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New Orleans, LA
Students enrolled: 595
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1116 Jefferson Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115

(504) 304-3932
(504) 304-6257
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November 01, 2014
I was a student at Benjamin Franklin. I started at this school when I was in Pre-K, and I am now in the 9th grade at Lusher School. When I attended this school before Hurricane Katrina it was a magnet school meaning you had to take a test. After Katrina the school was obliged to allow any student in without taking a test. The teachers at Benjamin Franklin do not care about the child's education, they do not have a great disciplinary system at all and they just student do whatever they choose at this school. That is why I decided to leave for 8th grade at Lusher School. I will say that the only good thing about Benjamin Franklin is that it goes from Pre-K to 8th grade. I f you want your child to go to an extraordinary school send them to Lusher Charter School.

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2014
Both my daughters have attended since Pre kindergarten and I have grown to love the school. Ben Franklin is a family of parents, teachers and administrators who care about the success of every child who attends the school. Every year they have made improvements to make the school a better environment for the kids. My daughters will stay through middle school.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2014
My daughter started Ben Franklin Elementary School on today which is August 11, 2014. I was not impressed with the Indians who welcomed the kids back to school. Drop off and pickup not great. Today was the first day of school for all kids and the principal decided that she did not want any parents to walk their child to the classroom. Most of the kids had a large amount of school supplies and I am sure some of the younger kids and even some of the older kids would have love for their parents to walk them to class. Well I did find a way to bring up the school supplies, let my daughter know that I would pick her up and I also gave her a kiss and hug. I promise you that made all the difference for my child who was almost in tears when I got to the classroom. I also was not impressed with the school bus situation. I still do not know what the bus location is and I have called the bus number and received no response.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
My school is Benjamin Franklin Elementary and it is an amazing school! This is my daughter's second year at this school and she loves it. The staff there are so handsome on, patient, and friendly! My child has learned so much at this school from computer literacy to Spanish, and she's only in first grade! I love how Mrs Matthews, the principal, is so involved in the day to day activities of the school. I've seen her on many days getting the kids out of their cars during a.m carpooling. How many schools can say that? Now the only thing that makes me concerned is the parking. There is a lot of street construction going on right now which makes it even harder to find parking.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2011
I have two children that attend ben franklin elementary school. This school has an excellent math and science component.Our curriculum has been advance again since we now have a Great principal by the name of Charlotte Matthew. We have lots of academic programs, a wonderful math and computer lab. Our computer lab has 122 brand new computer to service our kids. Anyone who has a child that has a need for advanced Math And science , Ben franklin is the place to be.Please come by and see our live animal display. we are a multicultural institution that is making a a difference in the lives of children.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2011
Baby Ben is the best school ever. What a great learning environment! Students are engaged, active learners who achieve success.

- submitted by a teacher
August 13, 2010
2010, will be the second year that my son has attended Baby Ben. His first grade teacher was Ms. Hakes!!! I loved her dearly. Very sweet, kind, understanding teacher. Very direct and on point. With her help, my son made straight A's at the end of the school year!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
This school keeps the parents very informed. Many opportunities for the parents to get involved with and without their child. Motivates all students to do their best. I witness daily how the kids appreciate their previous teachers. Teachers communicate with parents about their child(ren). Teachers and staff including the principal knows the students. Since my preschoolers have been in attendance this year, I have not heard of any negative behavioral disruptions. A good education is taken serious at this school and there are many internal and external resources to keep the kids voluntarily learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 26, 2010
This is my first year at Ben Franklin so I am still accessing the institution. I can say that I appreciate the Principal, Charlotte Matthews; she seems to be a hands on leader, ever present and involved in what's going on. There seems to be no disrupting discipline issues and the children are cooperating and learning. I will comment again at a later date.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
I feel blessed to have my daughter attend Baby Ben. She's been there since PreK and is now a First Grader. The learning process starts early, like she's been reading since PreK. Now she's on, and I feel above level as far as reading and mathematics. I absolutely love this school. The environment is family oriented, everyone knows each other. I praise and recommend the school to anyone who'll listen. Take it from a parent who's involved in every aspect, this school is great, and your child will definitely learn and be safe, because these are their priorities, and mine as well!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2009
I am fortunate to have a position of responsibility at this fine educational institution. We work very hard to ensure that all children are learning, are happy, and are safe. Thank you for trusting your precious children to us. To those of you who are considering us for your child, please come visit, and see how we fit your student's educational needs.

- submitted by a teacher
May 31, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 28, 2009
Excellent school. I wouldn't change my kid school for anything.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2009
My son started attending Ben Franklin Gifted Pre-K4 class since the beginning of this year, and Mrs. Faciane, the special ed teacher for the gifted PK4 and 3, has been more than a blessing to my son's progress in all sorts of areas. He is reading much more, more inquisitive in learning new subjects, and showing more autonomy in creativity. I have twin girls who will be PK3 age by next school year, and I definitely want to place them in Mrs. Faciane's class at Ben Franklin.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2009
This school may have been great before Katrina but my daughter attends now and its the worst school ever! It's unorganized and ridiculous. My daughter's teacher told me that the kid's test involved material that they didn't learn. This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. I do not recommend this school to anyone and my daughter will not be returning to this school who is now hiding behind its name!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2009
Ben Franklin Elementary might just be the best kept secret in the New Orleans public school (and I include public charters, here) system. Principal Matthews is a strong, talented leader who has built a solid team of supporters among faculty and parents. My one concern with Ben Franklin Elementary is that it remains under the direct supervision of the Orleans Parish School Board. Let's keep our fingers crossed that OPSB continues to give this school the funding and autonomy it needs to remain strong.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 30, 2008
I am a parent of one student at BFE and I am very elated to say that changing my daughter from a previous school to BFE has been more than rewarding. Her 3rd grade teacher, Ms. Dezara was wonderful & patient with the students in her class. My daughter needed to be challenged and the ending results were exceptional. She has attended BFE for the past three years and will continue this upcoming school year. Their principal, Ms. Matthews, has been more than wonderful also. I would encourage other parents to see what BFE has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 20, 2008
i agree with another parent the school board did a wonderful job by placing mrs. charlotte matthew at ben franklin elementary.i am a grandparent of 2 returning students and is trying very hard to enroll another grandchild who again is a returning student .this student was also under mrs.matthew supervision at avery alexander elementary school and her method of being a good principal stayed the same. i really appiciate how being a good principal encourage her teathers to do the same . it really is a very school . submitted ...wanda joseph a grandparent.

- submitted by a community member
November 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 16, 2007
The school board couldn't have placed a better principal than Mrs. Charlotte Matthew at Ben Franklin Elem. I am the parent of 2 returning students at BFE. My 1st Grader is a little hyperactive, but his teacher seen potential and motivated him to excell instead of discipline him to fail. My 2nd Grader loves his teacher, he is now reading Chapter Books. Thanks to Mrs. J. Charenfont 2nd Grade teacher and Mrs. Gaines 1st Grade teacher for loving your students. My boys truly appriciate the certificates they received last year. Thanks to Mrs. Ryes, Mrs. D. and the other after school staff. With everybody working together, my boys passed with 4.0 and 3.8 GPA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 01, 2007
This school is excellent for students who love math work and science experience. This is one of the mostly populated African American schools that are high tech.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2007
I must say with all the controversy surrounding the New Orleans Public School System, I was very weary about enrolling my daughter in a NOPS. I have been blessed to have my daughter placed in classes headed by extraordinary teachers-Mrs. Lewis (K) and Ms. Reyes (1st). I am anticipating the new school year with much prayer. The marvelous thing about Franklin Elementary is that the staff is outstanding and that make a difference and puts me at ease regarding my daughter's learning environment. I would urge other parents to post comments and recommend Franklin Elementary to their friends and family. It really is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
I am the parent at Ben Franklin. I am very pleased with her progress at this school. I had a brief problem in one class there. But once she was moved to Mrs. Lewis' class she excelled. Hats off to the great teachers at Benjamin Franklin. The Pre-K staff is also great.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
I have two children that attend ben franklin elementary school. This school has an excellent math and science component.Our curriculum has been advance again since we now have a Great principal by the name of Charlotte Matthew. We have lots of academic programs, a wonderful math and computer lab. Our computer lab has 122 brand new computer to service our kids. Anyone who has a child that has a need for advanced Math And science , Ben franklin is the place to be.Please come by and see our live animal display. we are a multicultural institution that is making a a difference in the lives of children

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
Before the Hurricane we thought we experienced the best school the best atmosphere and the best teacher for our son. That was until we experienced Benjamin Franklin and a wonderful teacher named Ms. Lewis. This school has taken my thought of quality education and maximized my thinking. I love the way he is taught and he comes home with a positive outlook for the entire day. Ben Franklin has encorporated school setting and home learning and made it well worth the 15 mile trip to the school. Thanks Ms.Lewis for teacing my son to read in less than 20 days! D.S.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
Since the hurricane, my child have been attending this schools an it's great. My child is in second grade, her teacher name is Ms. Price. She adores this school and she would love to return next year if she's accepted.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
Ben Franklin Elementary School is a great math and science school. We have wonderful teachers who really enjoy teaching, while making it fun.We are the only elementary school with a computer and math lab. Our computer lab has 50 computers in it which gives a strong learning in technology. Our new prinicipal has given our school everything it needs. Our school is multicultural and the education is very challenging to all students. Come and visit see and how wonderful it is.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2004
Benjamin Franklin is one of the best public elementary schools in New Orleans. I am very pleased with the new principal. She is doing an excellent job to make Ben Franklin better. The quality of teachers is excellent here. My child is really being challenged and encouraged to do his best. I am grateful to have found a public school that I am pleased with.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2004
This year at Franklin Elementary is better than ever. We have a new principal who has made it a pleasure to teach. Our academic standards and our wonderful cultural diversity is great. Students are leaving other competative elementary schools because they want their children to have a strong math and science background and not liberal arts. The behavior at Franklin also great. Come and visit and see the school in action. We are sponsoring a Fun Run to complete our exclusive Math Lab. We now have several corporate sponsors that are assisting us in purchasing software for the lab. For the year 2005-2006 we will be adding 8th grade. If you are looking for a great math and science school with culture diversity, and a good learning environment, please come to Franklin Elementary.

- submitted by a teacher
May 18, 2004
I totally agree with the above parent. In addition, the ratio of teacher to students is extremely high. My daughter had 30-32 students in her class third grade class last year and also this year. I give praise to the teachers for hanging in there it must be quite difficult. If changes do not occur soon it will continue to be a spiral down hill. My daughter is one who will not be attending Ben Franklin next year. Her accomplishments have exceeded themselves but I refuse to keep putting her through relentless unnecessary turmoil.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2004
I agree with the previous reader. As a concerned parent I believe changes are needed in leadership. The school has not held up to the standards originally presented. The students behaviors are out of control, and many of the teachers lack the enthusiasm and commitment to the children. The lack of communication exhibited by the teachers is heart wrenching. The ultimate person who suffers is the child. Unlike many of the Orleans Public Schools, parental support is not a problem. The biggest obstacle is lack of communication from the teachers and lack of concern shown by the principal to her staff and parents of Ben Franklin students.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2004
I am very displeased with the spiral downward road Ben Franklin Elem. has taken in discipline, and Principal leadership. We are losing a lot of good teacher and students due to it. It's not the same school it used to be.

- submitted by a parent

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Benjamin Franklin Elementary Math And Science
1116 Jefferson Avenue, New Orleans, LA  70115
(504) 304-3932
Last modified Benjamin Franklin Elementary Math And Science is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Benjamin Franklin Elementary Math And Science Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top