My son'r 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Nasser is an exceptional teacher and you can tell she really cares about the student's learning. She created a "book club" for the students who have a higher reading level. I think it takes a very experienced teacher to augment her curriculum to cater to different levels and learning styles in the same classroom.
We have not had a bad teacher at this school. All of them have been great and we have watched our children grow. Our 2 kids have different strengths and challenges. Franklin school's staff has addressed them as individuals- Augmenting the curriculum to challenge them more or getting them the extra attention they need to keep up.
In addition the extra curricular activities, specifically but not limited to, the Blue and Gold Club - a Community Service based club run by the school nurse- and the Instrumental and music programs are exceptional!
over crowded by other towns using relatives or friends address, stated by a staff member, but no " man power to check addresses" where is the yearly tax increase going ? maybe some should be going towards funding the "man power" also it needs to be updated to show who is actually running the school, and if you have an issue just go directly to the state or child services that way you do not have to keep going over and over the same thing.
Franklin has had some great challenges in the past. When Mrs. Robinson was promoted to the Principal position, she was thorough, professional, engaged with the children, staff and parents. She had to deal with a lot of drama from politically connected teachers & parent group cliques. Through it all she managed a clean ship. The programs were organized, she was accessible and the schools progress continued to grow in state required & recorded ways. Now that she was transferred to Madison, Franklin is back on shaky ground. A school is only as good as its leadership. There is no doubt that the new school administration cares. However, caring doesn't guarantee progress. The Rahway Superintendent singlehandedly ripped everything good from Franklin to please his followers; 1st VP Ms O'Connell, then Mrs Robinson. While politics prevail, our kids are the ones who suffer.
I have to agree with the other post. They teach to the test and not much else and it don't seem to mean much since the kids still do poorly on the tests. The staff can be rude the pta is run like a clique and its hard not to feel dissappointed. I wish I could afford to put my kida somewheee else. :(