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Franklin Twp High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2035 students

 
 

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Posted May 18, 2014

Garbage, Ridiculous , Despicable, Hardheaded, Filthy, Horrible Education, Terrible Teaching Staff, Mismanaged Children, Corrupted Faculty


Posted 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 !


Posted January 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted November 9, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 9, 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


Posted 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!


Posted March 2, 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!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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 !
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 10, 2009

tOo many fights . nobody can learn . and the teachers are the WORST
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted August 25, 2008

I think that Franklin High School is a great school administratively however; the students there are horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 92% in 2013.

420 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

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89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

420 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students85%
Female90%
Male80%
Black82%
Asian87%
Hispanic83%
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education36%
General education96%
English language learners20%
Not migrant85%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former35%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students73%
Female78%
Male66%
Black65%
Asian85%
Hispanic68%
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education20%
General education84%
English language learners13%
Not migrant73%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former22%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey 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: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

487 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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60%

2012

 
 
58%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Students60%
Female64%
Male56%
Black51%
Asian79%
Hispanic51%
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education26%
General education69%
English language learners25%
Not migrant60%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former31%
Limited English Proficient Former39%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey 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: New Jersey Department of Education

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48%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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SAT participation

84%

SAT college ready

33%

Graduation rate

85%


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, ACT/SAT participation, and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 46% 16%
Hispanic 21% 22%
White 20% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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500 Elizabeth Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone: (732) 302-4200

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