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4481 Copeland Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116

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(619) 344-3000
(619) 282-6112
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June 03, 2015
Our oldest son is completing kindergarten at Franklin and we are very happy with the experience. All of the teachers we’ve met are warm and kind, and the STEAM curriculum is fantastic. The STEAM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) are equally instructed in entertaining, thought-provoking ways that make our son eager to go to school every day. And it’s not just STEAM. When he started kinder he couldn’t recognize any sight words; now he is reading above grade level and regularly reads to his younger brother (who can’t wait to join big brother at Franklin). He’s also learning all of these things through the lens of being a good world citizen, to have compassion for the people around him and to work with others to find solutions to problems. It is a collaborative, challenging, fun way to learn. The environment at Franklin is very welcoming and friendly. The kids are greeted by name by teachers and staff, and parents are frequently invited to the school to learn more about the curriculum. We were very impressed by the school’s “Family Thursday” program, in which parents were invited monthly to their children’s classrooms to see the lessons in action. It is wonderful that we not only know what/how our son is being taught, but that we’ve had the chance to get to know some of his classmates. We also loved all of the community-building events, like the Winter Program, STEAM Experience Open House and marching with Franklin in the Kensington Holiday at Home Memorial Day parade. Franklin is a small school with huge potential. We recommend it.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2015
My oldest son started in Kindergarten at Franklin last school year. He has loved this school from day one! The staff is wonderful and very dedicated. Ms. Shanks is an amazing kindergarten teacher and really sets the bar so that children are prepared for first grade. Mrs. Pina, a first grade teacher is also fantastic. She is great with the kids and really knows how to bring out their individual strengths. The school always offers opportunities for family members to get involved in their children's education. Being a PTA member, it's very exciting to see children enjoying school and participating in events in which families can be a part of. My younger son cannot wait to start at Franklin in a couple of years!

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2014
Benjamin Franklin, San Diego, Ca. I attended from 1957 through 1960, and I have fond memories.

- submitted by a community member

June 15, 2013
Part of a group of Kensington Preschool parents committed to supporting our local elementary school. We look forward to our child attending Franklin this fall!

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2012
I am so happy to hear that Franklin Elementary is now a dual track school! Now that students can go directly to Patrick Henry High School without having to worry about applying and being accepted through the Choice program, we will be sending our children to Franklin. I love that they will be going to our neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2012
The School Board has approved a dual track for Franklin graduates, meaning that students can opt to enter Lewis Middle School and then Patrick Henry High School as well as the traditional track. The API scores have been revised upward to 831, so these three schools (Franklin, Lewis and Henry) have 10 out of 10 similar school rankings. The new Principal brings a lot of experience, knowledge and ideas, and there are many new programs. The school garden has received a $2000 Whole Foods grant and the school is partnering with the Copley Y for many in-school and after school programs, including swim lessons. This school is a great one for all K-5 students!

- submitted by a community member

May 22, 2012
We just moved into the neighborhood and we are excited to send our children to Franklin next year. The Principal was very kind and our children just adored him right from the start. We are excited about the smaller class sizes, Weekly Art classes and after school programs that they will offer next year!

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2012
Some teachers in this school should be re-evaluated. Students should be awarded based on their academic performance and not on mere teacher's choice. Academic performance is where the competition is and it is what the student hopes for to be recognized. How can you award a student who just attend class and do not excel on anything? The criteria to award students is on the school manual and yet it is not being observed. It is a waste of talent for a student to attend this kind of school!

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2012
We are new to Franklin Elementary. I am amazed that with all the budget cuts going on in education, Franklin has so much to offer! Students receive weekly art classes, unique P.E. activities such as yoga with a professional instructor, 5th grade dodge ball, and swim lessons for 1st and 2nd graders (for FREE), La Jolla Playhouse opportunities, and field trips for every class (paid for by the PTO)! The academic rigor is top notch: my Kindergartner is already reading at a 1st grade level. They are even starting a school garden. I love all the community activities and parent involvement. We just went to Family Movie Night in the Auditorium and had a blast! Overall, we couldn't be happier with our choice.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2012
Awesome School small classes friendly staff and very active parents! It is my child's first year and I could not be happier with my choice!

- submitted by a parent

October 25, 2011
I would give Franklin Elementary school a 100% rating. I went there from 2nd-6th grade. (1957-1962). I attended the 80th anniversary of the school in 2009 and was amazed to find my 6th grade teacher, Mr. Holmes, in attendance. This made my day. I know he was a pivotal point in my life as a student and many of the things he said, I remember to this day. The school still seems to have the community flavor and spirit that it did then, and there is a real feeling of togetherness and camraderie between the staff (present and past). and the community. Please keep Franklin as an elementary school for this and following generations.

- submitted by a community member

October 24, 2011
Franklin is a great school, with strong community support. I've been a reading volunteer in Mrs. Knapp's 1st grade class at Franklin for over a decade, and am not only impressed but in awe with the quality education these children receive.

- submitted by a community member

October 24, 2011
I attended Franklin as a child and had the privlege of working there as a member of the staff until I retired. I know that the students are receiving an excellent education as well as learning to be citizens of the world. The environment at Franklin encourages academic achievement, embraces individual differences and demands respect for all. It is a safe school and a community jewel.

- submitted by a community member

July 08, 2011
I am a former student of this school and this school is better now, because a couple years ago the teachers were really not understanding. But, this school is really nice! Its nice.

- submitted by a community member

December 13, 2008
I am an old student from this school. This school is preety good. The librarian is really nice. The princapal is funny. Our consolur .Mrs.Prosi is very very nice. She works things out peacfully and in a soft voice. We also have alot of oppertunites. We have summer school, safty potrol officers[the 5th graders], field trips[with parent involvent[optional], and 6to6 [gor free!] We also heve talent shows, spelling bee's, and an mini academic competion. My little brother goes there and is having a great time!

- submitted by a student

August 12, 2005
It has a great staff and a great principal.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2005
The previous review is now outdated. There is a newly completed library and a computer lab with brand new computers and network servers is being installed as this is being written. In addition, Franklin has one of the best GATE (Gifted and Talented Education)programs in the city. Some of the major items the school has implemented is reduced class size in upper grades (grades k-2 have 20 kids max, grades 3-5 have 25-30), after school reading and math programs to help struggling students, full parent involvement via the SSC, Governance, ELAC (english language learners) and PTA. In addition the school has funded a full time nurse and a full time student counselor. My children have been attending Franklin for 4 years and I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent

October 14, 2003
This school has no library or computer lab. I realize funding is low out here, but how hard is it to fund a library? I have never heard of a school with out one. Not to mention no computers. In todays day and age I think computer knowledge is a must. I do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
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Franklin Elementary School
4481 Copeland Avenue, San Diego, CA  92116
(619) 344-3000
Last modified Franklin Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Franklin Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top