School Details

Benjamin Franklin

1905 Spring Rd, Cleveland, OH 44109
(216) 749-8580
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 599 students 15 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

70%
55%
78%
78%
59%
81%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
47%
78%
88%
64%
88%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

44%
32%
68%
60%
41%
74%
39%
24%
68%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
40%
75%
81%
56%
83%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
41%
73%
75%
53%
81%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
43%
77%
74%
62%
86%
50%
28%
69%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Benjamin Franklin is a public middle school in Cleveland. The principal of Benjamin Franklin is Ms. Kimberly A. Cantwell, whose e-mail is kimberly.a.cantwell@cmsdnet.net. 599 children attend Benjamin Franklin and identify as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 79% of the 599 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 95% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Benjamin Franklin is 15:1. Charles A Mooney School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 52% 15%
Black, non-Hispanic 20% 67%
Hispanic 20% 14%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Asian 0.1% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95% 95%
Economically disadvantaged 79% 84%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    My son started the school in first grade during the 2013-14 school year and I was not as active in his class due to my work schedule. His first grade teacher did everything she could to meet with me about his behavior issues disrupting the class and within a few weeks things were fine. He didn't learn as much as I had hoped but again I also was not an engaged parent at that time. This school year 2014-15 brings a new principal to the school who has experience teaching elementary and high school. She has proved to be approachable and sensitive to the needs of the students and parents of the school. My son's second grade teacher is doing his best to establish the routine and set the tone for the year within the first two weeks of school. We've had a conference already regarding the quality of work he expects and what my son should do to improve in weaker areas. I'm a very satisfied parent now that I have a different work schedule to be more engaged with what is going on in my child's learning. We had a chance to go to another school but my son insisted on coming back!

  • (9 months ago)

    My child started mid year of the 2012-2013 school year. At first we were happy with that teacher. She was friendly and accepting of our educational concerns. I was not too happy about the activity and awards schedules. However with budget cuts it was understandable. The 2013-2014 school year was a battle. My child had some concerning comments and marks on her report card. Getting answers to my questions was like pulling teeth. Why wouldnt a teacher be concerned about an A student receiving C's? My child deserves more cooperation and attention then the cmsd can afford to give.

  • (9 months ago)

    This school is a piece of trash the teachers are ridicoulous and annoying!!! ) The principal got mad after a teacher called the ambulance because she was told to do so. I honestly think that the principle may not even know how to do her job. I highly recommend you NOT to send your child here.

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Cleveland about 5 years ago. Thiis school has really helped me find where I belong in todays society as well as my future career. The teachers and staff do a great job at knowing what the students need in their educational life style. Going to this school was the best choice my family made for me. Now I am a senior in high school wish I could be in the shoes of a middleschooler because of how much I miss that school! Kimberly Santiago

  • (1 year ago)

    Benjamin Franklin School Cleveland Metropolitan School District School Principal is outstanding. She ensures a safe welcoming learning environment and encourages community organizations to visit the school bringing educational and health related resources to the classrooms. There are some outstanding teachers too who recognize the value of hands-on science and the value of learning experiences outside of the school (e.g. Science Museums Art Museums etc.). Like any teaching and learning environment Benjamin Franklin will improve with parents being more involved supporting teachers important work as well as their own child's work. Regular teacher professional development related to content in various academic disciplines will help in the classroom with support in integrating new concepts and techniques learned. Access to 21st century technology is critical for both teachers and students to help all keep pace with others outside of the district. This is a solid academic environment and will continue to improve as long as parents the community teachers administrators and the students themselves work together to continue to achieve and take pride in their achievements.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children finished their first year there and I was disappointed with it. I am highly involved in my children's education attended meetings conferences and field trips etc and I was saddened about how some teachers can be....one teacher would be annoyed when I scheduled a conference due to low marks on a report card I mean aren't parents supposed to be concerned about their children's education? Another would knit pick my daughter for every little thing when I spoke with that teacher she was upset at me for asking her what is going on? I mean come on! The school is over crowded had to yell at a few "older" kids practically knocking over Kindergarteners on their way to class....the parking lot is an accident waiting to happen parent's in a hurry zipping through the lot while students are trying to cross the lot into school without being road kill...security there is very lax having children do the security officers job is unexceptable!...too many fights and bullying poor communication with parents....while the curriculum is good it is not only what makes a good school.Think before you put your child here.

  • (4 years ago)

    Six of my children have attended Benji for the last ten years.Over all it is fairly good for a public school. I feel that my children are safe in the classrooms but not in the parking lot as it is set up now. Neither child nor parent should have to walk out into the lot. The buses should pick up and let off at the northern side but there should be a system for the walkers and those picked up by car. As it is now it is chaotic and dangerous for both children and parents. In reviewing the sex ed course I found it to be too much info for the younger grades and inaccurate for the older.The Traditional mother/father/child family is not treated as the norm.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love my sons school. The teachers are awesome and the principal is fantastic. Go Benji...

  • (5 years ago)

    Teachers & Principal are great - very caring and sincerely concerned about the education and well-being of all its kids. Because it is an inner city school it does not have a lot of the funding to do 'extra' things for the kids e.g. field trips etc. It would be great if a strong inner city school could be recognized for being good - especially given how many are not.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers are awesome !!

  • (5 years ago)

    Benjamin Franklin is the BEST school in America because of it's hard-working dedicated staff wonderfully supportive parents and students who work hard to achieve their best!

  • (5 years ago)

    I highly recommend this school. My children have been attending Ben Franklin for two years. The academics are much more advanced than many other Cleveland Schools. Both principals as well as the many teachers I have had the pleasure of working with are very dedicated to helping bring out the best in each child. I have a child that entered this school with Math difficulties; Thru the assistance of her teachers she has excelled greatly in Math. It is now her favorite subject. Ben Franklin is an awesome school!

  • (6 years ago)

    my daughter went to this school for three years and i'm taking her out! If yiu are lucky you'll get a good teacher such as mrs. kane or bremmer but other wise...... not to mention the state test scores are low rooms over crowded the teachers play favortism w/parents and students and there isn't alot of communication with the teachers. If you are a concerned parent and want to have conferences with a teacher or principal they act annoyed. i wouldn't reccomend this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    im in the 8th grade at benji. i love it there. its such a great school. i dont like it when other people put cleveland schools down because there just as good. the teachers there understand whats going on and help with almost anything. the only thing i disagree with it the fact mr.combs got transfored to a different school. he was one if the BEST teachers there.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter is going into the 8th grade and my little daughter into Kindergarden there I really like the school but they should call when your child is absent just in case they are cutting and also they need sports!

  • (7 years ago)

    benjamin franklin was a great school it is like my home. i enjoyed the teachere and there help. by shaquasia

  • (8 years ago)

    I actually researched the schools before I placed my child here at Benji. I was very happy at first but things quickly changed. I agree with the comment from the one parent that there are some very good teachers there & some others that are bad. I feel that there is not much communication from teacher to parent. This is one of the reason I am taking my child to this school there next year. Many classes are over crowded & this takes away from the kids & their learning. Although many issues have been addressed to the principal & teacher it still hasn't changed.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have 5 children at this school. The the teachers are all so nice. The older students at the school really helped my younger children at their first day of school. Thank you Cleveland for giving my children a safe and happy school. I love Benjamin Franklin!

  • (10 years ago)

    This school has its share of good teachers and bad. Teachers are backed in running classrooms however they want. A good teacher runs a good classroom the bad ones run it bad. If your child is unlucky and lands a bad teacher pray the year goes fast.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have two kids in the school and they have been there a while now. They have both enjoyed school every year. That is the biggest test for me. Also my son took the admissions test for St. Ignatius as a 7th grader (to practice for taking it in 8th grade.) He scored at grade level or above in every subject. Friends of his at private school did not do as well especially in math. So I think it is clear that it is a good school. It is too bad it doesn't have Circus Club anymore; that was special and good for kids who excelled in those sports.

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