School Details

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

77-800 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 238-9424
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 611 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

53%
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62%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Desert Sands Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

43%
45%
46%
63%
69%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Desert Sands Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
69%
65%
79%
75%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Desert Sands Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
63%
60%
49%
70%
65%
47%
62%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Desert Sands Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School is a public elementary school in La Quinta. The principal of Benjamin Franklin Elementary School is Kelly May-Vollmar and can be contacted at kelly.may-vollmar@desertsands.us. 611 students go to Benjamin Franklin Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 25% of the Benjamin Franklin Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 64% of the 611 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School is 19:1. John Adams Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 74% 66%
Multiracial 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 18% 26%
Unspecified 0.7% 3%
Asian 0.7% 2%
Filipino 0.6% 0.8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64% 55%
Limited English proficiency 25% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    This is our first year at Ben Franklin Elementary and I can say that by far this school goes out of its way to enrich the students here. There are plenty of opportunities for the kids to participate in during and afterschool. They are challenged academically and the Teachers really care for their well being. I would recommend this school to any parents that have elementary school age kids. The office staff is also very helpful and that is a true sign that teamwork is important at this school.

  • (10 months ago)

    We love our school! The office staff is wonderful the teachers are kind and caring. There are a lot of activities for the students the class sizes are small compared to other schools in the desert.

  • (1 year ago)

    went to pick up my brother and they couldent tell me where he was the receptionist wasent their just a lot of kaos!!! if he was sick why didnt they hold him in sick room ???

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school with good teachers! Good extra curricular after school programs! Fun environment! Good class sizes!

  • (1 year ago)

    This School is a IB Elementary one of two at the District they have a Spanish Instructor who teaches once a week they offer computer lab for the kids they offered Technology classes after school for the upper levels grades they also have some other after school classes such as choir basketball legos football cheerleaders keyboards talent show they offer tutoring for all the grade levels. They participate on Math Field Day Battle of the Books Ballroom competition they have a science night for the kids they also offer ASES an after school program that runs till 5 40 very well organized. they have a great reading program for the kids that had help mine through the years most of the teachers have open doors for volunteer parents they also have a program for DADS call the Watch DOGS (dads of great students). they offer and Art program working with the McCallum Theater they take the kids to see performances and the ART Instructors from the McCallum come and work with the kids. Its a great Elementary Great Teachers Great Environment. Best Elementary School in the Desert!

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter and another little girl have had off and on conflicts since kindergarten. I dealt directly with the mother. When I told my daughter I was going to talk to the principle she told the little girl and the next thing I knew the girl and her friends turned it all on my daughter. Meanwhile my daughter hasn't been dropped off early in two years because of bullying.The father of the child aforementioned has terrorized our family my daughter is cyber bullied sobs weekly and refused to go to school. Her personality has changed completely since first grade as a result. She is obsessed with her looks weight height and researching bullying books and videos. She has no self esteem and has become withdrawn. When I told the principle Id been dealing with the mother for years and about my daughters self esteem and obsession with bullying information she was not impartial at all and poo pooed it away. She didn't check with the parent I suggested she talked to comfirm my daughters side of the story and just seemed to want it over with. If your child is bullied you are on your own if it is inconvenient to deal with. We are now homeschooling her.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is very beautiful. The staff here compared to other schools my children have attended aren't very friendly. I believe its more of a fashions show than teachers who actually care about the childrens well being. They don't say good morning or hello unless initiated. The staff inside the office is rude and dismissive. The fall festival this year was poorly put together and hardly any of the female staff working looked as if they wanted to be there. The woman doing the cake walk was yelling at the children and many were complaining how mean the teachers were and how this year sucked. Most prizes were crayons melted into patterns. Not a pleasant or warm feeling here I'm transfering my child asap.

  • (2 years ago)

    Ben Franklin Elementary School. Is a great school the staff & teacher are hard workers people that are will to go far and beyond to help students and parents with there needs. The principal Mrs. May also works hard in helping students reach there goal. Everyone in the school is friendly and willing to help. I would like to Thank All the Staff and the Teachers in Ben Franklin for all the effort and hard work they put in making this a great school. have a Great Summer everyone. ;) 2013

  • (5 years ago)

    I love that this school has many after school activities. Ballroom ballet violin keyboard band choir musicals legos zumba talent show tennis football basketball and many others. I think after school activities are very important in a childs education.With all the school budget cuts most of our teachers volunteer their time to make all this possible. Teachers here take their teaching to the next level with their students.

  • (5 years ago)

    The Principal does an excellent job with his school and staff. The Teachers at Ben Franklin are awesome especially my sons' 1st grade teacher Mr. Munksgard. They have alot of extracurricular activites for all grades. From what I have seen there is alot of parent involvement. Ben Franklin is on top with their discipline and I know my son is safe when in school. I do not know why they were given lower marks on alot of these topics. Go Chargers!

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter has been at Benjamin Franklin for three years and we are very please with it. Benjamin Franklin has dedicated teachers that care for thair students. The school also offers different after school activities such band choir cheerleading chess theater flag football french club dance(ballet).

  • (6 years ago)

    I Love this school! The teachers are GREAT!! Everyone really cares and gets involved. Mr. Bugg (principal) cares about the school students and teachers.

  • (7 years ago)

    What a great group of dedicated teachers we have who take a heartfelt interest in our children. Outstanding !

  • (7 years ago)

    As a parent of a kindergartner I try to be as involved as possible.It did not take long to see what a hassle it can be...to my horror. I understand that it is a new school so comittees and such are also young but people do not seem to be open to help and change. People need to understand that anything to do with the school is solely for our children.

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