We're so happy that we chose Franklin! There's a lot of enthusiasm from the staff who have been working like crazy on their STEAM curriculum. The grounds are clean and safe (it's a closed campus that you have to ring a doorbell to get into during school hours) with two gardens that the kids work on during the year. This place is FULL of joy. If you're on the fence, don't be! Come and be a part of something really special.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!