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Benjamin Franklin Middle School is a public middle school in Ridgewood. The principal of Benjamin Franklin Middle School is Mr Anthony Orsini, who can be contacted at aorsini@ridgewood.k12.nj.us. 700 children attend Benjamin Franklin Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 0.6% of the Benjamin Franklin Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 0.9% of the 700 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. Class size at Benjamin Franklin Middle School is 25, and the student to teacher ratio is 11:1. Alpine Learning Group is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 71% 77%
Hispanic 6% 4%
Multiracial 4% 0.04%
Asian/Pacific Islander 22% 16%
Asian 19% %
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.2%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.3% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0.9% 1%
Limited English proficiency 0.6% 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Horrible place to send a kid.. Dont know anything about teaching Worst school on the planet! DONT GO TO THIS SCHOOL!!

  • (3 years ago)

    i transferred to bfms earlier this year and personally i think that it's not as amazing as people think it is. the english program is definitely its achille's heel especially compared to the school that i was attending prior to bf but the overall academics are better than most. i think the music program lost its touch. it used to be absolutely amazing but now it seems as if they're not as great as it used to be. the overall quality of the teachers isn't the best either. like many other schools there are those phenomenal teachers who care for each student and how much they're learning but i have yet to find more teachers here who are like that. also there is a lot bullying going on but i feel as if the teachers don't really do much to solve the problems. it's almost as if they just push things around until it looks alright even though it really isn't. i feel as if the guidance counselor is more of an unwelcomed babysitter rather than a trusted adult that any student can come and talk to at anytime. i believe that bfms needs some improvement

  • (4 years ago)

    They've got the best faculty ever. This school is more than school it's more like one big family. Everyone get along and you feel so comfortable. BFMS is the best school ever especially in Teaneck NJ Bergen County

  • (5 years ago)

    Bf is an good school that promotes school togetherness with many entertainment occasions involving the whole school. Bf has an amazing music program. Many kids get from bf get into regionals all state as well as other higher classes. Bf has a weak english program that does not teach proper grammer and barely enriches the student skills.

  • (8 years ago)

    BF is a good school but its reputation as a model of social emotional teaching and learning is overstated. The previous principal was a well-liked caring and competent educator but the culture still allowed wide-spred bullying to occur. There was a culture of silence in the school and while the school would intervene when an incident was reported they did not do enough to prevent bullying. Therefore a lot of bullying existed but was not seen.

  • (9 years ago)

    I was a student at BF. The academics are fine but there usually is only one track with little enrichment. The art and music program is outstanding. Students are required to take both for at least two years. There is not much in terms of school run sports but the town has plenty of middle-school sports. There are a few other extracurricular activities but many of the so-called 'clubs' don't exist. There is some parent involvement. The school keeps parents well informed. Personally I did not enjoy my time at BFMS. The administration presents the school as a caring community but I found none of that. The teachers sometimes become overwhelmed with the students and the administration is woefully inept at dealing with major problems. They are too concerned with their image. I personally had many social problems that no one was concerned with. A more mainstreem student might have faired better.

  • (11 years ago)

    The teachers seem to handle the myriad demands made on them rather professionally. The curriculum is sufficiently challenging for the students. Introduction of the IB parameter would be quite appropriate at this level. The administrations hands are tied like they are throughout the entire NJ school/USA school systems yet they seem to be able to shield the teachers from alot of the nonsense.

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