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.
We moved to the Cooper City campus this year because of distance and I must say that I have been THRILLED with the administration and staff. I was dreading the opening of another new school but I must say, Dr Sandburg, the principal, has been remarkable at keeping us informed and updated as progess is made. He has exceeded my expectations and I was very worried but have been pleasantly surprised. My daughter has a rookie teacher and she's on fire!!! I am so excited to see what my daughter is learning and honestly, I don't think a child could do poorly in this teacher's class. EVERYTHING is structured and positive and pushes the girls to excel. I haven't seen any major issues or heard any complaining (other than the uniform mess) about the school this year, unlike the opening of the Pines campus that was rocky and frustrating. I congratulate the school on a job well done so far, keep it up and you'll make your inaugural year unforgetable!!!
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?
We are happy to be a part of Franklin Academy since it opened. Don't believe the extreme negative feedbacks. Get a tour of the school and ask around. It is not bad to hire young teachers. They still have the education required to be a teacher. My childs' teacher is a young teacher but she brought in a different kind of energy that my child loves and the curriculum is still followed. With the common core coming in, I think young teachers will easily adapt to the new system. The school knows what it is doing.
Don't be fooled... this school is not as bad as some describe. There are still some kinks that need to be worked out but that is to be expected, especially in a new school. WHAT WORKS FOR SOME, MAY NOT WORK FOR OTHERS. This is a great school. It is safe, provides for a positive learning environment and offers an enriched academic program. The teachers and staff overall have been very helpful and intuitive to the students' needs. I believe EVERY school has room for improvement, no matter where you go.
Please take your child out of the school. We did. No experience whatsoever. If you have a child under the ESE program, it is going to be worst. I was expecting a wonderful atmosphere and it is a nightmare. It could be better in an inner city public school than here. We are not the only family not happy with teachers, staff, curriculum, etc. Avoid headaches.
This is a great school! My child has been attending this school for 2 years now. I like the single gender and I like the no homework policy - no homework as long as your child is performing well. Homework will still be given if the teacher think it is necessary for your child. Before the school opened in 2011 the principal told us "leave the teaching to us and spend quality time with your kids when they are at home". And this is what we have been doing as a family. We don't have to spend hours at night working on homework. This is a brand new school. It takes time to build your own staff. The school listens. They solved the morning traffic issue immediately at the beginning of the 2nd year. This school works for us but it may not work for others. The wait list is long for families who would like to be at Franklin. If it doesn't work for you feel free to leave. We would love for the school to have parents that would always seek on how to help rather than complain and think that the policies should be bend if it's against them.
The issues described are NOT due to being a new school, but rather based on the culture that is emerging in the school and due to lack of funding. Culture is based on how they conduct their business day to day.There are good teachers, some terrible, mediocre (they lack in either know how or people skills), many are inexperienced. See evidence of low funding. Don't see all students getting much on all that was advertised which include good civics. Early years are better, but missing many activities found in public schools. Franklin is not organized, a lot of lip service, but no follow through, reactive. Some classes in middle school are out of control, with teachers unable to deliver program because the students are poorly behaved.There is a lot of bullying, harrassment, and everything else that happens in public schools too..but it's not communicated openly. Walk the halls enough times and you will hear bad language, middle schoolers kissing, bouncing balls, skate boarding, texting, vandalism in restrooms. Don't be fooled - it is here too. Charters are funded 50% from public school budget and 50% privately. Weakens public, and both end weak - FL education is not good.
PLEASE PARENTS KEEP YOUR CHILD AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL, THIS YEAR WAS A NIGHTMARE FOR OUR FAMILY, VERY FEW GOOD TEACHERS AND VERY SELECTIVE WITH STUDENTS, THE ADMINISTRATION STAFF VERY RUDE, A LOT OF PROMISES AND NO RESULT 2 YEARS IS ENOUGHT
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