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Franklin Benjamin High School

Public | PK, 9-12

 

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Posted August 25, 2010

I love my school. It's extremely supportive and our principle is the best in Philadelphia. He has really turned our school around. Compared to our surrounding schools, I believe our school stands out. We have excellent programs that keeps student busy and off the streets. Our test scores are truly rising. Our teachers really care about our education. They put their all into them lesson plans. Most people would look at our school and see it for what it use to be not what it's become. In my opinion, my school is the best. It's extremely diverse in several ways. Come visit us :)!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2010

My son is in his first year there. Already he's been suspended in October for not understanding what a pink slip was and how serious it was if he didn't take it. Tried to have conferences with teachers and counselor, they said they would help him better himself by putting him on probation and getting him the tutoring and any help he needed. Nothing was done and my son is still being the example in the class. Don't think he's gonna be there much longer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2010

This is the school that my kid attends too since nine grade. This school is the best it provides you with the best opportunities in the life of your children.
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Posted December 8, 2007

great school great teachers great programs.
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Posted December 8, 2007

This school is one of the best. My daughters attend one of the only programs in philadelphia Navy rotc . This program has ghanged my daughter's point of view of our country city and state. I encourage parents to review this school and to look out for it because its better than any other neighborhood schools.
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Posted October 3, 2007

As a former student, now transferred to a magnet high school, I find benjamin Franklin HS as a disaster. The school offers very basic classes to students. The academic lags far behind almost every school in the US. Plus, the school has so much students who have no respect at all and disrupt the classes. However, there are a good amount of great teachers there(during my stay there).
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
18%

2009

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
28%

2009

 
 
20%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
3%

2011

 
 
1%

2010

 
 
3%

2009

 
 
2%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
62%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students17%
Female9%
Male23%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students21%
Female23%
Male19%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students3%
Female3%
Male3%
Black2%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged3%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students50%
Female71%
Male33%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 84% 15%
Hispanic 9% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
White 1% 71%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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550 North Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 299-4662

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