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About This School

Benjamin Franklin Intermediate School is a public middle school in Broadmoor Village. The principal of Benjamin Franklin Intermediate School is James Parrish III, whose e-mail is jparrish@jsd.k12.ca.us. 630 students attend Benjamin Franklin Intermediate School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Filipino. 25% of the Benjamin Franklin Intermediate School students have "limited English proficiency." 54% of the 630 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Benjamin Franklin Intermediate School is 15:1. Parkway Heights Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • P.E. classes
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 9% 10%
Asian 48% 12%
Filipino 42% 36%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 6%
Multiracial 4% %
Hispanic 33% 30%
Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 7432%
Unspecified 1% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.8%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54% 50%
Limited English proficiency 25% 35%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Ben Franklin has been a wonderful school for my child. The physical education program cannot be matched the high expectations and "shape days" have helped my child's fitness. The core classes challenged my child and allowed her to succeed. The band program is the best I have seen in a middle school setting. Teachers are available for conferencing. Parent involvement is low.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love this school! The students are well-behaved and the teachers are committed and caring. It is a safe place to learn. If I had kids I would send them here. Also the school has great after-school programs like Citizen Schools. Other schools in the area don't have this program so we are lucky!

  • (4 years ago)

    Horrible safety and discipline system. Lot's of bullys. Some drug selling last year. They don't punish bullys that much. I seen a guy got more than 10 referrals and he still walking around the school bullying people. I mean he should be expelled. Why would you let a kid like that stay at our school. It use to be a safe school. I just don't know what happen.

  • (4 years ago)

    My children are graduating in ('10). The principal is very in tune with the students. The teachers have helped my kids keep their focus and grades up (straight A's). The honor's English and honor's Math is very good and helped my children get into a college prep private high school. Unfortunately there is very little parent involvment. The same 5-10 parents show up to every event with a student body of over 400. If more parents were involve the student body would thrive. Very sad! I found this school to be a safe environment and no bullying. My kids were not part of a click either. Go Falcons!

  • (4 years ago)

    Teachers are real experts and passionate about teaching their subject area. They are willing to listen to students and try many strategies to to engage students in learning .

  • (4 years ago)

    Everybody is always foused (sorry for misspelling) We have CEI and Citizen School after school programs to help you with homework and fun activitys.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has a lack of discipline which is why there are some unfriendly students who bully other students with no consequences to follow.

  • (5 years ago)

    I can't disagree more with the negative comments about Ben. My son recently graduated ('08). He had wonderful teachers who pushed him to reach his full potential. They knew his capabilities and didn't settle for less from him. He just completed his freshman year of high school with a 4.0. He has been accepted into a program where he will attend UC Berkeley for 5 weeks during the summer for the next 3 years. He is the only student accepted from his high school district. When he wrote his essay for his application he prided his teachers at Ben for their motiviation. I think Ben is an excellent school that prepared my son well for the transition to high school where he continues to excell! GO FALCONS!

  • (5 years ago)

    Very dirty and unkept poor academics unfriendly students awful teacher quality and a huge lack of good extracurriculars. Used to be a great school w/ great teachers and an even better curriculum but is now one of the worst schools in the district. Don't know what happened.

  • (5 years ago)

    I just transferred in this school. I must say almost all the teachers are very helpful when it was my 1st day of school! I met a couple of good friends.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is a 7th grader and I am surprised to find out that the students did not participate in the annual Science Fair project. I have yet to see a 'shining' community involvement.

  • (6 years ago)

    I graduated from Ben 5 years ago my older brother 7 years ago and now my younger brother is an eighth grader there. I must say things are really different from when I attended! We used to pride ourselves in being the best in the district; we had a 'Superior' band always won the track meets against Fernando Rivera and TRP and had great teachers. Sadly a lot of my teachers have left. I think the change in principles (in my two years we had two different ones) has a lot to do with the discipline problem. It seems like Ben has fallen from great heights to being seen as 'out of control' and 'wild.' I'm very sorry to hear this because I still think of Ben as the place I started to love learning and the place that gave me a jump start in the world of academics.

  • (8 years ago)

    Leadership tends to sweep issues under the rug. Students are disrespectful and tend to be wild in classrooms. Lack of discipline a problem here.

  • (8 years ago)

    Too many bullies and discipline problems at this school. Students that are discipline problems distract the whole class. Teachers unable to control classroom environment.

  • (8 years ago)

    It is said to be a strict environment but from what I hear from my child things can get pretty wild in the classrooms. 'Discipline problem' students are big distraction and take up too much of the teachers' energy. On positive side there is a new gym being built on campus and scheduled to open this spring 2006.

  • (8 years ago)

    Extremely disappointing school. My child has not had to do a book report in two years. A few excellent and committed teachers fight an uphill battle against indifference and lack of funding.

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