If your child is lily-white, or even better, and Latin-Jew, then I strongly suggest you send your child to Franklin. It's in a great neighborhood. The teacher's lack of qualifications won't matter to you, because you can afford tutors and private after-school programs which foster a child's growth. If you're of another race or religion, get ready for racism, bullying from teachers and admin. Especially if they are gifted...this will annoy everyone to no extent. They will attempt to destroy them in the only way they can...through setting them up for behavior reprimand. If they are bullied, they cannot defend themselves, or they will be suspended. If they report it, they are ignored or called a snitch or a trouble maker. If they see a fight and ignore it, they are an accomplice. If they try to break it up, they were an accomplice. It's a grand system.....remember the "sweathogs" from Welcome Back Kotter? They are now working at Franklin Pines.
first year at Franklin PP, our kids have been in schools all over the country and other countries and they had an amazing year. We have one in elementary and one in middle school. The school isn't perfect but there is no such thing as a perfect school.
Parents have a choice. Your kids can go to their boundary school or they can apply to a charter. Charters are not the savior of the world & public schools are not the end of it. I am thankful to have a choice. For my children, Franklin PP was the right choice. We are completing our 3rd year here & have been here since the beginning. I have 3 children here from 2nd grade to 8th so I have experience with all the grade levels. If you make a list of pros & cons, the cons that FAPP has are NO different than the boundary school my kids would have gone to. However, FAPP has more pros. There is a real community atmosphere there that you don't always get elsewhere. FAPP has the same amount of students our K-5 had but is a K-8. For my middle schooler, this is huge. He has 1/4 of the kids in his 6th-8th than had he gone to our boundary schools. The teachers & staff know my kids by name, even if they have never taught them. My kids belong & feel part of something. We wouldn't have got that at our BPS middle school. K-5 and 6th-8th are on separate floors & have separate start/stop times. Make your own choice based on what you want. Don't let people scare you.
Franklin Academy has opened their doors in many cities... by now you think they would have aced the process. Dismissal system still not perfected ... kids do not get to bus on time...kids are made responsible for getting to their dismissal point. Classrooms seem out of control compared to district schools. Policies and procedure are not followed. Class work does not come home frequently and when it does it is with the tests...so impossible to support your child. Differential teaching - not happening. phones not answered Docs state office open till 4pm but you can not visit them before 830am or after 145pm. Very few volunteers are permitted in classrooms to assist teachers. you have to purchase an agenda but they are barely used. classjump sites are not updated in a timely manner. there is supposed to be an email sent out each week...again not consistently...if classjump website and/or emails were sent out the friday for the upcoming week it would be more helpful. I feel that at our campus atleast the left hand doesnt know what the right is doing. HUGE communication issues.
Fellow parents, This is so confusing that some of you hate this school and some think it's great. Any insight as to which is right? My child has been in Beacon Cove gifted. Will he do well here? Otherwise it's JMS for us and I don't like some of the issues they've had there.
For the group of parents in Jupiter thinking of sending your kids to this school, have you heard any other feedback in the community? There seems to be a lot of negative feedback here, but I am frustrated with the administration both at Lighthouse and Beacon. However, overall there have been more positives than negatives. Jupiter parents, please keep posting anything you hear, thanks!
What a joke Franklin is. This school is run like a circus. The lack of knowledge administration has is unbearable. As a parent who has volunteered on numerous occasions, you would think they would get their act together when parents are around. No respect for anyone, not even themselves. This place is a money pit. All the investors worry about is where they are going to get their next dime. From their terrible uniform company and car system to the aftercare. The more students who enter this school, the more money they receive. My child was there for 5th and 6th grade and after the experience we had in middle school, it was time to get out of there. The knowledge my child gained in 5th grade was quickly altered in 6th grade. His math and reading skills went down drastically due to the inexperience teachers in middle school. Ever since we took him out and put him into Silver Trail, he's been happier and has retrieved all of that lost knowledge. As parents, we have a job to protect our children from situations like these.
I can honestly say that it is my opinion that the curriculum at this school is substandard- essentially no different than your average public school in the area. If you doubt this, please make an appointment and ask to see the student performance scores in each subject area. In fact, any parent can take a look at the materials and see this for themselves. There is constant turnover of personnel and staff and no accountability for the principal- until most recently. The classrooms are so small in the lower elementary school that they are equivalent to half the size of a public school classroom. In addition, please go back and read the principal's earlier reviews when the school first opened. Characteristically, the principal would argue and scream at parents, students, and even staff as a current teacher recently shared this with me in confidence. Did the principal really change or does she want to keep her job? Many unknowing parents will not know this information, so I feel it is my duty to share this with them. Please look elsewhere to educate your child as "smoke and mirrors" may work for some parents, but will not fool the wise and observant parent.
Against the odds with decided to register our girl in this school and It has been the best decision ever!! Our girl loves the school, her teacher and friends. The single gender system is working really good for her, she is an A student and still they get the chance to share with the boys all the specials, lunch and playground time. The specials are really good, they have art, music, chess and Spanish which allow the kids to experience different fields,and relax, and we don't get to pay extra for that. Additionally they have the clubs, which include drama, cheerleading, sports and chess for a very little amount, our girl is in the chess club and she is teaching us how to play. The teacher is amazing, she keep challenging them to improve every single day and she is been with the school from the beginning. The principal is a hard worker you will see her around the school trying to make things always better. The rest of the school's personnel is very friendly, it is such a nice atmosphere. Of course there is always room for improvement and they know it !!! So parents if you want a complete education for your kids try this school.
This school has improved so much, and I believe that it will soon be one of the best schools in South Florida. I have seen academics, sports, and events, become outstanding. I am constantly getting my children's grades and scores on important skills. The children seem so respectful- even middle school kids. I give Franklin Pembroke Pines an A.
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!
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