental involvement. Great parent teacher assoc. Very structured and strict curriculum.

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October 13, 2005
The quality of academics is excellent. All teachers I have had contact with have been wonderful, well-qualified, and very caring and concerned about each student. Non-academic areas are adequate. The parents are also wonderful, very involved, and concerned about education. I particularly appreciate the emphasis on patriotism and values!

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2005
My daughter loved this school. The teachers and staff are wonderful. The parking area is difficult but the education level is worth the hassle.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2005
I am now entering my eighth year of having my children at this school and have had a wonderful experience here. I have been thrilled with the Spalding program used here. The teachers and all of the staff are top-knotch. I have been honored to be able to be a parent volunteer on campus and enjoyed seeing first-hand how well-behaved and happy the students are here. They are very eager to learn and it shows in their classrooms. I would highly recommend this school for parents who are looking for a school that offers a back-to-basics curriculum with an emphasis on structure and patriotism. It has worked wonders for my children.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2005
Academics are outstanding - providing parents are available to help with lots of homework!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2005
I have been a teacher myself for 10 years, and I have never seen a more organized school! Everyone from the office, to the classroom, to the support staff, is professional and committed to the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2005
My neighbor and close friend has a 6th grade girl at the Warner campus and her daughter is so much further ahead than my 6th grader, it's is unbelievable. My daughter has been at Eagles Aerie for the last three years and the school has gone down hill considerably. There are no text books and no pre-planned lessons. I have seen the test score differences...we are currently on the waiting list for Ben Franklin. They teach one grade ahead and also have two weeks of summer school to get the kids on track for the next year. My 6th grader will have to repeat the grade just to be close to wear she needs to be for BF. Most schools are bearly making the national average and I'm hoping that by attending one that scores 60% as the lowest and more in the high 70's and 80's...it will make a difference.

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April 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2005
This school offers a great back-to-basics curriculum, as well as an appreciation for instilling respect and manners in its students. The school has a monthly virtue and says the pledge of allegiance at a daily flag ceremony. The school grounds are not traditional, however, I appreciate the fact that my 5 year old is not highly exposed to a lot of 6th grade behavior. Music and PE are incorporated into the curriculum. The school does not have a gymnasium or multi-purpose room. Weather is usually accomodating for PE purposes. Sports do not appear to be a big part of the extracurricular activities. Parent involvement is highly encouraged by volunteering and the requirement for a parent to sign their childs homework on a daily basis. Lastly, the students/children appear to look forward to going to class and are still happy at the end of the day.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2005
This school is great. The staff is dedicated to each child's need and work their best to facilitate a comfortable learning environment.

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- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2005
Bfcs is a great school. They have a challenging corriculum, a fair impartial discipline program, excellent teachers, and great parent involvement. They offer after school programs, band, choir,and student council. They have an easy to follow dress code which encourages pride in one's appearance. The classrooms are orderly and well run, the children learn to be polite and respectful, and most of all they learn! the school does require parent involvement through volunteer programs, as well as checking a student's homework. I recommend bfcs to all of my friends and anyone else who asks and is interested in their child getting a quality, back to basics education.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2005
Although I do feel this is an excellent, well run school, it seems it is a left-brain school only. Busy work and not much creativity. The discipline enforced is great- kids are all well behaved, but do they enjoy school? Mine didn't. I think it's an excellent choice if you feel it's a fit for your specific child- but it is focused only on advancing academics: book smart kids!

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2005
Excellent education. Fast paced curriculum, challenges students.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2004
We have been with the school for 2 years now and I should say that I am very satisfied with their curriculum. My daughter has built her confidence with reading and writing. She struggles but the teacher is very patient. The teachers are supportive. If the student needs a one to one time with them, they do give it. She loves their after school programs. Safety is of prime importance to them.

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September 26, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2004
We are very happy with the school. It focuses on establishing a good educational foundation. They also stress patriotism and character.

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August 06, 2004
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July 18, 2004
Not too impressed. Too much back to basics to work in the real world.

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May 25, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2004
This school is great. Not only is the curriculum top notch, the atmosphere is wonderful. Students are respectful of teachers and other students. I have six children that have attended this school. I am impressed with Franklin's ability to maintain high standards and not yield to public pressures. The Spalding method is extremely effective and the Saxon math has prepared my children for higher education.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2004
I absolutely love Benjamin Franklin Charter! My children had been in another charter school prior to Ben Franklin that was substandard. Franklin's staff has helped my two children excel. They provide an atmosphere where the kids really want to do great and be challenged. Parental involvement is a must which is an area lacking in many other schools.

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- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2004
Benjamin Franklin is a great school! They have a dress code that they enforce all year round. They do back-to-basic courses that actually teach your child how to read and they split the year teaching the current grade for half then the next grade for half.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2004
I moved my daughter to this school just this year. She has always been an above average student; and now, she is finally being challenged to do her best. The math curriculum is awesome. The self discipline, independence, and values, that are taught here are so refreshing. My daughter will be well prepared for her future academic pursuits and to be a responsible citizen after leaving this school. I might also add that the entire staff goes above and beyond to help make the school's environment a wonderful place to be.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2003
I really LOVE Ben Franklin Charter School! I now have 2 children enrolled there. The school requires the kids to be pushed in their studies. They seem to be about a grade level or more higher in all their areas study. I also really love that this is moral enviorment, that wants children to look and act their best at all times. The principle is alway see around the school not tucked away in a office. I also love that my children have the opportunity to say the pledge every morning at flag ceremony. Thank you Ben Franklin!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2003
I had the opportunity to bring my children to Benjamin Franklin charter schools since the beginning of these schools. I have nothing but positive things to say about the curriculum, teachers and leadership. The drive to bring them to school was certainly worth the effort on my part.

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Benjamin Franklin Charter School - Gilbert
13717 South Val Vista Dr., Gilbert, AZ  85296
(480) 632-0722
Last modified Benjamin Franklin Charter School - Gilbert is a Charter school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Benjamin Franklin Charter School - Gilbert Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 68 reviews. Top