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Somerset, NJ

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500 Elizabeth Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873

(732) 302-4200
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May 18, 2014
Garbage, Ridiculous , Despicable, Hardheaded, Filthy, Horrible Education, Terrible Teaching Staff, Mismanaged Children, Corrupted Faculty

- submitted by a community member
February 24, 2014
The school is pretty great social and academic wise. This school year we are getting some really challenging materials and the teachers are pretty tough. Im a freshmen in the school and its a really good school and lots of clubs that can help you with your college application for example Model UN and FBLA . This year all freshmen were forced to take freshmen advisory to help us adjust to the school. The only thing to complain about is the kids.. theres alot of problems with drama and skipping class with the kids that don't care. Made ton of friends !

- submitted by a community member
January 05, 2014
The school offers amazing programs for students to choose from and the teachers have a laser focus on teaching and helping their students advance to college. Yes, at times there is some drama but if your kids are smart, they will ignore the drama queens and focus on their career goals. The fact is that anyone can get a quality education at any school if they apply themselves. This school just happens to have an insane amount of resources available to help students succeed. That means, NO EXCUSES. The school is definitely doing it's part.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
Im not sure who these people who give it 4-5 stars are, but this school did absolutely nothing to set me, or my friends, up for college. School is suppose to be about learning proper studies and have the teachers help you understand if you dont. Most of the teachers could care less if you learn or not. If I were a parent I would not recommend at all. By the way, it only got worse after they built the new school. The first week of school, there were riots and fights in the cafeteria. NOT a good social setting either. Do some research before you move into this area, please!

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2012
As a graduate, I look back and see how Franklin prepared me for college. I'd honestly say I am comfortable in college. The only academic struggles are ones that are due to new environments (like having a lecture class with 300 other students). Personally, I enjoyed my time there and I look forward to visit some past teachers that have made such an impact on my life. The athletic program is magnificent. I've participated in the Boy's Varsity Soccer Team and I know plenty of others students involved in the many sport teams and no one was discouraged of going to practice. We wanted to be there because we made it something we love doing. The Performing and Visual Arts program, in my opinion, is the stronghold of the school (maybe besides the football team). Hundreds of students perform in the musicals, concerts, recitals, drama theater, choirs, dance teams and on top of this many students showcase themselves as capable soloists. The music faculty is outstanding and take it from a music major, they know their stuff. I'd say the music faculty at Franklin rivals faculties at Performing Arts High Schools. Overall, great school with amazing potential. I'd send my children there.

- submitted by a community member
March 25, 2012
um the school is not that bad, its not the best school and it could uses some work. The teachers need to start paying attention to students. Students don't want to learn because the teachers aren't paying any attention to them. Teachers assign work, and don't care if the student understands it or not. All teachers focus on is giving alot of work and failing kids.Teachers need to spend less time assigning homework, but more time on their students. More after school hours.

- submitted by a student
February 16, 2012
I like Franklin's concepts and most of the teachers, however feel they are not very good at taking action to handle situations dealing with bullying and discipline for inappropriate behavior in a timely manner. I feel like my hands are tied since its the only HS in the township.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2012
My son is currently attending this school. I'm really impressed with the faculty and the administration's passion in making the school a safer place. They are giving more emphasis on anti-bullying and anti drugs/gang awareness. My son attends mostly honors classes and he is definitely enjoying it, it's a bit of a challenge but it's a good preparation for college. He also attends several after school clubs. Keep it up FHS!

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2011
I have two children in FHS and I am very pleased with the school. Franklin offers so much to the students. My children participate in Orchestra, guitar ensemble, wrestling, swimming, cross country, and various clubs. The administration and faculty are always willing to hear and address my concerns and are very good at communicating via phone and/or e-mail. All of the teachers have ofice hours after school, at least one day per week. Mr. and Mrs. Spinella the heads of the orchestra and guitar ensemble are excellent teachers and the kids love them. They go above and beyond and as a result the music dept has won many honors and competitions. My daughter has gone to the national competition in Disney and Hershey, P.A. and she is going to Disney again this Spring and her brother is joining her this year as part of the guitar ensemble. The coaches are also dedicated and there is great team spirit, especially on the swim team. The student diversity is also great. The campus is also beautiful!No school is perfect and every school has its issues and Franklin is no exception. However, if a child is willing to apply him or herself and if the parents are involved, a child can succeeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2010
This school provides a very well rounded and diverse education. Students are challenged to succeed in all areas. They excel in academics and the arts.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
As an alumni of FHS, I have to say this school is exceptional. The curriculum prepared me for college and the teachers inspired me to be a teacher as well. The safety and discipline were amazing with a lot of securiy guards that prevent issues from happening and classroom control was outstanding. Offering Latin was an affective tool for taking the SAT's and with the extensive amount of extra curricular activities offered, every student can find something to join. The principal assignments of one per grade that stayed with you until graduation was a great idea. It made it seem like the principal could get to know you with such a large population of students, I can't really comment on parent involvement. I know the activities I was involved wit, if parent help was needed, they got it. Great school choice!

- submitted by a community member
March 02, 2010
I am a former student of Franklin High. This is an awful school and, overall, an awful school district. I'm surprised I learned anything at all. Most of the teachers there act like they are big shot college professors and treat the students like they're in college. I had many teachers who expected the class to teach themselves. If a subject matter is not understood, the teacher will not try to explain it any other way, but rather just explain it the same exact way over and over. If you don't understand it the first time, why would a student understand it the 5th time when it's not explained any differently?! Other times, teachers will make a smart remark, making you feel stupid, if you don't understand something. Honors classes are just more work, not more knowledge. Unneeded stress. Don't send your kids here!!! It is terrible!!!

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February 11, 2010
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October 27, 2009
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August 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 28, 2009
I am a student at Franklin Highschool. This school is an exceptional school. With outstanding academics, and an amazing art program, any parent should feel honored to send their child there. Now some of these comments are ridiculous. And they are probably comming from parents who dont stay on top of their child. 'Tryna be their friend' Just because not every child is an angel, doesn't mean on a whole the school is great. And to the child that failed, did you look at what she did to get distracted. Your Highschool years are your best years of your life and should be fun, and Franklin High is excellent for that purpose. The social experience, to excell academically, and to also interact with different races. Send your child there. You will not be let down !

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June 25, 2009
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June 23, 2009
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June 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 16, 2009
It's not a bad school academically but the students in the school are horrible. My daughter falled(for the first time in her life) because she was attimidated by the kids. Even I walked through the school and felt the disrespect!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2009
Franklin is an amazing school if you are focused. Many people believe that prep schools are better, well when you have that kind of money, anything can be amazing. With what we have, the school is great. The amount of the so-called 'bad students' is decreasing. the administration is getting better and there are so many facilities. There is everything you can think of available and it is up to you as a student to decide whether you utilize it or not. Its amazing how no one seems to recognize that we also have some of the best students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 10, 2009
tOo many fights . nobody can learn . and the teachers are the WORST

- submitted by a student
April 02, 2009
Just to reply to this negative comment about the JROTC program. My son was in the program for four years and it has been very successful in leading him in the right track. He obtained a scholarship for the military academy. Also, the program has high standards and if a student does not meet these standards, the program has to right to kick a student from the program. The comment above might be from a parent of a student who got kicked out.

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January 23, 2009
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January 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 23, 2008
Franklin high school has to be one of the rising high schools in the state. The adminastration is just focused on the students academics behavior and safety. Its also very diverse, it brings alot out of your kids.

- submitted by a student
August 25, 2008
I think that Franklin High School is a great school administratively however; the students there are horrible.

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March 07, 2008
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January 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2007
This is were the township resources are going. The new high school is wonderful and the increase in academic standards have made a real difference. Great job.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2007
Pleased with the progress my son is making and my daughter is exceling in all area. Thanks.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2007
Franklin HS is getting better all the time and my son scored 720/680/5.5 on the GREs last year. I'm proud - the teachers helped him to prepare.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 16, 2007
i graduated from FHS in 2003 and i miss it everyday. it was the best time of my life! i was exposed to so many cultures and it helped me to prepare for the world. people say all the bad stuff about franklin but if you just got to make the most out of it. if u take what they give u, u can learn a lot. franklin gets u prepared for a lot and i have met the best friends i could ever have at FHS. its a place where so many social and economic classes interact as one and it was so much fn. don't knock franklin i would have went to franklin again if i were to re do it.

- submitted by a student
July 06, 2007
Parent involvement in Franklin is lacking and I believe this is where the problem is. The parents of the bad behaved children do not care. Then the other children suffer. When I attended Sampson G. Smith there was not a single lesson that we could get through without being interrupted by a fight, students talking, the teacher yelling, etc. When I moved to Montgomery the teachers were able to control the class, unlike in Franklin, and the students were much more behaved. I would also like to mention the lack of safety in Franklin. There are so many security guards that it makes you even more nervous, because you know they are there for a reason. In Montgomery on the other hand, there is 1 guard instead of 20. Franklin is not a place you want to send your kids.

- submitted by a former student
June 19, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
November 16, 2006
I graduated from FHS and could not be happier with the education I recieved. FHS get's you ready for the world.

- submitted by a student
October 27, 2006
I have a sister and several cousins that go to FHS; and several others that have graduated from FHS. It's not such a bad school that people make it out to be. I see through my sister and my cousins that they are really happy with FHS. The school is a very diverse environment, one with opportunities for all students. My sister is in all honors, takes an Early Childhood Development class. My cousins are part of the drama and athletic departments. They have security at every corner of the hallway. It's not a bad school at all. Here at FHS you meet people from all differnt backgrounds.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2006
Fhs is not a school you want to send your kids to. I do not feel safe in the fhs enviroment. The behavior of the children in the school is unacceptable.

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May 30, 2006
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March 11, 2006
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January 26, 2006
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January 03, 2006
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December 21, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
November 01, 2005
My kids are in 11th grade and enjoy their high school. FHS offers plenty of honors and AP classes as well as after school activities. The diversity is great, something I could not find in other school districts. My kids have friends from all walks of life, a very valuable experience. They are in the marching band, student government and on the tennis and track teams. The Band Parents are a very involved group as is the PTO. We have a new and beautiful high school and I noticed many 'new' faces returning to the district. While it may seem that FHS has a 'bad rap', don't let that discourage you. My neighbors took their kids out of catholic school to send them to FHS and are glad they did! Both graduated and attend Boston U and U of PA.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2005
The school offers various elective choices, and a wide range of levels for their core classes. Aside from a slight discipline and vandalism problem, there is a lot to take advantage of.

- submitted by a student
September 03, 2005
Excellent academic prgrams. The only prblem is with the new Junior ROTC program. The program staff are not trained educators and it shows. One JROTC staff member should try politics, he certainly would be a big success. All talk, no sustance.

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August 12, 2005
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June 26, 2005
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- submitted by a student
June 13, 2005
I graduated from franklin in 2005. Overall Franklin is an average school. The environment is not very good, but it all depends on how the student is. I graduated with honors and scholarships. it all depends on who you hang out with and what your aim in high school is. OVerall it is not a terribly bad school

- submitted by a former student
May 21, 2005
I have two daughters who graduated from Franklin High both have gone on to graduate college and one with honors. I think it all comes from the outstanding educational foundation they recieved in the Franklin school system. As with anything in life you get out of it exactly what you put into to it. For my girls they gave it there all and took every advantage of every resourcew they could. They are now 25 and 21 and working in great careers. Thanks Franklin education for life!

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March 10, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 15, 2005
I graduated from Franklin High School in 2003. The education provided to me not only helped me to excel in an academic environment but a military one as well (US Naval Academy). I owe my preparation to FHS. Franklin High School will give what is necessary to succeed to those who are willing to take what is offered. Gaining an adequate education from Franklin is based on whether or not you provided your child with the initiative to take the educational opportunities offered. If you haven t, then they will probably fail no matter what school they attend (sorry). To say that a few bad students ruin the experience for everyone else is childish.

- submitted by a former student
January 09, 2005
I attendedd Franklin High School from 2000-2004.my experiences at franklin high school have prepared me for the real world. the teachers i came in contact with , for the most part, cared very mych for their students. Because i was active in both the music and athletic program, i can say that they were very beneficial to me. in the last two years of my experience at FHS a new principal came, and changed the school in a new direction, for the better. I am very proud of my Alma Mater and i would recomend it to anybody who would like to send their kids to a diverse and caring enviornment. i think the best part of FHS is the teachers, they are real and they don't sugarcoat things. FHS has got me where i am today, Florida A&M university.

- submitted by a former student
December 19, 2004
Overall, FHS is a good high school. I am currently attending this school, though we are not in the greatest area. and a variety of educational oppertunities. Our sports and other activities excel compared to other schools, and the negative response from other people hold back our school becuase people don't want to look past the outside of the great community we have here at FHS.

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2004
The image of FHS is definitely brought down by the acts of a few students, teachers, & administration members. Despite what most may think, FHS offers it's students a variety of oppurtunities to better themselves as well as others. The teachers do care a lot about the students. If parents were to get more involved with their children's lives, especially academicly, this school would definitely stand out along with the other great schools in the area.

- submitted by a former student
October 19, 2004
Franklin High School is a negative enviornment for students. Most teachers have no respect for the students, the administration has poor communitcation skills. This is not the school for anyone who wants to learn to attend to. This isnt a happy school to belong to, try somewhere else! The years I attended this school, I really wish I didnt, there are so many better schools than FHS.

- submitted by a student
September 22, 2004
Lacking in leadership fro mthe top down. Not a safe environment in general and definately not an environment conducive to education.

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September 04, 2004
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Franklin Twp High School
500 Elizabeth Avenue, Somerset, NJ  08873
(732) 302-4200
Last modified Franklin Twp High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Franklin Twp High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top