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Franklin High School

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Posted April 28, 2014

I went to this school for a year and a half, and trust me I could not stand it. The students just don't make an effort to get to know you. I came a from a school where making friends and being social was easy but this was the complete opposite. I witnessed a lot of bullying whether indirect or direct and teaching styles of many teachers are just not efficient.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 29, 2013

As a College Professor and a parent of teenagers, I am constantly exposed to how undereducated our recent graduates are. The average ACT score of this school last year was a 27, whereas the national average was 21.1. The students are obviously prepared and are above college ready, despite what some of the reviews below are saying. My oldest child graduated, and entered college as a Freshman, and he was very successful. This is an exceptional high school, and the students graduating from FHS are more prepared than freshmen in the classes I teach which represent schools nationwide.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2013

My son is a sophomore at FHS. If you are considering moving to Williamson County, I could not more strongly recommend this high school. Their band program and director are outstanding. They achieved Tennessee State Champions for marching band this year. If your son or daughter is interested in marching band, FHS is tops. Academics are very strong as well as parental involvement. There is so much to like about Williamson County and FHS is one of those blessings that we have been able to enjoy. Franklin Rebels are the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2013

I have always wanted to either go to this school or Siegel high school because both schools have really talented kids and I have talent. How many teenage recorder players do you know in Tennessee? Not any most would say. Sadly I can't go to either cause I am zoned for... Antioch.


Posted August 26, 2012

Very weak school with a problems the leadership won't own up to or address. I am sad with how poorly the students act and how the school is run. I would not sent my children here if I were a new parent looking at schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

I am a recent graduate of Franklin High School. The education I got here over-prepared me for college, and I was able to enter as a sophomore. The teachers were great and always willing to help. The administration was willing to listen to students. I was an AP student and we were always prepared for the tests. In response to other reviews, I was never in a class where texting was allowed, phones were taken up on a daily basis. I was never in a class where plagiarism was tolerated (I witnessed numerous zeroes were given out by teachers). If you want your children held to a higher standard, send them to Franklin. In my recent experience at college, Franklin High grads were more prepared, comfortable, and able to adjust better than Williamson County private school grads.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2010

My experience with this school the past two years has been disappointing to say the least! The academics are extremely weak and the goal seems to be graduation not education. They hold the kids to a very low standards even in the honor classes. I have 4 adult children and have never experienced such a poor school. Your child can flunk every test they take and still end up passing with a C. They can plagiarize an entire paper and still receive a passing grade in spite of a parental request to give them a zero. The kids are allowed to text throughout class time. If you are a parent who wants their kid held to the same high standards you hold at home, don't sent them to Franklin High!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

This is a great school. I love the teachers especially the band director. Since moving to this school my grades have improved from low C's to high B's and A's. I also love how supportive all the teachers are.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2009

Offers a wide variety of challenging opportunities for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

I have had 3 children attend FHS and currently two are still there. My oldest was offered full and partial scholarships for academics to every school she applied to. My youngest has some learning difficulties and he has never had a single problem with the teachers as far as his accomodations are concerned. In fact he is in mostly honors classes and is doing very well thanks in part to the many fantastic teachers he has had at FHS. There are many clubs and sports to participate in. Definitely something for everyone at FHS. Highly reccommend it over any of the area private schools or public.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

I had my children in private schools and put them in public when we moved to Franklin. I love the schools diversity and academic variety. It is a great school and has a lot to offer. I highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2008

I go here, and the school part is decent. The best thing it offers is diversity, and there are a plethora of classes to choose from. Sports are amazing, and clubs and other things of that matter are pretty well, too. The principles are way too attentive to their own needs and wants than the better direction of the school. Most of the teachers are great, but a few of them crush the others's reputation. But, all of the other Williamson county schools hate FHS, and I guess they're just jealous. Andrew Combos
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2008

Overall a good school. If you need help from the administration or your child has some needs that cause more work for the admin its an uphill climb.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2008

i love franklin high school it is the best school my kids have been to they love it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2008

I am currently a student at Franklin High School involved in the International Baccalaureate Programme there. I must say that through my experience in my first year in the IB program has led me to believe that this school is atrocious. The administration does not put any effort or money into what they tend to boast about on their letter heads so often. As IB students, we have no IB text books and the administration groups the IB courses with the normal or AP courses. Our Math class was not ironed out until we were a fourth of the way through our junior year. Spending is wasteful and operations are detestable. While it provides a challenging environment, it is not an environment challenging students academically, but instead challenging the students to see how much work they can do in a minimal amount of time. In short, it deserves this rating.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2008

Franklin isn't all it's cracked up to be. You disappear in the crowds. Teachers don't really care about you. For the year I went there, I saw the principal two, maybe three times.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 4, 2006

I have a student who graduated from FHS in 2006 and went to one of the best colleges in the south. Guidance Center did nothing to help my child get in to this school. My student is now saying that FHS did not prepare my student in any way in math and science although my student was in honors and AP. There are some excellent teachers at FHS, but there are many who have no idea what they are doing. Many of the classes ended up being self taught at home. If you are planning on moving to the area come in and interview the principal before you make your decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

I am currently a student at Franklin High School and we just moved into the fabulous brand new building. I love FHS, the teachers really are there to teach! im proud to be a Franklin Rebel!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 19, 2005

Very good school; good teachers, good activities, good community. Principal more concerned with political correctness and image than actually educating kids and growing citizens. Bit of a power trip . . .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2005

I was a 'regular education' student at FHS and I loved it! I graduated in 1995 and took advantage of all that was offered (band, chorus, student goverment, etc). I never took the honor classes, but never did I feel cheated in my education. They prepared me greatly for college (David Lipscomb University). Parent involvement was GREAT when it came to band activities, but not so good when other activities needed parents. I thank my parents for moving to such a great area and having me attend FHS with such wonderful teachers and principals!
—Submitted by a former 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.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
54%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 42% in 2013.

408 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 62% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
85%
English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

405 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
English III

The state average for English III was 40% in 2013.

370 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%
U.S. History

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students85%
African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students72%
African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students89%
African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Studentsn/a
African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students92%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students78%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 67%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Black 3% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

Fax number
  • (615) 790-0686

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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810 Hillsboro Rd
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 472-4450

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