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Ben Franklin Academy

Private | 9-12 | 110 students

Individualized and Mastery Education for College Prep
 
 

 
 

Living in Atlanta

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $186,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $880.

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Posted November 6, 2013

I am a proud parent of a recently graduate. I know my daughter received an excellent education at The Ben Franklin Academy That prepared her for college. My daughter is doing extremely Well in college , and her professors had commented so. I know we made the Best decision when we chose Ben Franklin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2012

This school turned our son from a quiet, questioning student into a self-assured college student. He regained his self-confidence and LOVED Ben Franklin and all his teachers there. He says that he wished he could go to college there, as well! The teachers are excellent and really care about teenagers. The plethora of courses is amazing and the work-study program offers great opportunities for internships or pursuing a student's interest. We love the Mastery Education approach!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2011

BFA is a go at your individual pace school. A student not only can take as long as he needs to master a subject, but can also progress as quickly and as far as he can in subjects in which he excels. The individual attention that is given is almost like home schooling but done by expert teachers in each subject. Each student is appreciated as an individual with unique needs as well as unique gifts. After attending BFA, my sons were well prepared for their prestigious colleges and higher professional degrees and credentials.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

We are very small but I love it because we are there for only three and a half hours each day, Mon. to Fri. We also have three cats that live there, Yoda, Lewis, and Clark. The teachers are all awesome and really nice. I love my school
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 4, 2008

my child never did well in school until we discovered BFA
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Posted October 21, 2007

My son entered Ben Franklin Academy at 10th grade level with Exceptionally high IQ in verbal skills, science and literature. His Math IQ was significantly low due to Dyscalculae, a learning disability associated with numbers. Ben Franklin Academy was able to offer him the one on one attention he needed to excell in math. He is now a Successful in his field of Audio Engineering and graduated with honors. The BFA pushed him in the areas of challenge and let him soar in areas of ease.His high academic grades from BFA guaranteed his Hope Scholarship for Georgia Colleges as well. I have only good things to say about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2006

This school is wonderful for the high-schooler who has not had success at other private schools in Atlanta. Their high teacher to student ratio is unbelievable resulting in great academic success. Very laid-back atmosphere. They care about the whole child. This school teachers respect for everyone, teachers as well as other students. Students with mild LD and ADHD can thrive here. I am an Educational Consultant and I have the utmost respect for this school for the right student. If your child has fallen behind in some areas, they work especially hard to make them catch up to their peers and graduate on time.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 44%
Black 16% 37%
Hispanic 6% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 99% (2012)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
German
Russian
Spanish
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Outstanding Service Award, presented by Emory University (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School Leader's name
  • Martha Burdette, Dean of Academics
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Part-time study
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Internships

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Jr Classical League
  • Philantrhropy Club
  • Robotics club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Organize cultural events
  • Parent Committee
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • The Ben Franklin Academy is an independent, progressive, college-prep high school. We teach a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, tailored to each student’s individual learning style, needs, and special interests.
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$20000 - $35000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Tax credits

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 99%
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1585 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
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Phone: (404) 633-7404

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