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Benjamin Franklin High School

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Posted May 2, 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!


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted May 15, 2013

Ben Franklin is an excellent high school for students who desire rigorous preparation for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 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


Posted September 21, 2008

This school is very pestigous and is a great learning environment for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted June 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 64% in 2010.

173 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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99%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2010.

173 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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100%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 82% in 2013.

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95%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 87% in 2013.

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97%
English II

The state average for English II was 93% in 2013.

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English III

The state average for English III was 88% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 83% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the End-Of-Course (EOC) tests to test grade high school students in English 2, English 3, biology 1, algebra 1 and geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The EOC is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

Source: LA Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 41% 47%
Black 30% 45%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 22% 1%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Two or more races 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A67%
Male 41%N/A51%
Female 59%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • #1 School in the State of Louisiana (2008)
  • #16th Best School in the Nation - US News & World Report (2008)
  • #35 Best School - Newsweek (2008)

Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Timothy Rusnak
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (504) 286-2642

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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2001 Leon C Simon Drive
New Orleans, LA 70122
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Phone: (504) 286-2600

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