There was a time when FHS was one of the best schools in the country. If you had a solid SAT score and good grades, you could attend any college you wanted. That all changed in the mid to late 90's when the county shifted to the left and the idealist took over. Problem children from the city were shipped up to Franklin with the absurd thought that the good Franklin kids would rub off on the bad problem kids. Well, the opposite happened. There were fights, kids were intimidated, robbed, hurt, and ultimately a total attitude change occurred. The school leadership tried to keep things quiet, and then the same nonsense that has taken over the country caught up. Now, it's the same as anywhere else. Downhill mess.
The reviews that follow are out dated! A new principal has fostered a sense of excellence at the school. From a Latin motto to a friendly presence in the hall, he has made Franklin a great place to be!
I have been a student at franklin since 2008. This year I am a senior. I have had a terrible time at franklin high school. The principal sat in her office for 3 years. I knew students who didn't know what she looked like! And I've had teachers who just don't care about helping you. Some of them curse at you and don't grade fairly. And the people in the office who are there to help if you have a problem, don't really help you. They look at you like you're stupid and move on to what they were doing. And the students at this school are terrible. There's always fights in the hallways. Kids get jumped threatened and all because no one payed any attention when the kids warned them of their impending doom. I hate Franklin High, and I will always remember the negative of this school since they override the positives.
I am a current student at Franklin High School. Soon I will be graduating in the Class of 2009. I personally would not recommend ths school to my loved ones. Though I transferred from another school and made many great friends, there are just way too many uspet students in the school. Yes, the GT/AP programs are excellent, and the types of courses available are also good, but sometimes its the teachers lecturing the classes are inadequate. Not to mention the students taking the classes. If the teachers were to talk to the troubled students on a personal level, there would be less trouble for the students.
As a parent with children who graduated from the classes of 1995, 1996, 2001 and 2006 and myself from the class of 1971, I feel qualified to speak about the students, staff, coaches and parents of Franklin High.The teachers and coaches are dedicated to excellence, giving their time and talent to make sure your child succeeds at their chosen subject, sport or art.The parents give of their time in the PTA, Boosters Club etc to make sure Franklin students have what they need to excel. It is this combination of parents, teachers, coaches and volunteers that make Franklin a school where students want to be and where they will exceed their expectations.
I was also a student at Franklin and I had a wonderful experience! They have wonderful opportunities for all areas of the curriculum: including all the arts. I did not realize until I went to college how extremely blessed Franklin is with so many clubs opportunities as well as AP courses. I never felt unsafe at Franklin and the teachers, for the most part, truly care about the students. There was a pocket of students who may have done drugs, but I was not aware of them nor did I choose to be around that. It is much safer than other schools close by where friends of mine attended and I heard many stories of. Franklin is a wonderful school.