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2400 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 828-2814
(310) 449-1252
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4 stars
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July 02, 2014
I am a elementary teacher in another district. My sons have been in Franklin since K. One just graduated and the other will be in 5th grade. Franklin is an excellent school. Both of my sons individual needs have been met and with exception of 1 teacher out of the 11 years total my sons have attended the teachers have all been great. They have met my sons' need for accelerated programs and my children have thrived. Although I could wish for smaller class sizes, I have never felt that my sons have lacked individual attention. Moreover, I know of no other public school and even private schools that can match Franklin's music program. My older son who graduated has had 3 years of music, two years focused on his pick of instruments and even though he is unlikely to pursue music as a career he is very good at his instrument and is looking forward to Lincoln's music program where he will continue to get instruction every day on his choice instrument. The gifted classes available after school to the students who qualify are terrific and have encourage both of my sons' STEM interests.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2014
I agree with the post from April 10th. But April 24th comments read like damage control. You simply cannot compare Franklin with the almost 30 kids per class to a private school where the teachers have the luxury of teaching only 15-20 kids. The other big difference is that a private school would fire a Kindergarten teacher who is always shouting at the little 5 and 6 year olds and leaving them terrified. Its clearly a policy of Franklin to put teacher's tenure first, regardless of the destructive behavior they may display. If I could give this place 1 star, I would.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
Franklin "teaches to test" it's really that simple. It may be the best in the district but it is still a huge disappointment. And I agree with a previous parent's post that the funds/miney allocation is a mystery. Really sad.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
Everything is relative. Compared to most LAUSD & other SMMUSD public schools, Franklin is wonderful. The principal is bright, engaged and effective. The teachers are smart, interested, and responsive - working hard to do their best despite funding constraints. The parents are friendly & involved. Are there problems? Yes. I agree with the previous parent that science, math, arts & music are ad hoc - as & when it can be squeezed in. As with many CA schools, class sizes are too large & individual, one-to-one support absent. If you want more than average, parents need to give their child extra attention to reinforce concepts, complete homework, & expose to ideas & experiences at a more in-depth level. That said, this is probably the case with most private schools as well.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
Science exists in the CA state curriculum. It does not exist as a subject taught below 3rd grade in this school. Art is a once per month event. Music is for grade 3 and above only. All the hulla-balloo about this being a great school, is generated by the self-interested parents who intend to withdraw their children in favor of private schools after 5th grade, or earlier. Of course the private school of their choice would prefer to hear how wonderful Franklin has been. My daughter went into K as an advanced reader. She has been neglected by her teacher who promised advanced books, weekly writing and didn't deliver despite polite requests to continue.The school is focused on test results, yet they are falling. Fundraising is falling as the tiger-moms who used to fuel the process have now moved on. The fundraising process is not transparent. We were told $4m had to be raised to save aides, class sizes, etc. when we didn't raise it, we were told that's okay, the school district has covered it. Was it required, or not? If your ONLY choice is public school then your child will be safe here, but they will not have a solid, rounded, good education, merely a cursory one.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
The more I see of other elementary schools, both public and private, the more I realize how lucky we are to be at Franklin School. The teachers are outstanding. With the high level of parent involvement both in the class and financially this public school is still able to offer many programs that you usually see only in private schools these days. The art and music real treat and a regular part the curriculum. The kids learn cursive writing and work on penmanship - this is something all but given up in most public schools. I was listening to a radio interview last week with a high school student, who had never been taught cursive and so he could not read it either! What a shame that we have let public education fall so low in some places, but not here at Franklin.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2014
My kids are extremely happy at Franklin. They are excelling both academically and socially. We feel blessed to be a part of this tight-knit community of parents and kids. My kids get to grow up running into their school friends at the grocery store and on various sports teams which is what community is all about. They have great teachers, friends, learning opportunities, and after school activities. I feel happy dropping them off each morning at school knowing they will have a great day and their exuberance and happiness will be beaming at pick-up. They have great days at Franklin. This is what I most want to see from my kids' school. Franklin creates confident learners, exceedingly well-prepared for middle school, which is undisputed. I continue to be pleased by our overall experience which has included 5 school years/teachers total between my kids. I see no necessity for an expensive private school education when a school like this exists a few blocks away and in my own community. The principal and VP have personally made a difference for my kids on a few very important occasions which underscored their good character & leadership. I wish I had gone to a school like this, truly.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2013
Mixed feelings. We have 2 kids at the school. Their teachers have mostly been great. Not a fan of the principal--she is nice to some, overtly rude to others. Parents are great overall and very involved. We are concerned about the fact that so many kids this year have been admitted from out of district.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
I have been a Franklin parent for many years & both of my children are now nearing the end at Franklin. We started in k & are now in 4th & 5th. I actually have to disagree with a few of the reviews here about the school not helping with individual kids & their needs. They have been wonderful for my kids. My child had shown some learning issues (dyslexia) in 2nd grade & since that time the school & the administration has made sure my child received the help that was needed, testing needed to access the difficulties & they have been amazing with not only offering help, services, & solutions, but also in following my child's progress each year & not letting my child "slip through the cracks". Picking the right teachers for my child's needs etc. They have gone above & beyond in so many ways to help my child gain confidence in areas that my child excels In. Can't say enough good things about our school, teachers, parents & administration. I am sorry to hear that a few other parents feel they have not received individual attention for their child, but the exact opposite has been true for our family at Franklin. Really going to miss this school once my children are finished.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
Franklin looks great on paper which exactly what the principal is focused on. Meeting the individual needs of each student is not a priority. If a child is struggling, there is no assurance that he/she will get the a help that is best. There is tons of parent involvement which can be a good thing, however when the PTA seems to have more power than the administration, there is a problem. I am a Franklin parent, and also currently a teacher in another district. I see the differences. SMMUSD is a good district, and Franklin is known for being one of the best schools. I would think that the best school could put a little more effort into meeting the individual needs of students AND find an office staff that isn't known district-wide for being the rudest!!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2012
My son loves this school. He is an enthusiastic boy but when he was not happy at his previous school, he was able to tell me exactly why. I have not had one complaint from him since he started at Franklin. Standards are high, really there is academic pressure from the very start, and parents have to put in time at home to support their children's academic progress, and clearly that does happen at this school. I don't know what the fuss is about regarding the office staff. I have never seen them be rude or dismissive towards anyone. They are professional, helpful, they know what they're doing and they work very hard. If you're going to choose a public school for your child, this is the highest ranking elementary school in the Santa Monica district, higher by at least 100 schools than the 2nd highest. I do think that matters.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
Due to the frequent moving of my children's mother, this is the first year of my two kids. I have been unable to reach both of my kid's teachers. This is what brought me to the office where the office staff were extremely rude and not helpful in the least. The principle is somewhat a professional but still lacks the authority to make a lot of important decisions. I would do your homework when looking for a school. The lack of parental involvement is the worst thing for the success of young students and Franklin Elementary needs to work in this area also.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2011
My child has been a student at Franklin for two years. We have had a wonderful experience and are looking forward to another great year at Franklin! We are truly amazed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the teachers and find that the administration is first rate. For such a large school we feel a great sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
Franklin is a great school that fosters a sense of community among all of its students and their families. The administration if FIRST CLASS. Both the Principal and Vice Principal are dedicated educators who are far from the bureaucratic fund-raising machines we found the administration to be at our older child's private school. They are committed to the right of education for every child, not just the one's whose parents can donate the most money. The teachers at Franklin take the lead of the administration and, for the most part, are also dedicated, engaged and committing their lives to educating every child that passes through their classroom. You couldn't ask for a more positive environment. I have an older child in a Westside private school, and find that the experience my younger child is having at Franklin to be a much more well-rounded and all over happier experience than the private education offers.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
I am blessed to be both a parent and a teacher at Franklin. My daughter has had an exceptional beginning at this wonderful school. I love being able to teach at the same school where my six year old from Hunan China receives such a wonderful balance socially and academically. I also love being able to affect change as a teacher there that will directly benefit my child. She has been blessed to have two years in kindergarten because of her background as an adoptee coming from China. Both Mr. Schwengel and Mrs. Badt have given her such a strong foundation for literacy and a love of school . She is reading at a second grade level and writing stories as a six year old. I also love the administration. They are smart, authentic, and hold us to very high standards. Both Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Sinfield put children first. It is amazing to me after 28 years of teaching that I want to keep going because of such a wonderful staff. I wish others could see what an amazing learning community we have. Thank you to all of the wonderful teachers and parents at Franklin. I am so lucky.

- submitted by a teacher
May 24, 2011
Had not just a bad teacher, but dismissive, nasty and lacking in judgement. Many parents feel the same. Complaints land in complaint box. Anyone care? Have had positive experiences and good teachers but the bad ones sadly where so bad it has had a profound lasting effect and difficult to understand how they can just stay on. Really this site has to make API scores less relevant than the children themselves, this school didn't.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2011
franklin's reputation far exceeds reality. there are MANY outstanding teachers, but just as many average teachers...many of whom show little enthusiasm. once you get to 4th grade, discipline gets very punitive and the enthusiasm in this grade is at an all time low in all but one classroom. the pta raises tons of money, but smartboards and computers can't replace instilling a love of learning. and all those smartboards are basically being used as very expensive overhead projectors, anyways. franklin is above average compared to many schools, but considering the resources we have, it's not living up to it's potential.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2011
now that we're leaving franklin, i feel like i can give a fair review. my child has been there since kindergarten. out of the 6 teachers we've had, 4 were great and two were awful. when i say awful, i mean unenthusiastic, dismissive, fell short of teaching the curriculum, non-responsive, unempathetic, punitive, enacted favoritism...the list goes on and on. the complaints about franklin are a common them of parent get togethers, but most are not comfortable going to the administration. those who have haven't really been taken seriously. some have been lucky and had 6 for 6 fantastic teachers and have no complaints. others have had mostly horrible experiences and i especially feel for them.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
A comment. It would seem that you should heed the comments about the office staff. There is nothing more off-putting as a first impression as rude, dismissive office staff. My family experienced this upon its first visit to the school, and was provided little help in working out the problems of entering a new school. As a former teacher, I know how important office staff is, yet I also know that the first impression of a school should be a positive one, and evidently, yours, because of the office people, isn't. It would be smart to address this in the future. My rating is based on other reviews, Great Schools ratings, and the fact that Franklin is a Distinguished School.

- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2010
A rather mixed and sometimes uneven experience. On the plus side, many of the teachers - senior and junior - are truly outstanding, dedicated, hard-working and enthusiastic. I have been enormously impressed by many. But there are some notably weaker teachers, who seem to exhibit little enthusiasm or interest. The administration is competent, though in the face of genuine complaints seems more interested in damage control than genuinely addressing parental concerns. The front desk is staffed by some notoriously difficult individuals who play favorites - helpful to some parents, terribly rude and dismissive to others. There is a split between mothers who work and wealthier ones who volunteer, reflecting local demographics. Funding is a growing concern, and private fund-raising cannot be a long-term solution. Teacher union rules mean layoffs are based on seniority, not value added. A good school, in an affluent neighborhood, with strengths and weaknesses, facing funding problems.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
I like Franklin because it's like one big family and also the teachers make such an outstanding effort to help our children learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
The teachers are great. The kids are great. The location is beautiful. The staff is great!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2009
Mediocre school. My child is in his sixth year there. I've been actively involved in the school so get to see a lot. The school operates by trying to create a facade of it being so wonderful, giving priority to the children but they teach to do well on tests which does a tremendous disservice to the kids. I find the current principal ineffective and the front office can be problematic unless you're one of the kiss-up parents. I did not find the school to be interested in addressing bullying (which we experienced) or child safety issues....they'd rather turn their backs and stay adamant that the school is so wonderful. There are some really good teachers but also some really bad ones. If you have to go there, advocate strongly for your child, get involved as much as you can and stand up for what is right.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
the best, most caring and inspiring teachers

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
Considering other schools in the LA area, Franklin is great. However, my career requires frequent relocations as such we've experienced a number of different schools, in different states/countries. In the broader context Franklin is average. The teachers are not exceptional and the pedagogy is poor. The front office staff is dreadful rude. My interactions with most of the staff was frustrating but must do for now.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Franklin Elementary is a very unique school in our neighborhood greatly due to the outstanding administration. The school was awarded the California Distinguished award last year and I have to say it is because of our dedicated and impeccable qualities of our principal and her administration. Franklin excels for many reasons. It excels due to its relentless parent body who volunteer their time and money and it excels due to its unbelievable leaders.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2009
Franklin Elementary School, as has been pointed out, offers students a tremendous learning enviroment through the incredible efforts of highly skilled teachers and devoted staff, along wih an involved parent body. Those who know leadership realize, however, that it takes someone with unwavering vision, dedication, fairness, and true empathy for all students to make all these elements come together in such a beautiful way. The head Administrator and her team are the ones, in my opinion, who have taken on the difficult job of running a very large (800+ student) school with a demanding parent body and ever higher academic achievement goals and continue to knock it out of the park on a daily basis. My son wakes up with a big grin on his face wanting to get to school early, and that is the best proof to me that Franklin School is run well.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2009
As an involved parent at Franklin Elementary School, I have had the privilege of working alongside our principal. She actually is a dynamic and charismatic educator. Additionally, I've only known her to be proactive, optimistic, approachable, and dedicated on the part of all students and her entire staff. Our school achieved the designation of California Distinguished School because of our diligent students and our phenomenal teachers. But our students and teachers can be described this way only because of our principal's inspired leadership.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2009
I feel compelled to respond to the 5/22/09 review since I am intimately involved with Franklin as Site Governance parent chair and chair of the PTA fundraising drive, Direct Investment. I, too have been at Franklin 10 years and have experienced the past and current Administrative teams which have both been excellent in their own distinctive ways. I totally disagree with the 5/22 reviewer regarding the current team which is all and more of the traits that she/he says they are not. Also, assume that the reviewer didn't realize that Franklin applied for the Distinguished School award twice under the previous regime before being awarded it on our third attempt under the current regime. This regime has been at the forefront of pushing the staff and students with out of the box thinking regarding academic and enrichment programs.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
Franklin is described as being the best public 'private' school in SMMUSD. 'Private' is attached because the PTA/Parent groups provide a great deal of monetary support for necessary programs which the state and district have curtailed and/or eliminated over the years; and that same group has contributed likewise to other schools in the district as well. The only complaint I have about this school is the head administrator is not as dynamic and charismatic a leader, motivator, and educator as was the past administrator. On the plus side is the entire rest of the school; teachers, programs, aides and support personnel, and everyone connected to the school--which make this school well deserved of the title, 'California Distinguished School.' I've been associated with Franklin for the past 10+ years, as a proud parent of two students, who received an outstanding, well-rounded education.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 05, 2008
My child has attended Franklin Elementary School for 3 years, and I must say that Franklin is AMAZING ! The title of California Distinguished School is well-earned! There is a high level of parent participation. The teachers are experienced, caring, hard working, and effective. The principal is innovative, visible, quick to respond to parent and community concerns, and is an outstanding educational leader! Franlin provides a well-rounded education complete with rigorous academics enriched with fine arts, cultural arts, physical education, music, art, and drama. Franklin's test scores are the highest in the district and climb consistently higher every year!

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2008
We have been at Franklin for 5 years and have had excellent experience throughout. Teachers at every grade level have been first rate -- approachable, dedicated, very involved. Parent particpation makes this a great school. Lots of parents willing to roll up their sleeves and get involved. Fundraising is strong, but has to be because that's what gets the necessities into the school since CA state funding is so poor. It makes all the difference in the world when you compare this school to others. The principal and asst. principal put the children's welfare first always, and don't play favorites with kids or the parents (which may actually irk those parents looking for an 'in'). My child is safe there, her educational needs are met, and she enjoys going to school every day. Administrators have dealt with issues that arise quickly, and make sure the kids' needs are first and foremost.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2008
Admin behind the 8 ball. Teachers appear good so far. Everyone friendly overall - kids and parents and teachers. Definitely a stay home mom vs. others vibe. Bigger issues presented to date, 1st week, but this review does not allow more than 150 words so ... if you are transferring in, prepare VERY early, like a full semester before (March 1 for September 1 enrollment) or you may be in the dog house.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2008
I am a parent of 2 boys at Franklin and we have been attending here for 3 years. Coming from aneducational background, a former teacher myself, I must say my expectations at Franklin have far exceeded the experience I thought we would recieve. Being a former teacher, I tend to be a little more critical than the average parent. The parental involvement at this school, combined with a first class education, has allowed franklin to receive the honor of a 'California Distinguished School'. This honor is not bestowed upon a school without great discretion & there are very few in LA. My boys LOVE going to school, and I love the high expectations set by the administration. My ONLY complaint, is that the ladies in the front are very short and to some, even rude. These ladies need to change their attitudes or move on to other jobs

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2008
We've been here a year now and had high expectations for Franklin based on it's reputation. Volunteering in many areas of the school gave me the opportunity to witness significant bullying, very rude front office, and an antagonistic administration in regard to 'problem' students and parents. Not warm.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2008
Horrible school: great students, teachers, and supportive parents. However, there is no effective leadership. The front office has no respect for students or parents, behaves unprofessionally with little regard for the welfare of those they are paid to serve. The principal should be replaced.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2008
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September 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2007
I have a fifth grade student at Franklin. My son has received a first class education and has benefitted from caring teachers, a rigorous standards-driven curriculum, and a great circle of friends. The Franklin experience is loaded with lots of fabulous extras, including an excellent elementary school orchestra, a chorus, a thriving after-school program, a stocked computer lab, and an abundance of computers in every classroom. The PTA and Site Governance Council groups are strong. Mrs. Tara Brown, the principal, is an award-winning administrator and a talented instructional leader. Franklin's test scores place us among the top elementary schools in Los Angeles County. More importantly, our vibrant school community welcomes everyone. The active school calendar includes free family fun nights, a school carnival, a multicultural fair, a science fair, a book fair, and school picnics. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this amazing community.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2007
My child has had a great experience here (now 2nd grade). Teaching to the state tests is a district-wide (statewide?) problem, and I haven't actually noticed it being a particular issue with our teachers, who I've found to be creative and insightful. My only problem is lack of differentiated teaching, which the teachers have attempted somewhat to address.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2006
I have a fifth grader at Franklin who started at Kindergarten. It has been an amazing 6 years and Franklin is phenomenal school with a high level of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2006
We moved from out of state into Franklin District mid-year. We chose to purchase a home in the district because of all the glowing review of Franklin. Bullying is allowed and Franklin does not seem to have a policy to prevent or deal with it. Academically, the class spent most of its time being coached for the state testing.

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May 17, 2006
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May 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2006
Great public school. Diverse, good teachers and a great location.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2006
My child attends franklin. I am shocked at the low quality of education and teaching. The school is overrated. There's one fund raiser after another never disclosing how much was raised and what it's for. The school is split by have and have nots (owners vs. Renters) with moms substituting past careers and busy husbands for volunteering. There's no diversity and many students are badly behaved. This school is not for your bright litle star.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2006
Excellent public school with great parent involvement. Number of classes in each grade might be a problem, but overall an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2006
Franklin is a great school, especially the kindergarten program. The teachers are passionate about what they do and their curriculum is innovative and interesting.

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January 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2005
We recently moved here from across the country and couldn't be happier with Franklin. There is an enormous amount of parent involvement and enthusiasm for the school. We were worried because we came from a private school environment but find Franklin to be even better than our previous school.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2005
Franklin Elementary focus is on the students and their academic needs. There is a huge percentage of parental participation/involvement. There is an afterschool program as well as enrichment courses available for the students.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2005
We were extremely disappointed with Franklin school and took our children out after 1 year. We felt that the principal was ineffective and nonresponsive to complaints. There is so much emphasis on learning to the standardized tests, that creativity in teaching has been removed from the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2005
Strong parental involvement both in the classrooms and in fund-raising activities. The school district takes it's music classes very seriously. Afterschool sports and extracurricular classes are numerous and interesting. I would love to see art/history of art and languages become part of the curriculum.

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August 05, 2005
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July 06, 2005
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June 12, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 18, 2005
We have been at Franklin for five years, and are so pleased! What a rarity: excellence academics, lots of extras like music, art, drama, and gardening, caring teachers, and an active and real community of parents.

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July 30, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2004
My son spent six years at Franklin and just graduated from fifth grade. We moved to the district specifically for this school. We were very happy with our choice and I highly recommend this school. The teachers were all good, some superlative. There is a lot of parent involvement and parents feel very welcomed in the classroom and in lots of volunteer opportunities. Test scores are good, there's a feeling of caring and comraderie -- we are sad to be leaving, but I feel my son is well prepared for middle school.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2004
We have been at Franklin for seven years. Two children, a boy and a girl. Some of the amazing qualities that make Franklin so special are its diversity, its committment to excellence, its vibrant and caring parent community, the traditional, lovingly maintained campus, and most of all the caring, enthusiastic, outstanding administration and teaching staff. Franklin rountinely wins safety awards, teaches to the 'whole child', stresses values and personal responsibility, encourages community involvement and academically is incredibly strong. But if I had to point to the reason many of us love it so it would be the sense of community and belonging that is found there. My son is an individualist, an intense, challenging little guy who needed a lot of direction and care. He received that, and much more, at Franklin, and we believe it is the reason he is thriving in middle school today. I am forever grateful.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2004
I've been a parent at Franklin School for 3 years and I'm still consistently impressed with the quality of leadership, education, community and caring at this school. My other two children went to private schools before we moved to the Santa Monica school district. I feel, without a doubt, that the quality of education at Franklin is at least equal to the finest private school--if not better. And, being a neighborhood public school there is not the ego-driven 'have vs. have not' attitude I often have seen at private schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
This school is fine if your child is of the outgoing, high achiever sort. But my son, who attended from 1st to 4th grade, was shy and had minor learning problems, though extremely high test scores. There was a real lack of a plan for dealing with children who didn't fit the ideal. By 4th grade, because of increased class size (30+), we were looking for a way to get him a quieter environment. He was placed in a 'special day class' with some 'mainstreaming.' We were blatantly misled: the SDC, it turned out, had an ED (Emotional) designation (not LD/Learning)-- mainly troubled, disruptive children--highly inappropriate for our overly-sensitive, intelligent son! And the mainstream teacher treated him like a visitor and an inconvenience--did not remember his name, and when they came up short one book, my son was urged to read over someone's shoulder (he was the ONE child without a book), just for instance. In 3d grade, parents met regularly to complain of the 2 hours daily homework given, and the flippant attitude of the teacher (lots of 'too bad's). That was remedied by moving her to 1st grade--the next year. 1st grade and 2nd grade, however, were good, though still not particularly suited to anyone who wasn't nearly-precocious. In the end, we considered our 4th grade experience to be a wash--he learned almost nothing--and moved him to a smaller school to repeat the information and the grade. We are thrilled with their ability to address all different personalities. He never falls through the cracks here, is totally mainstreamed, and is thriving with minimal extra care.

- submitted by a former student
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Franklin Elementary School
2400 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90403
(310) 828-2814
Last modified Franklin Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Franklin Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 65 reviews.