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9-12
Public charter
New Orleans, LA
Students enrolled: 730
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2001 Leon C Simon Drive
New Orleans, LA 70122

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(504) 286-2600
(504) 286-2642
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May 02, 2014
I had a great experience at this school. Yes, it was hard, but I appreciated the challenge because it made college seem like a snap and now attending law school is not overwhelming like other students find and again I'm willinglly taking this challenge as well. I think if students are having difficulty learning at the school, they either aren't ready to do the work... Or if they are, they should get a tutor. If the student made it to the school, they deserve to be able to get extra help to succeed. It's all about study methods and taking the time to learn the material. All of my teachers cared about my well being. Most of the teachers when I went there graduated with a doctorate degree and are extremely intelligent and qualified. That's why this school is ranked 16th in the US. Like I stated before, I'm in law school and I don't ask for my professors for help until I have a specific question. They don't have time, nor do I expect them to have that time, to spend explaining a concept that I should know of I just do my work. Franklin prepared me for teaching myself and with that, I gained the self confidence to not limit myself in my expectations for the future. Go Falcons!

- submitted by a community member
March 31, 2014
Benjamin Franklin is over rated. The students must come to Ben Franklin fully educated because the school teachers will not teach your child. If your child does not know the subjects, the school will put them out instead of teaching the child what they are lacking or failing in. The school only wants students that will help keep the schools GPA at a high level to be rated as a great school. Now is that really a great school? If you cannot contribute to the over all GPA (SCHOOL STATUS), then you are out of Ben Franklin!! You can be one point away and the school will not help you. Benjamin Franklin suppose to be a charter school that receives public funds from The Orleans Parish School Board provide public funding to Ben Franklin and allows the school to put out Orleans Parish students with out giving them a probation year. Even colleges give probation time. To put it simple, Ben Franklin does not want you if the student needs to be educated, actually taught something by the teachers or time spent with the student by the teachers. I have seen a teacher ignore a student asking a question about Physics that was being discussed at that very moment. The teacher just ignored my son. WOW

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2014
I graduated from BFHS and I can honestly say that after successfully completing my four years there, college was nothing new. BFHS is nothing less than an excellent college prep school. The classes are comparable to if not more challenging than typical college classes. BFHS offers a very challenging program and just being able to complete it offers many rewards after graduation. Colleges and employers hold high respect for BFHS graduates. Although I graduated from LSU, the fact that I graduated from BFHS impressed my current employer and was one of the reasons he hired me. The curriculum is tough and stressful, but if you can muddle through it, many will be impressed by the fact that you are a BFHS graduate.

- submitted by a student
August 20, 2013
I graduated from Benjamin Franklin in 2012. I can truly say that I was prepared for college. College feels like a piece of cake and is very similar to the atmosphere I had in high school. While Franklin is very challenging it is well worth the outcome in the end.

- submitted by a student
August 01, 2013
Benjamin Franklin HS is the most incredible HS that I have ever experienced to include the ones I was in during my lifetime (in Minnesota and Korea). BFHS is truely a college prep school in every sense of the word. The teachers are educated beyond any standards you would find in any Highschool and are constantly researching and learning new techniques to keep up with the education spectrum in the USA and abroad. I would like BFHS to dip into more Engineer based classes so the students have deeper knowledge in the field of science/math. Latin also needs to be a full two year credit as it does not just add to basic understanding of most roots of languages but touches on all the core subjects that our students study over the reach of their lifetime.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
We moved from out of state when dd was accepted BF. Once your child starts having any kind of struggle with his/her grades it is EXTREMELY difficult to to get back to where they need to be to keep their spot. It was extremely emotionally exhausting to watch a teenager try to not only adjust to high school, but to this academic system that seems like its set up just so they can keep up their numbers. BF requires 9th grade physics. This is their first year offering it. DDs struggle with physics during her first marking period eventually cost her retention in the school, despite the fact that she brought the grade up mid year. It felt like the teachers were not interested in my child. It was about making the numbers. Their grading system is set up where if you struggle with one class at ANY time, even the beginning of the year, it can kill you. If you are ONE point off you are cut. They do NOT care what happens to you after that point. This can easily dismantle a teenagers self esteem. For MANY kids its the end of the year because that final test is 25% of their grade. We were left scrambleing end of the year. Thanks but no thanks. My daughter is a human. Not a number.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
Ben Franklin is an excellent high school for students who desire rigorous preparation for college.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
To the comment "Ugh. I extremely dislike this school." This school is not for everyone. When it was public school when I attended, entrance was based on IQ scores, >120 or no acceptance... but some parent sued because it was discriminatory ... so now it is "charter school"... regardless, > 50% my class mates I see on FB these days are all professionals, doctors, lawyers, professors, teachers, scientists ... but we all had to work hard to get there... there were no excuses given to the non-motivated ... I now have 2 children of my own and hope to find a school in the future for them that could match up good as BF! Shout out to Mr. Gonzo ! Let me know you need a ride!

- submitted by a student
January 23, 2013
I love this school but I wish that the counselor are more friendly and more caring to the students. That why students fail and drop out of this school. The student are very fun and the student counsel host various events. Most teachers are nice and are very informative but some teachers do not care about the students.

- submitted by a student
September 08, 2011
As a former graduate of Ben Franklin High, I am very pleased with the education I received, the quality of the teachers & curriculum and the preparation for college. The school atmosphere was fun and supportive - it wasn't too small of a school nor was it too large where you could get lost in the crowd. My years at BFHS were memorable and I am proud to have attended one of the best schools in the country.

- submitted by a student
August 21, 2011
Ugh. I extremely dislike this school. Without even giving you time to settle, the teachers dump a load of work on you. They expect your life to revolve around the school. Education-wise, the school is not for students who want to learn, but for students who can keep up with the curriculum. You probably expect that, being a prestigious school, all of the teachers are very good. Wrong. Suprisingly, some of the teachers are bad. Overall, I believe that the administration thinks they can get away with being mediocre because of the school's reputation.

- submitted by a student
December 11, 2009
I went to BFHS, and it is a great school! The vibe was a very positive learning environment, not pretentious or snobby. I loved that some of the teachers were 'out of the box' and not conventional.

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May 20, 2009
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March 16, 2009
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no rating January 07, 2009
i love ben franklin its one of the hardest out here but i know it will prepare me for college

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2008
This school is very pestigous and is a great learning environment for the kids.

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September 12, 2008
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June 26, 2008
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March 19, 2008
Ben Franklin is very challenging, and quite a few students end up leaving because of grades, etc. However, those who possess the qualities to be able to get in should have very little problems in staying in. There are some really great veteran teachers, while others are newer and have less experience and aren't the best. The course load is very challenging and thoroush.

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February 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 23, 2007
Benjamin Franklin High School challenges its students like no other school in the state of Louisiana. Its students excel in both academics and sports and have done so since the schools opening 50 years ago. No other school can compare to the level of dedication provided by the staff to ensure that the students are well-prepared for college and other challenges they may experience in life. Visit Benjamin Franklin High School on the web at www.benfranklinhighschool.org.

- submitted by a student
June 02, 2007
I've put two daughters through this school, and am quite satisfied. I've paid everywhere from $13,500/yr to $0/yr (Franklin) for schools, and as public high school it is outstanding. As in any school my kids have attended, there are great teachers, good teachers, and a handful of problematic teachers. The latter are mostly weeded out in short order. Katrina has proved a challenge, and one which the school has mastered well. As a a recently chartered school Franklin will have more flexibility in many areas, and as the area recovers I only expect it to get better.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2006
My daughter is currently a junior at Franklin. It is a great school, high emphasis on academics, achievement and college. Very challenging, she studies a lot but also has a lot of fun. Like others have said, if the student is not self-motivated, interested in learning, responsible and proactive then this is not the right school for that kid.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
If you wish to send your child to Ben Franklin, you must first understand that it will not be easy. Franklin is definitely an academic-oriented, college prep type school, so it your child is not ready to work hard do not send your child there.The student body is very close, possibly due to the fact that the school has less than 1000 students enrolled. The teachers are absolutely amazing.Volleyball, soccer and tennis are really amazing, as far as sports go;however, anything besides that at Franklin, don't expect much.Also, there is much diversity at Franklin, which gives students many opportunities to interact with children of different ethnic backgrounds. Overall, be ready to learn. Spirit week is the week leading up to homecoming--very fun. Finally, AP courses are required to graduate.

- submitted by a student
March 26, 2006
I graduated from Franklin in 1997, and I owe a great deal of my success to the supberb learning environment that Franklin fostered. I never felt that it was particularly elitest, though there is a very strong emphasis on work and achievement. That may make it a bit stressful at times, but it's excellent preparation for what students will experience in college. But what really made it a wonderful place to be was the overall culture there- the excellent and dedicated faculty, terrific staff (Ms Dugger), and the students add up to a place that is incredibly welcoming at the same time that it pushes you to grow- an ideal environment to transition from child to young adult. After Franklin, I attended a top-notch college (Carnegie Mellon), and went on to get my MFA. I'm doing really well, and I have Franklin to thank for that.

- submitted by a former student
October 22, 2005
Franklin is by far the best, offering a wide range of personalities, and backgrounds. Students encourage one another, and all students seek to learn from one another as much as from their teachers. Students form clubs and study groups, building teamwork and commradery. Franklin's challenging curriculum is not hard to handle if you manage your time right and put forth any effort. Teachers tend to be amazing, they want to be in school everyday and have a connection with students! The administration truly cares, and works with you.

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October 11, 2005
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October 04, 2005
I am a junior at Franklin. At this time I am unable to attend Franklin because of Hurricane Katrina. I am attending a Keller High and found that the curriculum is completely different. I regret complaing about how hard Franklin was. Franklin is a wonderful school. Yes, they are challenging, but it is to the benefit of the student. There are some teachers who are boring and cannot teach, but a majority of the teachers are wonderful and I feel better prepared with them teaching than teachers here.

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October 01, 2005
I graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in May of 2004. Despite what alot of people may think, the curriculum is extremely challenging, but it is also not overwhelming. There are people -including fellow students-there to help you with anything. The number one problem that I see is that people are embarrassed to get help with their studies because they think they are automatically supposed to 'get this stuff'. The truth is, most of the kids here get some kind of help or tutoring, especially from the Satarday Tutoring Program. There is phenomenal extracurricular participation, and kids can participate in anything that suits their interests. They can even petition to form their own clubs (as MANY have)! Contrary to popular belief, everyone 'fits in' here. You will never be without friends. Also, there is a BIG focus on college here, so be prepared to get into some of the BEST colleges in the country (including Harvard)!

- submitted by a former student
September 20, 2005
This is the best high school in New Orleans. Not only is it academically advanced, but it is a safe haven for children to be themselves. There are many extracurricular activities for students to explore, and parents are more than welcome to share in their children's learning.

- submitted by a former student
September 03, 2005
Academic program is rigorous yet acheivable. My daughter was fluent in french by the time she entered college, thanks to a Lyon, France native teacher and a connection with an overseas program through the high school as well. Other areas, math, science, excellent!

- submitted by a former student
August 16, 2004
I graduated from Franklin in 2000, and I count my blessings that I got to attend this school. I had a terrific experience. There's a good sense of community and school spirit. The school's not big, so after a few years you are at least familiar with everyone you are taking classes with. Most students were friendly and easy to get along with. Most, although not all, of the faculty are great teachers and convey sincere interest in the students. The curriculum was challenging enough to keep me interested but not overwhelming. The study habits the school fostered were of great use in college--many of my peers had not had to study in high school and were lost. I'm in law school, and I know my time at Franklin was instrumental in me getting here. Bottom line: if you have the opportunity to go to Franklin, jump at it.

- submitted by a former student
July 12, 2004
Our son just completed 9th grade, so this review is limited to the Freshman year. His teachers ranged from truly outstanding to moderately boring, with the majority being interested in teaching and willing to work with him. The courses were rigorous, with a lot of memorization and challenging exams. If a student has a 'why do I have to learn all this junk' attitude, he will not fare well. But one with some self-motivation who enjoys the company of other bright (and often quirky) kids will find BFHS to be an oasis in the desert of New Orleans public school education.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2004
We sent our child to this school expecting an exciting curriculum that would serve as a catalyst for student learning. Alas, we got a rather mediocre curriculum and very traditional. Our child was quite bored with this approach and did not fare well. In my opinion, the faculty are 'behind the curve' in terms of technology and current pedagogical practices. This was probably a great school 10-20 years ago, but it hasn't grown well into the 21st century. We saw no holistic approaches to learning and a very 'compartmentalized' school in all respects. I would not recommend it unless your child 'fits in well.' It is not a school that nutures or fosters individual thinking--it is quite elitist and uncaring.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2004
I graduated from this school in the eighties, and it was a tough curriculum, but never so tough that I couldn't handle it. One advantage that I've had is that I get a lot of doors opened for me, simply because I graduated from Ben Franklin. The classes were small and everyone knew everybody, at least by sight if not by name. Many students had an elitist attitude, but more often than not, the students just wanted to learn and wouldn't tolerate other students interfering with their studies. It was a stressful environment, having to maintain a 'B' level GPA, but not un-do-able, and as long as the parents are supportive, a child shouldn't internalize that pressure. It is definitely not a school for the weak, but the timid can find themselves there.

- submitted by a former student
February 26, 2004
I graduated from Franklin a few years ago. It was one of the most miserable times of my life. It is elitist, stifling, and only students with a particular learning style and personality are encouraged, while the others are practically berrated for not fitting within the 'norm.' How pathetic that Franklin is the best New Orleans has to offer!

- submitted by a former student
October 03, 2003
My daughter recently graduated from Ben Franklin in 2002 and she has greatly benefited from her studies there. The teachers were always willing to go out of their way to help students even beyond their time in the classroom. Highlights: challenging academics, inclusive sports, arts programs, advanced technology, clean, safe, and supportive environment, excellent parental envolvment, and a wonderful school to prepare your children for their futures.

- submitted by a parent
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Benjamin Franklin High School
2001 Leon C Simon Drive, New Orleans, LA  70122
(504) 286-2600
Last modified Benjamin Franklin High School is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Benjamin Franklin High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top