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Franklin Academy A

Charter | K-8 | 1145 students

 

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2014:
Based on 19 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 19, 2013

This is my son s second year and we've had a great experience overall. We went thru the growing pains of the first year and yes the pickup and drop offs are still longer than desired but the benefits do outweigh these inconveniences. For an involved parent these are minor tradeoffs for a great education. I compare with my daughter s public school and the communication between parents and teachers is superior. The technology is available to all parents and allows you to check for the students progress daily or whenever needed, up to the parent to use it. My son s teachers have been very much involved and genuinely concerned for his progress. Last year he received chess classes both as an after school club and as with his regular curriculum. Hopefully the bad reviews which all seem to have the same arguments will find a more convenient school option, and that will lead to some more open spots for my daughter to get in ;-). A stage is a great to have but not really in my priority list.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2013

To correct my prior post ,the gymnasium is to be finished for the 2015 school year. Here is the last update we received on Dec of 2012... Pembroke Pines (K-8) - We are pleased to announce the acquisition of 4 acres immediately east/adjacent to our K-8 campus. This site will be the location of our new Gymnasium. We are currently planning facility completion by 2015 school year. This gym facility will include: full basketball and volleyball courts; locker rooms; resources for dance and wrestling; and, potentially theater amenities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2013

As a proud parent of Franklin Academy, this charter school has successfully acheived, in a short period of time, my high expectations regarding my children's academic paths! Our teachers, have one goal in mind, to educate our children to achieve to their highest academic abilities. Administration works endlessly to provide our children with a safe school environment. The best education for my child? Is only Franklin Academy Charter Schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

THIS SCHOOL HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE BETTER... PLEASE PUT MORE EFFORT.The administration and many of the under experience teachers are the main problems with this school. Beautiful on the outside but highly dysfunctional on the inside . Going on its second year and little improvement. I would not recommend this school to any one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2013

Very dissapointed, for the second year in a row. The Xmas pageant was a joke. Such hoopla about this school being so new and great.... and they don't even have a gymansium with a stage? The band played in the cafeteria, on ground level, with bright lights. Nobody in the audience could see A THING. Not even enough sense to rent a platform, to elevate the band so that the parents could see their child? Bullying is rampant; racism is ridiculous. The teachers are illiterate and lazy. If you can't afford a tutor or if your child isn't naturally bright; forget it. Nice on the outside, but that swamp is still out there, with no parking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

Our daughter is very happy in her second year at this school and her enthusiasm has produced excellent academic results. This is what counts! True there are several areas for improvement, but overall this is an excellent school. Pros: gender separation on core classes has proven positive, teachers have been really good, car drop off works great now (after a painful year of learning), uniform and discipline enforcement, academic program is good. Cons: chess class is still a promise w/o delivery, pickup is painful, parent involvement limited to lunch help or car line, PE and recess are many times skipped, communication with parents depends on the teacher's communication skills and does not follow a standard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2012

I hate that school in would never forget how they treated my child different because of the color of he's skin and last but not least call the police on me because I was 20mins late picking him up from school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

School promises a lot but doesn't deliver on those promises. Chess not taught in classes. Little to no activities for k-2 grades. Most teachers with less than 3 years of experience. Staff mostly rude and two faced. The has no interest in science and don't report the science scores for lower grades as to promote a false school grade. Car pick up and drop off are nightmares. The school distances themselves from parents and do not promote parent involvement other than volunteering for lunch help or car line. Parents are not allowed to walk children to school . There are no park and walk up options. Franklin Academy is more like a fast food franchise as they are more interested in opening up more Franklin schools than perfecting the first one they open. In other words it is a business.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2012

My son was very lucky to win the lottery to enter on Kindergarten on the first year of the school. First of all the school is separated by gender which turn out to be very beneficial for the students. They are able to concentrate better on the core classes and have better interactions in class. They do have time to interact with girls and they enjoy their playtime together. The teachers and staff are very caring, and the aftercare program is amazing the kids have so much fun (they do HW, too) my son complains when I pick him up early. Since it is a charter school, volunteer hours are mandatory and I do appreciate it because it gives parents the opportunity to be more active with the school and be active in your kids' education. I have ask several parents from different grade levels and I only receive great reviews from boys and girls alike. One of the most important things about this school is that they do not only concentrate on academics but also on building characters on our children. I cannot be more grateful for this school on creating such a great environment for the children to grow and learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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89%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
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Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
96%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

2014

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

133 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2010-2011.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

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n/a

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96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

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n/a

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 50%
White 23%
Black 15%
Asian 9%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 50%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/AN/A
Female 50%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 79%53%61%
Master's degree 21%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. BRENDA CUMMINGS
Fax number
  • (954) 436-2861

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Music room
  • Playground
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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18800 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
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