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Franklin High School


About Franklin High School

Franklin High School is a large, public urban high school respected for its traditions of student and community involvement and academic preparedness. The student body is a richly diverse balance of ethnicity and culture: 40% Asian descent, 28% African American, 10% Caucasian, 14% Latino, and <1% American Indian.

Franklin students spend their school years learning with and about students of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Thus our graduates, in addition to being high caliber academically, receive another enriching educational experience – that of community – learning to live and get along in a complex urban society.

Well done is better than well said.

~ Benjamin Franklin

Franklin Mission and Vision

Mission statement: To graduate students who have achieved academic excellence and who look forward to sharing their expertise, understanding, and compassion to create an increasingly peaceful and productive society.

Vision: Franklin High School provides an inclusive, safe, and academically challenging environment for all students.

The Franklin Community

At our core, and in service to our equity-focused mission/vision, we believe that everything is for everyone. For that reason, students are able to select honors options in all core content areas, while maintaining a heterogeneous classroom environment. While some upper-level courses such as AP require stand-alone courses, we do not believe that designated honors courses meet the needs of our community.

Students at Franklin experience learning among their peers in a variety of classroom settings. In the 9th and 10th grades, students travel through their day in a cohort-based model allowing them to get to know each other and build a solid foundation as Quakers as they grow. Students transition between Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science as a cohort. Math and Electives are based on the appropriate level and student choice. We also maintain a closed campus for our 9th-grade students, meaning 9th graders are not allowed to leave campus for lunch.

11th and 12th-grade students at Franklin choose courses based on grad requirements, interests, and passions. We host a wide range of courses designed to meet graduation requirements while maintaining our commitment to offering high-interest, equity-driven coursework.