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K-6
Public district
Mesa, AZ
Students enrolled: 555
 

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236 South Sirrine
Mesa, AZ 85210

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(480) 472-5400
(480) 472-5444
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April 02, 2014
I attended this school when I was younger, so I knew my children would go there as well. My oldest just started Kindergarten this year and I am beyond impressed with the teachers and the rest of the staff. My daughter loves it here and even tries to stay home when she's sick! They are a back to basics school and the children generally learn a grade above where they are (in Kinder they learn 1st grade material for example) It is wonderful and it keeps my daughter challenged. Not to the point of frustration, but so she doesn't become disinterested or bored. I have noticed that the teachers are wonderful about taking extra time with students that may be struggling and they are always happy to answer any questions or concerns I may have.

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August 07, 2013
Franklin West Elementary uses an excellent Spalding reading system; however, after 4 years I have removed my student due to the intolerable campus environment which is EXCLUSIVE, HOSTILE, PUNITIVE and ABUSIVE.

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May 28, 2013
My son has been attending FW for 2 years now. I was a little concerned with the Spalding method of learning to read at first, but still chose this school because they still have the option of half-a-day kinder, which I wanted. He is excelling in all areas. No matter where in Mesa we end up, my kids will be attending this school.

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April 17, 2011
I love to see the smiles on the teacher's & students faces as they begin the day. The teachers have clear expectation for their students behavior and the students respond well to that. I love that citizenship and a love for our country's foundng fathers is taught. The core american values that made this nation great is being installed in the next generation who will defend our liberty as a free nation. Thank you Franklin West for this great service.

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November 05, 2009
It amazes me what my children can do with the help of caring teachers who encourage and push them towards excellence. Thank you to all the teachers and staff at Franklin West.

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November 04, 2009
I love everything about Franklin West. They have great teachers who truly care about each child. Their curriculum is superb and I love that they teach the Spalding method. Parents are very involved and the children are respectful kids who love learning. Their expectations are high and the kids always rise to meet them.

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November 04, 2009
Great professional teachers, supportive parents, strong curriculum,Spalding Language Arts Program, high and consistent expectations, years of intense work spent on building community and traditions!

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November 04, 2009
Started my oldest child at the neighborhood school. He spent the whole year learning the letters of the alphabet which he knew before he started. They didn't start him reading until 1st grade. Moved him to Franklin for 2nd grade and though he was a top student at his previous school he had to attend tutoring to catch up. My other three children I started here at Franklin and they began reading within the first few weeks of school. They have a very high standard of excellence and I feel that they are getting a better education than at our neighborhood school. They have learned good study habits and I don't have to fight them to do homework. The teacher/parent communication is great and it feels like family.

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November 04, 2009
The PTO is very organized and they do wonderful things. The parents are very involved, and that makes the kids do better in school and have a better experience.

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November 04, 2009
My daughter has learned so much, and loves her school. The curriculum is wonderful, teachers care about their students, and parents are very involved. She has excellent teachers, and many caring aides. Mrs. Kelly is a great principal, and she knows the names of every child at her school.

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January 03, 2009
I have six children, and so far four of them have attended or are attending Franklin West Elementary School. My two oldest children started at a different MPS Elementary, and were bored with what was being taught. We put them in Franklin and after a brief transition of needing to catch up, they were loving the educational challenge that Franklin Schools provide. My 3rd and 4th children started at Franklin and it has been an excellent school for them as well. I currently have an 8th Grader, a 6th Grader, a 3rd Grader, a Kindergartner, a child starting Kindergarten next year and another one who will start in a few more years. I am really glad that this school is there for my children's educational success.

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June 27, 2007
Before my daughter started at Franklin West she spent a year in a Montessori school. The Montessori system just didn't work for her and she got very behind in Math. When she started at Franklin she was not used to all the homework they have daily(except on Fridays). It was a struggle at first but now she excels in Math. The study habits they teach are wonderful. I never have to tell her to get her homework done. She gets it done on her own. I only wish I had had the same study habits in school as she does. Also there were never any discipline issues in class. Other schools my daughter attended always seemed to have discipline problems. Franklin West really seems to care about challenging kids and about their well-being. I highly recommend this school!!!!!

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June 18, 2007
Very structured. Love the after school sports program. I have coached in the past. Lots of parental support. Advanced academics. Focussed on learning. Wonderful programs like poetry contests and Spring Sing. In my graduating class 18 out of the top 20 were Franklin graduates. Franklin teaches study skills that most students don't pick up until high school or college on their own. We love Franklin West!

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May 11, 2007
I thought that this schools was the best in the area at the beginning of the year. I was deeply disappointed. They may be great at the academic side but the school does not educate the whole child. Not every child learns the same way and Franklin will only work for the child that learns by reading and writing. My child is a very hands on,creative child, learning was difficult because they did not recognized his needs. They sent him to the office because he was slow to do his work. They announced to the class that he was going and why. The other children begun to tease him. This was all in Kindergarten. They did not build his self esteem the tore it down. I am pulling him out,he will not go back to a classroom where the teacher considers my Son stupid and treats him that way.

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May 06, 2007
I love Franklin West! Our family has been attending for the past 8 years. My children are challenged with the level of academic work and with the higher grading scale. I appreciate the Principle's concern and love she has for the children. We have had another enjoyable year at Franklin. We look forward to many more!!

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February 08, 2007
I was surprised at some of the reviews I've read. Some teachers are a little more stern than others but I have felt that they disciple in a kind but meaningful manner. For parents concerned about the students not being able to run on the playground, come and check it out yourself. The children can run in designated areas. The aides will not let them run on or around the playground equipment for safety reasons, but there are several things for them to do. Both of my children attend Franklin and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to send them to a school with high academic standards and dress codes. I really enjoy the small-town feel at Franklin. The teachers and principal are wonderful! Franklin was an easy choice!

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August 08, 2006
My daughter has attended Franklin West since Kindergarten; she is now in 3rd grade. The curriculum and staff are great.

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April 16, 2006
Franklin West is a great school. The teachers are top notch and they really support music and art. There is a great feeling of community at this school. The pricipal really cares about the students and is committed to make it a safe place for children to learn. She has an open door policy and is always willing to listen to concerns.

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January 11, 2006
Franklin West is a wonderful school where all staff members truly love, care about, and respect every student. The teachers and principal devote enormous amounts of time and energy to ensuring the success of every student. The principal, Mrs. Schaffer, has worked extremely hard in the past four years to turn the academic program and the morale at the school around a complete 180 degrees. She had a difficult job cleaning up after a principal who did not implement the Franklin curriculum in the slightest bit, and who allowed parents and unruly students to walk all over him. As a result of the high expectations that Mrs. Schaffer has brought back,the students have a much safer and consistent environment in which to learn. She has worked with the parents, teachers, & staff to bring Franklin West back to excelling school status and back to the original Franklin program!

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January 09, 2006
My children have been in the Franklin program since 1998. They have received a wonderful education. The teachers are superb, the curriculum challenging. The band program is great, but the orchestra curriculum moves at such a slow pace all of my children have quit after 1 year. The only negative thing about the school is the principle. She does not listen to the parent council or the parents and is so afraid of getting sued that the children can hardly have fun. With that said, if you're looking for top-notch educational learning, with lots of structure, Franklin is the place for your children.

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January 09, 2006
The new principal of this school seems too strict with the children. It appears she's forgotten that children need to be children sometimes. They can't run and play during recess time to limit 'liability' to the school in case of injury of the students during playtime. Children are not little adults. My step-daughters are very frustrated that recess time primarily means they get to stand around outside. There is very little they are allowed to do anymore. Education at Franklin is wonderful. (But that was the case there prior to the current principal also.) The girls really do well there regardless of their class size.

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October 01, 2005
The kids at this school rise to the high expectations. The music program is before/after school and bussing is provided. The Fall Festival is a yearly high point for all kids. I would like to see more field trips, but considering the quality of education here, it's a small point.

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October 06, 2004
Our family loves Franklin West! I have had 4 children pass through the 'Franklin Program' and all have done very well. When they leave Franklin, they have a very well-balanced education to prepare them for Junior High. I believe strongly in the Spalding Method, which is used at Franklin West to teach children how to spell, write, read and speak. The children are taught how to speak properly, with precise pronounciation. All grades have sets of literature books, which the children read from. The books are 'real literature,' and encourage children to enjoy reading. The students practice their math facts until they reach a point of automaticity. The students take timed tests in math, which I believe helps them to learn their math facts. Teachers also walk students through mental math problems on a daily basis. The principal is a very personable, and the teachers are excellent.

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June 01, 2004
Great disipline but to much restriction on the children. wonderful teachers, very loving and caring, much different then your normal public school.

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April 15, 2004
I have been pleased with the challenging curriculum that is the base of learning here. However, discipline becomes too extreme when teachers always seem stressed out and lose patience quickly, often yelling at the students on a regular basis. There are wonderful amenities here at the school, but I wonder if they outweigh the more serious matter of appropriate disciplinary measures.

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April 14, 2004
The dress code does not allow shorts. That can be tough in the warmer months. The school mantains a respectful environment that allows teachers to teach and spend less time with discipline issues.

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February 17, 2004
Franklin West is a wonderfull school for parents who really want thier children to truly learn in a stress free inviroment and with a much higher learning level.

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May 05, 2003
There are so many good qualities about Franklin West. Alas, we are changing schools. I have been so discouraged with the counsils. The goal with Franklin seems to be work and more work. The children do not seem to be given a break. I agree with many aspects of Franklin. They are extremely strict with the children. Not a bad thing but if a child makes a mistake it can cost him a bus ride. The grading is really harsh. The Principle rules the school and doesn't listen to the parent counsil and what activities they have approved. No more talent shows, extra activities ect..'We don't want to be like the neighborhood schools.' They are only business. We will find another school that lets the children play as well as work.

- submitted by a community member

May 01, 2003
The curriculum, structure and discipline make the Benjamin Franklin schools an excellent alternative to the average government schools. This year however, we have found parental involvement down and complaints about the principal increased greatly. The principal has created a devisive environment by constantly criticizing the parent volunteers and speaking to them and the children in a condescending manner. Hopefully, she will improve so that our school will once again have the welcoming and appreciative environment it once had.

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March 31, 2003
Franklin West raises the expectations of both students and parents and is 100% there to see that they are met. The amount of time spent on curriculum is higher than any other school we've been in.

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March 28, 2003
I transferred my daughter from a public school to Franklin West. Her reading, math, writing and comprehension skills have improved dramatically. I moved her because she was bored at her previous school and had to 'wait' for the other kids in class to catch up to her. She is challenged and expected to meet higher expectations. This school does not have a lot of field trips (I think maybe two this school year). I believe school is not about field trips but about your child obtaining the best possible education possible. The dress code is strict and you should not consider this school if you, as a parent, are not willing to actively participate in your child's education. My daughter and I have both made sacrifices for her to attend this school but feel it's more than worth it. She is in second grade and is learning at a third grade level. She has mastered multiplication and division as well as time, money and story problems. This school is great!!! I wish the Mesa School District could get a junior high and high school with the same standards started.

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March 27, 2003
franklin west is one of the best school in az. The principal leadership is of the highest quality. The Teacher are great and very involved with the students.

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Franklin West Elementary School
236 South Sirrine, Mesa, AZ  85210
(480) 472-5400
Last modified Franklin West Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Franklin West Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top