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Benjamin Franklin Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 695 students

 
 

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Posted July 10, 2011

Our son attended the "gifted" program at Franklin and we found the school to be completely unsatisfactory. Parental volunteerism was discouraged. The principal yelled at the students as her way to communicate with them, either good or bad (mostly bad). She had a very militant style. The students were expected to learn by rote, which is not a good learning tool for anyone, especially students who engage at a higher learning level. Our son was having trouble in math, and we asked him if he asked the teacher to explain it to him. He said she wouldn't answer his questions. The teacher confirmed it stating she didn't have time to answer questions during class time. The Johns Hopkins Math Program in 8th grade was taught by a student teacher who didn't understand the curriculum herself. Franklin Middle School was a complete waste of time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

The school is very disiplined, and students are tought right from wrong. I am a student going there and the school pushes all students to do the best they can.. Its all about choices.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Springfield is great place to stuents to learn, participate in extra-curriculum activities, and excel in their performance acamedically. The multi track class system helps those students who need the extra help to the over achiever in sixth through eighth grades. This is a critical time in a young child's life and the proper environment is essential for the students to learn lifelong achievements and learn how to properly socialize with their fellow classmates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2009

This is not a good school. Choose a private or a charter school. The administration are rude and just want to ruin students career by giving out way to many detention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

Wow - I've had two children go through school at FMS and found the school, staff, and faculty to be absolutely wonderful. One of my children has 3 developmental disabilities, and the other was in regular track classes. In both cases we found the teachers to be very interested in our children and their well-being and educational progress. The child with developmental disabilities is now graduating from high school and started out freshman year in the high track classes. He is planning on going to college in Chemical Engineering. Our other child will be a freshman in high school next year and is sad to leave FMS. If your experience at FMS was poor, I suggest you look at your own attitude as to the reason. School is what the student and the parents make of it, and very seldom is the administration as poor as what people say.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

This school is not friendly. Unless your child is in the gifted program or excels at sports, they are ignored. Wish I would have chosen a different middle school for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2008

The administration is poor and needs serious intervention. However,most of the teachers in the gifted program are for the most part serious about their work and strive for the best
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

This school is the best Middle School in the district! Great, teachers, and gifted program. Highly recommended. Uniforms are great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2005

As an incoming freshman to high school, I can tell you FMS was an unbelievable school. The academics were top notch because of the teachers. Without them, I probably wouldn't be this far. While I was here, the school held pep rallies two or so times a year, and no club got unfair treatment, as Scholastic Bowl got the same credit as the boys or girls basketball, cross country, track, volleyball team etc. Most of the kids were nice and people were very friendly. Unfortunately, they had to make sacrifices by cutting foreign language and some electives. Other than that, Franklin was a perfect learning environment.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 29, 2004

I feel that this school equipt my son for high school. He was very challenged. My daughter is now attending this school. I would highly recommend Franklin Middle School for any parent that wants to see their children succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2004

A good school with a great gifted program, but I am not fond of a few teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2004

Not the best school you want your child/childern to go to. Teachers not very willing and nice.
—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.

About these ratings

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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students63%
Female68%
Male58%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial55%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income42%
Not low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female67%
Male61%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial59%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income42%
Not low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students59%
Female60%
Male57%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial56%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income38%
Not low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female71%
Male62%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial72%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income45%
Not low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female82%
Male81%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial83%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income64%
Not low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students51%
Female51%
Male51%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial48%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income33%
Not low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female61%
Male59%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial52%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income41%
Not low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

26%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 51%
Black 33% 18%
Two or more races 12% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Hispanic 3% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1200 Outer Park Drive
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: (217) 525-3164

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