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Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School

Charter | K-8 & ungraded

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $326,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,220.

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Posted March 13, 2014

My kids love this school very much.This school is a great experience for my kids..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

This school's administration mantra is punish, punish, punish. They do not attempt to educate by example. Penalties are given with the intention of humiliating your child and there is no initiative of working with the parent. Teachers are great, especially in the areas of French, music, history, and English. In the long term, with the school moving to a regional charter school, there are concerns with whether the current administration has the competency and leadership to manage the change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2013

I'm not sure where the parent got their information regarding technology being basic "most middle schoolers are doing Powerpoint presentations and video reports." My first grader created a Powerpoint presentation on dinosaurs and my second grader created an automated "cartoon" of the water cycle. Lastly, my seventh grader created a video commercial in honor of the Super Bowl. We felt their technology exposure exceeded our expectations
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2013

BFCCPS is proof that the physical plant does not make the school. My daughter graduated last year, and we could not have been happier there. The teachers were, for the most part, really engaged with the students. The community emphasized character education and responsibility for your own behavior. This was a wonderful experience for our family, and I would encourage other parents to explore this wonderful school.


Posted June 18, 2012

I have to agree with the previous comments. The school has dedicated grade level teachers. French which is fantastic and the students are practically fluent by eighth grade. Art and Band are creative and inspiring. The other elective activities are lacking greatly. Physical education is executed very poorly. The first grade students learn the same thing as the eighth grade students with the teachers wasting half of the class on meaningless chatter. Latin education is non existence and a waste of time. Technology education is very basic and most of the students are beyond the curriculum. Students in other middle school are creating ppoint presentations and making video reports. The facilities are grossly outdated. The students lack enough books. Books can't be brought home since two classes share them. The creed "parents are the primary educators" is taken to the extreme, with the administration allowing parents to call too many shots. There has to be a line. Hopefully the school will get their act together with the new head of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2012

This school was very strong five years ago but has gone downhill in its quality of teaching and its school environment. The teachers in grades 1 and 3 are excellent. The special ed staff is fantastic. But overall, the school does not manage the school day well, the facilities severely limit the instructional opportunities, and too many of the staff are parents who became chummy with the administration. The Latin program is a joke, and the middle school is sorely neglected. The school aims high with a classical curriculum and the MA state standards, but in reality falls short of the mark.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

BFCCPS has some of the most dedicated teachers I've met since my children were in school. I attend the programs open to parents and grandparents and I;m always impressed by the enthusiasm exhibited by the students and teachers alike. Parents are very much involved and I think the combination makes this a vibrant combination that motivates their young students. This school deserves to be reognized as a superior learning institution.


Posted December 11, 2008

The school has been a great experience for my two children. The music and Arts program are top notch but the real plus is the the interaction between staff and parents. The school is run by real a great group of administrators and the the teaching staff for the most part is first class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2008

This Charter School is proof that when parents are involved in the mission of the school, their children excel in their participation and understanding of their studies. I am grateful for the choice I was afforded, to make in the best interest of my children's education, to send them to this public Charter school. They prepare children to be leaders in their communities and to love learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

What an amazing place. The BFCCPS has helped my child grow intellectually, helped develop his character, and fostered the beliefs that I have as a parent. The arts enrichment program is beyond compare, the character ed program fantastic, the familes, staff and teachers all come together to make this school a very special place for any child to learn and grow. We are truly blessed to have such a great example of what learning and schools should be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2006

Academic programs are wonderful, and the school does a great job of incorporating character education and public service. Music program is very good and arts are emphasized well. Extracurricular activities are limited, but community activities are very accessible in this community. Parents make the school go.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 57% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 53% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

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84%

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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89%

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86%

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Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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76%

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92%

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86%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
88%

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69%

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86%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 67% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

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84%

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90%

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93%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

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100%

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100%

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86%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

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90%

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83%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

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90%

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80%

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59%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students92%
Female88%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students92%
Female88%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students82%
Female82%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students92%
Female91%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students86%
Female88%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students86%
Female88%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female68%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students90%
Female96%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students84%
Female90%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students90%
Female96%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students76%
Female67%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students82%
Female77%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female73%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

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The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

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Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

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Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
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Chemistry

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African Americann/a
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English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
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Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
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English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
African Americann/a
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Whiten/a
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Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 6%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hispanic 2% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 1% 8%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 48%N/A51%
Female 52%N/A49%
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 3%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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