School Details

Franklin High School

8222 S 51st St, Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 423-4640

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1443 students 16 students/teacher (WI avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS)

In 2011-2012 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Franklin Public School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Franklin High School is a public high school in Franklin. The principal of Franklin High School is Michael Nowak. 1,443 students go to Franklin High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 2% of the Franklin High School students have "limited English proficiency." 15% of the 1,443 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Franklin High School is 16:1. Greendale High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% %
Hispanic 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% %
Asian 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 10%
Limited English proficiency 2% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I just graduated from Franklin and I have to say that it was one of the best experiences of my life. The administration was usually in the loop of what was going on in the school and could easily be approached. Then again they were strict if you got into trouble. They tended to pick on some however that was due to the trouble that those individuals caused. The building itself was old and the air conditioning didn't work in some areas of the building but worked on high power in other places but that could easily be remedied by layers of clothing. There was lack of class space such as the orchestra and choir sharing a room when the other wasn't using it but it led to fun things going on and a sense of a close community. The teachers are certainly memorable. If you prove to them that you're willing to learn and be serious about the class then they worked hard to help you learn. On the flip side if you weren't going to put in effort neither would they. It was determined by the student's attitude. Overall Franklin pushed me beyond my expectations and has left college being easy for me now thanks to concepts I learned there (and I'm at Marquette University). Hats off to Franklin!!

  • (2 years ago)

    As a former student of FHS I can say that I think overall this is a great school. If your a student that takes class seriously you will learn a lot from any teacher there and it is possible to do well even with the toughest graders if you put in the effort. I appreciate the teachers here that don't just hand out A's they prepared me for college which is what High School is suppose to do. I'd say the biggest flaws with FHS is the the lack of college prep courses and the need to improve the schools amenities to include things like tennis courts an auditorium and other things other schools of the same caliber have in the area.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a former student and now a substitute teacher for this school I can say that what I learned here prepared me for college/life. It's not perfect but for every negative there are two positives about it.

  • (4 years ago)

    Awful school. Administration is terrible and the way things are run at this high school is all wrong. Avoid sening children to tis school if at all possible

  • (5 years ago)

    Franklin High school misses the mark on leadership and teacher quality. The teachers and administration create a atmosphere of contempt for students rather than one of respect. It is very much an 'us against them' environment.

  • (6 years ago)

    To say FHS is an average school seems fair. I am here to comment on the teaching staff. Some teachers have easy curriculums and it's no wonder why no one ever fails their classes. Other teachers have little to no control over their classroom and the students never learn anything substantial out of their classes - only the latest gossip. Others grade unfairly talk all class and leave you with a pile of homework or are new and still have no idea how to teach at all. But amongst this there are also great teachers! Teachers who refuse to allow students to fail. Teachers who motivate their students teaching them not only the required curriculum but how to apply it to real life. Teachers who refuse to allow their students to glide through class. Teachers who motivate students to want to do thier best!

  • (6 years ago)

    I had a son attend FHS and was deeply disappointed in the teacher's uncaring attitude lack of motivating the student's and how administration is run. I ended pulling my son out mid year and enrolling him in a private HS. He had since blossomed into an incredible young man with truly leadership abilities.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a junior at Franklin High. Although many think this school is a great place to send your kid i beg to differ. Yeah the educational standards are high but a number of teachers fail at motivating and helping students to reach them. One English teacher grades his freshmen students at a college level. The result? It's nigh impossible to get a grade above a C in his class. Also the administration is a total joke. I and a few other students have run into some trouble in the past year and when we or parents tried talking to any of the three administrators we got nowhere. Phone calls were never returned and unless a substantial amount of chaos was raised nothing was ever done or even 'checked on.' Although the academics are great the attitude of the people in charge is less than admirable.

  • (7 years ago)

    The School is becoming overcrowed and the administration really is bad.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a parent of middle and elementary school children in Franklin and so far I have been pleased. I am concerned about the issues the high school is having. Overcrowding inconsistent administration etc. High school is the most important of the forming years for our young people. We need to get more organized with our thought processes. We need to see a more organized plan for the new school so families are well educated about what they will be gaining in order to vote for the new buildings. More information is a GOOD thing.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have a son attending Franklin High school. The administration is very inconsistent in the way it runs the school and enforces the rules. The school is over crowded and the building is very outdated.

  • (8 years ago)

    I graduated from FHS in 2004 and currently I am an undergrad at Marquette University in the School of Education with an English emphasis. The course work at MU requires me to visit city schools and observe for so many hours. I can now say that FHS is a great school. It is sad to see the major differences between inner city schools and FHS. After witnessing the poor quality teaching and lack of motivation in two city schools I can now say that I was lucky to go to FHS and have received a great education. Anyone questioning the quality of FHS should take a look at other options around the Milwaukee area. I believe that this is one of the best schools for parents and students alike. -JG

  • (9 years ago)

    I'm writing in response to the lady from May 2005. I attended Franklin High School from 2001 until this past spring. I remember and had a relationship with members of the previous and the current administration. These men are much more involved in the lives of their students than the previous administration was. I see at least one if not all three at every sporting event music concert and activity held at the school. I have never attended one thing at this school including every day of class without running into and having a conversation with at least one. I think they are moving this school in the right direction.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have a duaghter going to FHS right now and it has not been a good school to go to now that there is new administration. They are turing the school into a private school which it is not it is a public school. They are taking away all the fun there is to high school away and I feel sorry that my child has to go through this. This school needs help and not just the sdministraction but the building is falling down and they need to just build a new one.

  • (10 years ago)

    I attended FHS from August 1998 through June 2001. Previously I had attended a private school in Racine. The best thing about FHS was the student-teacher relationships. When it came time for me to apply to different colleges I had no problem finding teachers who knew my academic background as well as extra-curricular background. I do not feel that enough emphasis was placed on writing college-level papers so I have had difficulty in some of my classes. For the most part I did not have any problems with my classmates. All of them were fairly nice and pretty much minded their own business. Some of my classes were not very challenging at all and I did not have to try very hard to make a B or better. However some classes prepared me very well in what to expect from a college-level course. Overall I would reccomend FHS educationally and socially.

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