Students enrolled 1594
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School leader Mrs Denise A Kent
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1127 Chalk Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

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4 stars
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July 19, 2014
Horrible experience!! DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE!! This school has racism, discrimination and hatefulness. And all of that is from the teachers to start. We had an awful experience and we pulled our child from the school. Complete utter disregard to the emotional issues they caused by allowing discrimination to fester in their school.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
If your child isn't academically advanced, gifted or willing to work hard, please do not send him or her to FAHS. The curriculum and work load intensifies with each year, as it should, to prepare your student for the rigors of college courses. I am most impressed with the teacher communication. Whatever you need, they are on it! If you have an issue, the principal is open to conversation and change (if needed). The front desk staff is just about the most welcoming and efficient you will ever find. The teachers are truly devoted to their students, know their stuff and have a genuine desire to see your child succeed.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
I am a student here at Franklin Academy and have been attending FA since kindergarten. FA is a wonderful environment for students, teachers, and parents. All in all there is no bullying. The teachers here want to help you succeed and they will do their best to make sure that you do. Strangely enough, I do love uniforms. It evens the plying field for everyone and allows students to focus on the important things. However, FA does have several ridicules dress code rules that they really push and will drive you out of your mind! Other than that though you will enjoy your experience at FA and will be very proud of where you can go with it.

- submitted by a community member
February 04, 2014
We are in the second half of our first year at FA. It is a very structured and ridged routine for a kindergartner. Our child has had a hard time conforming to the behavioral standards that the school requires. Thankfully, all of the teachers are more than willing to speak with us and help in any way. While this has been an issue to overcome, our child loves the school and teachers. I have had quite a few communications with different levels of the school, and all have been very helpful, responsive, and informative.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2013
Everyone who views this site, please remember that one unhappy family can make several negative comments which clearly seem to be represented in recent posts this school year. Also remember, Franklin Academy has 3 separate campus locations in Wake Forest for elementary, middle school, and high school. Judging from the level of the language used in the negative comments, you can easily make the wise decision to disregard the contents of the negative reviews and consider the source. Please don't let these anonymous remarks influence your impression of Franklin Academy. It is well respected with an outstanding reputation in the community for each one of its schools. Not everyone can be happy all the time but sometimes people share their unhappiness inappropriately by making it their mission to slander some one or some thing they evidently have disagreed with. Visit the schools, speak with school staff, read the website information, and seek community recommendations. You'll find that overall, Franklin Academy remains a highly recommended school of choice in the area, with a long list of lottery applicants (and wait lists) within each school for each school year.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2013
I agree that this school isn't a very educational school but it PE teachers are great and i dont like anything else

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
My son has become a confident student who actually enjoys going to school now. He is currently is in high school and has been attending since 2009. I love it because quite a few of his classes have a very low teacher to student ratio. A few of his classes have less than 12 kids in his class. I had no need to keep his 504 plan that was needed with wake county public schools! I dropped it. He went from failing in other public schools to doing not too shabby and wanting to take the honors classes. You go though carpool lane and the teacher make an effort to recognize what students go with what parent. You aren't just a number. Very impressed. Did I mention they have no locks on the lockers. My son has never had anything taken from him. I love it there. Now to only be able to get my other child in.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2013
I agree with the other parent that it appears one person is submitting many negative reviews. Keep that in mind. I have one child who has been at FA 3 years and another who just got in this year. We are VERY happy with the middle and high school! We like the smaller class sizes, academic choices, and well-rounded focus on academics/community service. No school is perfect, but Frankilin is perfect for our family! If the school is so bad, it's a wonder that it took 2 years to get my son in, and he had preference in the lottery as a sibling. I'm sure many more seats would be available, if the school wasn't meeting the needs of parents. I am VERY actively involved with teachers, administration and clubs/sports. Highly recommend the school!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2013
Just an overall terrible school, parents are likely totally oblivious to things that actually happen with their kids at this school, as it is beginning to stray away from relationships with the teachers and parents. Just don't send your children here...

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2013
Apparantly, the last few reviews were all written by the same unhappy person. I've never smelled anything odd either as the last "reviewers" mentioned. Franklin Academy is a school of choice. Best advice is to research a school before you send your kid there. Don't take anonymous reviews as fact. My child is in their first year there and could not be happier. Great academic and character focus. Caring, well trained teachers and administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
Franklin Academy is not the school for anyone looking to have a good educational or social experience. The classes are crammed and the teachers will get the kids in trouble for the smallest, most non-important things.

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2013
Horrible experience!! DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE!! It smells horrible and the academic experience is not even close to satisfactory. The administration puts student life and sports at the bottom of the importance chain, and spends the least amount of government money on the school itself.

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2013
Very unsatisfactory experience. Not much effort put into the schooling. I would not recommend sending your kids here.

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2013
Oh my gosh, this is horrible. Please do not send your kids here. Disgusted. Please spare yourself.

- submitted by a community member
September 15, 2013
How can you rate the lower school, the middle and the high school all in one batch. We were happy with the lower school, but the middle just doesn't work. There is no way they have an 18:1 ratio, perhaps three years ago they did. Don't know about the high school, can't imagine we will be there to find out. Not well rounded school, very little sports.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
We love our school! We were in the regular public schools in this area for many years and I had no idea how much better this would be. The teachers are excellent and really care about helping my sons achieve success. The academics is tough but I like that. Many kids are not ready for college when they graduate from traditional public schools, so I am glad they are preparing them to succeed in college. They have a lot more homework but are learning so much more than they did in the public schools. The teachers are masters at designing interesting lesson plans and making learning fun and effective. I wouldn't move my kids out of this school no matter how much money we had for a private school because this school is so awesome. They are getting a top education here and are supported, loved and nurtured every step of the way. We LOVE FA!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2013
My son is a 4th grader (started FA in kindergarten) and my daughter just started kindergarten and I must say that I have been thrilled with Franklin Academy. The education is way above the standard and the discipline is spot on with students actually having consequences to their actions. The administration and staff truly care about each and every child and have come to be a second family to my children. I feel we are very lucky to have won the lottery and we are so fortunate to be a part of the FA community.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
There are some real good things happening at FA, but this school isn't for everyone. There are some excellent teachers at FA. Bullying is a real bad problem in the middle school and the Direct Instruction doesn't teach the children to learn how to think critically or to think on their own. There is way too much rote memorization and the discipline has really fallen off the last two years with little consequences for those who are disruptive and disrespectful. Even at the high school, there are serious behavior problems that are just swept under the carpet so as to not get any negative publicity.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2011
Both my children attended Franklin Academy, my son from the very first year they started. The safety and security of a smaller school where everyone knows each other and gets along was very important to our family. The education is top notch. My son graduated and went on to East Carolina University this year. He tells us he is grateful for the years at Franklin and that the teachers prepared him well for college. My daughter wanted to try the most expensive "private" school in Raleigh last year...she did, what a waste of over $20,000! Thanks to the sibling program, she was able to return to Franklin Academy. My son traveled to France with the school and my daughter will go to Paris, London and Spain in 2013. Very affordable trips that will stay with them for a lifetime. The staff and administration at Franklin Academy have helped teach my children the importance of community service and to respect their peers. I could not have asked for a better school experience for my family! Highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2011
I would like to strongly disagree with the parent below .......Franklin Academy is a great school with a supportive and wonderful staff.They teach the children to be responsible,respectful and a top notch education. All children are different and Franklin Academy is not for all children but it is a great school and my kids love it.I have gotten to know alot of the teachers and they do care about the kids at Franklin Academy.I feel that our school deserves all the hoopla that it gets!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2011
My daughter has been going to FA for 4 years and unlike the previous reviewer I embrace the school, love the accountability it teaches the students and appreciate the discipline they teach. My children are being taught to be responsible adults one day, not whiny spoiled humans. If you want to get to know the teachers be a lunch parent. I do it frequently and have found that the teachers are engaged and thoughtful.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2011
This is our first year applying at and attending Franklin Academy....what a disappointment. For those of you thinking about sending your child here, be sure to do your research first. The children are packed into these classes like sardines and there are 28 children in my child's class. After hearing nothing but positive from the community I've yet to see what all the hoopla is about. While the direct instruction is effective, the stress that is put on these children is ricidulous. AND, don't expect any support from teachers and especially administration. They don't care to get to know you or your child.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2011
My 2 children have been students at Franklin Academy for 5 yrs now and they are thriving academically. I could not ask for a better school. keep up the good work teachers and administraters

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2011
My son is finishing up kindergarten at Franklin Academy. So far we are very pleased with the school. No school is perfect, and FA may not be the right fit for every one, but for our family it is great.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
Echo all the things that the other reviews have said. Fantastic program and wonderful, caring teachers. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have gotten in to the school. It was even worth having to endure a year of school with children in different schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2010
I love Franklin Academy. This is our second year there, and we absolutely love. My daughter is going to 5th grade this July, and my other daughter is going to kindergarten. We consider ourselves very lucky to be at Franklin Academy because of its dedicated teachers and staff they made us feel welcomed from the first day. Also, their academics are very strong and very good.

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May 06, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
I love FA because it is a private school education funded by the state and run by an outstanding staff!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
My children have blossomed since attending franklin academy. The staff is there for the right reasons, to educate not only the abc's of education but the entire child. Community service, character traits, and just the love that each child needs once in awhile. Nothing like it. This school is non-profit and only does community service for others.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
They have great teachers with a great program. We like the strict discipline policy. My kindergartner has learned much more than I ever expected him to learn in his first year of school.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
After moving from Franklin Acadmey to a NY Public School. I have learned how good my kids had it there. It is a fantastic school !!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
We have three chrildren at FA grades K, 3 and 6. The sixth grader has attended since kindergarten. Best way to sum this uo is that we would forgo job promotions and any other reason to leave the area based on the concern we could not match the educational experience. Every school has pros and cons, but FA has been great for our three children and us as parents as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
This school has teachers who CARE --and greatly remind me of the wonderful teachers I had as a child. They are far superior in technique and skill than the teachers my daughters encountered when they were in school.....my granddaughter is receiving the kind of education and motivation that I experienced so many years ago and which crated a life-long love of learning. Thank you, teachers and staff of Franklin Academy!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
Franklin Academy is a school with big ideas and high standards, and a small intimate feeling. The teachers make an effort to know all of the kids. The teachers' great attitudes rub off on the children, showing them to be kind and to care for their classmates. Great instruction and curriculum too. I could not be more pleased.

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January 15, 2009
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July 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2008
Overall the school is wonderful. The children being seperated and taught at their own level is wonderful, however having a gifted child they feel the normal classes are challenging enough without doing anything extra (do not agree). The FAPS (Franklin Academy Parents) members try very hard to get parents involved, this I've seen is not always successful after 4th grade (where did the parents go?) The school has a very stringent discipline policy and you better like it or your child is not meant for Franklin Academy. This school is a huge improvement on what you get in public school.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
I've been going to Franklin Academy for eight years and I think it is terrific. It's a school where everyone is friends with everybody, and is very safe. It has a great music Program Compliments Of Ms. Burn. I'm Chris Mathews and I love my old school

- submitted by a community member
May 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2008
School is very safe, rigerous education, FANTASTIC music program. The uniforms (slacks and collared teeshirt) are wonderful. We moved to GA to a shool with no uniforms and we constantly deal with issues of not having the right clothing. The teachers, however, are WAY over the top with discipline and are not likely to work with you if your student has any special needs. If you don't conform, their well-worn excuse is to take your child our of charter school and back into regular school.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
We have been at Franklin since my child was in K, and is now in 5th. This has been a positive experience for all of. The school offers opportinuties for you to continue to be a part of your childs education, by being a volunteer for the different committees. By doing this our children are able to see that we are proud of their school, and therefore they too take pride in their school.

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August 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2007
Wonderful school all around. We feel so fortunate to have found Franklin! Our son loves his school too.

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May 30, 2007
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February 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2007
This is our first year at Franklin Academy. Our son is in 5th grade and was at his previous school since Kindergarten. He was very upset to move to a new school but after the first week at Franklin he told us that he should have transferred here years ago. He is so very happy and the students and teachers welcomed him with open arms. We are currently waiting to hear if our 1st grader and 3rd grader are accepted for next year. Great school and staff.....

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
This was our first elementary for our first child so my experience is limited. The academic programs seem to be good - many projects and constant homework although I think there could be more. Facilities have been limited but with the HS being completed they have more space for other activities. As this is a charter school the lack of buses and the drawing of students from all over the area is good & bad. Very diverse but I think it limits parent involvement in that it isn;t a 'community' school.

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July 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
We feel very blessed to have gotten in to Franklin Academy last year. I have a 1st grader and a 5th grader and they both love 'their' school. We love that the school teaches children at all academic levels; dividing them into different classes according to their ability. This method, even in kindergarten, allows students to be challenged no matter where they are academically. It is very much a family atmosphere and we feel confident leaving our children in such capable hands. The teachers are incredible and the parents are excellent! The band program will blow you away. The discipline methods are stringent but needed in this day and age. We couldn't be happier!

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November 05, 2004
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- submitted by a student
October 06, 2004
My children have been at Franklin Academy since the first day it opened. I am very happy with the education and close attention that my children receive. I would highly recommend The Franklin Academy for any parent and student.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2004
Franklin Academy is awesome! I have a 2nd grader and a 4th grader and this is our second year with Franklin. The teachers are very dedicated and I have watched my daughters make dramatic improvements in their academics as well as social interaction. The parent involvement is outstanding. I saw teachers who had to (very reluctantly) turn away parent volunteers for a field trip last year. A good problem to have indeed! It's tough to get in, especially as word of mouth spreads and parents tire of the reassignment shuffle with the public schools. We especially liked the fact that our daughters can go there through 12th grade, even if we move outside the county! Definitely something to consider.

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June 16, 2004
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Franklin Academy
1127 Chalk Road, Wake Forest, NC  27587
(919) 570-8262
Last modified Franklin Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Franklin Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews.