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218 Oak Street
Franklin, MA 02038

(508) 528-2600
(508) 541-5248
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April 24, 2015
FHS had a huge issue with adminstration, teachers were bullied! Teachers cannot drink anything but water in classrooms and eat no food in classes, only in cubicle spaces. Admin. was always up teachers butts...observing them, meeting with them, lots of paperwork and pushing technology no matter the course. There was a cultural issue that was addressed at staff meetings but never solved. Teachers are amazing, stay late and care about the students BUT at the new building they have to run around like chickens with no heads! Cannot believe they don't get their own classroom!!! On transition they have to make their way through the halls with all the kids and the materials for the next class. There was/is a huge turnover issue in the special ed. dept. Yes the principal tries, but the assistants rule with fear, teachers seem afraid of getting fired and there is just nothing good about teachers without their own rooms. Yes scores are good, and its a level one school in the burbs but behind the scene I see something totally different for the teachers.

- submitted by a student

January 18, 2015
Since 2009, FHS has gone from 78 percentile 91 percentile in test scores in MA. This is across Math,Reading and Comprehension. The school has consistently improved in every subject area, despite an increase in student enrollment. The student/teacher ratio has improved for good in this same period. On the areas to improve....when it comes to SAT, AP scores etc., while FHS has certainly improved, it has a lot more potential that can be realized. The average FHS SAT score of 1630 is less than what the 50 percentile of America's top colleges need (which is 1850). FHS is doing well on sports, they can do better in terms of community and volunteering.

- submitted by a community member

December 04, 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

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

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

April 07, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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September 16, 2009
They embrace the special needs population!

- submitted by a parent
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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

February 06, 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

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

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

August 05, 2008
Very very tired school programs, and very very tire school administration.

- submitted by a parent

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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Franklin High School
218 Oak Street, Franklin, MA  02038
(508) 528-2600
Last modified Franklin High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Franklin High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top