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Benjamin Franklin Elementary Math And Science

Public | PK-8 | 633 students

 

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Posted Thursday, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 28, 2009

Excellent school. I wouldn't change my kid school for anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted March 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted August 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted May 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

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69%

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78%

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78%

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84%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

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84%

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75%

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69%

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82%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

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72%

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73%

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72%

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81%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 65% in 2013.

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68%

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74%

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75%

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79%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 70% in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 69% in 2013.

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84%

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Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 70% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) to assess students in grades 4 and 8 in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The LEAP 21 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 69% in 2013.

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n/a

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Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

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n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

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n/a
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) to assess students in grades 4 and 8 in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The LEAP 21 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 95% 45%
White 3% 49%
Asian 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 3%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/A66%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Charlotte L Matthew
Fax number
  • (504) 304-6257

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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