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K-5
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Alameda, CA
Students enrolled: 316
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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1433 San Antonio Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 748-4004
(510) 337-2439
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October 30, 2013
Addressing the ethnicity comments below. Yes, Franklin is pretty white like much of Alameda. Our son half Asian, half Caucasian. I have not personally felt looked down upon as a minority but I am very confidently not white. There are teachers of color and male teachers at the school. I'm not sure we should judge the staff by the color of their skin or gender but rather their competency.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
I am very happy with the school overall. All of the things mentioned about staff, PTA, diversity of student body, and overall commitment by everybody involved is very impressive. However, I don't see much diversity in terms of teaching staff and school personnel. Students should see other ethnicities represented on staff. Perhaps something to consider when it comes to hiring time.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2013
Our child went here for half of his elementary years. We were not impressed. The pros are great parental involvement (most of these parents have plenty of resources) and some very good teachers. The cons some teachers just teaching to the test, not a very inclusive community and a condescending vibe towards minorities. All the great things we had heard about this school seemed to be just parents wanting to believe their kids' schools is so great. Many of the wealthy families in the neighborhood are very invested, which also means they have a bit too much leverage with the principal. Not a bad school but it's not all the great things it's said to be.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
Franklin Elementary is an amazing School, with caring and knowledgeable staff. I consider this school's community our extended family. Thanks to the small size of the school, and excellent communications between parents, staff, and the extremely active PTA, I feel blessed to have both my children be able to attend such a stellar public school. 5th Graders graduate with a wonderful set of life skills as well as a great foundation for middle school when leaving Franklin School.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
We consider ourselves very fortunate to have both our children enrolled at Franklin. The teachers are all fantastic as are the students. Both children have made numerous friends - which have turned into family friendships. The the community of parents (and grandparents!) contribute so much to this school: PTA involvement, volunteering in the classroom, art projects, etc. My children are thriving and we couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
We have had two children at Franklin School and have been very pleased with the school. On the whole the teachers are very good (although some are not as strong as others). The teachers are very accessible, and easy to reach if you have questions or concerns about your child. The parents are very involved, which I believe makes all the difference. We are very happy about how well-prepared our older daughter was for middle school. Most importantly, Franklin fosters a very positive atmosphere for the kids. Our kids have always been excited to go to school!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
Franklin is a great small neighborhood school in the heart of Alameda. The PTA is very actively involved in enriching the students' experience, and the teachers really seem to care. The overall community of parents, students, teachers and staff are warm and welcoming. The school facility itself is a little lacking in green space -- having grown up in a suburb where every school was surrounded by lush grassy fields, this bothered me a little before my son started at the school. However, I am willing to overlook this minor flaw as the park across the street is very convenient for recess/PE/extracurricular picnics.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
My husband and I are thrilled with Franklin School. Our 4rth grader and 1st grader have had excellent teachers who are passionate about teaching and learning, understand diversity and differentiated instruction, integrate creative projects throughout the year, and also know how to cover the basics. We also love the parent community. We've made lasting friendships and genuinely enjoy participating in school fund raising events, and community building activities because of how committed all the parents are (and how much fun we all like to have). The kids are safe, welcome, and always in good hands with community of parents and teachers at Franklin.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
Franklin has a dedicated staff and parents that make the school a great place for students to thrive and learn.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
We have two children in school at Franklin elementary in Alameda & are continually impressed by the teachers, staff and active parent community. This is our 5th year at Franklin & our children are thriving academically and enjoy the community events throughout the year. We are fortunate & proud to be a Franklin family.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
My wife and I have two sons at Franklin Elementary School. We've been very involved in the school community for the past five years and we're constantly impressed by the talent and dedication of the teachers, staff, and parents. This is a group of people who step up every day to make sure the children are receiving an excellent, well-rounded education, despite State budget cuts. If you're considering Franklin for your child, we encourage you to schedule a visit. You'll find a diverse, welcoming community and happy children who are excited about their school and eager to learn.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Franklin school has a wonderfull, small-school feel. The culture is that of a warm, caring and thoughtful community. There are some outstanding, innovative teachers who are well supported. The parents and the PTA are the heart and soul of the Franklin community and are very active and capable.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
To Know: This year we have ~320 students from a large socio-economic and geographic spectrum. The families are almost all from the district and many walk/ride bike and or scoot to school. Each grade has two classes ranging from 24 students to 32(? - upper grades). There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for at-home working parents and not-at-home working parents. What We Like: I have experienced the teachers as highly engaged and dedicated to bringing out the best abilities in their students (my daughter has been at Franklin for two years - this is her third and she dances her way to school - I'm not kidding!). There is a good balance between the structure necessary for rote learning and the creativity necessary for innovation. PTA= exceptionally supportive; bringing many assemblies, added resources and fundraising activities to students and parents. Parents are heavily involved, enriching classrooms and participating in the extracurricular development of the students. How to Improve: Need to let more people know about Franklin as an option for K-5. Would love to see the building updated (?Painted) - but when push comes to shove, glad to see the $ go toward the kids!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
My oldest daughter, a fourth grader, has attended Franklin for almost two years. We absolutely love the diverse student body, the active and engaged PTA, and the overall sense of community spirit here. Our son just started kindergarten at Franklin and we have a one-year-old as well. We feel so lucky that we will be able to call Franklin "home" for many more years. Franklin truly IS a great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
We love the school. We like that it's a small school and it feels like family and very much a part of the community. We have a great set of parents that are so dedicated in making the school a fun, safe and a good learning environment for the kids. The teachers are also very dedicated to their students.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Consistently a great school. Two kids, 6 years apart. Still great after the break. Teachers very approachable and administration actually does what it says it will. Love.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
We moved to this little community to take advantage of the small town feeling and the neighborhood schools. Not often anymore can your child can attend the school down the street. We have been thrilled with our experience with this Elementary school. The staff and teachers treat the children with love and care. Everyone seems so vested in the community. It's a win win situation.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
It could be a private school. The closeness and sense of belonging is incredible. My family is safe here and it is a fantastic school to attend. Teachers, staff and parents all work hard to be the best. No complacency, no slackers, no teachers here for a paycheck. Teachers care and put in the extra time needed regardless of their contracts to make their students and colleagues the best they can be. The PTA is fantastic and supportive to all. I can not say enough about the wonderful 6 years and counting we have been attending.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Nice small neighborhood school. Teachers are experienced and helpful. Kids find it easy to make friends. Great school!!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Franklin is a great little school. A closed campus right across the street from a pretty park; my kids played there in the years before kindergarten and the school felt like part of their lives even before they started. Dedicated staff, teachers and PTA make this a great choice for any parent.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
More like a private school. It is a in a great nieghborhood in a beautiful old building and exumes a genuine spirit of learning and community out of of any of he elementary schools I have seen in Alameda or even in the entire SF bay. I am a former teacher turned stay- home parent who has taught in schools in San Francisco, Walnut Creek, and other towns in the SF Bay, including Contra Costa and Marin counties. We are so blessed to have Franklin. Franklin sets a tone that feels more like a private school, I simetimes joke its our own urban Marin Country Day. It is the only public school I would send my children to in the entire East Bay.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
This is a wonderful, small school in the heart of Alameda. Considering its size, it is pretty diverse. Parents and teachers welcoming and helfpul. Kids seem to really thrive and love it. Lots of fun programs and high parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
Franklin is an excellent example of what a small school can be: focused attention on the kids, dedicated teachers and staff, actively involved parents. I love that my son is learning and growing as a student and as a person through his experiences here.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2013
Every school has its pros and cons, for Franklin the biggest drawback is the physical space and its largest asset is the fabulous community of involved parents. The school is small with approximately 300 students, 2 classes for each grade, which on the plus side enhances the small town community feel of the school but the campus is old and was not built to accommodate 300 children. The PTA is strong and involved and does a fantastic job of raising money to support the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
Great school with lots of parent participation. Teachers are very involved and spent the extra time to make sure all their students so their best!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2012
My child does not go here, though she plays with the Kindergarten classes on the park across the street when they have recess there sometimes. I was very put off by the treatment of a few children by the female Kindergarten teacher. She verbally abused several children ("What is wrong with you?!") and also physically grabbed one child who got out of line by yanking him by the arm and pushing him down on the curb to sit. I am sure that her job is demanding, but that is not the type of environment I would want my children in.

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2011
Franklin is a special place. It's a closeknit school community that is truly diverse--culturally, ethnically, and socioeconomically. My older son is just finishing first grade with an amazing group of kids and an exceptional teacher. My younger son can't wait to start kindergarten in a year. I'm active in the PTA, which welcomes new families with open arms and supports the kids and teachers with strong, innovative programs like a science enrichment program. Visit Franklin and you'll feel right at home!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
Franklin is a wonderful neighborhood school with an incredible sense of community, an extremely active and productive PTA, committed and innovative teachers, and strong leadership. My boy/girl twins, who are just completing 5th grade, could not be more different in every possible way--socially, academically, physically, etc.,--except that they both love going to school every day. They have been very lucky to have teachers who genuinely attempt to meet the individual needs of each child, and a community that has embraced them as part of the Franklin family.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
I have been a parent at Franklin for five years. I feel very fortunate to be part of the Franklin community. My children have had very good teachers, and a few excellent ones, which I think is a realistic hope hope for any school, public, private or charter. The principal, Ms. Fetterly, is very approachable and responsive. The community of children and families is very warm. Our kids have witnessed bullying, but I have been quite impressed with the school's reaction. My daughter recently came to me with an upsetting story of some girls being mean to another girl. I emailed the teacher, she met with the girls involved, and met with the parents involved (separately), including me who was simply reporting an issue. Along with responding appropriately when a bullying incident occurs, the school does a lot to prevent it (though the Life Skills curriculum, Anti-Bullying curriculum, assemblies). Many parents volunteer A LOT, which contributes greatly to the school. However, I think even families whose parents cannot or choose not to get involved feel very much apart of the school. Both of my children have thrived at Franklin. They love school and are doing great academically.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
Excellent school and school experience. My daughter is completing second grade. Her first two years were great, but this year has been even better. Ms. Biwer is fantastic - she encourages the kids to set high standards for themselves and we have seen *all* the kids make big progress during the year. Great family involvement, dedicated teachers and staff/administration. Very mixed demographic that works!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Fantastic elementary school that my daughter attends. Wonderful community involvement and high achievement by students. My daughter loves her school. Diverse economically and culturally with a staff and parent body dedicated to addressing the complex challenges facing public schools today.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2009
Our child completed Kindergarten at Franklin last year and is very excited to start first grade there soon. We had a wonderful teacher and the other K teacher was awarded teacher of the year last year. The parent involvement is excellent and the school is a great community for both parents and kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2006
If you have a child who fits down the middle, you will probably be ok. Teachers range from uninspired to pretty darn good, its the luck of the draw; they've gotten rid of the obviously bad ones. I think social stuff is their biggest weakness, bullying goes unchecked, playground complaints by kids are not taken seriously. They just don't seem committed to each and every child being successful; if your's is outside the norm (high or low), they are not as committed to the child experiencing real success-only with having them fit into the system. But there is a lot to be said for a small neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2005
Frankline Elementary has a solid core of good teachers and good parental involvement. As with most public schools, class discipline efforts can detract from academics. However, most of the students are well-behaved and the learning environment is positive. Advanced students may not get the challanges they need to stay interested except with a few of the more dedicated faculty.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
Franklin is a wonderful school. It is quite small which is good and bad. We need to keep enrollment up to stay open and keep the staff we have yet it is a very small school and we love that. Although we have a few small glitches in administrative items and some minor behavior issues it is pretty close to great. The staff is so amazing. We almost can't decide who to hope for. Our PTA is mightly. You can never have too much parent participation, yet we get the job done.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
My daughter started kindergarten here about seven years ago. I transferred her out because they were teaching whole language instead of phonics. I believe now the curriculum is updated and is phonics based. The children in the neighborhood of this school mainly attend private schools, so the student body is from the extended neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 25, 2004
Franklin has exceptionally fine leadership in Dr. Clem. She combines the great qualities of nurture balanced by discipline with emplasis on excellence. My boys accidentally fell into being voracious readers by the encouragement and challenge of 'Books and Beyond'. The teachers and support staff are superb.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2004
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Franklin Elementary School
1433 San Antonio Avenue, Alameda, CA  94501
(510) 748-4004
Last modified Franklin Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Franklin Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top