I am very pleased with Franklin Academy. My kids have been in attendance since the beginning and I have not had a single complaint. They enjoy the various extra curriculum activities and clubs that are ongoing. My daughter in particular took part of the ceramics club and really enjoyed it. I also wanted to give a shout out to the PE coaches for their hard work and dedication during the most recent Field Day activities. Everything was well organized and the kids had a blast...Very proud Franklin Parent!!!
Franklin has been so far a better school for my kids. The best teachers they have had since attending a neighboring public school. All my child's teachers have degrees, I have personally met and research each and every one. The statement of hiring rejected teachers sure sounds like a resented rumor to me, if not please list those teachers out so parents are aware, I highly doubt you will. We have been with the school from day 1.
Regardless of what you think of the school, some of the information you've been give is incorrect. ALL of the teachers and I mean ALL of them are REQUIRED by state law to be certified by the State. Now you may not like the state requirements for certification but ANY AND ALL schools that receive public funding do not have an option of whether their teachers are certified or not, it is MANDATORY!!! I am speaking from personal experience as a teacher and parent. Please know that earning a degree and getting certified does not make you a good/great teacher anymore than learning to play hopscotch makes you an Olympic jumper!!!
Franklin Academy Pines is wonderful!!!! The administration is help and very visible throughout the build. Mrs. Cummings, the principal, is spectacular, she goes above and beyond for her student and staff.
We gave this school a chance. This is my child's third year. I knew it was a new school and assumed it would get better. Maybe it will someday but it sure hasn't yet. The teacher-parent communication is unacceptable. Starting in K, messages were passed to me verbally by my then 5 year old. You can't expect an elementary age child to accurately relay information to parents. My child is bright but won't get honors because of a B in P.E. Even in 1st grade they have number grades in P.E. for ridiculous things, like push-ups. One of my child's teachers actually recommended I look into the gifted program before realizing that there was none at the school. There is no gifted program for elementary school but they get a grade for push ups. PTO is virtually non-existent. There is a meeting tomorrow but notification only went out yesterday. That is not enough time for me to arrange care for my children as they are not allowed. There are some good reviews for this school but I would be genuinely shocked if they weren't written by parents who also happen to be employed by the school. I was enthusiastic and excited about this school when we began there but my child will not return next year.
No stars for FACC..thought we were lucky getting in, what a mistake, our child is middle school age, and it was the worse experience! Now I understand the policy of no cell phones. They don't want the kids calling there parent on the horrific things going on in school!! Not to include the absence of adult supervision and guidance! Huge lack of teaching kids,, teachers not required to have teaching degree. It has been a waste of education for 4 months. The guidance counselor is unbelievably disrespectful and rude and her lack of guidance was unbearable. I would NOT send a middle school child to Franklin!! Please don't do it if you are considering this!!
This school is terrible!!! if you love your kids don't send them here. This school has an average elementary school and only pays attention to tthem!! They treat the middle schoolers like prisoners and have no care for their feelings, I'm looking for a new school for my 7th grade son and hope this school gets shut down
This school is good, not the best, but good. I am a middle school student, and yes, there are downs in this school, but they work it out, somehow. The only thing I am really upset about is that there aren't any real ADVANCED stuff. One real problem is that there isn't much communication between teacher and parent, from a student's point of view. Half the time, I don't tell my parents what I do in school, and the teachers don't regularly update parents. Another major problem is that the teachers are "poor. My sister is in elementary, and her teacher just resigned. The new teacher doesn't really update. My own teacher got fired (for some reason or the other) and the new one moves too slow in teaching the content. In one class, one teacher was gone, another was replaced and then gone, and now, that class has their 3rd teacher. I miss the really good teachers who were there last year. There are pluses too-they expanded their club choices, and got better field trips. For my 3rd year at Franklin (5th grade, 6th, and now 7th), they certainly have improved!
LOVE Franklin Academy Cooper City! Dr. Sandberg is on top of his game and the PTO is an awesome group! I look forward to many more years at FACC! You always hear the negative people adding bad comments, but I can tell you as a mother of a 1st grader that my experience has been great!
School has high test scores because they only take students who perform well on tests. The administration is unresponsive and the teachers are going through the motions. Don"t believe the hype!
I was initially excited about my child being excepted to this school. The website boasts about innovative means of teaching and a challenging curriculum. Don't be fooled. It is all a bunch of smoke and mirrors. There is nothing innovative about this charter school. Administration is more concerned about fundraising than the child's academic progress. There is a lack of communication throughout the school and parents are kept in the dark. If your child is in a good school let them stay there.
My school is Franklin Academy - Cooper City and I am very satisfied with the teachers. My daughter is in 7th grade and the teachers all appear motivated, enthused and interested in making my daughter's experience very favorable. She is smart and being challenged by the teacher's expectations. I totally appreciate the constant feedback about her grades and additional websites to enhance her learning experience with Kahn Academy for her honors math class.
This is a for-profit school. The main goal is not to offer students the best possible educational experience, but to make sure shareholders make money on their investment. Students are deprived of many many things to ensure the shareholders are happy. This school did NOTHING to recognize the efforts of the 5th graders that were graduating. At the very last minute a picnic was planned at a nearby park but was canceled due to Inclement whether. Some parents put something together for the kids to recognise their hard work at a cost of $30 for the student and $30 for the parent. Only one parent was allowed to attend. This event left a lot to be desired. I have removed my child from this school after a mediocre first year and a disastrous second. This school's administration doesn't have the student's best interest at heart. They're a business and their main concern is to make a profit at whichever cost. They keep opening up everywhere instead of concentrating on perfecting what they do. Most teachers are young and inexperienced. The school pays them a lot less than a public school would. Teachers are not happy and it shows. Do your own research...too many false promises.
i regret changing my daughter to this school , Please don't send your kids to this school
This is my child's 3rd year and might be their last . I can only speak for my experience only. The only reason I have not changed my children to another school is that I don't want to be switching them around from school to school. The administration is poorly trained and false. A large and concerning amount of teachers are just poor educators regardless of number of years teaching ( but many those poor teachers have little experience). I was a very involve parent with over 85 hours of volunteer work each year. I wanted to make sure my children got the best experience despite the major school set backs. Such as poor teachers, no functional PTO, little activities for earlier grades, middle schoolers bulling younger children in bathrooms, false promises (just one week of chest if at all) , poor selections for volunteers, no gifted program for grade school children. NO science teachers or room (science taught by regular teacher) in a technology age having a specific teacher to teach science is a must. No auditorium or gym as other newly built Franklin schools have. The library is half full of books and it is small to begin with. No holiday show for k-5 . Poor online uniform provider.
My daughter will be starting her third year at Franklin Academy P.Pines this fall. She has excelled academically and socially. Her teachers, both young, have been well qualified teachers. I found them to be good role models, knowledgeable, energetic, inventive, and excellent communicators. My daughter has enjoyed the gender specific learning environment, variety of special area classes, and special events that occur throughout the year. I have appreciated the multi-cultural student body, clean and technologically savvy learning environment, and the excellent teaching staff. Franklin P.Pines went through some stressful growing pains in the first year, as any new school would. But the strong administration and great staff continued to put children and education first. We are proud to be a Franklin family!
I am happy with the school. Part of the success and happiness with any school is parent involvement and establishing a relationship with teachers and administration.
In response to the question about a gifted program. Currently the school will only offer a gifted program for Middle School and will be very basic and not offer much. Surrounding Middle school offer better gifted programs plus better electives. For elementary school children there is no gifted program so far but this may change for the 2014-2015 school year or may not . Nothing has been formally mentioned or announced. There is also no functioning PTO or PTA . There is nothing to currently gain in transferring a gifted child either in middle school or elementary to these schools. The library in their first location is more than half empty that is a sign of their commitment to education. Oddly enough they have the funds to open other schools.
The gifted program is just begining, and is for middle school only. My child has a tutor a couple times; in order to maintain an A average, because it's a self-study system. You figure it out yourself, or your parents or tutor can explain it to you. Unless your child is lily-white or Latin, a trained bully; and you literally live within walking distance; don't do it unless there are no other A schools around. If you don't live within walking distance, then you need to be a housewife or have a nanny do your pick-ups and drop-offs, because it will take 1/2 day. The school looks nice on the outside, but is always dirty inside. The bathrooms are filthy, no soap, no paper, ever. with mud and filth on the walls and floor, and the janitorial staff doesn't care when told. The cafeteria food is disgusting; and makes the kids throw up. The principal and admin are rude, condescending, and quite frankly not very professional. There is racism, cliques, and bullying. If however, you live near a more established clean, charter or A public school, you may want to look into it instead. No auditorium, gym, stage, so school plays are done in the cafeteria.
Can anyone shed some light on a gifted child transferring to this school (Cooper City location) for 3rd grade? Do they have gifted/high achieving classes and how do they handle someone transferring in to a new school?
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