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.
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.
Franklin Academy has nothing that students with learning disabilities or ADHD need to be successful. The teachers will seem like they don't care more than anything. It is a very unfriendly environment and they fail to help students who are having trouble with the material. The only way to describe it as a, "we'll that's just too bad", attitude about things. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE! I have ADHD and I got absolutely no help at this so called "excellent school".
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.
I agree that this school isn't a very educational school but it PE teachers are great and i dont like anything else
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
Very unsatisfactory experience. Not much effort put into the schooling. I would not recommend sending your kids here.
Oh my gosh, this is horrible. Please do not send your kids here. Disgusted. Please spare yourself.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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