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9-12
Public charter
Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 933

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5301 Tacony St Building 108
Philadelphia, PA 19137

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(215) 289-5000
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Map of Franklin Towne Charter High School address.

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October 29, 2014
i looked into alot of schools for my son. But when I went to franklin Towne I was amaze its like a REAL school ! Reminds me of TV show schools they have so much to offer for our kids. There academics is 100 percent amazing. My Son is so happy to go there. I even want to go there and im a parent lol. I would recomend this school to anyone im so excited for many more years for my son.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2014
has been selected as a Blue Ribbon School So proud to be part if this amazing Franklintowne Family

- submitted by a teacher
September 30, 2014
National Blue Ribbon from DOE for 2014. Academics is top-notch, extracurricular activities are great, and there are no discipline/behavior issues to speak of.

- submitted by a community member
August 20, 2014
We are so happy that our son was accepted to FCHS! Our son was struggling in catholic grade school. Never failing, but constantly having tutoring. Once he started FCHS he started to pull ahead and has never looked back! His grades are now in the high 80s and 90s! The teachers and staff take the time and interest for their students! The children have a higher confidence level and better self esteem! Our son was never interested in college and now going into senior year, he cannot wait to graduate and move on. I believe Franklintowne Charter had everything to do with this! Sincerely, A SENIOR'S MOM in Port Richmond

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2014
Franklin Towne is the best school out there. My freshmen year was the best year of my life. I think a strict school is exactly what Philadelphia needs in the world today. Franklin Towne preps you for college. 94% of class of 2014 are going to college. I really enjoy all the things this school does to go out of it's way to get kids involved and excited for school. They even have a mentor program where upperclassmen are assigned to Freshmen to help them. Towne is all about helping and being respectful. Not to mention our sports are pretty sick. You'd be sorry if you didn't go here.

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2014
I love Franklin Towne Charter High School. Franklin Towne prepares their students for college. I love coming to Franklin Towne every day, Franklin Towne is such a great and fun school, yes Franklin Towne is a strict school but if the student just do what he/she has to do and not cause trouble that student would be fine and love Franklin Towne, I'm a freshman and trust me coming from a student, a parent and definitely the student would love Franklin Towne, Franklin Towne is so welcoming especially to their incoming freshman students also Franklin Towne has lots of clubs, sports, and activities and different events for their students, also Franklin Towne has lots of awards given to them because they are one of the tip High Schools in the state of Pennsylvania. I love Franklin Towne.

- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2014
Worst school ever. Very cliquey and judge mental. Detentions are the smallest of the FTC's problems. Too many students and classes are too long. Teachers barely have enough time for every student, they assign after school appointments to reteach because apparently 80 minutes isn't enough time to carefully teach 25 students.

- submitted by a student
April 17, 2014
Everyone thinks oh wow a great college prep school and they are so wrong. I am only a freshman and I cannot wait to leave the only reason I'm in this school is because it looks good on a college application. Sure some of the overly strict rules make sense like no phone or follow dress code but others don't. I know people who had their phone go off on vibrate in their locker the security opened their locker by force and took the phone, she also got detention. Most of the reviews are right students are afraid to breath because of the strictness of this school.

- submitted by a student
April 15, 2014
I am not going to lie, while I was at this school I hated it. I never understood why there were detentions for everything. But now that I have walked away I see why they do what they do. It is a college prep school. You parents can say that it isn't and that the rules are ridiculous and detentions for being late to class don't make sense, but as a senior in college graduating in a few months I am more thankful for FTCHS now more than ever. Get used to it! If you're late to class in college you get asked to leave, favoritism is what your college grades are based on and mommy and daddy can't fix your problems in college. FTCHS sifts through the students and pulls out the ones who can't do it and distract others from learning. I made it all four years without a single detention. It is possible. Getting to class on time and following the rules are possible and they prepare you for how to act in the real world. My brother was kicked out after two months and I have to say he deserved it. If you aren't going to take advantage of the school then go to public school! I am grateful for FTCHS and always will be.

- submitted by a community member
January 21, 2014
Honestly speaking, from a Valedictorian of the school, Franklin Towne is what you put into it. Don't pay any mind to these silly negative reviews if you plan on being a student who works hard, joins clubs, stays to get help when needed, and works with the mentor program or student council or anything of that sort. I've even gotten a job at my college (which I earned a full scholarship to thanks to help of Towne's awesome guidance department) due to the experience I had as a Council Member of the mentor program. The staff is so dedicated to it's students when you're not one of the ones who causes trouble and distracts the ones who are trying to better themselves and prepare for college. I am now working at an inner city high school and can appreciate ten times more than I could before, the amount of college, SAT, ACT, PSSA(now Keystone), and scholarship prep and assistance. How I wish I had that help of towne's guidance in college for class planning and all of that fun stuff.. If you want Towne to work hard for you, you need to work hard for Towne. As with many things in life, you get what you put into it.

- submitted by a community member
January 21, 2014
I have 2 children in the elementary school and 1 in FTCHS. It is very strict and detentions in the high school are more frequent. It's about holding the kids accountable. They set expectations for their students and expect them to be met My son never had a detention either, he was given several early on, but he adjusted and is doing great! It's a gReat school!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
I'm at agreement with most negative comments. I am a junior at this school and have been waiting to leave since my third week there as a freshman. This school definitely preps for events with new parents and students to make it look, happy and fun. In reality someone says "I hate this" , "Franklin Towne Penitentiary" and other things everyday. This school comes off as this loving, family like, close nit community when in retrospect it could not be so far from the truth. Many people on here try to sit here and deny while admitting as well. This school is so strict that if a paper with your name on it is found on the floor, and you didn't know that's your fault you have detention. Also, its not just the students that walk on egg shells, teachers do too. LISTEN I'm not trying to convince you not to come, I'm just stating the facts. This school shows favoritism in almost every way, through sports, connections, student government. If they don't know you, you do not have a chance of being anything at that school. Finally from me to whoever reads this, really do you research on this school, I made a mistake and good luck on choosing your high school these are the most important years.

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2014
Before my child started here, I was hesitant that FTCHS would let her fall through the cracks because of her struggles with learning. Much to my surprise quite the opposite happened. For the first time since she started school 11 yrs ago, my child is excelling in her studies and the staff has placed her in classes that teach at her pace. I couldn't be happier and neither could my daughter. SHE FINALLY ENJOYS GOING TO SCHOOL :)

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2014
Half of you parents are idiots, it's the child's fault for the detention, I'm a senior now and yes it is strict but it's not like any other of those schools that let the children run like animals. And they're afraid to breathe because a detention wi be issued? That's a joke, most detentions are for latenesses, cell phones being on the students during class, going off during class etc. FTC wants to maintain this foundation just so they can be a great school, it already is a great school in my opinion...it's like a second home and it's a second family to me. Kids coming into this school aren't used to the rules being enforced as they are

- submitted by a community member
December 26, 2013
My Child attends this school and I read some comments on how the students aren't ablle to breathe.. well last time I checked the students are there to learn and have rules to follow, they do give detention but it's for not following the dress code, utilizing your phone on campus, etc. They are strict but it teaches them about the real world where we as parents can't always save them because in the real world there are rules that need to be followed. My daughter has had detention but I tell you she made sure that afer her couple of incidents, she has made sure to go over the stundent handbook which clearly defines the rules for the students. I like that they are very involved with the kids and involve them in many activities. My daughter loves it..

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2013
My child started this school year 2013-2014. I must say, we all were very disappointed . MY child is a honor student, never had a detention, was always praised by the teachers . Coming to this school,already had a few detentions thats on record now for silly things . The students are afraid to breath because a detention might happen . Going to the open house , we saw all students happy and smiling . Thats what sold us (being in a happy enviroment and learning while at it ). Definitly not the case at all . The students were preped for that in my opinion. Quite a few students has already transferred and we are working on doing so also. I hope this helped some parents out there .

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
franklin towne charter I need some help from students and parents. My son wants to sttend this school in 2014 but I read all the reviews and I just dont know what to do I love the teacher student ratio but there is so much negative reviews please help

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
My child goes to Franklin Towne and I can state without hesitation that this is one of the most caring and progressive schools in the State. I am not sure why anyone in their right-mind would write an negative review of this school? They do everything to care for and educate a child to the utmost. Yes, they have rules, but they are open about their rules and their rules apply to EVERYONE! That is what sets this school apart from schools where the rules do not mean anything. Franklin Towne's administration and teaching staff are the most approachable group of professionals that I have ever had the chance to see at work. My wife and I could not be happier and my child comes home every day with nothing but glowing and positive things to say. Pay close attention to any of the negative posts. These are written by people who are either looking for a free-pass in life (which you will not find at Franklin Towne, where you have to work AND follow the rules), or by people with an agenda that is not in line with a quality education! Go Towne!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
Whoever is posting that the administrative team is not the best in the city obviously has a child that thinks the rules do not apply. But they do at Franklin Towne. My child has been going there for four years and it is so comforting to know that when he goes to school he is going to some place like Towne. Mr. Venditti and the entire teaching staff are wonderful. There is nothing that I would change about this school. I thank God each day for this blessing!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
i was soo completely disapointed and disguisted on the first day, i already have to set up a meeting with someone!! i have 2 kids and throughout all the school years, every single teacher they had has always said how great students they are, how respectable and how good in general all the way around!! my daughter started yesterday shes a freshman, she has never gotten in trouble, EVER, i have never had a problem with anyything, well not yesterday, its the first day, she was very nervous, she was 2 min late for FRENCH, cause her lockers on 4th floor and all the students are just trying to get used to it, shes advanced in math, shes has been on the honor roll pretty much every year, so shes 2 mins late for FRENCH and they give her a detention!!!! she was a wreck, shes never had a detention in her life! on top of that, NOBODY contacted me and someone yelled at her when she tried to call me and tell me!! i picked her up from school everyday and the first time i let her walk home, i couldnt get in touch with her and was panicing!! i am not a parent who lets my kids wander the streets and she always lets me know whats going on! and what kind of teacher scares a good kid on 1st day!!!!!!?

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
Disgusted. You get what you pay for, since this school is free, read between the lines. My child went to a Catholic grade school, I thought the Catholic high school tuition was too high for our family to afford. We are transferring and going to make the necessary sacrifices to make the tuition payments. I am sorry to have put my son through the torture of FTCHS.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2013
I'm guessing through a parents perspectives, it's a great school, through the eyes of a student it's really not. I've been here for 3 years and can't wait to leave, because this school is rapidly declining. It used to be a school where I can say I like to go to, but now I just want to leave. The staffs perspectives of school is way too much. There is never anything new at this school and its like the feeling of sameness, plus, I think the staffs are quite unfair and impossible to compromise with. Another thing I could not survive with about this school is about the Lunch, When will the people ever notice that the same music is being played, its annoying and irritating. I also think this school is one of the most unorganized in the city. They are giving Physical Ed to Freshmans next school year, and i have pity for the Freshmans now who are entering their Sophomore year in September.I always looked forward to 3:00 so I can get out of this so called jail. I reallized they never to anything new to their schedule, its always 3:00 and 1:30 being the dismissal time, they cant try to do 11:00 dismissals once every 2 months. An advise, If you are becoming a freshman in Sep.14. Dont go here

- submitted by a student
March 21, 2013
Before anybody thinks "oh" she is a student she doesn't understand the value of education hear me out. Franklin Towne Charter is possibly the worst school anyone could send their child. In the mission statement they claim to be college prepatory and give off a family like atmosphere. The atmosphere is so far from family like, more like a military school with guards to cover the perimeter. They have pictures and videos of the students smiling and having fun on the website when in reality everday I hear a student says this school sucks! I hear " this school is like jail" , " this school sucks". I went around the school and asked the freshmen did they like the school and majority of them so " no!" Favoritism is shown all throughout the school, you have to be known to succeed succesfully in that school to get anything. Also, that school might be the greediest school in the history of Philadelphia, they get probably get about 100,000 off of the students alone. If you're a parent you won't understand how much your child will suffer going to this school till they get there. I had to give up the biggest oppurtunity of my life beacuse of this school. Ponder this when you choose your school.

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2012
My son is a freshman at FTCHS and he loves the school. He is thriving academically and getting involved in extra curricular activities as well. The teachers and entire staff are awesome at FTCHS, they are caring individuals who want to help your child recognize and achieve their own potential. The school has a set of strict guidelines in place that serve to keep the students safe and focused on learning. It has only been a few months and already we feel like part of a big family, my son is not getting lost in an overgrown highschool setting with unfamiliar faces and less than attentive teachers. I am very impressed with FTCHS so far and we are looking forward to the next 4 years.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2012
Please don't listen to the negative reveiws , My Child graduated from FTC in June 2011, The school is wonderful , teachers , staff and student body. FTC is a family , plain and simple. I have found those who complain about the school are the parents who have a child that was in trouble. I was so impressed by FTC , I pulled my other child from Catholic school and he attends the grade school. My child who graduated from FTC struggled through 8 years of Catholic grade school to keep her head above water grade wise , she made 1st honors all for years at FTC, They are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2012
My daughter is a junior in this school. The school is awesome and the teachers are helpful and very intelligent. The only compaint I have is with the Disciplinarian. He was the basketball coach last year and this year he is the Dean of Students. I think he's in way over his head in that position and is not really qualified to do it. He should go back to B-ball....

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2011
My son is a Junior and he is doing great. He is in the NHS and is a Mentor. I'm so happy that he was accepted in Franklin Towne. He's been an A student since Freshman year and . The teachers are great and the old staff and NEW staff are wonderful. No complaints from this parent.. Keep up the good work Frankline Towne.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2011
My son is a freshman and he absolutely loves it at FTCHS. I have seen such a change in him in the short time he has been there. He comes home excited about the day.The school has lots of rules and the kids seem to follow them. But they balance their strictness with fun activities for the kids and they eve have an incentive program. I am so happy my son was accepted to FCHS and look forward to the next few years.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
My daughter is graduate June 2011 and i highly recommend this school because they are safe and no tolerence and my youngest daughter will be attending Sept 2011

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2011
franklintowne is one of the best school anyone can go to its safe its clean its no tolerence and the teachers are very helpfull.

- submitted by a student
March 10, 2011
The teachers are very good at this school. The administration has my concern. The administration should follow their on guidlines, "child find" to keep children in school rather than suspend/expel as if second nature. Handbook of rules for the teens but they are not followed by the administration. Rules are great, but if not followed by EVERYONE they are useless. Can not dictate that only the teens have to follow the codes. Accountability is for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2011
I love Franklintowne, my daughter is doing great, the teachers are so helpful, everything in this school is in place to help a child succeed. I am praying my son gets accepted for this year as a freshman. A safe school, with teachers who care, and rules that work. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2011
My son graduated from FTCH in 2009 & my daughter is going to be a graduated from FTCH in 2012. FTCH is a blessing, the teachers go above and beyond to make the children feel safe, trusted and and above all else worthy of a GREAT education. I would never and could never ask for anything more then the wonderful experience my children have had at FTCH. My daughter said it best herself just the other day...."Mom, when I have children some day their going to Franklin Towne Charter!"

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2010
This school is nothing short of amazing. Our Son is a Sophomore and he loves going to school. He is learning, he makes friends and the teachers are nothing short of amazing. The administration is doing a fantastic job! Keep it up. DO NOT listen to negative posts here., They are most likely written by the same person.... so it seems. It was most likely a student who did not follow rules and get in trouble and has an axe to grind.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2010
My son is a senior and I feel that the school has declined over the 4 year period he has been there. Dramatically in the past 2. Communication to parents is almost non existent! I am glad that he is graduating this year. I don't think we could take another year of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
All of the positive reviews are written by parents of freshmen. For those of us that have been here and no what is missing, united, we are sad. Were is the pride that Franklin Towne once held?

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I have a son who is now a junior in Fraklin Towne, my 3 older children also attened and i could not have asked for a better school for my children,i can not wait for my youngest child to attend. They offer the best of everything for your child to enjoy the best experience of any school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
All of the positive reviews are coming from the parents of freshmen. For those of us that have had children at Franklin Towne for more than 8 months, we know where the school was and were it is now. Franklin Towne has lost its heart. We need our pride back.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
My son is a Freshmen at Franklin Towne this year. It has been a very good experience. I think the teachers and administrators have been doing a wonderful job. I could not be happier with FTCHS. It was a great choice. My son like school and adjusted well to the new school. Thank you to everyone at FTCHS for making this school great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2010
I am very disappointed wth recent events at Franklin Towne. The school has lost its focus. This would not have happened two years ago. Then the focus was on the kids. Now it is on the adults. We need Mr. Field back.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2010
I am sad to say, that I too have seen a decline this past year. My son is a senior and we are happy and proud that he will be graduating from Franklin Towne. But, my son and I both feel like the school has lost its focus during this past year. In the past we used to hear such wonderful stories when he would come home, but now all we hear are stories about the kids not wanting to be there anymore. He told me that someone recently got in trouble for starting a facebook page about how much he hates the school and that half of the seniors joined the page as friends. Why would half the class hate thier school? Something has changed, it did not used to be like this?

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 18, 2010
To the parent below, since you have just transfered in, I am sure that Franklin Towne is great. But for those of us that have been with this school for the past three years, I agree with the parent below that, that the school has most certainly lost a step (as far as the adminstration). The teachers are the greatest!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 16, 2010
In reguards to the parent who is bashing the new administration. My daughter transfered into FTC this year from a public school. It is the best move I could have done for me and her. Her grades went from just about passing to straight A's. As far as the principals of the school I commend them for being them selves and not just another stuffed suit.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 28, 2010
As a parent of a senior I have seen changes and so has my daughter. The new administration although nice people are not managing the school as well as mr fields. The teachers remain constant-grest educators but the new admin has turned alot of the kids attitude around. I am glad I am done with this mess in june

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
We are very pleased with this school. Our Son is excelling there. The teachers and admin really care about educating their kids and it shows. Thank you very much FTCHS!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 30, 2010
As a parent, I think the school has lost a step in the past year. It does not feel the same. My child no longer comes home and talks about the school day. He used to. I think it is still better than any local PUBLIC school, but it does not feel like the Franklin Towne that I knew for the past two years. I think that the change in administration was a mistake and as a parent I am upset that we lost the progress that the school was making.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2009
Couldn't ask for a better school or a better staff. Keep up the good work!

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December 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2009
I am a freshman in this school and I honestly love it there. All the teachers are like family even the principal. All the students are equals toward each other it doesnt feel like the students are seperated by grade at all. ( I have friends that are in all years)

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December 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2009
I am a freshman at Franklin Towne and am very happy that I got into this school. The principal and all of the staff are always interacting with us students one way or another. At first when I came into Franklin Towne I was a little nervous but I, like all of the other freshman was welcomed with open arms. They also try to make the freshman feel at home by having the KOP meet with us and help us along. I love FTCHS and am so glad to be in such a great, friendly enviroment.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 19, 2009
I love this school, but I miss the old principal. Mr. Field was great. Mr. Kegel is a good man, and I like him, but Mr. Field was wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
First when I was looking at school I was looking for a school as if they where employable. Franklin Town Charter high school had goals for every student to grow, learn,be responsible for them selves learn to respect rules and others to focus on there future.The education that is given is state of the art.But The teachers are the best in our city they are old school.love to teach, care, takes an interest in every child.If my child seems to be slacking or they see they are having a hard time in something they a dress it right away.and work with them head on.The communication between teachers and parent I never had with other schools it makes me feel secure of my childs well being and education . My children have excelled so much and there confident about them selves .the connection between teacher and child is always leading to improvement in the child .The school is a very controlled environment.There is no child invisible.My children want to go to school I do not here. I dont want to go to school.This says alot My youngest who is in 4th grade would cry and beg to stay home when he was in his other school now I here come on mom I have to go I can not be late. This is his first year in the grade school I can truely say his grades are out standing and I know as years go by he will excell into greatness.My oldest will be graduating this year he has learned so much about himself learned to achive in every thing he sent his mind to. I higher Franklin town to help me raise my children the way I'am tring to raise my children and help me help them with hopes and dreams yes My children will move forward in life with the knowledge given .With Great Thanks and love for helping me raise my children me and my husband will always be dedicated to Franklin Town Charter High School and Grade School they are truely part of our family

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
I love everything about Franklin Towne! It's so great. We have an overwhelming amount of dedicated teachers, guidance counselors, administration, staff, and students. Teachers are dedicated to helping students succeed, and students try their best to achieve academic excellence. The guidance office is fully dedicated to helping seniors apply to their favorite colleges, and get into them. I am extremely proud to say that I attend Franklin Towne. I've had such a great experience going to Franklin Towne, and in June I will feel privileged to say that I graduated from there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Frankline Towne Charter opened an elementary school this year and my daughter is attending there. She has a reading disability and this is the first of (3) schools in the city of Philadelphia that has made an attempt to help her and it is working. Her teacher is so patient and willing to submit the special testing that she needs. Overall the staff is supportive of the children and dedicated to improving their school. This is the first year and my daughter is in 4th grade now, that she gets up early to get ready for school and is happy about it. Thank you Franklin Towne for doing a wonderful job with the kids. My family appreciates it and I highly recommend this school to everyone. I am a Catholic School parent and we will never look back, Franklin Towne Charter Schools all the way.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Franklin Towne Charter High School provides a balance of excellent academics, high standards of behavior and promotion of extra curricular activities designed to include the interests of all students. There is something for everyone to participate in. The teachers and administration are kind, compassionate and always available for students and families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
What can I say but fabulous. The staff/faculty at Franklin Towne are wonderful. The communication between parents and teachers is great. Franklin Towne Charter is like one big family and are we happy to be part of their family. Are son is a 9th grader this year and the education that he is receiving is just the best. The students at Franklin Towne Charter are awesome. We feel so blessed to be apart of this experience that words cannot describe. Thank you all for of your hard work and dedication.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
Franklin Towne is a wonderful school! My daughter is a junior this year. Her first year there she thought it was very strict. She has come to understand the rules are in place for all good reasons. Children go to school to learn in a safe enviroment. That's what you have at Franklin Towne. I am hoping my son has the opportunity to attend Franklin Towne beginning next year as a freshman. I'm sure he to will love it as much as my daughter Michelle.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
I love that I can see my childrens academic profile in real-time!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
The administration backs the awesome teachers to educate the students. Perfect.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
I think FTCHS is the best high school in Philadelphia. I am so happy my son who is a senior went to this school. The teachers and staff are really wonderful. They have so much spirit. I really wish that I could have gone to a school like FTCHS when I went to school. All the students I have met are great kids and they really seem to like their school. You don't see that everywhere. I have my younger son in the elementary school (4th grade)now and he is doing so much better then in his old school. Keep up the great work! It's definitely working!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
I love Franklin towne because not only is it the best school in my neighborhood, i love how everyone knows everyone and all the staff members know each and every student by a name basis.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 06, 2009
Very happy with FTC. Our Son cannot wait to go to school. How many high school students can say the same? that speaks volumes

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
What can I say but fabulous. The Staff/Faculty at Franklin Towne Charter are wonderful. The communications between teachers and parents are wonderful. Franklin Towne Charter is one big family and are we happy to be a part of their family. Our son is a 9th grader this year and the education he is receiving is simply the best!!!! The students at Franklin Towne Charter are truly awesome. We cannot say how blessed we feel to be involved with such a great school and great people. Thank to you all for your hard work and your dedication.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
This is a great school that cares about each kid that attends the school. the teachers really care and help each student achieve there best. A truly great school with various activities for the students.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
I love Franklin Towne for its great teachers, athletic program and all around 'family-like' Atmosphere. I have had 2 sons graduate from here and my daughter will hopefully be starting her Freshman year in September 2010. I cannot give enough kudos to all the staff !!!! Everyone there has worked hard to help the academic improvement and it shows by the increase in the PSSA scores each year. Keep up the great work !! I also have a younger son in kindergarten who hopefully will carry on the 'Figaniak Tradition' and also attend this Excellent School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
Awesome teachers who care about the school and their students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
FTC is an amazing school! My class really was like one big family and all the teachers and administartion really showed a love and care for all of us students. I even talk to some of my former teachers while I'm in college and they offer to look over things for me. I love FTC so much!

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2009
I am a teacher at Franklin Towne. I'd always wanted to be a teacher, but after teaching for two years, I left the profession. Teaching realy wasn't what I had hoped it would be. For three years I worked in another field and loved it, but I still had the itch to teach. Franklin Towne called me and the second I sat down for my interview I knew that this place was special. I have been teaching here for two years, and it just keeps getting better.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 04, 2009
The kids come first and the faculty and staff are supported by the administration. We get to make a difference and that is very empowering.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 04, 2009
It can be a little ridiculous on the rules but, I would not want my child at any other high school. It is truly a great school and they make sure each and every child gets their work completed. This school is an excellent prep school for college and helps me out a whole lot knowing that I have to get both of my kids prepared for college. There are many great activities and your child would adore it there.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
What an absolute miracle this school is! Words cannot express the change we have seen in our Granddaughter, since school started.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I am so proud to be part of the Franklin Towne Family. I have had Two Children Graduate from our school. My daughter was able to get a full scholarship to Kutztown University because of the wonderfull education she recieved.The counseling staff does everything in their power to give every student all the help to have a succesfull future. My son has a comprehension problem. The administrative staff along with the Special Education Department really cares, they worked to prepare him for the real world. I now work at Franklin Towne and I feel its the perfect place to work. I am truly blessed to work at FTC.

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November 04, 2009
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November 04, 2009
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November 04, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
November 04, 2009
I love my school because it offers many amenities that other schools don't offer in the country, not to mention we have almost every sport and club possible. Besides the all of the fun things we do at franklin Towne, the academics are just phenomenal.My appreciation is indescribable!

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2009
Franklin Towne Charter is the best school ever.The teachers and staff are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I love Franklin Towne cause of the help all the teachers have given me for three years. And for the education which my son has received since he has been in there..and they are always willing to help me with anything which comes around with my sons education

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
I love Franklin Towne Charter High School because of the wonderful things that has happened to my daughter.. My daughter was a shy and very much in a shell when she graduated from grade school, her self confidents was low. he teacher's, the staff have been the greatest. My daughter is out going, she is a member of a sports team, is a member of two other clubs and truly loves school. I will never be able to praise FTCHS enough for the time and effort they put in their students

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 04, 2009
i love franklin towne because of the teachers.we have hands-on help 24/7 the teachers are dedicated to staying after school to hepl and tutor for as long as it takes till we learn the skill. ftchs is number 1

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I love Franklin Towne for its great teachers. I am delighted in the well rounded educartion she is receiveing there. Well done Franklin Towne charter High School!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
im am honor to be a student of such a wonderful school. i feel save here the teacher are great and im being educated well. i look forward to attending college, knowing that i was taught well here at franklin towne.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 03, 2009
Franklin Towne is a wonderful school. My daughter is doing so well and learning so much. She will be ready for college when the time comes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
I think Franklintowne is a great school. It helps our children get ready for their ife after high school. They go over and beyond to help their students acheive their goals.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
I don't know how they do it but FTCHS actually made my son look forward to attending school and he's never wanted to attend before. He actually loves the school and everything it offers. As a parent I like the fact that they use esembler gradebook and daily emails. FTCHS really has they're act together and this is how every school should be run!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Franklin Towne Charter has changed my daughters life. She nows enjoys going to school. She used to struggle in the public school system with her grades. She she has been at Franklin Towne, she is an honor roll student. She enjoys her teachers and talks about them all the time. In my opinion, this school is the best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Franklin Towne Charter provides a great learning atmosphere, the faculty is the best of the best.... I have and 11th grader who has done great academically and has even gotten involved with the sports program! Way to go FTCHS

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Franklin Towne Charter is a great school with excellent teachers. My son is a freshman and loves the school and has all A's so far! We are very happy coming from Catholic grade school to a great Charter High School!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
FTC is a great school. Teachers are very helpful and available if your child needs extra help. The school is strict, which shows why there is a lack of crime and other offensives. The kids are there to learn and they all seem happy going to school each day. My child is in 9th grade and so far we love it. I hope my 3rd grader is able to get into the high school when it's time!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
I believe franklin towne charter high school is the best high school. I am so grateful that my daughter has the opportunity to attend. The school has rules and our children have the opportunity to experience responsibility for themselves or face the consequences. The younger you learn that the better off you'll be. Not only do they have numerous sports teams,and other activties for the students, they also have alot of incentives to perform to the best of their abilities. They begin college preparation in the 9th grade. Outstanding! The Home & School Association is extremely devoted and hard working. It makes me want to get involved as a Parent. The staff I have met are very impressive. Once again, I am so grateful for Franklin Towne. It's the best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Franklin Towne Charter High School is an excellence high school. My children goes there. I have 2 sons that have graduated and attend college, and I have 2 children still attending , 1 is a junior and the other one is a freshman. They are strict, but I love it. The teachers take their time to help students who are having difficulties. They teach their students to take responsibility for themselves. My daughter attended college this past summer,when she was only a sophomore. They have a web page that you can check up on your child's progress, so if you want to know what is going on, check there. They have sports and other activities for student .The staff is very respectful, they greet everyone and the school 's environment is very safe inside and out. They have security guards everywhere and cameras. When, my kids were in middle school, they didn't learn anything at all , but fighting and when they attended Franklin towne, their behavior and personality changed. They were so happy and only focused on school. I have never seen my children love school so much. Franklin Towne has change my children life. I am so grateful for Franklin Towne. They have taught my kids to be the best they can be. Thank you very much; It is the best school around..plus teacher and parent work together.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
I love Franklin towne because they make education first. the kids know what they have to do to pass. I like that they are Strick just like Private schools, dont tolerate fights. please pick franklin towne its the best school ever.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
I love Frankin Towne because feel my children get the best education. They are doing far better than I could ever hope for.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
I love Franklin Towne because they really care about their students. They take the time and attention to help them be the best adults they can be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
before my daughter came to this school she hated school and had very poor grades. Never in a million years would I think that I would hear my daughter say that she likes school now, is getting A's & B's and wants to go to college. Franklin Towne Charter is my HERO

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
My school deserves to be America's favorite school because our faculty and staff truelly believes and acts on prosperous, college-bound views for each and every one of us. Their enthusiasm and drive makes students want to come to school and learn.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 02, 2009
Franklintowne is better in education wise,my children love the school and the teachers r there to help

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
It has so many great activities and events such as carnival day, trips to hershey park and even across the world!

- submitted by a student
no rating November 02, 2009
Ftch is a safe, good school with lots of oppertunits

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
I love this school because the teachers and staff really care about my children. They are taught many of things many other schools don't teach. I am speaking about how to be prepared for LIFE.Not only is a safe place to be but the kids really like going to school for all the right reasons.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2009
FTCHS is a school that has teachers that teach until the children learn. They don't give up. I have come from the Catholic school system where that was not the case. If you child had a problem it was just that, your child's problem. I thank God FTCHS is there for my children to be well educated by the Best Teachers I have come across. They have the education behind them to teach each child they way each child can learn. The staff can and will answer any question you have no matter how silly it may sound. The rules the school has are excellent. They help teach the children what the real world is like and rules are an every day event of that world and they need to be followed as a part of everyday life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
i love this school because not only is its safe, but the whole school really does work to make us students the best we possibly can be. ohh yeahh and the girls soccer team is pretty boss =)

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2009
I love this school because the teachers are always willing to help and is a friendly environment. The teachers and staff really care and help to prepare you for college and a career. Its also a very safe school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
i love franklin towne charter high school because we are like a big family! My school does everything in its power to help everyone in our FTC community.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 02, 2009
I love this school because it is a safe environment and its just great in general. This school is so much ore helpful then any other i know. They help prepare us for college and also show us a great time with funn incentives for are hard work. The teachers and staff are all very friendly helping us with whatever we need.They prepare us for life and careers. There full of school spirit and love to try new things and its like your one big family away from home.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
Because its a safe and very clean environment for my kids to learn, the teachers care about the kids grades and the communication with the parents is great too!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2009
I love franklin towne charter highschool because the teachers help me succeed in everything I do. they are strict which helps keep everyone in line but franklin towne also knows how to have fun. I love franklin towne and its the best school around.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 01, 2009
It has a good education for students and the teachers are nice. The rules are just right as well.

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2009
I have been in franklin towne for the past four years and I can say it has a very dedicated staff who will work with the student in order to help them recieve the best education. being at franklin towne has helped me prepaire for college as well as life outside of high school. if it were not for franklin towne I would not have the friends I have now or the knowlede and experience I will carry with me throughout my life.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 01, 2009
FTC has the greatest teachers and employees that show in the ranking of their school and the success of their students. The students are given every opportunity in their educational learning and with life issues on how to face and deal with them successfully. They want you to use what you have,add to that and be proud of what you can do and mostly of who you are .

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2009
This is a really great school. I'm in my senior year. I learn something new everyday. The teachers help you when you need it. I'm glad I chose to go to Franklin Towne.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 01, 2009
My son just started this year and was very scared going to a new school he loves going to school every day, the techers made the classes fun and he really was happy every day all the kids in the school are respectful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2009
My school has such a warm, family atmosphere whenever you walk in the doors. I'm in my junior year and I can't imagine how much I'm going to miss the school when I leave.

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2009
All of the teachers are great. The whole staff is willing to help you with everything and anything.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2009
It's a safe school and both of my children get a great education there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2009
I think the teachers and faculty care about the students. The put the students first.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2009
All the teachers are amazing, it's safe, fun, and you learn a lot.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2009
The school is strict but it's good for the students to help them prepare for the real world.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2009
We're a big family here at Franklin Towne, and you won't find that in any other high school around us.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 01, 2009
The teachers and staff know all of the students by name. The principals of both the grade and high school greet the students each morning when they enter the school. Each student feels their education and safety is important the the entire staff of the school. I have 4 sons who went to three different high schools and my youngest is a Franklintowne student so I have experience with the city high schools and Franklintowne is by far the best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2009
Franklin Towne is a great school. My children are really growinig there. The teachers, faculty and administration are all wonderful and really care about the kids. They are always striving to become the best school they can possibly be.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
Franklintowne Charter High School of Philadelphia gives children a chance at a quality education in an inner city setting without tuition.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 31, 2009
I love everything about Franklin Towne..Would not go to another school..They are always there for the kids. We come first..

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2009
Franklintowne is the BEST school, EVER! Both of my children go and LOVE it!Very friendly atmosphere, encourages learning!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
This school is a great place for students to learn and be supported by everyone in the building. It's a haven in Philadelphia where students can go to school and learn a lot of information to be well-prepared for college. All of my students are excellent citizens, and are very respectful of myself and their classmates. These are only some of the reasons why our school is the best in the US!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 31, 2009
It is a great school....the education and safety that this school offers are 2 of the most important things that any parent could ask for!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2009
Franklin Towne Charter is a faboulous institution in regards to safety, education, community, student involvement, and place of employment. Everyone in this school truly cares and gives it their all; everyone meaning the students, faculty, admin staff, office staff, business office, facilities, technology staff, guidance, etc. It's a complete organization and the epitome of success and hard work.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2009
My grandsons are getting an excellent education and learning things that will help them in their choice of careers

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 31, 2009
My son is receiving a fabulous education. The teachers are the best. The administration is outstanding. The students are respectful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2009
Franklin Towne is the most wonderful experience my daughter has ever had. She is freshman and is receiving the best education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 09, 2009
I love this school I am now a junior and going to this school it has been the greatest aspect of my adolescent life.

- submitted by a student
August 03, 2009
ive been at franklin towne for two years and i love it. it is a big school with not that many students so you get the attention you need and upon getting accepted you take a test to put you in classes on the same level as you. love franklin towne.

- submitted by a student
July 07, 2009
This school is amazing and the teachers are awesome. Everyone should go there!

- submitted by a student
May 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2009
Franklin Towne is great! I am amazed at how well this school runs. It is like getting a suburban-level education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2009
I do not have the words to express my joy with the staff of Franklin Towne. The CEO, Mr. Venditti, and the Principal, Mr. Field are two of the kindest, most caring people (not just administrators) that I have ever met. Students graduating from Franklin Towne will be prepared for thier future becuase of the work and expecations that they are given today!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 01, 2009
wow what to say about franklin towne i graduated in 2008 and i cry every time i watch my prom video! i loved that school so much...ftc staff are great unlike my freshmen year where the old staff didnt care! i miss all the teachers! i didnt care how strict they were i loved it their and would never trade it in! my class scored in 2nd place for the pssa in 2008 i love you ftc

- submitted by a community member
January 06, 2009
I am an alumni of this school, and it has definitely prepared me for college. I have done extremely well in college, and now, I am a senior at Holy Family and am applying to graduate school. When I graduated in 2005, there were not as many after-school activities as there are now, but it was great. FT was like a community. The AP classes were difficult, and the teachers were amazing!! I would recommend this school to anyone who would like to learn!

- submitted by a student
November 21, 2008
I am a FTC alumnus. I graduated in '08 Not only did the school teach me how to be a good student in the classroom it taught me how to be a better person outside of the classroom. I went off to college and i became honor student.

- submitted by a community member
November 20, 2008
This school is so academically horrible. I graduated with mostly A's and some B's, and now I'm in my 5th semester of university. Back in high school I studied literally 2 hours per week, and did the assigned homework. All of a sudden, I jumped into the deep end of the pool barely knowing the doggy paddle. My first two semesters were terrible. I could barely pull good grades. I had 4 Bs, 5 Cs, and 3 Ds. This is now with 20 hours of studying. Franklin Towne is too easy for any college bound person. It wasn't until my sophmore year that I began pulling good grades. I had nothing below a B- and two A's. If it weren't for my incredibly awesome profs, I would have failed out by the end of my freshman year. Franklin Towne is however definitely a better alternative than Frankford.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 15, 2008
I like the school, the teachers are very nice. Yet, the work they give us sometimes i alittle to much

- submitted by a student
July 28, 2008
I'm going into my sophomore year at FTC.... my freshmen years was a blast!!! The staff at FTC is super!!! This school is so amazing.... I'm really glad I got in.... I can't see myself going to any other school..... Sure the school has many rules, but what would a great school be without them?? FTC rocks!!

- submitted by a student
July 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 04, 2008
This is the first time I put the kids in a charter school. I have always paid Catholic School tuition with hopes of a good education and environment. Franklin Towne Charter offers all this! My son graduates this years after all 4 years of attending and I could never be more pleased. Two thumbs up!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2008
I am a sophomore at FranklinTowne and i cannot imagine leaving. I have stuck with this school since freshman year, Yes, they are strict with tucking in your shirts, and stuff like that, but you have to understand it is for the safety of our students. The principal, Mr. Fields, is a wonderful, interactive principal. He likes to listen to students opinions in making the school better. I am so happy i found a great high school to graduate from [hopefully] and will miss it when i leave. Our school also has great extracurricular activities, including chess, student council, math club, science club, history club, and much more. I am apart of Student Council, and i love helping out my school when in need. The classes i take are not hard at all, and the teachers are great as in the way they help develop your academic knowledge.

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May 12, 2008
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March 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 12, 2007
As a parent of a freshman, I am very pleased with this school....To everyone involved in helping make a brighter future for our kids, keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2006
I couldnt of been more fortunate for my son to attend this school he is in Special Ed and this is the only I mean only school where my son has made progress his whole attitude has changed for the better more confident,grades improved teachers are on top of iep's they follow goal progress icant tell you in the public schools i never saw one of those my son never would of gotten this far had it not been for franklin towne again i have tons of gratitude for this school it was truly a blessing! mrs.Irizarry

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
September 10, 2005
The academic programs at Franklin Towne are average. They have since removed many of the the non academic courses such as carpentry. Many students strived on those courses to up their motivation.

- submitted by a teacher
August 05, 2005
Well I was looking at this site and I thought a student perspective would be great I'm a sophmore at the school. Quality of academic programs: our programs arent the best I admit but they are pretty good I would give it 6 out of 10 Extracurriculum: we have plenty of extracurricullum such as art, music, sports,etc.... I'd give it a 6 out of 10 Level of parent involvement: This is the only thing im upset about their is very little parent involvement. parent involvement I give a 2 out of 10.

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2005
My daughter is a sophomore at Franklin Towne and she really likes it. There is a new principal this year and the kids are adjusting to that very well. The parents are extremely involved at Franklin Towne and most of the kids I've met there are good kids that want to learn and be active in outside activities. The class sizes are small so your child really does get a great education. The teachers are all very nice and very well educated and seem committed to these kids.

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February 23, 2004
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September 25, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2003
I started at Franklin Towne Charter High School midway through the its first year. Mr. Tomasco is a fantastic principal that was always willing to help with any problems I had! The counseling staff (particularly the Senior counselor) is equally as great! They were always there to chat with if you had anything weighing on your mind, and made sure you stuck to the deadlines to apply for college! I didn't have any bad experiences with teachers--quite the opposite, actually. Every teacher was willing to go out of his or her way to make sure you achieved the best you possibly could. In addition to teaching, they were always available if you needed someone to talk to. Many tried their best to make learning interactive and fun. My Calculus teacher managed to make me ENJOY Calculus! :) I highly recommend this school to anyone that enjoys a small learning environment (few of my classes were greater than 20 people--my Calculus class had only three!!) and is serious about learning. Oh, and try out for the plays or work on the sets!

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2003
After just 3 years I believe Franklin Towne has meet my expectatons. The Principal seems to be respected and well liked by the students,staff,and teachers. Most of the teachers are young and energetic and many are involved in the extracurricular activities at the school. My daughter and most of the students that I know really like going to this school. By sending my daughter to Franklin Towne I have peace of mind knowing that she is in a safe learning environment getting a good education.

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September 04, 2003
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Franklin Towne Charter High School
5301 Tacony St Building 108, Philadelphia, PA  19137
(215) 289-5000
Last modified Franklin Towne Charter High School is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Franklin Towne Charter High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 164 reviews. Top