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Franklin High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2 students

 
 

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Posted December 4, 2013

I've read all the reviews and I feel that they could not be more untruthful. I am a junior at this school, and while the building itself is awful (that's why we are getting a new school), I find everything from the teachers, to the principle, and even the support the school brings far beyond the reviews it gets. Especially Franklin High's heavy support for the arts. The school is home to the Franklin Arts Academy, which has emphasis on self-expression and tight bonds with your peers. Many who go in receive better grades (note that the classes are in no way easier, and are actually harder than ordinary classes) and many go on to 4-year colleges. Overall the teachers at the school are fantastic. There are a few teachers that would not be held up to the same standards as others, but they get the job done well. In conclusion the university professor who said that the students can do "nothing but perform on an exam", and the parent who said that "they won't fit in unless they excel at sports or academics," are not just wrong, their accusations are downright absurd. As an ARTISTIC and an A-B student, I can say that almost everyone fits in, and we find creative solutions through projects.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 22, 2013

Staff and teachers at FHS believe that they are the best in the state but they could not be more WRONG. Bullying is horrible and the teachers and staff do nothing to deal with the situation. There is no compassion for students, nor is there any real concern for student learning beyond what they can produce on a standardized test. As a University professor, I can tell you Franklin puts out what University educators fear the worst-students who can do nothing but perform on an exam. Emotionally, students are battered by teachers lack of concern or empathy, which leads me to believe that the work environment at FHS must be horrific. Finally, I can not end this review without mentioning that Franklin has quite the drug problem. As a parent, do as I did and RUN.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

Students are told to go to their guidance cousler to solve every problem but in my experience the guidance counsler was amazingly incompetent and knew nothing about anything having to do with the school. The entire Franklin school system is run by the wrong people and the administrators at the schools are terrible. Administrators take personal dislike to students and treat them with no respect and honestly rudely.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2013

I personally attended Franklin High and it sickens me to know how students will never get the help they need from teachers, they won't fit in unless they excel at sports or academics and are subject to bullying. I know because I saw all of this with my own eyes and lived it. There is zero respect towards students. The insensitivity towards what students might be enduring in their lives certainly doesn't help. More often than not, the teachers are still teaching because they have seniority instead of their candidacy of being able to successfully do their job. Maybe try hiring someone who can get kids grades up with effective teaching so information is actually retained. Keeping in mind that Franklin has a pretty big course load of classes, teachers could communicate to better plan assignments; If a student was assigned two essays and they were both due on the same day, they won't be able to have enough time to write the essays to the best of their ability. Also, it has been made known that Franklin is a hotspot for drugs in the past as well as currently.


Posted September 16, 2009

They embrace the special needs population!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

it will get a 2 out of 5 stars the respect factor between the Staff and kids is horrible and it begins with the new principal that was chosen. Not a fan of the principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

Our son goes to Franklin High on the school choice program. This is his second year at the high school. We have been very impressed with the teachers, and school culture. Teachers have been very responsive to our emails.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2008

What is most evident at FHS is that the town does not care about its schools. Our newest principal is resigning (note 'newest,' as we have gone through many in the past years), the superintendent is resigning, we have recently cut 17 teachers due to lack of funding, and I have yet to hear of a class of less than 25 students (and mind you, the maximum I have heard of is my health class of 42) Class sizes should be smaller, education should be more personal.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2008

I'm very happy with the quality of the education my two children receive/received at Franklin High. Very conducive to learning, many extra-curricular programs. High amount of parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2008

Very very tired school programs, and very very tire school administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2005

I have had 3 kids @ Franklin H.S.; 2 have graduated and gone onto 4 year schools. The atmosphere is excellant @ this school & parental involvement is excellant. The sports program & music programs as well as arts are fully supported and given equal status.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 91% in 2013.

405 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

395 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 Students98%
Female99%
Male96%
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Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
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Students with disabilities85%
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Male92%
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Asian100%
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White92%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
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Students with disabilities62%
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All Students90%
Female90%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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White89%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities56%
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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.

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.

410 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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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

All Students94%
Female94%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
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Introductory Physics

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Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
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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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26%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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SAT participation

93%

Average SAT score

1630

Graduation rate

94%


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.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Black 1% 8%
Hispanic 1% 16%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 8%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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218 Oak St
Franklin, MA 02038
Phone: (508) 528-2600

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