What supplies do we need to purchase?

Our school provides everything your child needs to attend school. There may be things specific to each class that are suggested, but not mandatory.

Can we request a particular teacher?

We do not accept teacher requests. This allows us to maintain consistent classrooms, in both size and academic performance levels.

What if my child struggles academically?

We are an accelerated school dedicated to helping each child learn and achieve their highest potential. Our program is very structured which allows students to stay organized. There is before and after school tutoring should the teacher recommend it.

Do you offer busing to any of your schools?

We offer limited busing to and from our Crismon campus. There is also a shuttle that runs between the Crismon Campus and our Jr. High/High School. Enrollment in the school does not guarantee a spot on the bus.

Do you offer PE/Music/Recess?

Absolutely! We feel these are critical components to the well rounded education of a child. Yes, all students, Kindergarten through 6th grade, attend both PE and Music twice a week, 30 minutes each time. The students participate in 2 music concerts during the year, a Christmas concert and our Spring Sing. All students participate in the Turkey Trot and Field Day, both school-wide physical fitness events. Additionally, our students have three recess breaks per day (with the exception of our half-day kindergarten students, which has one).

Do you need an appointment to observe in a classroom?

We love to have parents (and prospective parents) drop in at any time. No appointment is necessary. Our registrars are available to give classroom and campus tours and there is a parent video that gives detailed information about our program.

What after school activities do you offer?

We offer beginning and advanced band and orchestra. Band is available for 5th and 6th grade students. Orchestra is available for 4th – 6th grade students. The cost is $1 to participate. Students are required to provide their own instrument.

Do you offer before and/or after school child care?

We do not currently offer any before or after school child care programs.

Is there a dress code? Our dress code stresses modesty in order to ensure that the learning environment is not interrupted.

  • If a student wants to wear shorts or capris (girls), they must be ‘uniform’ style shorts (capris) with a Benjamin Franklin Charter School, polo style, uniform shirt. The shirts can be purchased through the FPAC (Franklin Parent Advisory Council) and are available in red, white, navy and light blue.
  • Students may wear long pants or jeans, clean and in good repair. Shirts should be normal fitting, size appropriate, with shoulders and midriffs adequately covered. No clothing that displays inappropriate writing or pictures should be worn.
  • Girls may also wear dresses or skirts (knee length minimum).
  • If girls choose to wear leggings, they are only to be worn with appropriate length skirts and dresses. Therefore, they are treated more like tights than a typical legging.
  • For more detailed information–please refer to the Elementary Parent Handbook.

What are the school hours?

  • The Gilbert Campus school hours are from 8:30am-3:15pm.
  • The Power and Crismon Campus school hours are from 8:15am-3:00pm.
  • The Jr. High/High School hours are from 7:25am – 2:17pm. (School begins at 6:30am, if the student is taking a ‘zero hour’ class.)

Do you have aides in your classrooms?

Each kindergarten classroom has a full-time aide.

What is a typical class size?

Class sizes may vary, however the maximum class size is 32.