We are thrilled that our daughter was selected to fill a spot in this school. We submitted applications in the lottery for about 4 years, before she WON. She has been there 1-1/2 years now and is thriving academically (and socially, too). We've been very impressed with the ciriculum and most of the teachers (one was not all we hoped for, but I think that can happen anywhere). I've been a lunch parent and LOVE all the teachers I've met. Best of all, the choices for electives that are available that aren't available in other public middle schools (except perhaps in some magnet schools VERY far away). The administration is very good about communications with parents. It's a strict school (including uniforms), so it won't be for every child. I prefer this about the school -- teacher's don't have to deal with disciplinary problems in the classroom. My daughter is thriving and every year I pray to get my son in on the sibling list (he was 22 on the wait list of siblings this year). I'll try every year until he WINS. So HIGHLY recommended!!
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!
It is night and day when it comes to my child's education. He was struggling in Wake county schools with bullying and keeping his grades up. Now that he is in Franklin Academy high school he is doing awesome. There is very few to no distractions for him in the classroom. He is doing great! Not one issue with bullying. The teachers genuinely care. I am so happy. It is like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.
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!!!!!!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
I love FA because it is a private school education funded by the state and run by an outstanding staff!
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.
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.
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 !!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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