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Pines Middle & High School Campus - FAQs

 

 

Enrollment Questions

Q: Is there a cost to attend Franklin Academy Charter Schools?

A: No, there is no charge to attend. There are no fees or tuition because charter schools, although privately operated, are public schools and are publicly funded.

Q: How do you enroll in Franklin Academy?

A: You can submit your application online at www.franklin-academy.org/enroll


If we receive more applications than there are seats available, a random lottery will be held to determine admission. An applicant must be a resident of Broward County to attend our Pembroke Pines 6-12 campus. We continue to accept applications for all grade levels (6-11) and if we can offer your child a seat, we will contact you. Otherwise, your child will be placed on a wait list, which we maintain for the entire school year. We continue to fill seats throughout the school year as they become available.

Q: What are the requirements for acceptance into a charter school?

A: Franklin Academy needs to have an opening in the grade your child requires and you must reside in the same county as the Franklin Academy campus you wish to attend. ALL seats are offered through our random lottery process.

Q: When can I apply for the 2016-17 school year?

A: Our first enrollment period for the 2016-17 school year opened on December 1, 2015 and will remain open until March 31, 2016. We will have our first lottery in mid-April and everyone who applied during the first enrollment window will be contacted. Applying during the first enrollment window is your best chance of being accepted.

Q: How do I know if Franklin Academy is the right decision for my child?

A: Unique to Franklin Academy is the emphasis on the "whole" child beyond just textbooks. Read our website carefully to learn about our philosophy and our learning techniques, and schedule time to attend an information session or a campus tour to get to know the team at Franklin Academy.


School Operation Questions

Q: What is a Charter School?

A: Charter schools are public schools that are managed privately. We operate on the principles of choice, accountability and autonomy. Charter schools have the freedom to deliver the curriculum in unique learning styles unlike traditional public schools.


Some charter schools hire a for-profit management company, but Franklin Academy does not. We self-manage our schools under our non-profit parent organization, the Florida Charter Foundation.

Q: Does Franklin Academy require uniforms?

A: Yes, research has shown uniforms bring organization and safety to a school's campus. All students are required to wear uniforms consisting of a polo shirt with the school logo and navy pants, shorts or skorts. All uniforms must be purchased through our approved vendor, iUniforms. Their website is www.iuniforms.com

Q: Is transportation provided?


Transportation is available on a limited basis. Franklin Academy generally offer transportation for students who live between 2 and 8 miles from the campus. If you live within two miles of the campus, you must provide transportation for your child(ren). If you live more than 8 miles from campus, Franklin offers “depot” stops, where families can bring their students to meet the bus. The “depot” stops will be conveniently located near to each of Franklin’s K-8 campuses located in Pembroke Pines, Cooper City and Sunrise. The “depot” stop transportation option is offered on a first come first serve basis, as space is limited. Private transportation companies are permitted as a transportation option for families, so long as the private transportation company follows Franklin’s pick-up & drop-off procedures. Franklin also offers a free carpool matching system to assist families to match with other suitable families for carpooling.


Once your child is enrolled in Franklin Academy, you will have the option to submit a transportation request to Franklin’s transportation company. All transportation requests must be submitted on or before July 29, 2016. In early August the transportation company will provide families with the determination of whether their child(ren) has qualified for transportation, including the bus locations and times for families that qualify, or whether their child(ren) has been placed on a waiting list for transportation.

Q: Will students be able to drive to school?

A: As students in our upper grades begin receiving valid Florida driver’s licenses, they will be allowed to drive to campus.

Q: We live XX miles from the school. Can my student walk?

A: Franklin Academy places the safety of its students as its highest priority. Due to the layout of the surrounding properties and the lack of a reasonably safe and secure walking path with which to access the School’s campus, students are PROHIBITED from walking to or from campus.


To ensure the safety of all faculty, staff and students, ALL students must arrive at campus and depart from campus via either (i) the School’s bus transportation service, or (ii) a private transportation vehicle. All vehicles must follow the designated pick-up and drop-off procedures established by the School. Any attempt to drop-off a student at an off-campus location with the intention of the student walking onto campus or into any building on campus is also expressly prohibited. For example, vehicles dropping off students at the gate controlling access to the nearby communities of Durango Estates and/or the Trails is in direct violation of the School’s pick-up and drop-off procedures and is not permitted.

Q: What are the school hours?

A: Franklin Academy utilizes a staggered start and end time on each of our campuses, as a way to limit the traffic impact we cause on our neighbors.


Students are allowed to arrive on campus up to 30 minutes before their school day begins.


 

High School:7:45 AM - 2:45 PM
Middle School:8:45 AM - 3:45 PM
Office Hours:7:15 AM - 4:30 PM (Telephone Assistance)
9:00 AM - 2:15 PM (In-Person Assistance)

Q: When can I drop-off/pickup-my student(s)?

A: We have a 30 minute window in the morning to drop-off your children and a 30 minute window in the afternoon to pick them up.

Q: Is breakfast and lunch available?

A: Yes. Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase each day. As part of the National School Lunch Program, any students who are eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program will be accommodated.

Q: Does the school offer an athletic program?

A: Yes. Our new campus will have a three story indoor gymnasium with an elevated running track. We will also have a soccer/lacrosse field, a baseball diamond and an outdoor running track. As the school matures we will begin offering a number of junior varsity and varsity sports. The sports ultimately offered will be determined, in part, by parental and student interest. It is very likely that we will offer volleyball, soccer, baseball, lacrosse and track and field.

Q: Does the school offer a before school program and/or an after school program?

A: No. We do not currently offer either a before or after school program at the MS/HS campus.

Q: What Clubs and After School Programs are expected at Franklin Academy?

A: Franklin will provide a wide array of student activities such as student government, academic teams, National Honor Society, yearbook, Math team, Science Bowl team, Key Club, various service oriented clubs and more. Students may also participate in activities such as Forensics, Speech and Debate as well as various musical and performing arts activities. Franklin Academy students may also participate in extra-curricular activities, such as band and sports teams as they become available.


Academic Questions

Q: Do you have a gifted program?

A: Yes. Certified gifted students with an EP (Educational Plan) will receive gifted services.

Q: Are Honors classes available?

A: Many core classes may be taken for Regular or Honors credit. Students will be enrolled by level based on a number of criteria including standardized testing scores, teacher recommendation and report card grades.

Q: Are high school courses offered in middle school?

A: Yes. As of February 22, 2012, high school courses taken by middle school students are calculated into the student’s weighted high school GPA. High school courses taken by middle school students prior to this date are not counted in the weighted GPA.


Franklin Academy middle school students in advanced math and science classes in 6th grade will take Algebra and Earth & Space Science in 7th grade, both of which are high school credit courses. In eighth grade, advanced students will take Geometry and Biology.


Advanced Franklin Academy middle school students who complete Beginning Spanish in 6th grade can take Spanish I during the 7th grade and Spanish II during the 8th grade. Both of these courses are for high school credit.

Q: Does Franklin Academy offer ESE Services? (Exceptional Student Education)?

A: Yes. Eligibility for the ESE Program is based on district and state requirements as well as the permissible services afforded by Franklin’s charter agreement with the Broward County School District. The Individual Educational Plan (IEP) Committee is responsible for making educational placement decisions, determining appropriate educational services, and developing an IEP for eligible students. Once you are offered a seat via our random lottery, you will be asked to provide the IEP along with your registration paperwork. At that time, our ESE experts will review the IEP to ensure that we are able to meet its requirements. The school's ESE Specialist will offer assistance in determining the appropriate placement of ESE students.

Q: Do the students at Franklin Academy take the state mandated assessments?

A: Yes. As a public school accountable to the State of Florida, we participate in state assessments.

Q: What does the curriculum include?

A: Our core curriculum includes reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. Our enrichment program includes chess, health, physical education, art, music and technology for grades 6-8. For high school grades, students’ programs are built on individual needs while ensuring students are progressing toward meeting high school graduation requirements. High school graduation requirements are the standard 24 credits, including four credits in English Language Arts, four credits in Mathematics, three credits in Science, three credits in Social Studies, one credit in Fine Arts, one credit in Physical Education, eight elective credits and one online credit.

Q: How much homework can I expect my child to have?

A: As long as your child uses the time during the day as their teacher plans and is staying in sync with the class, your child will not have homework. Franklin Academy has a no-homework policy. This does not mean that your child will never have homework, but we do not assign homework every night as a matter of course. There are certain topics, especially in Mathematics as well as Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses where home practice will be necessary. These courses, which require repetition and more practice, will require that the teacher assigns homework to ensure that the rigor and practice matches the requirements of the course.

Q: How can I monitor how my child is doing?

A: We use PowerSchool as our student information system and parents will get login credentials and can access the site 24/7. The site will provide them with grade information, attendance records, lunch balances, and comments from the teachers.

Q: Are the teachers at Franklin Academy certified?

A: Yes. Our teachers and administrators are highly qualified in their subject areas and meet the same qualifications as any public school educator.