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Glendale, CA
Students enrolled: 593
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1610 Lake Street
Glendale, CA 91201

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(818) 243-1809
(818) 552-5097
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February 26, 2014
I have children in the second and fourth grade Spanish program. We permitted in from LAUSD and knew nothing about the district or the school before starting school, but I was inspired by the administration's commitment to dual language AND general excellence in education. My children are thriving. They are now bilingual (which they weren't when they started), scoring in the highest levels on state and GATE testing (with no tutoring outside of school) and they are happy. The teachers inspire my kids daily and the social environment is supportive and accepting. Being at a school with multiple languages and culture have helped our children to feel like citizens of the world and they have an awareness of diversity and opportunity which such an international school fosters naturally. Some of the test scores are low but this is because the kids are learning the material in another language, but by 4th grade the scores catch up. This will be reflected in the coming years once the program is established (next year will be the program's first graduating class). We feel incredibly lucky to have our children at this fantastic school.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
If you don't know the school, why pose questions here, rather than just calling the school? But since your questions may concern others: 1) some 4 yr. olds with birthdays close to the cutoff can be tested for kinder readiness, if requested. We have huge waiting lists. 2) Shade trees are being added all the time and once the new building is put in next year, there will be more green spaces, less asphalt and more trees. 3) Children will be exposed to language in many formats so they get used to different accents and dialects, movies may be one of those formats. On rain days, if kids can't go out at lunch they may spend 15 min watching a G-rated movie in English. Why is that alarming? 4) All public school kids move into larger class sizes at 4th grade. It can be tough on some kids, most survive. 5) It is true that at Franklin under the 90/10 immersion model your student will get less English instruction in the beginning. However, our FLAG students outscore their monolingual peers. This is not apparent in the API because it includes non FLAG students. Young kids while playing sometimes get scratched and bumped. To say that it is intentional is narcissistic at worst, ignorant at best.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
I feel so fortunate that both my children attend this school, and for so many reasons, including: engaged parents, committed teachers, wonderful enrichment classes, in-school music and dance classes, gardening lessons and much more. Plus, our children are learning to be global citizens and an increased cultural awareness. For those who say their children are behind... it could be the child not the school. My daughter is reading well beyond her grade level and consistently scores as advanced. It's a wonderful school with an equally great community of families.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
I am a parent of a kindergartener and a 2nd grader. I could not be more thrilled with this school. The teachers are amazing and the administration is always willing to listen to ideas to improve the school. This is a very tight-knit school with a TON of parental involvement as mentioned in the reviews below. You know a school has "that special something" when parents are willing to drive from all over to attend. We have students from as far away as Culver City and Valencia. Franklin is really a very special and unique place and we could not be happier to be a part of it!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
I have a daughter in Italian Kinder. I am beyond ecstatic with the teachers, interns, activities, and parent community. The dedication of everyone here is awe-inspiring and the results are amazing. My daughter is already speaking, reading and writing Italian (as well as English), and I can't believe how quickly she has picked up and retained vocabulary. When my mom, a native Italian, visited us over Christmas break, she was quizzing my girl all the time and never stumped her -so cool! If multilingualism and multiculturalism are important to you, this school is a godsend. It's a private school education for the cost of a public school. I can't say enough good things about Franklin! P.S. A couple of reviews below are disingenuous in expressing surprise that when they pulled their child from Franklin to go to another school, their children were behind academically. Their children were learning a new language as well as the materials expected to be covered for each grade level. The school is very upfront about the fact that the program is designed to be a six year commitment for this reason, especially as much of the language learning is happening in the first few grades.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
I am so happy with this school. My daughter is in French kindergarden and we couldn't be more impressed with how much she's learned this year, not only in French but English as well. The parents are a VERY involved and tight knit community within the school. The faculty and administration are top notch and always willing to listen to and accommodate parents. Our children are learning to be diverse and global minded individuals. Looking forward to our continued success at Benjamin Franklin.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
I have a son in the Kinder Italian program and feel so very lucky to be part of this school. Our incredible parent body is VERY involved - volunteering in class, at lunch, at drop off and pickup, for special activities, fundraising, performing (lots of artists) to raise money for the kids, etc. We have an intern with us the ENTIRE year from Italy, working with their teacher in class. We have music and gardening, in addition to all the academic activities. My son's teacher is wonderful - incredibly kind, helpful and patient. My son, who spoke few words of Italian before entering, is now writing sentences, on his own, in Italian. We absolutely adore the after school program options as well - broadway, chess, woodworking, weird science, violin, gardening - and on and on. You pay for those after school classes, but they are right there, available to have your child's day just slightly extended with such valuable enrichment. And yes, the campus definitely needs help! - but the plans they have drawn up and the grants they have written, if they come to fruition, would bring this campus to a level way beyond others I have seen. Native plantings, shade, and FAR less concrete!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2014
Can't think of anything negative to say about our experience at Franklin Magnet. I have one child in 5th grade and an incoming Kindergartener. The quality and dedication of the Teachers is outstanding. The office staff is knowledgeable and extremely friendly and helpful. How many public schools can say they have a school that teachers in 5 languages, has the most diverse student body, a terrific PTA working hard to advocate for all of our children (not just at our school buy beyond) A Foundation that fundraises for music, art, after school enrichment, garden club, Teacher supplies and interns in each class from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and South America! My daughter comes home excited from her day and looking forward to school every day. I am so proud to be part of such a caring community and dedicated group of parents and staff. It gives me great joy to see my child so academically driven and excelling in 2 languages. I am hoping GUSD will continue dual immersion into middle school.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
Franklin Magnet is an amazing school. My son and daughter are currently enrolled in the Spanish FLAG program, 4th grade and 2nd grade, respectively. The teachers are fantastic. The school is such a tight community throughout all the FLAG languages. We currently have Spanish, Italian, German and French. Not only is the administration wonderful but the parents always go above and beyond to ensure that all our children are getting the very best social and educational experience. I am so happy to be part of the Franklin Families.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
I have some questions about this school. I am thinking of enrolling my child next year. He speaks French, Russian and English. I have heard they are enrolling 4yr olds w/ 5yr olds in the Kindergarten classes. Are there not enough age appropriate children applying to the program? 5 & 6 year olds are different and should be viewed that way. Also, will the school be putting shade in soon? I saw online that a lot of money has been raised for shade but nothing has been put in or up. One friend in the German class say that children watch programs in class. Is this correct? Will that be in the French class too? I do find that very alarming. Any answers are appreciated.

- submitted by a community member
May 01, 2013
A second language is wonderful and important, but everyone sending their child here is sacrificing their child's education! Look at the test scores. If the students are not learning the basics of education, then what's the point? Do you want your child to grow up to work at McDonald's? Or do you want an educated child who has options and can effectively navigate their world?

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2013
I love what this school offers, not enough arts, but language is very important. I have toured so so many other schools and BF has a lot of work to do... The tour is dry and treated more like a board meeting, it was boring and uninspiring. Is this how the school wants to be portrayed? Also, website is not organized, not updated, lacks important info. BF, look at other schools websites.. It does matter.. To get people to donate to your school... Inspire them... The school doesn't speak for itself..... I do say all of this because I care.. I want this school to succeed. Do mini tours but also to one big tour where we people can hear from the teachers and principal in the autotorium. Talk about the success, seem excited about the school, have some of the kids preform some songs etc. It's also great to invite your sponsors. Best of luck

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2013
I pulled my child out mid-year. She s been intentionally hurt by 2 kids in her class 5 times in a yr & a 1/2. I was told those kids were staying put. In K she was thrown into a fence, kicked, punched, badly scratched & bruised. This yr she was kicked in the head & hurt with a chair that left a bad welt & routinely harassed by a 2nd kid. I had many unproductive meetings with admin & wrote the board (no response). My child hated going to school; was nervous & agitated. With only 1 class per language/per grade, if you get a perfect class of kids - lucky you. But if your child is in a class with kids with behavior issues you're on your own. Your child will be with those same kids from K to 6th. I was told, this is public school. My daughter s doctors advised me to remove her. With all the behavioral issues in class & because it was immersion she is now VERY BEHIND academically. I'm spending a lot to get her to grade level. I still believe in immersion, just not at Franklin. Immersion could not come before my daughter s safety, happiness & reaching her highest potential. In my daughter s new public school she is thriving. She finally likes going to school, feels safe & is happy.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2013
My son did very well through 3rd grade here. He is in the standard English program as the Magnet FLAG program began the year he started Kindergarten and it was too late to enroll him. Now in the 5th grade he is doing poorly. His class has 34 kids in it. I am trying to figure out my options for getting him into an environment he will do well in again. In short, apparently the FLAG program is excellent but the neighborhood kids in the standard English program are struggling in crowded classrooms without teaching assistants.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2012
I would love to know if this school plans on having some trees or shade? The entire playground is in the direct sun and is the major downside of this school... Love the teachers but it does look like a prison...a lil. Like I said...Love the school and what it stands for...but need to make some shade and pretty it up a lil. One school in LA allowed every parent to donate $600 each and it got the yard those really nice coverings and trees. IS this school open to that?

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2012
I have two children in the Spanish Language program at this school. One is in 2nd and the other is in Kinder. The teachers are awesome. The parents are completely involved and the teachers are undoubtably the creme of the crop. I am looking forward to the rest of our elementary years at this school. I love it here!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2011
Fake is the farthest from the truth to describe what this school represents. This is my second year at Franklin and next year my middle child will enter Kinder. I absolutely love this school! The new Principal is excellent, the teachers are hard working and well-qualified, and the parent community involvement is outstanding. The immersion program is the cherry on top of the cake! The parents are so involved, establishing after school programs, an organic garden, music program, etc. Yes, there's a lot of fundraising going on but that's necessary for a public school. Yes, public education is free but it doesn't provide all the enrichment and extras that the PTA and the parents do for ALL of the children and the teachers at Franklin. So far, my daughter is excelling in the Spanish program. I am truly pleased and this school is the real deal, 100% GENUINE!!! I highly recommend it. And for those who commented negatively and not constructively, my suggestion to you is to get out if you're not happy. There are plenty of parents who are dying to get into this school and this program.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2011
Yes the principal, who was much loved, has moved to another school, but has been replaced with a new, really open, forward thinking one who will be a huge asset in the coming years. The after school enrichment continues to get even better with classes in the target languages. Contrary to the belief of the parent that posted on Nov 19th. the teachers and many parents care a great deal about ALL the students in the language program or not. Yes money is now raised by a school foundation, thankfully, and those that can generously donate large amounts of money so that ALL the children in the school can benefit. Last year many children received after school classes for free if they could not afford it which enriched their lives no end. Perhaps the parents that do not like the changes could perhaps learn to be thankful for all the wonderful things that the school and other parents are giving to their children and not focus on the negative aspect of everything which only reflects badly on them and leaves a lasting negative impact on their children.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
The principal has moved to another school. He was Franklin and built this immersion school to love kids and families. But, evrything will be ok because the MOST EXCELLENT teachers remain!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2010
this school is the worst school in the whole wide world trust me nobody should go here notice how most of the good comments are from the language immersion i hate the school, the principal, and the teachers they dont even care about their students all they care about is moneyeverything about this school is fake so there this most valid review here if i could i would put it 0 stars

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 21, 2010
Teachers and parents are active and involved. The kids are cared for in a nurturing academic environment. 90/10 language immersion program!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2010
I had two children go through this school and one excelled and the other needed special help in reading. The teacher and the principal went out of their way to make sure she got that help. The RSP teacher was wonderful! She got goals and the teaching to help her meet those goals. Everyone here tried to make sure that both my children succeeded by always assessing to make sure they made progress. They both now are top students in middle and high schools. They are prepared for college. Thank you Franklin School!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2010
I am the principal at Franklin Elementary School. I am touched by the kind comments many parents have made about our school. In all honesty, Franklin School is a good school, but still strives to improve. If you go to the schools website: franklingusd.net , you can find more information about Franklin. Yes, 57-70% of students in various subgroups are proficient. However, our focus is on those 30% to 40% who are not reached grade level standards. We continue to develop our instructional methods to reach these students. Still, I am proud of the growth in our students, professionalism in our staff, and support from our parents. Thank you! -Stephen Williams

- submitted by a community member
March 23, 2010
My daughter is in the German Immersion first grade class and she loves going to school. What I love most in this school is the diversity, we are a Latino family and feel so fortunate to be able to give our daughter the gift of learning a third language. The parents teachers and staff at BF give 110% to make an already exceptional school even better. With after school activities such as chorus, garden club, art class, drama for upper grades ect. & If you are a parent who likes to be involved this school makes it easy evenif you work a fifty hour week like I do.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2010
I have two children in this school, one is in the sixth grade and has been here since kinder. She hasn't had such a bad time because she is mostly proficient in every subject, but my little one is not as advanced and I feel is being left behind. She wasn't prepared from kinder to go on to the first grade, nor the first grade to the second. The school focuses on the more advanced ones and doesn't pay attention to those that really need help. This may be a blue ribbon school, but I believe that is because they focus so much on the star scores, preparing the kids weeks in advance for the tests and not focusing on their basic studies. We will be moving soon to a better district, where our little one has a better chance for a good education.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
My son is in the German immersion preschool and we just love the group and the teacher. She is so dedicated and goes beyond in her attempts to teach them the language and send them home with craft projects. Us parents have formed a nice social network and meet frequently after school for play date/ picnic in the park.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2010
Our son is in the German Immersion Program (kindergarten) and we feel so grateful and lucky that he can be a part of this incredible opportunity, with such an awesome community - from the students, to the parents, the teachers, and the administration. The school has incredible parental involvement; the principal is outstanding - as are the staff that support his mission - and our son's teacher is truly exceptional. We highly recommend any parent to visit the school and see if it might be right for their child - the Immersion Program especially!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2010
Where else does your child here Jingle Bells in four different languages at a school assembly? (Spanish, Italian, German, and English) Finally a program that believes what the rest of the world already knows. That language is the wave of the future and a special gift to our children!

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2010
I was lucky enough to have Benjamin Franklin as our local elementary school and once I toured the school I was so impressed that i didn't even need to tour others. My son is in the Kinder Spanish program which is amazing, the teachers are wonderful, caring and understanding. The Principal is very involved and enthusiastic, on most days he's even at the school gate to 'High Five' the children as they enter. I will have no hesitation in sending my younger son there when his time comes.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2010
My daughter is in the Italian Immersion program and she loves it! She cries on Saturdays when she finds out it is not a school day. Her teacher is amazing and the administration is supportive and caring. I couldn't imagine a better place for my children to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2009
My daughter is in the German program and loves it! My 3 year old is even picking up German from her. The teachers and very caring and loving and i am so glad I decided to send my daughter here. This is a great little school.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2009
My son is now in his 3rd year at Franklin--the traditional program, not the language immersion program. Every teacher to date has been incredible--I cannot imagine more dedicated instructors at any price. The Principal, his staff & the teachers have gone to great lengths to ensure a top-notch education for all their students--it's a wonderful little school.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
The Italian Immersion program my daughter is in at Franklin is amazing. She's already speaking, singing, reading and understanding the language! The school is wonderful and Principal Williams and Ana Jones are the most enthusiastic and dedicated leaders in the district! We came from an upscale private preschool and could not be happier we chose Franklin to continue our daughter's education.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
The immersion programs are top notch. A rare commodity in todays public schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
Regarding the September 18, 2009 review: It is not true that kids in the language immersion programs and the English only kids do not interact. My son who was in Kindergarten at BF and who now is in first grade knows several children that are not in his class. He met them at lunchtime and during recess, and just today he waved hello to a new friend he met at his after school enrichment class. The school and the PTA offer several opportunities during the year in which children and parents from all classes can get to know each other and be part of the school community.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
A DREAM SCHOOL. Tremendous faculty; A principal that truly cares about the children, their education and well being who together with Teacher Specialist Ana Jones are transforming this, (until recently declining enrollment) school into one of the most successful and progressive schools in the area! On the second day of school my daughter was lost heading to her class, Principal Williams took her hand and stayed with her to find out where she was supposed to go. He checked with her again at the end of the day to make sure her day went well. The parent involvement and excitement for the dual language immersion programs are at a level one could only dream of. Everyone we have met is excited and committed to the success of their children's education. The team effort the children, parents, teachers and facility are making will continue to put this school on a path of greater and greater success and recognition. We couldn't be happier with the choice we made.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The school teaches all students as gifted students, it has a great community feeling to it, and the FLAG programs (the Spanish, Italian, and German Immersion classes) give us a private school education at a public price. We couldn't be more happy with Franklin.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Small school with a fantastic principal and staff! We love the immersion programs that are available.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
There really are two schools at Franklin -- the general elementary school and the specific language immersion programs. The immersion programs constitute a school within a school, in large part because the kids in them do not interact with kids in the school at large. Also, the socio-economic backgrounds of the language immersion kids are different -- these kids are primarily white (in the Italian Immersion Kindergarten, they are, I think, exclusively white), whereas the kids in the school at large are primarily Hispanic. It doesn't make a lot of sense to lump these programs together and rate them as one school. The immersion programs, which draws kids from other districts, not just Glendale, should be rated separately. If you're a parent, and you're considering sending your child to the immersion program, you need to realize this.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2009
I love this school and so do my children. The Principal is loved by the students and he pushes for them to do well in reading. He knows each student and greets them with respect. My children work hard because they want to please him.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2009
My son just finished kindergarten and we have had a great experience at Franklin. It's a fantastic little school that I would recommend to anyone. Their sense of community is very strong and they really make you feel part of it. Everybody is very involved in the school: teachers, parents, students and administrators. I would like them to provide more enrichment programs, especially for after-school care, but overall it's a wonderful school that strives to make itself better everyday.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2009
My daughter has been attending the German Immersion Kindergarten program at Franklin Elemenatary in Glendale and has loved it since Day 1. This type of dual language education is wonderful and very hard to find, especially in a public school. The teachers and teacher assistants are great, and my daughter adores them. The kids learn German through songs, games, arts & regular reading/writing activities and have made great progress. The Principal and Teacher Specialist are very involved, always accessible and truly care about their students. The PTA has been organizing various activities, including an after-school arts program. To me the efforts made by the school's staff, PTA and many involved parents come together beautifully in an environment open to suggestions and new ideas. The school allows out-of-district enrollment for its foreign language programs, which is also a great plus for me.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 13, 2008
We have been here 2 weeks and I don't think this is the school for us. The principle is a nice guy. The teacher my daughter has, has a napoleon complex and my daughter is beginning to tell me she hates school. This from a child who loves school, has a 100% STAR rating in math and almost the same in English. We just moved here and I am already looking for another house in another district.

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September 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 27, 2007
Franklin Elementary stresses reading comprehension! The students are well cared for and the teachers give 100%. A public school with a private school attitude! Five stars.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Great school, the teacher is highly skill and work hard to make good quality student to learn read and doing math very good.

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Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
1610 Lake Street, Glendale, CA  91201
(818) 243-1809
Last modified Benjamin Franklin Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top