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5206 Franklin St
Vancouver, WA 98663

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(360) 313-1850
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May 24, 2015
We have a child in the Mandarin Immersion program. We love it here and have been very happy with how much he's learned and the principal/teachers. There is a lot of pride in this school and numerous events for families and students through both the PTA and the Quan Ren Mandarin Parents group. We support both. School is also what you make of it. Similar to th comment below, we volunteer and do see some children unkept and unprepared. I feel for them and think this would be a very difficult program if nothing was done outside of school. This program takes a commitment and we do about an hour every night of Mandarin books/CDs, and homework. I do think they should stress this more during the "lottery" orientation for admission. Our 6 year old has more work than our middle schooler.....but we feel it's worth it and our son loves going every day. He's above grade level in both English, Math and Mandarin and we've also learned some of this language with him :)

- submitted by a community member

October 05, 2014
I have 2 children in this school. One is in 4th grade and the other is in 1st grade. I have noticed that my older child has slowly decreased her interest and progress in school. I have read all the other reviews and these parents need to wake up and smell the roses. They are completely happy with their children being at one of the worst schools in Vancouver. Why do you think they chose this school to be taken over by the Chineese Immersion? Ultimately I feel sorry for the children because the parents are failing their kids by standing by and letting their children get sub-par education. I am following in other families footsteps and am selling my house and moving somewhere that has acceptable schools. No disrespect to anyone, but come on parents "DON'T FAIL YOUR CHILDREN"!

- submitted by a parent

October 05, 2014
I'm sorry, I'm going to have to disagree with the previous parent. I also have more than one student at Franklin, now and in the past few years- not in the Mandarin program. Franklin teachers are very dedicated and are excellent at their job. Education is a partnership. Parents need to do their part as well. I am at the school,frequently and work with some of the students. Many of these children have been let down by parents who obviously don't work with them at home or who can't find the time to help at school. There is always an excuse for why forms can't be returned, why they can't show up for parent conferences, why their children in 4th & 5th grade still don't have times tables memorized, etc. However, there is always time to blame others, especially teachers, in today's society for the simple lack of good and attentive parenting. So, parents who like to complain about our little school-when was the last time you were at a PTA meeting or volunteered at the school? When was the last time you showed interest in what is going on at school, besides finding more things to complain about? I see a lot of caring and hard working people at Franklin, it's a shame you can't see it.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2014
One sided school! Kids not treated equally! If your child is not in the mandarin program forget about it! It is too crowded because of the program and boundary exceptions! It's a mess!

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2012
Our son attends Franklin and he has really blossomed here. We love the teachers and principal. The school has such a sweet, small-school environment and the PTA organizes many family-centered events. We couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2011
I cannot say enough great things about this school. My child is in the Chinese Immersion program and every day I am astounded with what she is learning. The immersion program is incredible! The immersion parents are highly involved which has helped to make this two -year old program a success.

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2009
the school is about to add a new element to it's offerings: a Chinese Language Immersion Program for k - 5. I met with the staff and Principal and couldn't be moreexcited about the program. Very nice building and facilities.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2009
My daughter has attended this school for 5 years. The class sizes have grown the past couple of years, but the teachers are great. The previous principal was a much better administrator and ran the school more effectively than the current principal. Overall, a good choice for a public elementary school.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2009
My son goes to kindergarten this year in a special behavioural class. It's the best school for him in our area and I couldn't be happier with it!!

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2006
We love Ben Franklin! My daughter has been there 4 years now and my son just started this school year. We have had a great experience. The principal, teachers, staff members, parents and kids are great. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2005
Franklin Elementary provides an excellent grade-school education. The teachers emphasis reading, writing and arithmetic first, and the students gain a strong foundation in these skills. However, the teachers mix in some really exciting projects (both individual and group). Last year, my sixth grader invented a new civilization and then created an archeological dig after spending several months studying ancient world cultures. My second grader prepared two reports: a country report and a mammal report. The school consistently emphasizes planning and thinking, research, organization, and writing in its projects. Science fair projects were mandatory for grades 4-6. The school play was a wonderful experience for my sixth grader. I like the staff, teachers, and other students and parents. I highly recommend Franklin Elementary.

- submitted by a parent

November 29, 2004
Very high caliber, totally committed teachers. Small school compared to others in the district.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2004
Great school, great teachers! Parent envolvement is a must.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
we have had nothing but good experiences with ben franklin.........go patriots

- submitted by a parent

September 07, 2003
We have always been happy with the schools in the Vancouver School District (Our children have been in three other schools in the District). But with out a doubt Franklin is the very BEST. The teachers are wonderful; very helpful, friendly, giving 110% of their-self to the kids: the kids love them. Every teacher at Franklin is dedicated to the well fair of each child. The staff is also great, very dedicated. Franklin is a small school so the kids get a lot of individual attention. There is also a great deal of parent involvement. Franklin is the only school I have seen where the Principal is greeting the kids in the morning or watching the kids at lunch or break time or saying good-bye in the afternoon. And is involved with the kids. There are reading incentive programs to get kids reading, and a great deal of help in different forms for kids falling behind or struggling. The kids also do very well on the WASL testing & other State wide tests. And having just put a child in Middle School I can say the kids leave the school well prepared for the next step.

- submitted by a parent
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Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
5206 Franklin St, Vancouver, WA  98663
(360) 313-1850
Last modified Benjamin Franklin Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top