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Tacoma, WA
Students enrolled: 1,145

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11002 18th Ave East
Tacoma, WA 98445

(253) 298-3800
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August 11, 2014
I am a junior here and honestly, i don't like it. The people ruin it for you, i know you should be focused academic-wise but that sucks too. There is many cliques, gossiping, pregnant girls and innapropriate slurs and remarks sometimes. This school is not that diverse, there is mostly white people which isn't a issue but there is fights, rude and ignorant classmates and the feeling isn't great, since i was a freshmen the attendance office and the office ladies always seem to be ''busy'' or ''not able to help'' you or some trash like that and it upsets me, my sister isn't going here and my brother left because the students act uneducated, rude and stupid. The grading system is horrible, i hate it. But you can go here if you like to work hard, stay focused and have no friends. There is so many cliques and ALOT of people talk trash and drama likes to spread, i am not going here next year, It could improve by the teachers strictness, they all seem chill and relaxed more then focused on our academic growth and issues. The Counselors don't help AT ALL, they just want their paychecks. I could do what they do, that's the real reason why FP is Below Average, THEY DON"T CARE.

- submitted by a student

November 29, 2013
I have gone so far as to get an exception for my children to goto Franklin Pierce. Both my girls love their school, are active in sports and are honor students in a couple AP classes that are difficult enough to actually make them study. My oldest is going into running start this next year because of teacher support and curriculum available to give students the tools todo so. Thank you FP, GO Cardinals!!!!!

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2012
okay first off i am current FPHS Cardinal and proud to be one. when i looked at all the reviews it really brought me down because they were all negative. FPHS is a great wonderful school, it has great educations and high test scores. the teachers are great and connect well with the students. the school programs like S.A.D.D (students against destructive descision) and Leadership are real fun and i suggest studnets to try them out. also our school is a very sporty kind of school. people show up to every game and join the Scream Team ( a team that screams motivation cheers like " we have spirit yes we do we have spirit how about you.") we also have a great school band and choir. im not sure about quire since im not in it but i cant tell you about the band. the band plays at every home game. we consist of flutes, clarinets, saxphones both alto and bass, trumbets, trombones, tubas, french horn and percussion. its a grreat program its fun and i highly suggest it. FPHS is a overall a great school for your child, im sorry if this comment was a waste of time. so anyways thankyou for suggest FPHS the home of the Cardinals

- submitted by a student

September 20, 2012
When I attended F.P. ( class of 79 ) it was a better institution than it is today . The instructors with very few exceptions where professionals and behaved in a manner that demonstrated it . I have now been witness to the substandard habits of immature teachers who belittle and ridicule some students while they groom and care for their favorites. I am certain that there are still some stalwart professionals that attempt to ply their profession in this school , but with the current curriculum that is dictated to them I fear that that they will not be able to succeed. All the wile there are those who would further degrade their chosen profession by trying to deceive and mislead both student and parent so as to conceal their own inept behavior and moral shortcomings. As both a parent and a grandfather to students in this district I am appalled and infuriated with some of the administration and faculty who are no better than swine gorging themselves at the trough .

- submitted by a community member

March 05, 2010
I graduated in 2007, and went to franklin pierce all 4 years of my high school career. I recommend it over any other school, because it offers great culture, and all of my classmates whom went to college immediately after graduating are very well rounded. There is indeed a problem with students being able to skip class when and where ever they possibly can, because there is a lack of security guards or faculty patrolling the ground while classes are in session. It's a big sports school, when I was a student, all of our sports teams excelled to state championships, there's plenty of school spirit, and for a public high school, Franklin Pierce is the best you can hope for in that area. All other surrounding schools have high crime incidens, low testing scores, and disciplinary problems. I would recommend FP highly.

- submitted by a student

August 27, 2008
I have a son in special ed and the spec. ed department is great but there has always been a lack of tolerence from a lot of the general ed staff and students. My son is legally blind and they no remenial classes or in school teacher assistant slots reserved for these kids. I feel they would benefit fcrom the general ed student exposure! Maybe it is due to the lack of dicipline and accountabilty for students, thus fearing the sp. ed students safety????

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 15, 2008
The school does not take any action with student disipline...they worry too much about distractions like hats or cell phones but when a student is in need of dicipline they dont do anything about it....I'm a living example of that and thats why i'm not going back to Franklin Pierce. Don't get me wrong I love the school, the teachers, my friends, but the dicipline needs to increase in certain areas, because now I feel unimportant and that's taking me away from all the things I love at Franklin Pierce.

- submitted by a student

March 28, 2008
the school has certainly seen better days. the teachers are not to blame for the students lack of discipline at home -- there has been a fall of lack of respect for one another, as well for teachers. FPHS has aonderful business program, and medical program.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2007
My husband and I grew up in this district and are saddened by the fact that our schools have deteriorated rather than advanced. I think either it's time parents, teachers and the district kick into making this school a place to succeed or watch as parents like myself remove their child from this school.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2007
I think that there are parents that have very little knowledge regarding programs offered at FP. Franklin Pierce has one of the most respected Choir teachers in the area. Futhermore, it offers Medical Rotation, a program which students come from all over the county to attend. Millions of dollars have been spent in the past few years to upgrade the sporting facilities, as well as creating a central meeting area and bathrooms in order to create more supervision and minimize fights. While some teachers may be mediocre, there are several that I distinctly remember as great contributors to my success in college. The science teachers there are exceptional.

- submitted by a student

January 16, 2007
I am currently a student at FpHs and I think the parent involement is very poor. franklin pierce is not a bad school it just needs a little work. and i do not like the time periods either. but other than that it is a pretty good school

- submitted by a student

October 09, 2006
I have a child who has been at FP for 3 years. The students like the school. I, however, believe the teachers are unexperienced and below par. There are also concerns about fights. If you want to know how the kids do there, you should obtain a copy of their newsletter from (I believe) Summer 2006. It tells you the percentage of kids that actually passed their classes. I do not believe the principal is pro-active. I believe the school tries to minimize the number of fights, although this year fights do not seem as regular. Lastly, the school is very crowded. I really thought I liked this school district because I thought the teachers in the middle school and elementary school were fabulous. Very disappointed with the high school level.

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2006
My daughter likes the school, staff, students, and sports activities, but that's a teenager's views. Parent and community involvement is lacking, with dismal turnout for girls sporting events (even most parents don't bother, what a shame). This is an old facility that could use some upgrades in the academic areas.

- submitted by a parent

June 07, 2006
Most of the teachers there actually care for the students and want them to excell in all they do. Others are just there to get their pay checks.

- submitted by a student

January 07, 2006
The academic programs were just mediocre. I felt like the activities available were limited & the parent involvement was lacking. There wasn't much school spirit & most people don't even know the school exists!

- submitted by a student

February 01, 2005
I am currently a student at FPHS. I have to admit,at first I did not expect it to be that great. However,once I went to school, I liked it. My peers, and most of the teachers are nice and make you feel safe. I would recommend Franklin Pierce High School over any other school.

- submitted by a student

December 17, 2004
i am currently enrolled at FPHS. i went to WHS the last two years, but i took a summer school class to get ahead in some credits at FP. after attending FP for summer school and meeting some of the FP teachers, i felt like i would be better off going to FP then Washington High School. i enjoy the kids here way more and i feel that the learning environment is a lot better quality also. the teachers are great and block scheduling has been a nice change. the only thing that i dont like about the school is the portfolio and all the requirements with it. we already have enough things that are required to graduate... all we need is another thing to hold us back.. i understand it is to help us succeed, but i think we would do just as well without it. thank you.

- submitted by a student

September 26, 2004
This was the perfect choice for my kids. FPHS has a wonderful staff and student body who work together as a whole. My children's teachers encourage them to be themselves and strive for excellence. The students are courteous and respectful to one another and to the faculty. This reflects upon the kind of teaching that goes on at this school. One of my children is in Special Education and her counselor and teachers work together with her to make sure she is benefiting from her classes,and is able to achieve success. I recommend this school to any parent. My children will be attending for 2 and 4 more years and I wouldn't send them anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent

June 28, 2004
This school is very safe, and involved. They have high standards, and are well known in the community. It's one of the most diverse schools in our area, there is no minority or majority, it's pretty well balanced. It's a great public school full of many different people.

- submitted by a student

May 13, 2004
I am a grad of the class of 2002 and I just have a few words about FPHS. It is a great school with loving teachers who really care what goes on with the students. One in particular is Mr. Tom Oldoski. He made my high school experience a wonderful and meaningful time. I would just like to say that FPHS is one of the best schools around. Thank you all.

- submitted by a student

April 17, 2004
franklin pierce is an awesome school. the kids have a great time going there. teachers make it a fun and safe place to learn.

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2003
I think the principal focuses on the students' past behavior rather than giving the student a positive experience at school and uses class size as an excuse for enrolling students that live in the district.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 10, 2003
I am not a parent, But i am a grad; class of 2001 at FPHS. Over all it is a much better high school then most others. But the new rules they have for students on test is a waste of time. If the test are the only thing the state is going to go by then there is no need for schools everyone could just learn at home and take as long or as short of time as they want. Then when they are ready to take the test they take it. And for everything eles like soccor or music class or what ever they could take classes in that also. So when i am a parent i will have my chlidren home schooled or privet schools. Their schools do not have to take any state or government test. And i believe that is the best way. Students have enough test. There is no need for more.

- submitted by a student

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Franklin-Pierce High School
11002 18th Ave East, Tacoma, WA  98445
(253) 298-3800
Last modified Franklin-Pierce High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Franklin-Pierce High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top