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K-6
Public charter
Mesa, AZ
Students enrolled: 249
 

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2345 N. Horne
Mesa, AZ 85203

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(480) 632-0722
(480) 649-8716
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March 26, 2013
After an extremely bad year, and a letter from some lady none of us know, I'm highly upset to see that my child has to go somewhere else. My child has spent the entire year receiving inconsistent teaching, with conflicting reports sent home. We were told that we could go to the Gilbert Campus, only to be told later that it wasn't available either- that it would be moved, too. A call the the principal yesterday showed that she wasn't even on campus to be questioned. I certainly hope that my review isn't flagged again, but I will continue to make it.

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March 25, 2013
After an extremely poor year, families were informed 8 weeks prior to the end of the year that the school is closing. We were informed via an informal email/letter from some woman I've never heard of and were told we could drive to the Gilbert Campus or ask the front desk about other options. This entire year was a joke from a 3rd grade teacher who is more suited to teach high school to unsupportive administration who make excuses for their negligent staff. This was a year that could make or break my student's value of school and the teacher spent more of the year nit picking him rather than teaching him. After 3 prior successful years, this was a HUGE disappointment. Sadly, I have to say I am not surprised they are closing from their wishy washy support staff to their high school level politics. In this school you are either mormon or worthless in their eyes. Unless of course you have money to donate. It wasn't hard to see this school coming apart at its seams this year. The best thing I can pull from this is that our family is forced to find a much better educational environment for our child. I certainly hope the other campuses aren't run in such a poor manner.

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March 23, 2013
We just received news yesterday that Ben Franklin Mesa is closing at the end of this school year. I cannot say I am surprised as the school as dealt with alot of changes and have not been able to roll with them successfully. I will miss the many great families I have met over the years. I wish they could have given us more notice as most charter schools in the area have already had their registration for the upcoming school year.

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March 23, 2013
This campus is closing after many years. Although a great program, the Mesa campus principal is never there anymore. I have been very disappointed this year in my dealings with her. On Monday morning I will be calling the Gilbert campus to see if I can get my children in there this year.

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March 18, 2013
We moved mid-year and transferred our kindergartner here. He loves it and I love it. The kindergarten teacher is really on top of things. Whenever I visit the campus I am impressed by the kids and the (in general) missing "attitude" when observing even the older students. They may have limited resources, but I appreciate the small school atmosphere and attention to academics and character.

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August 23, 2012
My daughter has started first grade and she loves it. I will say the school seems LDS but the do not leave out children who are not. We are LDS and my daughters teacher makes home calls to let me know she is her top student. Their dress code is definatly different because its so hot to wear jeans all the time if you choose not to wear uniform, but i notice all children are dressed nice from head to toe. I love the small schools learning and individual attention they give each student, and their new drop off/pick up its very organized. The teachers are very kind and the front office people are always attentive to your needs and wants. I would definatly recommend this school to anyone who wants nsomethign structured for their childrem

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June 20, 2012
We could not be any happier with this school. Great teachers and great parents. I would recommend this school to anyone.

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September 02, 2011
One thing to mention is that this school has no team sports, only what is played in PE. The library is an occasional offering in an empty classroom, but when there are too many students, there is no more library. There are no computers available to the students. There is not always a play each year, but sometimes there is one play offered for older students. It is a small school with most classes in trailers and very limited resources. Otherwise, the school does what it can with what it has.

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August 20, 2011
I initially loved this school for my child based on the ideas of teaching the constitution, principles and preparing them to be good citizens. As previously posted, there is nothing available for advanced/gifted students. While there is no proclaimed religion at this school, you will find that the dress code is in accordance with LDS guidelines and the social aspect is not friendly towards non LDS families. There is definately a pecking order when it comes to the administration caring about parental concerns, if you are not in the club, do not expect the principal to even respond to your questions or ideas. With that being said, the kindergarten teacher is an incredible lady who will go above and beyond to help your child do their best. Safety is also a concern, the outdoor aides are useless and often daydreaming or socializing when they should be watching the children.

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June 20, 2011
I think this is a wonderful school. My children have been attending for many years. I think your race survey was right on track. Another item that parents may want to consider is the religious orientation of the school. This school is primarily based on a staff and student population from a particular religious base and families that are not a part of this religion can be made to feel uncomfortable. This is something they may want to research before becoming a part of the program.

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February 28, 2010
When I was searching for schools for my daughter who was entering kindergarten I found Benjamin Franklin. I am so glad that I found this school because it is such a wonderful place. They have just the right amount of love and dicipline to make this school work. I love how envolved this school is with the children and keeping parents envolved. They keep the classrooms at a decent size so every child is taken care of. I love the fact that they praise kids and recognize them for the good things they do and not just the bad like I have seen a lot of schools because they are overwhelmed. They teach children to reach their full potential and they also teach respect which was a huge thing for me. They also encourage and love parents to be in the class rooms to help. I recommend this school to everyone!

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February 09, 2010
From the principal to the teachers, this school really cares about every single child. I love the concentration on Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. I am also impressed with the way each teacher consistantly structures the class so that no time is wasted and every minute is spent on learning. They even skip count on there way to class! I also love the Flag Ceremony in the morning where the teachers talk about different virtues every month and the students are honored for displaying these values. What a great school this is. I highly recommend that you pop in any time and visit a class, you will be so impressed.

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April 29, 2009
Super happy with the teachers and staff. I really like the small campus and how much everyone cares about the students. The expectations are high but not unachievable. The Spalding method is wonderful and even the kindergarteners learn how to read, write, and spell. Yeah!

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April 24, 2009
We are in our 10th year at Ben frankin mesa campus, and very pleased with the entire program. Parents can be and are encouraged to be involved with their childs education.I feel extreamly informed about all of my childrens strengths and weaknesses, great parent teacher communication, your child will recieve an excellent education here, and obedient behavior is not only expected but insisted on, so all of the classrooms are very much 'under control' their is never a need to wonder what your childs day is like because at any time any parent is welcome to either help in the classroom or simply observe.Our new principal Mrs.Baker is wonderful addition to our school ,keep up the great work!

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March 02, 2009
Franklin provides an adequate education for an average student but they cannot provide for the advanced student or the struggling student. They simply don't have the resources nor the training. I would suggest the public school setting if your child falls into either of these categories.

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May 23, 2008
This was our first year at Benjamin Franklin, but we knew we needed something different, that our local distric school wasn't providing. We have been very pleased with every aspect of the schools acedemic program and quality. We love our boys teachers and the attention given to their acedemic progress. My husband and I always felt well informed. Thanks for a great first year! We'll be back!

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May 03, 2008
As a parent I chose this school because I could be involved with my childs education. When choosing this school remember that it was a choice to attend. This school delivers what it says. It has high expectations and an excellerated curriculum. Parents who support the curriculum help to make the program work. One thing that I have learned is that the policies are set in place and the teachers are expected to adhear to them. I, as a parent must also adhear to the policies whether I like them or not. If I choose to not agree with the policies, I have the choice to move my child to another school. I love the small personal feel of the Mesa campus and enjoy the faculty and staff. I highly recommend Benjamin Franklin Charter School Mesa.

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April 02, 2008
My daughter has learned so much! It's amazing to hear my kindergartner read so good and speaking eloquently. Mrs. Stradling is an amazing teacher.

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January 11, 2008
It is fair to say that this school has excellent curriculum and the teachers are well qualified. They also have some interesting programs. We were very involved at this school. We have sent six of our children to this school, trying on two separate occasions. There is too much rigidity and negativity on campus, from the administration on down.

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July 10, 2007
I'm coming from a public school and have found more interest and involvement with my child, less children in the classroom which enables the teacher to spend more one on one time. My child has turned his self esteem around and is doing quite well and does not want to return to the public school where his 'friends' go to school. I appreciate the teaching methods and the teachers. I wish the dress code was not so strict.

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July 08, 2007
I enjoy having my child at this school very much. All the teachers spend one on one time with each student. I respect his school greatly and I feel completely safe with leaving my child at this school.

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October 02, 2006
I love having my children at BFCS! The principal knows every child by name and spends time in the classroom and around the campus. The staff is familiar with all of the parents and know when someone is out of place, making me very comfortable with the level of safety. Mrs. Cenzano, the kindergarten teacher, is amazing! She is cognizant of each child's needs and keeps the parents informed of what the children are doing, where they are progressing and how she is working to help them improve. I would not even consider my children spending kindergarten with another teacher.

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September 27, 2006
I am seriously concerned about school safety and the safety of the children while on campus. I am removing my child from this school immediately. There seems to be little supervision while not in class. We have never been required to sign in on campus as a visitor and the campus could be accessed by anyone. We continue to see issues of safety that have been addressed by parents, but no resolutions have been made. I seriously advise anyone to consider the safety of there child before enrolling.

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September 25, 2006
I am highly satisfied with this school. I am very impressed with the curriculum set for the students. The communication with the teacher is very good. The first week my son attended first grade his teacher followed up with me on how he was adjusting to his new school. The staff at Benjamin Franklin West are extremely nice. Again, I am extremely satisfied with the curriculum that is being taught.

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September 14, 2006
Overall this is a good school teaching good values. My concern is the lack of response when a problem is identified. I believe they tend to do what is easiest for them and not what is best for the student. I am considering pulling all my children from the school at this time.

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August 26, 2006
I absolutely LOVE this school. I love that the main focus of this school is responsibility. They expect students as well as parents to be responsible. This is such a rarity in schools now. My daughter is in heaven with her teacher, Mrs. Cenzano. Also, I always know what is going on in her classroom and in the school. I think that if you are willing to put in the time and truly invest in your childs education, then this is the school for you.

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February 21, 2006
The main focus seems to be on academic scores. The amount of information pushed on a kindergarten student can result in low self esteem. I worry that so much is expected so quickly that there is little time for mastering each skill. Learning should be fun and not stressful at 5 and 6 years of age. Learning pronouns in kindergarten is overkill!

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August 01, 2005
We were very pleased with the education that our son received. He was there from K-6 and was given the extra instruction he needed when necessary. When he wasn't being challenged by the regular curriculum, the teachers would give him extra things to do so that he would stay challenged. Parental involvement is mandatory for the school to run properly. Filling in during special events is highly encouraged. The music director did amazing things with the kids. I don't know how she does it, but she accomplished what I have never seen at any other school. What a woman!

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May 16, 2005
The academic programs are excellent--our student reads and spells well above grade level. The addition of foreign language study in the classroom would make this already great school even better.

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November 18, 2004
School has a large focus on structure and discipline. Main focus on history as well as other academics. School uses spalding method for reading and writing instruction. has been very good for my son.

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July 07, 2004
This is a tough school, so be prepared. If you want your kid to excel & are willing to help with homework, this school is awesome. However, if you're not willing to go the extra mile, or can't take the time to help check homework, help learn poetry recitation, and in general help to motivate your child to excel and exceed the boundries of normal school work...then you may be setting your child up to fail at this school. But if you are willing to do all this, your child will win in the long run. They will be way ahead of other children their age at other schools and will learn skills that will help them in the workplace in the future. This is back to basics education. This is a great school for parents willing to help their kids be great!

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September 09, 2003
My daughter is starting her second year at Franklin in the 2nd grade. She has loved both of her teachers and loves going to school. Her Grandma is a retired teacher from Illinois and Arizona and highly endorses this school. I have nothing but praise for this school. My daughter has grown so much since last year showing tremendous progress and Franklin is very much a part of it.

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April 28, 2003
Wonderful school were everybody knows your name. Hard work and great staff

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October 15, 2002
I placed my first born in the Kindergarten program. I am new at the school thing so I needed as much info on what to do and how to prepare for that first day/year. I felt out of the loop and frustrated with the lack of information I was getting. I think I was more nervous about the first day than my daughter ever would have been just for this reason. I knew the dress code inside and out but not much else. I didn't know where to go for orientation, what to have her bring on the first day, etc. After the first week I felt better and we have loved it ever since. My daughter is loving school even more than I thought she would.

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Benjamin Franklin Charter School - Mesa
2345 N. Horne, Mesa, AZ  85203
(480) 632-0722
Last modified Benjamin Franklin Charter School - Mesa is a Charter school that serves grades K-6
Benjamin Franklin Charter School - Mesa Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top