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Mesa, AZ
Students enrolled: 837

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1753 East 8th Ave
Mesa, AZ 85204

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(480) 472-6488
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July 30, 2013
Love this school!! Teachers, parents and administration involvement is top class and have their best interest at heart for children to succeed!! My kids absolutely love the school. My son went there from k-6 no problems and excellent grades!!! I have another son that is going to start 4th grade and my daughter starting 2nd grade this year. They have also excellent grades and as long as they continue to grow and improve than other children their age who do not attend Franklin East I will continue to send my other children there.

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March 25, 2013
Franklin used to be a great school but unfortunately has changed. They micro manage kids so badly that the children are like robots spitting out answers and not ever thinking for themselves. Taking my kids out was the best thing I ever did for them there personalities have really developed and they are no longer afraid to ask questions and explore new ideas at their new school. Franklin kids memorize answers but have little comprehension. Also the principle is not very honest!

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May 14, 2012
This is without doubt one of the best schools in Mesa, the 1 Star Haters who's kids couldn't hack it are obviously not helping their kids. Yes the curriculum is tough and it requires a great deal of parental involvement for the kids to be successful. No - a child with learning difficulties is not going to keep up here, so if your kid struggles at a normal paced district school - probably not a good idea to move them into Franklin. If my 4th Grader wasn't a Straight A Student and had struggled - I'd obviously be writing a different review, but she thrives here and there's no district school that can even compare.

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January 04, 2012
Let me start out by saying I attented Franklin East, my neices and nephews went there, my friends have children that go there and I absolutely love their curriculum. However, I am giving this school one star simply for the fact that the new principle is terrible. She handled a situation so badly my husband and I were required to get a lawyer to keep our son out of harms way. When we brought this to her attention she wouldn't speak to us, instead she contacted her own lawyer and had us talk to him. This proved to me that she knew she had taken the wrong action and was trying to cover her own tail. She lacks the same attitude of responsibility that the school teaches the children. Now after talking to other parents and to a former PTO president I have found that she is less than desirable in many parents eyes and that I am not the first to withdraw my child from Franklin because of her actions. Please be mindful of this as you research Franklin and be careful if you send your children there. I would hate for another family to go through the heartache we did.

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October 07, 2011
Now that we have seen the difference this school has made for our children we won't move out of the area! A proven curriculum and stellar music program has given my children advantages that I didn't have growing up. And Thank You, Franklin East for still having 2 half day class options for Kindergarteners!!

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September 09, 2011
My 5 yr old enrolled Franklin East, I enrolled her another school after 3wks. Rooms overcrowded, teacher seemed caring first week. Children are not permitted to use the restroom, lack of guidance for kindergarten no assistance in cafeteria. My child became afraid of the Teacher, she was afraid to talk or ask question. School is very regimented no individuality of children. Mrs W. greeted me as I was dropping off my child for school 3rd week, she told me in front of my daughter and classmates, she didnt think , my child should remain in her class! Seems my little girl cried the previous day. No concern as to what made her cry. My daughter does not cry easily. Was she being denied the use of the bathroom. This was very unprofessional on the part of the teacher. I enrolled my child in a Montessori school the following day. She came home with a huge smile and gave me a hug thanked me said she loved her new school! Stay away from this place may have been good at one time not anymore.

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July 19, 2011
Love this school but not the principle. Not sure if it's her reputation or the schools(probably both) that she doesn't want tarnished but when it comes to bullying issues or anything negative she doesnt/didn't do anything about it. Academically I really like this school and will continue to send my other children there. If any issues ever come up again I will take it to a higher level than the principle.

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July 17, 2011
Wonderful school! Teacher, parent and administration involvement is top class! My kids absolutely love the school.

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April 13, 2011
2 of my children have attended Franklin East, ages 5 and 9. My 5 year old attended full time kindergarten this year, and my 9 year old is on his third year at Franklin, currently in grade 3. I have moved my 5 yr old to another school already (mid-year, not ideal) and my 9 year old will be attending a different school next year as well. I consider myself to see both sides of the story before making judgments, but situation after situation, is has become very clear to me this school, particularly the Principal Ms Carpenter, does not have their best interest at heart; honestly, I'm not even sure she has a heart. My 5 year old was made to feel like a failure and he could do no right. The teachers changed at least 3 times while he attended. Without consistency, how can they expect the children to be perfectly behaved? My 9 year old was recently suspended for calling another boy in his grade a girl. Reprimand him, yes, suspend him, NO. If the behavior continues, yes, there is a problem, but it was a one-time occurrence. Again, I cannot say enough negative things about this school. Tears have been shed and beyond frustration experienced. No stars for this school!

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October 12, 2010
My son has benefited greatly from attending Franklin East. He is in first grade now, and he is far more advanced than other children his age who do not attend Franklin.

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April 28, 2010
This school does NOT help children (or their parents) who are struggling academically. I've been told to take my daughter to a neighborhood school by her last 2 teachers & both have NOT tried to help her in any way, nor have they tried to help me help her. I am enrolling her in another MPS next year (by the request of my daughter) & had to have that school call Franklin because they gave me a hard time about the 'policies & procedures' of doing that. Sad to say talking to other parents of struggling children & old teachers from Franklin it is all too common for this situation. I am deeply saddened by this since my oldest had attended Franklin from K-6 with no problems at all & we loved the school. It's just not the same any more:(

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April 24, 2010
We recently moved out of state and we certainly miss the excellent education our children received at Franklin. Having the children spend 90% of their day 'on-task' is what makes the difference. Having 'no fluff' keeps the children moving at a quick pace and excited to learn. Fantastic teachers and leadership as well. An excellent school which we cannot replicate!

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April 22, 2010
I love that Franklin East is a back to basics school and their main focus is teaching our children. The kids are expected to behave at school, and they receive a great education.

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April 21, 2010
My daughter has attended Franklin since kindergarten (she is in 6th grade now) and has excelled academically! I have been very impressed with the teaching style and content. I believe this school has given her an edge and has given her the skills necessary to succeed through the rest of her academic years.

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March 22, 2010
The teachers are as amazing as the teaching style they embrace. My daughter is currently in 2nd grade, and is doing things in school I don't recall doing until 5th or 6th grade - and she's excelling at them! An A+ School!

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October 03, 2009
It is a traditional, old fashion school that has not changed in years past.

- submitted by a community member

March 25, 2009
Both of my children are in Franklin and they are both thriving. I love the conservative culture of the school, along with the strict standards in education. I feel this will set a higher standard for both my children going forward.

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January 21, 2009
I love this school and they really try to give your child the best education. If your child has a learning disablility you have to really push to get them some help. Other then that I love it and feel my kids are really preparing for the future.

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May 30, 2008
This school is structured, full of parental involvement, and filled with great teachers. All three years my child attended this school he was learning everyday - intellectually and socially. The children become better people by attending.

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April 03, 2008
I sent my 4 children here and know they are miles ahead of where they would be in their neighborhood school. As a substitute teacher throughout Mesa, there is clearly a superb scholastic difference here that is difficult to find elsewhere.

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January 12, 2006
Franklin teachers have always worked very hard with my children to improve their academic abilities. They are very dedicated to the Franklin curriculum.

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August 08, 2005
the music program - band, in particular - is great. This is a great school for a lot of kids. the emphasis is on the basics = foundational skills, and it does a great job of providing an excellent foundation for most children. However, if your child is more hands on , or visual, they may do better elsewhere. Also, the atmosphere is meant to be about learning - always - but can be rather harsh. The upper grades are especially lacking in extention and science. This is not a great environment for a gifted learner, nor for a particularly slow learner. If your student is middle of the road and can handle the discipline, and is not a montessori- type, then this school will prepare them (K-3) better than anything else out there.

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April 05, 2005
Franklin Elementary school is a fantastic school. The academics are very well rounded. The extra curriculum activities are very good for the students at the school. I f you are a newcomer i suggest here.

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April 04, 2004
This school has a wonderful program. I tell everyone I know about this school. I won't take my children anywhere else. I live in Phoenix and drive to Mesa for this awesome school! I would encourage any one of you to check it out. You won't regret it!

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2003
The test scores tell it all! This 'Back To Basics' School really gets results.

- submitted by a community member

October 15, 2002
Franklin Elementary is a back to basics school that concentrates on the use of phonograms as well as focusing mainly on math and language skills. Our school usually masters subjects 1 year ahead of a usual public school. It's wonderful and parent involvment is a MUST! Our band and orchestra is tops!! :)

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Franklin Elementary School
1753 East 8th Ave, Mesa, AZ  85204
Last modified Franklin Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Franklin Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top