Franklin is a great school, especially the kindergarten program. The teachers are passionate about what they do and their curriculum is innovative and interesting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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