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  2. Diversity
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  3. Teachers
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Benjamin Franklin Elementary School is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Glendale, CA. It has 656 students in grades K-6 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 53% of students are at least proficient in math and 74% in reading.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
74%
Percent Proficient - Math
53%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$60,142
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,401
National
$949
Median Home Value
$599,507
National
$184,700

Students

Diversity
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
656
Free or Reduced Lunch
17%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$99,494
Teachers in First/Second Year
20%
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3 reviews
The teachers are phenomenal and the facilities are top notch. The school is a bit lacking in resources and has a very lackluster PE and music programs. As a person from a non spanish speaking household I can say that when I left this school I was conversationally fluent in Spanish.
As a former alum I can tell you that this school will raise your kids in such a caring and sheltered environment that they will love going to school as much as I had. However there are downsides to this sheltered approach. The grading system a was mostly on behavior so I got through without doing much work at all. As soon as I started middle school I failed HARD. I finished middle school with a 1.5 gpa because Franklin let me build bad habits.
All things put aside, any kid who goes to school here will love school and make tons of friends and as a bonus become proficient in a foreign language.
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This school continues to improve. The German program, especially in the lower grades, is quite strong. Teachers respond to email quickly - I've emailed about homework or lost books, and they've taken time to respond. There are field trips to the LA River and the aquarium; 5th and 6th graders come down to read with the 1st graders, and they have 6th grade buddies walk the kindergartners to their rooms in the first few weeks of school. And the dual immersion works - it's remarkable. The homework has not been a big deal, either, if you do it the way the teachers suggests (one page per day in 1st grade); she teaches the kids how to do it themselves before she assigns it.

Admin has been responsive to constructive criticism to have better communication about school policies with families. The PTA is trying to move in this direction as well, with more programming about tolerance, kindness, and inclusion for parents.
The school runs 4 immersion languages program which are French, Spanish, German and Italian. That's why there are lots of diversity in the school but kids have less English hours so in order to read and write in English or even targeted language would be slower from normal school. Teachers and staffs are nice. Kids are safe and plenty of schedule activities.