School Details

Franklin Elementary School

1753 East 8th Ave, Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 472-6500
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 837 students 23 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

85%
71%
69%
94%
77%
75%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Mesa Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
69%
65%
96%
79%
77%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Mesa Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
63%
63%
98%
80%
79%
85%
53%
56%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Mesa Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
66%
63%
95%
82%
79%
85%
51%
53%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Mesa Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Franklin Elementary School is a public elementary school in Mesa. 837 students go to Franklin Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Hispanic. 4% of the Franklin Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 38% of the 837 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Franklin Elementary School is 23:1. Providence Classical School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 73% 52%
Asian 4% 2%
Hispanic 20% 37%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% %
Multiracial 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38% 48%
Limited English proficiency 4% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Love this school!! Teachers parents and administration involvement is top class and have their best interest at heart for children to succeed!! My kids absolutely love the school. My son went there from k-6 no problems and excellent grades!!! I have another son that is going to start 4th grade and my daughter starting 2nd grade this year. They have also excellent grades and as long as they continue to grow and improve than other children their age who do not attend Franklin East I will continue to send my other children there.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is without doubt one of the best schools in Mesa the 1 Star Haters who's kids couldn't hack it are obviously not helping their kids. Yes the curriculum is tough and it requires a great deal of parental involvement for the kids to be successful. No - a child with learning difficulties is not going to keep up here so if your kid struggles at a normal paced district school - probably not a good idea to move them into Franklin. If my 4th Grader wasn't a Straight A Student and had struggled - I'd obviously be writing a different review but she thrives here and there's no district school that can even compare.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have three children at Franklin and like a lot of families we decided to send our children there because our neighborhood school is below average so in that regard we are thankful to have Franklin as an option. The positive thing about Franklin is that they use Spalding to teach reading. The K- 2 grades are not bad either. The problem is children are taught to memorize a lot of answers but are lacking when it comes to actually understanding the problems. Children should understand what they are learning not just memorize answers. I encourage parents not just to look at test scores when choosing a school for children this can be very deceiving especially at Franklin. It is a no "Fluff" school but it is also a no Fun School! The children are scared to ask questions because they are not allowed to talk and their is never a minute "wasted" for discussion. We liked it for K-2 when kids are still learning the basics but after that it's just to rigid the children aren't learning to problem solve and think for themselves! TEST SCORES DON"T SAY IT ALL ) If you are privileged enough to have a good neighborhood school please just send your children there!

  • (2 years ago)

    Let me start out by saying I attented Franklin East my neices and nephews went there my friends have children that go there and I absolutely love their curriculum. However I am giving this school one star simply for the fact that the new principle is terrible. She handled a situation so badly my husband and I were required to get a lawyer to keep our son out of harms way. When we brought this to her attention she wouldn't speak to us instead she contacted her own lawyer and had us talk to him. This proved to me that she knew she had taken the wrong action and was trying to cover her own tail. She lacks the same attitude of responsibility that the school teaches the children. Now after talking to other parents and to a former PTO president I have found that she is less than desirable in many parents eyes and that I am not the first to withdraw my child from Franklin because of her actions. Please be mindful of this as you research Franklin and be careful if you send your children there. I would hate for another family to go through the heartache we did.

  • (3 years ago)

    Now that we have seen the difference this school has made for our children we won't move out of the area! A proven curriculum and stellar music program has given my children advantages that I didn't have growing up. And Thank You Franklin East for still having 2 half day class options for Kindergarteners!!

  • (3 years ago)

    My 5 yr old enrolled Franklin East I enrolled her another school after 3wks. Rooms overcrowded teacher seemed caring first week. Children are not permitted to use the restroom lack of guidance for kindergarten no assistance in cafeteria. My child became afraid of the Teacher she was afraid to talk or ask question. School is very regimented no individuality of children. Mrs W. greeted me as I was dropping off my child for school 3rd week she told me in front of my daughter and classmates she didnt think my child should remain in her class! Seems my little girl cried the previous day. No concern as to what made her cry. My daughter does not cry easily. Was she being denied the use of the bathroom. This was very unprofessional on the part of the teacher. I enrolled my child in a Montessori school the following day. She came home with a huge smile and gave me a hug thanked me said she loved her new school! Stay away from this place may have been good at one time not anymore.

  • (3 years ago)

    Love this school but not the principle. Not sure if it's her reputation or the schools(probably both) that she doesn't want tarnished but when it comes to bullying issues or anything negative she doesnt/didn't do anything about it. Academically I really like this school and will continue to send my other children there. If any issues ever come up again I will take it to a higher level than the principle.

  • (3 years ago)

    Wonderful school! Teacher parent and administration involvement is top class! My kids absolutely love the school.

  • (3 years ago)

    2 of my children have attended Franklin East ages 5 and 9. My 5 year old attended full time kindergarten this year and my 9 year old is on his third year at Franklin currently in grade 3. I have moved my 5 yr old to another school already (mid-year not ideal) and my 9 year old will be attending a different school next year as well. I consider myself to see both sides of the story before making judgments but situation after situation is has become very clear to me this school particularly the Principal Ms Carpenter does not have their best interest at heart; honestly I'm not even sure she has a heart. My 5 year old was made to feel like a failure and he could do no right. The teachers changed at least 3 times while he attended. Without consistency how can they expect the children to be perfectly behaved? My 9 year old was recently suspended for calling another boy in his grade a girl. Reprimand him yes suspend him NO. If the behavior continues yes there is a problem but it was a one-time occurrence. Again I cannot say enough negative things about this school. Tears have been shed and beyond frustration experienced. No stars for this school!

  • (4 years ago)

    My son has benefited greatly from attending Franklin East. He is in first grade now and he is far more advanced than other children his age who do not attend Franklin.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school does NOT help children (or their parents) who are struggling academically. I've been told to take my daughter to a neighborhood school by her last 2 teachers & both have NOT tried to help her in any way nor have they tried to help me help her. I am enrolling her in another MPS next year (by the request of my daughter) & had to have that school call Franklin because they gave me a hard time about the 'policies & procedures' of doing that. Sad to say talking to other parents of struggling children & old teachers from Franklin it is all too common for this situation. I am deeply saddened by this since my oldest had attended Franklin from K-6 with no problems at all & we loved the school. It's just not the same any more (

  • (4 years ago)

    We recently moved out of state and we certainly miss the excellent education our children received at Franklin. Having the children spend 90% of their day 'on-task' is what makes the difference. Having 'no fluff' keeps the children moving at a quick pace and excited to learn. Fantastic teachers and leadership as well. An excellent school which we cannot replicate!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love that Franklin East is a back to basics school and their main focus is teaching our children. The kids are expected to behave at school and they receive a great education.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter has attended Franklin since kindergarten (she is in 6th grade now) and has excelled academically! I have been very impressed with the teaching style and content. I believe this school has given her an edge and has given her the skills necessary to succeed through the rest of her academic years.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are as amazing as the teaching style they embrace. My daughter is currently in 2nd grade and is doing things in school I don't recall doing until 5th or 6th grade - and she's excelling at them! An A+ School!

  • (5 years ago)

    It is a traditional old fashion school that has not changed in years past.

  • (5 years ago)

    Both of my children are in Franklin and they are both thriving. I love the conservative culture of the school along with the strict standards in education. I feel this will set a higher standard for both my children going forward.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school and they really try to give your child the best education. If your child has a learning disablility you have to really push to get them some help. Other then that I love it and feel my kids are really preparing for the future.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is structured full of parental involvement and filled with great teachers. All three years my child attended this school he was learning everyday - intellectually and socially. The children become better people by attending.

  • (6 years ago)

    I sent my 4 children here and know they are miles ahead of where they would be in their neighborhood school. As a substitute teacher throughout Mesa there is clearly a superb scholastic difference here that is difficult to find elsewhere.

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