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Franklin West Elementary School

Public | K-6

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 2, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2006

My daughter has attended Franklin West since Kindergarten; she is now in 3rd grade. The curriculum and staff are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

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 65% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
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 "Excelling".
  • 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 42%
Hispanic 30% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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