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Franklin Middle School
Franklin is a school focused on Academic Excellence. We pride ourselves on establishing strong collaborative relationships between students, families and staff. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the MetLife Foundation recognized Franklin as a National Breakthrough School in 2011. Franklin is an AVID School - Advancement Via Individual Determination, which is a program designed to equip students for college. During the 2011-2012 year, we served as an AVID demonstration site, modeling for other schools the successful integration of this program. Franklin is also known internationally for being the site where an anti-bullying film - Stories About Us was produced and filmed in 2007-2008. Franklin offers a full range of after-school programs and activities. We pride ourselves in our efforts to engage each student. The primary mission of the school in partnership with the community is to guide all students in gaining knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to direct their lives, improve a diverse society and excel in a changing world by providing dynamic, resource-rich learning environments and experiences in which people and lifelong learning are valued. Franklin was built in 1958 and was named after philosopher, inventor and Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin. Due to the restructuring of the district's middle schools in the 1990's, Franklin changed from an application-based magnet school to a middle school with assigned elementary feeder schools. Franklin's staff provides an educationally challenging program that emphasizes enhanced opportunities in math, science, and the performing arts. Technology has been integrated into the core subjects of Reading, Math, Science, and Social Science by adding a technology specialist to the teaching teams. The philosophy of Problem Based Learning is widely used at all grade levels.